Is This Novel Young Adult?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Disclaim: As someone who reads mostly young adult novels, I have no prejudices against this literature. In a matter of fact, I'm a huge advocate of this literary category (it features characters and plots as complex as those in novels marketed for adults and deserves to be recognized by the critics).
Last weekend, I finished my reading of Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade. While I was writing a short review on Goodreads, I noticed that some reviewers mentioned that the novel was young adult. It was confusing and surprising because, even though there was no smut, the novel features some sexually-charged interactions and the main male character was in his early twenties. This was not the first time I came across such a situation. I'm always left bewildered by how books that I don't read as young adult are placed in this category. As any blogger going through a blogging slump, I thought that this topic had the potential for an interesting discussion. Today, I'm asking myself (and to everyone who reads this article) what makes a novel young adult.

Book Tag. Disney Book Tag

Saturday, 13 April 2019

As I mentioned in my last Sunday Post, I'm going through a blogging slump. After listening to some advices and wise words from other lovely bloggers, I began my search for book tags. I saw the Disney Book Tag for the first time on Bec&Bones and I saved it on my drafts to jong it later. I guess "later" is finally now. I won't lie, I worked on this tag for over a week (damn you, blogging slump), but I did it. Ps. I published this post last night by accident (it was not even complete), so to all the subscribers who received an e-mail, I'm so sorry. 

Sunday Post. Blogging Slump

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
Hi book lovers. How is everyone doing? 😊 Me? I'm fine. Keeping myself busy with my thesis and working on some new designs. However, I'm in a blogging slump. I've no clue about what I want to write (and I haven't been reading that much to write reviews). If this has ever happened to you, what do you do to get out of a blogging slump?

Reading & Blogging Challenges. First Quarter Update

Sunday, 31 March 2019

I can't believe the first three months of the year have already come and go. They weren't really good months for me, but I hate to see time going by so fast. I want to do a thousand different things and I'm already freaking out over the fact that there will be no time to do them. *takes a deep breath* In the past three months, I've been slowly going through the challenges I decided to join. I haven't read as much as I expected to, but, hopefully, I'll get a lot more involved in these challenges in the next months. If you are part of any of the challenges mentioned bellow, let me know. 😊

Season of the Witch. Bewitching Reads

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Witchcraft and covens. Curses and incantations. Potions and charms. Necromancy and blood magic. These are the some of the words that pop into my head when I think of witches. Lately, I've found myself enticed by novels that feature witches. The portrayal of these women with magical powers breaks from the old hag representation from children stories. If you're in the mood for revengeful witches, cursed towns, eerie atmospheres and deadly spells, these are some bewitching reads.

Top Five Wednesday. Spring Reads aka Retellings in Bloom

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Thoughts on Tomes and Gindger Reads Lainey.
Happy Wednesday! And, if you live in the same hemisphere that me, happy first day of spring! 🌻🌼🌷🌹 I'm joining Top 5 Wednesday for the first time. Lately, I've been in a spring mood (inspired by the season of love, last week I shared a discussion post on Swoony Romance Tropes) and this week's theme is all about spring reads. After some thinking, I decided to share with your five retellings coming out this spring that I'd sacrifice my bookshelf to the bookish gods to get my hands on them. Okay, let's not overreact. But some blood might be shed.

Sunday Post. Once Again, I'm Back! Life Has Been Messy...

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
Hi! How's everyone doing? I know that I haven't shared my week with you since early February, but I haven't been me. For those who don't know yet, my Luna passed away on February 14th after losing her fight to cancer. As I'm writing this, I'm shedding a few tears, so I apologize for any grammar mistakes. The last few months were not easy. I found a lump on her neck on Christmas and since then that day I've been feeling depressed. When she passed away, things got a little worse. No matter how hard I try to walk out of this bubble of sadness, I always find myself back to it. In the last month, I've been feeling a lot more lethargic - I go from writing/editing my thesis to stay on the couch without moving. I haven't been able to write or to read properly. I know what is happening to me, but I'm trying to fight all these feelings and I know I'll crawl out of this gloomy mood. One of my first steps was getting back to the blogging world. So, here I'm opening my heart to you and babbling about books.