Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5 Toxic Tropes to Include To Make Me Dislike Your YA Book Instantly | YA Talk






Sometimes I feel like tropes are being reused all the time in YA. 



Usually, I don't have a problem with that, but when it's the same five tropes over and over again in every single book I read, I simply don't want to continue.


But sometimes it's not about repetitiveness It's about being irresponsible. There are some things I would never want young teens to read about. 



Here are 5 things that make me dislike an author and their book instantly: 


5. Unhealthy Co-Dependency
While I do like a good epic romance, I am absolutely not a fan of books that make it seem like it's impossible to continue your normal life when your boyfriend/girlfriend breaks up with you. This makes me give you the side eye and I certainly will knock off a star or two off the rating for that.

4. Romanticizing Illness
I will never understand why there are certain illnesses that seem to be romanticized more than others. Schizophrenia, bipolarity, AHDH not so much, but depression and anorexia? What makes this romantic? What's desirable about being sick? 

I think one of the best examples is what happened to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I don't necessarily think that John Green is the kind of person who would even try to romanticize mental illness, but his fandom sure is. I've seen people tweet things like they wished their boyfriend and them had cancer so they could be cute like Augustus and Hazel. This is why this list of tropes is important to internalize and avoid. If you're a writer, please take this to heart.

3. Curing Mental Illness Through Falling in Love
This isn't a thing. I don't want anyone to think that this is a thing.

2. Slut-Shaming
NO! This will make me quit a book and write a scalding review. I never write mean reviews to deliberately make the author feel bad but things like this aren't okay. Simply because they teach a younger audience values that shouldn't exist in our society anymore. I will actually tell people not to read a book if I encounter this in a novel and with immediate effect never read something by the author ever again.

1. The Special Snowflake Girl who isn't Like Other Girls
I can't hear "she wasn't like other girls" anymore. There's nothing wrong with being ordinary. There's nothing wrong with being different either. I don't mind if you've got a protagonist like that but when said protagonist starts talking down other girls and feeling superior, I'm out.





Which tropes are deal breakers to you?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

I Lose Interest in Books When Everybody's Reading Them



I wonder if it's only me. 

This whole hating-popular-things thing started on tumblr. There are certain books that are insanely popular there and that everyone seems to love.

Fan casts, fan edits, reviews, my entire dash is filled with posts about those books and every other day someone tells me that I just have to read those books finally.

But will I? I haven't read them and with every post I see about those books, with every person that tells me I should read them already, I start to hate these books a little more. 

The second I see something all over every blog, I'm not intrigued, I'm more annoyed, actually. 

Popular = Bad?

Of course not all books that are popular will be books that you'll consider good, but then again, not all books that are popular are automatically bad books.

Obviously, with a lot of people telling you to buy a book because it's good you might get the impression that you're missing out on some top quality stuff. But for me that's hardly ever the case. All books that I've read just because I had people bombarding me with messages, telling me to read them, turned out to be nothing like I expected.

Too high expectations are dooming every book before you even read a single page. Thus, popular books have it even harder for a super picky person like me. This has nothing to do with the quality of the books. The more popular and praised it is, the more likely I am to be disappointed and absolutely angry after reading a book when it didn't live up to my very high expectations.

Don't Tell Me What To Read!

I find the thought of everyone liking something already when I'm just discovering it very annoying. I know this is a terrible attitude and I'm missing out on many books, but I like feeling like I'm one of the first people to discover a new gem in my genre of choice. I don't want to feel like one of the millions of fans of a new book, I want to be among the first thousand, maybe. It's weird.

I think the bottom line is that I'm just a closet hipster.

Especially as a blogger, I want to be on top of things. I want to discover great books as soon as I can get my hands on them. It's virtually impossible though. There are so many books being released every month, every year, that you can impossibly read them all. If you can, you probably have superpowers.

And honestly? It shouldn't matter. It shouldn't matter whether you're keeping up with all new releases or whether you're still catching up on books that have been released 4 years ago, or whether you simply couldn't care less about new releases and read what you want. At the end of the day everyone should read whatever they want, whenever they want. 


Are you a closet hipster, too, or am I just weird?

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

I'm Challenging Myself to Read 1 Book in 2016 | Goodreads Challenges Suck?



Probably everyone who's an avid reader, whether they're a book blogger or just a spectator, has a Goodreads account these days. Whether it's to document, discuss, or just see what others are reading.

