Let’s Talk: It’s Okay to Write Negative Reviews

Hi there, fellow bookworms! In last week’s discussion post, I wrote out my guidelines for writing a negative review, because, let’s be honest, there are times when we’ve all sounded a little rant-y and could definitely use some help in keeping our negative reviews organized.

But this week, I want to talk about why it’s okay to write a negative review of a book you didn’t like. I’ve seen and talked to several book reviewers who absolutely refuse to write a negative review, and honestly, kudos to them. I WISH I had the will power to stay positive about every book I read, but I can’t. So, for those of us who face the moral dilemma of disliking a book but not wanting to bash it completely, today’s discussion post is about why it’s okay to write a negative review.Read More »

Let’s Talk: Tough Topic Tales

Recently, I read The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano. A few pages in, I ran into a bit of a dilemma which continued through the whole story. The protagonist deals with self-harm throughout the book. While the topic itself didn’t bother me, the way it was handled did (you can read more about it in my review.) But, it brought up an interesting question; should we hold books that cover tough topics to a higher standard than others, and, if so, how do we make sure the review is still fair?Read More »

Let’s talk Literary Ladies

I’ve seen a lot of posts going around calling for more well-rounded and realistic women in literature, and it makes me so excited to see literary ladies getting the attention they deserve. That being said, in my circle of friends, there seems to be a bit of confusion about what exactly I mean when I say I’m looking for a strong or a well-written female character. Often, I’ve seen people assume any woman with a set of traditionally non-feminine skills, or someone who can hold her own in a fight, is a strong female character. I don’t know about you guys, but I need to see a lot more before I’m willing to call someone a strong leading lady. So I’ve decided to outline exactly what I do and don’t mean when I say I’m looking for strong female characters.Read More »