Don’t Judge a Blogger by their Cover

 

I’m kind of obsessive sometimes. See Turtles All the Way Down for an extreme version of my brain. Anyway, sometimes I read something that bugs me and I just can’t. Stop. Thinking. About it. It’s not like I’m getting mad or holding a grudge or anything, it’s just like this annoying pestering itch that I won’t go away no matter how much I scratch.

A few months ago I read a tweet that said something like “If I see a blogger that only reviews books about cis people I just can’t take them seriously.” At first I thought, Okay, fine, you’re entitled to your opinion I guess. But then, like I do, I kept thinking about it. And the more I thought about it the more annoyed I become.

Because if you were just to glance at someone’s blog you might think they don’t read any books with LGBTQ rep. But maybe they do! They might not be as widely recognized as, say, Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda, but they’re there.

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Favorite Dragon Books

It’s not much of a secret around here that I absolutely love dragons. Any type of dragon! Big dragons, small dragons, tame dragons, wild dragons, evil dragons, dragons that fly, dragons that don’t, fire breathing dragons, gold hoarding dragons, intelligent dragons, non-talking dragons, I pretty much love them all. My favorite dragon books usually present dragons in a new or different way from the books I’m used to reading.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some of my favorite books about or featuring dragons.

His Majesty’s Dragon

28876An alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars where in addition to the army and navy, each side has an aeronautical division.

“When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.”

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Male vs. Female Authors on my Bookshelf

male vs female authors

Every couple of months or so some well-intentioned woman or ally shows up in my feed and tells me that I need to purposefully choose books by female authors, otherwise my own subconscious gender-bias will cause me to mostly read books by men. Or, a variation, that since the industry is gender-biased I would by default end up reading more books by men. Normally I completely disregard these posts. I can not usually be bothered to look at the name of an author before I choose a book. I read what sounds interesting, and a lot of the times when I’m done and writing my review I find myself digging for the book and saying “Who was the author again???” It’s unlikely that I will change this habit that I’ve been building since I was in elementary school when I would literally walk up and down the aisles with my eyes closed to pick a book at random. (I do NOT recommend this as a book-choosing method as I rarely found books I enjoyed.) Sorry, not sorry.

Most recently, however, someone directly aimed a comment at me telling me personally that I needed to be intentional. This person, I happened to know, reviews mostly young adult books. I couldn’t help but sigh and roll my eyes. If there’s one genre I’m confident I’m reading PLENTY of books by women in, it’s young adult.

Which got me thinking. I mentally went through my bookshelf and thought of my favorite books. The more I thought, the more it seemed to my brain that I actually read MORE books by women. I’m sure that’ not the case, it’s probably closer to 50/50, but it really got me wondering.

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Creatures of the Night Book Tag

Creatures of the Night

I was perusing blogs this morning, and stumbled across this tag on Book Princess Reviews. She linked to the original post from Katytastic on youtube, which (get ready to gasp here) was my first ever booktube video! Might be checking out some more of that later today… I’ll try not to get sucked too far down that rabbit hole, lol.

ANYWAY, this tag seemed right up my ally, so I went ahead and tagged myself.

Basically, you just pick a favorite book featuring each of these monsters. Woo! I love monsters! He we go!

Vampire

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
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I actually had a really hard time choosing here, because you all know how obsessed I am with Dracula. But I feel like I’ve gone on and on about that classic enough, and maybe it was time to talk about something different. Also, since it’s not scary, I probably like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better, if you can believe it.

So for those of you weirdos who don’t know, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is written as Abraham Lincoln’s diary. The author is given the diary by a mysterious person, and is shocked and terrified to discover that it accounts Lincoln’s journey as a vampire hunter. It’s full of actual real-life research and true to history facts about Lincoln’s life, mixed in with the obviously fantastical element that he spent his nights destroying vampires. It’s hilarious, and creepy, and emotional, and everything that makes a novel great, in my opinion. If you like to laugh and you like vampires, I strongly recommend this book! Continue reading

Finding Time to Read

Finding Time to Read

As a teen I often rolled my eyes whenever my mom talked about how busy she was. I had a lot going on in high school and often pulled 13+ hour days. And, yeah, my mom worked a lot, but I suspected it was because she was a work-o-holic, not because she HAD to.

But man, she was right. Something about adult life is just busier. A huge part of it is the commute. Yeah, kid me was working 13 hour days, but school was literally 5 minutes away. These days I commute an hour each direction. Part of it is cooking real food for dinner, which takes forever. The biggest part of it is having kids of my own who need me to take care of them. (Kind of looking forward to the teenage years when they don’t need help going potty!)

So, yeah, I’m busy. I have a hard time finding time for things that weren’t a big deal in high school. Things like hanging with friends, playing video games, watching TV.

Things like reading.

I know that for so many adults reading gets put on the back-burner. It’s time consuming and not as easy and mindless as Netflix. Even as passionate a reader as I am, I sometimes find it hard to make time for reading.

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Ranking Narnia

ranking Narnia

Happy Easter! For those of you egg hunting this morning, I hope you find them all so there’s no rotten eggs in your yard next week! For those of you going to church, He is risen indeed! For those of you who don’t celebrate Easter at all, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

I was thinking this week about how The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is literally the Easter story. In light of that, I thought it might be fun to do a Narnia post today. And since we all know how obsessed I am with ranking things…

The Chronicles of Narnia, from most favorite to least

1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

7687657I know, I know, what a cliche, liking The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe the best. But, you know, there’s a reason it’s everyone’s favorite. The story is the most adventurous and fun, in my opinion, the religious allegory is the most straightforward, the Pevensies are such fun characters, and the White Witch is a truly terrible villain. Anyone who would use Turkish Delight for evil has a truly warped mind. (Full disclosure, to this day I have no idea what Turkinh Delight is, lol.)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first Narnia book to be published, and for most of us it’s our first journey into Narnia. And what a great intro! Sadly, most people I’ve talked to never read much else of the series, but if you had to pick ONE Narnia book to read, I would definitely recommend this one! Continue reading

Content Warnings on Books

Once upon a time there was a sweet, innocent little fifteen year-old girl who loved to read. She also loved Broadway musicals and had recently become obsessed with Wicked. Like any good bookworm, once she found there was a book she eagerly went to her nearest bookstore and bought it. But when she got home and started reading, she was a little shocked. Scarred for life, perhaps. The sexual content was way beyond her experience and maturity. She wasn’t ready for this book.

Yes, that little girl was me.

One of the things that continues to baffle me about the book industry is the lack of content warnings. Literally every other media genre has them EXCEPT for books. Films have the G, PG, PG-13, etc. Television has an age indicator for kids shows (TV-14), and content warning on adult shows (“Show contains mature content”). Video games have maturity ratings such as “E for Everyone” and “M for Mature”. Even music has explicity warnings. But books … nothing.

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