5 Things I’d Like to See in YA Literature

5 Things I’d Like to See in YA Literature

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on why I read YA even though it often stinks. Today I want to talk about a few ways I think it could stink less. ;) Obviously, considering my previous post, I read YA even though I personally find it less-than-ideal, but here are a few things I’d like to see more or less often in the YA category to sort of balance out the not-so-great YA books. Continue reading “5 Things I’d Like to See in YA Literature”

The Liebster Award #7 and Sunshine Blogger Award #4

The Liebster Award #7 and Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Four months ago, I tagged Allie at Of Rainy Days and Stardust Veins for this pair of tags, and a few weeks ago she tagged me right back. I’m not sure if that’s in violation of the rules, but here we are. XD

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Thanks, Allie.)
  • Display your award.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers.
  • Ask 6 new questions.
  • Let your nominees know they were nominated.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite kind of tea?

Um… unsure. I had Continue reading “The Liebster Award #7 and Sunshine Blogger Award #4”

Why I Read YA (even though it often stinks)

Why I Read YA (even though it often stinks)

Keeping on the trend of reading habit posts inspired by conversations, I wanted to discuss the value of YA fiction. Mainstream YA can get a lot of flack in conservative Christian circles, and for good reason. It’s often shallow, riddled with unnecessarily mature content, and contains little moral value for a young reader looking toward literature for characters to look up to, or even to gain a greater appreciation for the craft of writing. However, I still read YA and I still think that mainstream young adult novels—even those less solid books—have value of a non-literary variety. Here’s why. Continue reading “Why I Read YA (even though it often stinks)”

What to Read, As an Author

What to Read, As an Author

I’m guessing that everyone here is a reader. I’m also guessing that most of you authors began writing out of a love for reading. When you started, reading was a grand escape and a fun leisure activity, and you read whatever you wanted whenever you wanted, but now that you’re an author you hear people saying “Read these books to improve your craft! Don’t read those or you’ll take too much inspiration for your own books and write a copy!” and other dos and don’ts that could make reading less enjoyable. So here’s what I think authors should read (hint: it’s pretty much everything) and why each category is beneficial. Continue reading “What to Read, As an Author”

5 Reasons We Don’t Have Flying Cars (and the Worldbuilding Takeaways)

5 Reasons We Don’t Have Flying Cars (and the Worldbuilding Takeaways)

A couple of weeks ago, I had the strange idea to write a post about why we don’t have flying cars. “Well that’s random,” I thought. “Where in the world am I going to post that?” And then the idea rattled around in my head for a couple of days and I realized I could associate worldbuilding principles to my reasons for our current lack of flying cars. So… here we are. XD Continue reading “5 Reasons We Don’t Have Flying Cars (and the Worldbuilding Takeaways)”