Include Genres in your Reviews Please!

I feel like I’ve talked about this before, and I also feel like a bunch of people are going to criticize me for being a genre snob, but I’m writing this anyway. Because enough is enough people!

I should be able to tell when I am reading a review of your book what genre it is! Do NOT assume people can tell from the description, because in 2019 it’s not always obvious.

How many times did I go from blogger to blogger asking whether The Hating Game was romance or chick-lit? Because goodreads sure as heck isn’t clear, and none of the reviews I read came straight out and called it a “Romance” novel. Even when I asked, I couldn’t get a good answer. “Why does it matter Katie?” Because I don’t like sex scenes! I like romantic comedies, but I don’t want to read graphic depictions of sex. I’ve read a couple of romance novels now, and they’re not bad, they just aren’t for me.

YA is the worst, because so many YA bloggers just assume their readers know that they only blog about YA. But unless your blogs title has the words YA or Young Adult in the title, I can’t remember what genre you blog about! “Again, so what?” Well, y’all, I get burned out of YA suuuuuuuper fast, so I like to pace myself and not read too many in a row. Which I can’t do if I don’t know the book is YA.

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Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Ali Waxman

Genre: Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 4
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The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.


Nina was the most intensely relatable protagonist of all time. It was literally like reading a book about myself. The things she said, thought, and did were all so ME. I especially loved her snarky responses and conversation. Abbi Waxman just gets me, and I need to make friends with her NOW please. Although, thankfully, I don’t have anxiety as bad as Nina does.

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Calendar Girls October Theme

Well you guys, the school year has gotten back into gear, and I’m officially out of time to read everyone’s blogs. Sorry for being such a lame friend. Just two more semesters of classes to go! Gosh, September is always such a tough month. And my college football team isn’t even good to take my mind off it all!

What with it being the second week of the month, that’s means it’s time for the October theme! The votes are in, and it wasn’t even close, y’all. So, drumroll please!

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Review: Red White & Royal Blue

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Genre: Romance
Maturity Level: 5
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When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?


I should start by saying that I have never reviewed a romance novel before. I don’t actually *like* romance novels, and if I had known this was one I never would have put it on hold from the library. All the YA bloggers were reading it, and so I just assumed it was YA. So my opinions of this book will reflect what I don’t like about the genre, and I honestly don’t know much of anything about the genre and have nothing to compare it to.

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Calendar Girls September: Favorite Book About Pirates

So at first I was sooooooo excited about this theme because I freaking love pirates. Then I got worried because I didn’t think I’d read any books that were about pirates, I’d maybe just seen movies? I had a bit of a crisis, honestly. Then I took a deep breath and remembered that I’ve read Treasure Island more than once. After that, I remembered a couple of others. So. Whew.

But the thing is, I’m looking through the list of books I’ve read, and other than Treasure Island none of them are actually *about* pirates. The best example that I can come up with here is The Princess Bride, which I’ve read and loved more than once. Obviously, Westley becomes the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Westley is an important part of the book. But nobody would say the book is about pirates. Another great example is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Pirates make an appearance, but it’s definitely about beauty queens stuck on a desert island.

This is obviously a travesty, and I’m very much looking forward to getting some suggestions.

So, anticlimactically, I’ve already shared with you the book that, I guess, is my pick.

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The Bookish Adventure Tag

Mandy and Shea from Book Princess Reviews has tagged me in a lot of tags in the past few months, and I don’t think I’ve done any of them… *shame face* In fact, in this tag which I am getting from Mandy, I wasn’t actually tagged! So why am I doing it now? I don’t know, it’s at the top of my list. *shrug* If you aren’t following Mandy and Shea at Book Princess Reviews, you need to, go.

Rules

magine that you are an intrepid literary adventurer- braving the harsh bookish wilderness, traversing jungles of pages and slashing through vines of words. Where in the vast world of books would you go?

  • Write about one place mentioned in a book you wish you could visit and why.
  • List 3-5 things that you would do there.
  • Mention which souvenirs, if any, you would bring back with you.
  • Then tag some more literary explorers and please link back to the creator (Umairah @ Sereadipity) so I can see all of your adventures!

My Bookish Destination

Hogwarts, obviously. It’s literally the most magical place in the world, and I want to be there and make friends and learn to do magic and have a pet cat and just be a witch. *sigh*

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Review: Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 4-
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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


Have you ever finished a book and immediately jumped out of your chair and run around the house yelling “Oh my god this book!!!!!”? Because that was totally me. I loved everything about this book, but the ending in particular was so absolutely perfect. If you love YA fantasy or books about books this is a must-read.

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