Books I’ve Read in 2017: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.”

The relationship between misogyny and romance: a SJM study

Why female desire* isn’t problematic, but A Court of Thorns and Roses is.

In which I wade into an issue in depth, praying that the flame war gods do not strike me down.

**Please note that this essay discusses only the misogynist elements of SJM’s writing in the ACOTAR series. There are obviously other problematic elements that require acknowledgement, but this is the one I feel confident in addressing. I haven’t read any of ACOWAR yet.** 

*also, female desire in this instance refers to the desire of the presumed female reader of romance. The reading of romance and YA is obviously not exclusive to women, although a lot of the assumptions of SJM’s work ascribe to the concept of a binary gender.

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anonymous asked:

Saw your post about future posts, idk how helpful it would be but I would be interested to see exploration into common tropes and meta for books

Thank you for sending this in! I think this would be a great topic for discussion, and I’ll certainly work on some posts going into more detail. On just an overview and quick preliminary bit of research, what I did notice was that everyone seems to want to talk about tropes in YA novels, but not generally in adult novels. 

Here are a few examples: 

Which makes me wonder: do adult novels just get to slide by? There’s got to be tropes there too, right? (If anyone can think of any, please add to this post!). Here are some by genre:

This could easily get much longer, but as you’ll notice, they’re almost all sci-fi or fantasy. But what about contemporary adult fiction? Where are the roll your eyes, not-again moments in general fiction? 

Thank you, Anon, for this ask, because I’m sure going to be hunting some down now, and if anyone has any they know off the top of their head, please feel free to contribute or send them in!

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Books I’ve Read in 2017: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.”

Arrivals by J.M. Frey (@scifrey) is out today!

It’s an Accidental Turn novella that fits in between books 1 and 2 of The Accidental Turn Series.

I’ve very kindly been sent this and CAN’T WAIT to read it! :)


Books I’ve Read in 2017: Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

“He was the end to my beginning.”


A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in December 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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September Book Photo Challenge - Day 16 OTP

Do I have to choose one?

  • Ugly love - Colleen Hoover
  • Maybe someday - Colleen Hoover
  • Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi

Every Book/Series I’ve Ever Read: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

“Remember that idiotic question you asked me in the car? About what would happen when you can’t play soccer any longer?” He didn’t wait for any acknowledgment. “Nothing would happen. We would have a different adventure to go on. You are my best friend, my love, my playmate and my teammate. You’ll have a team with me wherever we are, with whatever we are playing.”

The biggest three Young Adult literature franchises in the past decade have been Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight. All of them were written by women.

And yet we still get articles like this:

And it annoys the hell out of me. 

Because John Green has said and done some great, wonderful things. He’s also done and said some super shitty things. He’s written some decent books, and done some good charity work.

But he did not save Young Adult Literature. He did not usher in a grand new era of Young Adult Literature. If anything, he is riding on the coattails of women more successful than him in the literary world. 


Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (28/09 - 04/10)

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick ✤ Oct 3rd

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James ✤ Oct 1st

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley ✤ Sep 30th

Dead Zone (Blackout #2) by Robison Wells ✤ Sep 30th

Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf ✤ Sep 30th

The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond ✤ Sep 30th

 Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!