A huge part of the Goodreads experience is the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Basically you simply set a goal for how many books you're going to read in the upcoming year and Goodreads tracks your progress for you.

In theory this is a nice concept, especially for statistic freaks like me who just love seeing everything they do translated into numbers. Goodreads tracks everything for you:

How many pages you read, how many books by a certain author you read, how many books from a genre you read - it's all there. It looks neat and gives you a great overview at the end of the year. I use the function quite often to simply check how many pages I've read or to see how many books I've given a certain rating. 
It's strangely addicting?!

But aside from that, the more people I befriended and the more I started immersing myself in the reading community, I noticed that this whole neat little concept isn't really just a fun thing to do on the side - it's serious business.
People are actively trying to read the most books on the entire website and surpass everyone they know. Like, not even in a friendly way, but in an obsessively competitive kinda way. Myself included. You can't help it, when you see someone post their score, you just want to surpass them. 

When I first started my blog and did the challenge for the first time in 2014, I read about 50 books I think. Last year around 90. But the thing is, I feel constantly pressured to one-up myself every year and read even more books, because there'll always be someone that has a higher book count than me. For people who are naturally just very competitive, this is a nightmare.
Having deadlines is always very stressful for me, and seeing all these people challenge themselves to read ridiculous amounts of books (I've seen 500+) and actually succeed and overpass me very early on just makes me feel like I'm failing at reading. That's actually a pretty stupid thing to think. 

What are we even competing for? 

Does it increase your coolness factor or IQ with every book you read? Eh. I don't think so.

I mean for some people competition is just a fun way to push themselves a little, but for me it's just unnecessary stress that I don't need in my life. The only goal I have reading-wise in 2016 is to read simply for pleasure. I want to read books because I want to, not because they're short and will help me reach my Goodreads challenge goal more quickly (I've seriously done this before).

So in order to avoid all this, I have challenged myself to read a single book this year.
No more competitive reading for me.

Are you doing the 2016 GR challenge? What's your goal?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Impossible Goodreads TBRs - Do You Even Try? | YA Talk



"I'm adding this to my TBR" has become an ancient proverb to me. I say it so often that it probably lost all its meaning.

The times where I did actually go to my TBR to determine which books to read next are long gone. 






Let's Do Some Math

I actually started laughing when I took a look at my Goodreads TBR and saw this:

  • The average book is 80,000 words long
  • The average reading speed per minute is 200 words. 
  • An average-speed reader needs 400 minutes to read an average-length book, that's 6.6 hours.

I have 2239 books on my TBR. Pretending these are all average-length books and I'm an average-speed reader, I'll need 14,777.4 hours to read all these. That's 615.7 days. That's 20.5 months. That's 1.7 years worth of consistent reading. Doesn't seem that high, am I right?

Sadly, in reality I read about 50-100 books a year. The span is that high because I'm super inconsistent. If we pretend I read an average of 70 average-length books for the next few years, it'll take me 37.98 years to get through this TBR. Let's hope there's a lot of DNFs hidden in there.

How Books End Up There

Do I intend to actually read the majority of these? Probably not. I put books on my TBR too easily. 
  • I think I'll like the book, so it's going on my TBR. 
  • Great synopsis! On my TBR.
  • Ooh, my favorite author has a new book? On my TBR.
  • Hey my friend said it's a good book. On my TBR.
  • Wow I like the cover. TBR.
  • Wow I like that review. Gotta check out the book. TBR.
  • Great list of topics I like, better add every single book on it to my TBR.

Do you handle your TBR as carelessly as I do? Or am I just a mess?

Does Anyone Actually Work on Their GR TBR?

Because I don't. I used to, but right now I've got the book blogging community and an immediate TBR stored in my head. I know exactly which books I'm about to buy when my physical TBR shrunk a little. Who needs Goodreads if you have a surprisingly long list of recommendations?

I know that my TBR is nothing compared to the pile of books some of you guys have. I've seen TBRs in the six digits. 
The question is, is it really important what I put there? There are so many books on my list that I probably won't ever read and only added for some long-forgotten reason.

Should I have been more selective with what I add? Probably. Should I actually use it like it was intended - to keep track of what I actually read? Who does that?! I don't know. I just know that I have a lot of reading to do now. About 37 years of it.

How high is your GR TBR? 

Are you actively working on getting rid of it?

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