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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endless list of books  wait for you by jennifer l. armentrout 

“Well, to be honest, I was planning to woo you with my banana nut bread, but that shit ain’t happening now. So all I have left is my delicious eggs.”
… “It’s really good, but you’re not wooing me.”
“Oh, I’m wooing … It’s all about the stealth. You don’t realize it yet.”


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.”


BOOKS I READ IN 2017 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

“You wonder why I didn’t become bitter at the world.
You wonder why I don’t resent the world.
Because I knew I needed to become something that could withstand the world.
For my siblings, for my family, for anyone who’d grow up after me and need someone to defend them when they can’t defend themselves; when they need a shoulder to cry on or a safety net to fall in – I’m here. I’ve been here.
I’m always here.”  


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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Every Book/Series I’ve Ever Read: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.”

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!