11 Articles You Should Read to Become a Better Book Blogger

Everyone’s looking for a way to up their blogging game. Whether it’s to redesign the look of your website, start and continue some genuine and necessary conversations, or to just plain get some more traffic – all of us have ideas on what to do and how to do it.

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of articles written by fellow book bloggers that have really helped me with doing all of the above and more! So without further ado, here’s a list of insightful articles you should read to become a better book blogger, broken up by section. Continue reading “11 Articles You Should Read to Become a Better Book Blogger”

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Room of Swords: My All-Time Favorite Webcomic

I think we can all agree that webcomics are amazing.

Every panel artists produce is a labor of love and talent. They tell a story using minimal words, and tell us everything else in how they draw their characters. The sheer care and attention to detail that webcomic creators put in their work is awe-inducing, and leaves me speechless as I scroll through chapters. Because how are people this talented?? Do they have the right to be this talented??

But anyway. Point is, I’m obsessed. And there’s one webcomic in particular that I really love. I stumbled upon it quite by accident – I saw it in a list of webcomics that include LGBTQIAP+ characters – and I started reading it and- Continue reading “Room of Swords: My All-Time Favorite Webcomic”

Recommendations // 3 LGBTQIAP+ YA Historical Fantasies that Will Keep You Up All Night

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

One of the conversations I’ve seen going around the book community for a while now is how historical fiction should be diverse as well. And I agree! This is a thing that should happen, 100%! PoC and LGBTQIAP+ people are often pushed to the margins of history, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there, and there should be more books that focus on that.

(To be clear, I’m not saying that there aren’t historical fiction books that feature marginalized characters out there, but I do think that there could be more. And I also think that we, as a community, need to work on finding these books and talking about them more! And listening to people who do talk about them and read them!)

So I’ve decided to spotlight three books – they’re YA, since I did an adult recommendation post last – that also fit in the fantasy genre! Because books that fit the historical and fantasy genre and feature LGBTQIAP+ characters front and center are obviously very powerful. 🙏❤️ And these particular books have premises so awesome that you will stay up all night reading them.

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Cover Reveals that Had Me Swooning

Hello friends!

So. Obviously, I love reading. And obviously, when I’m not reading, my favorite past-time is to scavenge the Internet for bookish news (because I’m cool like that).

Anyways, recently, a couple cover reveals for books that I’m (very) excited about dropped, and they doubled my excitement for these books! And since I’m so excited about them, I thought I’d try to get you all excited for them as well! So here are books with gorgeous/awe-inducing/amazing covers that you need to have in your life (but at the very least, on your TBR)! Continue reading “Cover Reveals that Had Me Swooning”

Book Review // Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

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My Rating: ★★★★★– 5 stars

[Edit: I rewrote parts of this review, and changed some of my graphics.]

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I’ve read so many reviews of this book, lauding it for how profound it was, but I never could’ve guessed at how truly heartbreaking it is. Girl Made of Stars is like a punch to the gut – it leaves you feeling winded, gasping for breath, and ready to cry all at once.

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Book Review // You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

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My Rating: ★★★★★ – 5 star

I’ll admit, I was totally going to use the title of this book in a pun, but Becky Albertelli beat me to it: You Asked for Perfect and Laura Silverman delivered.” <– This line is absolute genius.

…But also, my opening line was robbed.

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Book Review // Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

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The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.

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My Rating: ★★★★★ – 5 star

TWs: homophobia (mentioned, cast in negative light)

We all make good decisions, and bad ones. Got to learn to live with both.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak (or, as my cousin dubbed it, the “medical book”) is ultimately about life: its fragility, its strength, its persistence in the face of tragedy. And Saira Seghal, sixteen-year-old doctor, may know a lot about life and death, but she’s about to discover she doesn’t know what it means to live.

Before I go any further: I’m an Indian reviewer, so it means the absolute world to me that a book featuring an Indian girl as the protag has been published. I relate to this book on so many levels, especially in the family department. Continue reading “Book Review // Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra”