sarah hodges

Book Nerd Problems
  • Friend: "Hey, have you read this book-"
  • Me: "Which one?"
  • Friend: "I was just about to-"
  • Me: "It was the Hunger Games, wasn't it? Or maybe A Court of Thorns and Roses? Because if you liked that, then you should totally go read Cruel Beauty-"
  • Friend: "Shut up! I was just going to ask if you read this book for English class."
  • Me: ...
  • Me: "But did you still want to talk about the book though?"

There may be no more pushing off the stool, or no more fruit friends, but I’ll always gallop with gay abandon, and I’ll always find a euphemism in anything. I’ll always sing if someone inadvertently speaks song lyrics and I’ll always love the word “plunge”. And that is not being a child, but sometimes the world needs to be jollied.

Immortal  Fae/Magical Beings of High Standing in YA
  • Lucien (ACOTAR): I'm just sitting here trying to live my life and suddenly you have to go and get cursed.
  • Tamlin (ACOTAR): I'm sorry but if you could just help me lure some human girl to the court--
  • Ignifex (Cruel Beauty): Hey, sorry to interrupt, but I might have experience with your situation. I've under a curse for nine hundred years and I've managed to take eight mortal wives in the meanwhile.
  • Tamlin: And where are they all now?
  • Ignifex: Well... dead.
  • Shade (Cruel Beauty): Oh my gods, Ignifex, you're embarrassing us.
  • Lucien: *rolls eyes*
  • Rhysand (ACOTAR): Hey, I sort of like this guy.
  • Lucien: GO AWAY, Rhys.
  • Rowan (TOG): *isolating himself in a corner* I can't believe I'm forced to associate with these people...
Top Five Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Every week, join me and other bloggers/booktubers as we discuss our Top 5 Books according to the theme from the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group! This group, started by @thoughtsontomes and @gingerreadslainey, has prompts every week.

Today, the theme is PROBLEMATIC FAVES!

Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

#5 - Nyx from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Nyx is an unlikable heroine if there ever was one, but I still really root for her in her story. She’s abrasive and sometimes lacks emotional intelligence, but she’s tough and her romance with Ignifex is so dynamic. I enjoy rereading this book from time to time for Nyx. 

#4 - Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury

Parting is such sweet sorrow. You all know I loved Rhys. He and Feyre were my OTP for a whole year. I eventually just became so burned by ACOWAR and so disillusioned by his entitled, toxic masculinity and faux-feminism that I had to let him go. But I’d be lying if I didn’t include him on this list of problematic faves. And I miss him. :(

#3 - Warner from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

So, I never really bought into the total “redemption” of Warner that the fandom peddles because I think a lot of his behavior goes uncritiqued, but that’s what makes him one of my problematic faves! He’s the kind of YA love interest that I don’t want to see more of, but at the same time, Waaaaarrrrnnnneeeerrrrr. I die whenever he’s on the page in Ignite Me. So … I’m trash!

#2 - Sarkan from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sarkan is an ass, and he never really stops being an ass, but I LOVE HIM OKAY?! I wrote a whole 20,000 word fanfiction just so I could feel better about liking him. His relationship with Agnieszka isn’t exactly the healthiest but DAMN do I root for them! So yes, Sarkan = serious problematic fave.

#1 - Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I should not love someone this sketchy so much, but Jane Eyre remains my #1 go-to when I need a deep and compelling romance. Rochester is kind of a creep, he’s made terrible decisions, and he’s 100% problematic, but I really can’t bring myself to stop loving him and the part he plays in Jane’s story.

Who are your problematic faves? I know they abound in the book world, but maybe your problematic faves come from TV or movies! Whatever they are, feel free to share in a comment or reblog! 

Fantasy YA. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” - Lloyd Alexander

Kristi Klein and Sarah Hodges used an empathy accuracy test in which participants watched a woman talking about her failure to get a high enough score on an exam to get into the graduate school she wanted to attend. When the feminine nature of the empathic accuracy test was highlighted by asking participants for sympathy ratings before the empathic accuracy test, women scored significantly better than men. But a second group of women and men went through exactly the same procedure but with one vital difference: they were offered money for doing well. Specifically, they earned $2 for every correct answer. This financial incentive leveled the performance of women and men, showing that when it literally “pays to understand” male insensitivity is curiously easily overcome.
—  Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender, 2010, p 21

BPC APRIL: Female Authors

I love female authors!!