How to Make Your Blog & Social Media More Accessible

Hello friends! This has been on my mind for a while & it's a really important topic we don't often acknowledge (or act on). The information in this post is honestly super easy to access by just Googling, but I thought it was important enough that I share it directly coming from me, rather than… Continue reading How to Make Your Blog & Social Media More Accessible

Fairytales & Subversion: Interview with Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead) & Retellings You’ll Love

a salmon colored illustration of a swoosh of magic air, with a crown, heel shoe, sword, necklace, and fairy swirling in the cloud. there is a handwritten subtitle "Fairytales & Subversion."

Fairytales and stories have always played a role in culture--passed down orally or transcribed in books. They morph and are rewritten and take on different meaning with the passing of time. Today I'm first talking with Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella Is Dead, about her fantasy debut, fairytales, and rebellion. For context, Cinderella Is Dead… Continue reading Fairytales & Subversion: Interview with Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead) & Retellings You’ll Love

Bringing Stories to Life: The Rebel Army & Other Immersive Graphic Novels

Recently, I've been getting more and more into sequential art in its many forms. Whether that's in cute comics on my Instagram (I love bobblejot & doodleforfood's feeds especially!), stories on Webtoon (Gourmet Hound is amazing), or in book form, it's a medium I haven't had a lot of experience in, but have loved getting… Continue reading Bringing Stories to Life: The Rebel Army & Other Immersive Graphic Novels

Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (3 of 3)

a salmon-colored comic of three boxes. the first, labeled 1, has a girl's collarbone with a star necklace hanging down. the second, labeled 2, has a hand with two fingers pointing up. the third, labeled 3 and circled, shows a girl's slightly open mouth. the handwritten caption reads "Book Ratings. Countability. Languages."

Before we get into it, fun aside for how the 5-stars-or-nothing switch is going: I didn't realize how long it would take to edit ratings and reviews for 800+ books on Goodreads but it is admittedly taking a while. Part of it is that the Goodreads system is clunky and hasn't changed in a long… Continue reading Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (3 of 3)

What I Like About You: Romance, Cupcakes, & Fake Book Blogs

a comic in salmon of three panels: A cupcake on a shelf, a phone and a pencil open to the blog One True Pastry, and three books stacked on top of each other with two titles: Fireflies & You and Read Between the Lines. It is captioned in handwriting "What I Like About You - Marisa Kanter"

You might have seen this teased on my Twitter, but today, the book birthday of Marisa Kanter's bookish romance, What I Like About You, I'm so excited to share a project I've been working on for a while. What I Like About You is a sweet YA contemporary romance about Halle, a Jewish teen book… Continue reading What I Like About You: Romance, Cupcakes, & Fake Book Blogs

Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (2 of 3)

a salmon-colored comic of three boxes. the third is blank but the first, labeled 1, has a girl's collarbone with a star necklace hanging down. the second, circled and labeled 2, has a hand with two fingers pointing up. the handwritten caption reads "Book Ratings. Countability. Languages."

I've begun to struggle with the concept of tracking books. There's a strong desire to count books within the book community. To track what you've read, to track what genre the book is, whether it's diverse, whether the author is diverse, and so on. And it makes a lot of sense. It's useful to analyze… Continue reading Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (2 of 3)

Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (1 of 3)

a salmon-colored comic of three boxes. two are blank but the first, labeled 1, has a girl's collarbone with a star necklace hanging down. the handwritten caption reads "Book Ratings. Countability. Languages."

To start: I'm switching to an all or nothing rating system. Five stars, or none. In the past six months, I've done a lot of thinking on how I approach blogging, book promotion, and where these intersect. I've thought on what things I've done for myself, what things I've done for others (blog readers, authors,… Continue reading Book Ratings, Countability, and . . . Languages? (1 of 3)