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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Religion in Books and Why I Am Not Always Okay With It

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Religion in books makes me uncomfortable. There, I said it. It’s not because I have anything against religion, it’s just that in a lot of my experiences, books that are based on some sort of religious myth tend to draw heavily from Christian mythology and that’s really where I start feeling uncomfortable. It’s not that these myths cannot be done well but in a lot of my experiences what ends up happening is that all other religions become excluded from this world found on one kind of myth and as a reader who isn’t Christian or really aware of many of these myths, I am excluded from the novel.

I realize this isn’t unintentionally done but this brings us back to the issue of diversity in literature. BECAUSE DIVERSITY. Religious diversity, is surprisingly hard to find. It’s not like everyone is born Christian or that other religions don’t have amazing myths to use.

So what brought on this post? I just read a book that said God was real. And God can be real. I think, especially in fantasy, religion can add so much more to the world building of a novel but by saying God is real, you already exclude other ‘religious realities’ such as the existence of multiple Gods, no Gods at all, etc. So where does it leave all those readers?

I am not really religious and wasn’t brought up in a religious household so I don’t have a problem with religion (it was never shoved down my throat so I never really thought of religion in negative terms), I have a problem with one religious identity being presented as the norm. If there is a book that wants to borrow from Christian Mythology that is fine but how does one do that without alienating other religions? How does one create a world that acknowledges that not everyone is Christian but is also able to create a world based on one mythology?

That is real question, to be honest. I don’t know the answer, I just want to bring forth something that has been making me rage-y. I don’t want this post to be seen as me telling people what they can or cannot believe or saying that their beliefs are right and wrong. I just want people to be aware of the fact that this can be a problem for some readers like me who find it super frustrating when they aren’t represented in literature and when books seem to imply that there is one ‘right’ belief.

How do you feel about religion in books? Do you think we need more representation in terms of religion? How do you think books could be more inclusive? Let’s TALK!

On Blog Tours

On Blog Tours

Posted by on 02/12/2016 • 14 Comments

There has been a lot of discussion in the community about blog tours and I am here today to add my two cents to the conversation.

So. Blog tours. I really like them, but I understand what people mean when they say blog tours are filler posts. The thing is though, it really isn’t as simple as that (or at least in my opinion.) I think blog tours can also be really creative especially when hosts are allowed to have a bigger part in their posts.

Also, a lot of my blog tour posts tend to be review posts (especially in my experience) so in that way, they really aren’t that much different from regular blog posts and are just a way of getting a large amount of reviews for…

Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Posted by on 02/04/2016 • 11 Comments

I am of the opinion that books are amazing (DUH.) Over the years, I have gained so much knowledge from books and learned so much about the world. Reading hasn’t just been a form of escapism but a way of filling all the gaps in my knowledge. Today, I wanted to dedicate a post to all the amazing female leads who inspired me growing up and who have helped define the person I want to be.


You might know Madeleine L’Engle as my no.1 hero because her books changed my life but it was Vicky in specific from the Austin Family series that really helped me out during my awkward pre-teen phase. In A Ring of Endless Lights (one of the best books I’ve ever read, FYI) Vicky is surrounded…

Diverse Picture Books

Diverse Picture Books

Posted by on 01/25/2016 • 5 Comments

So, picture books. A lot of you might not read them yourselves but if I might say so, there are some fabulous picture books out there and yes, picture books that are ‘diverse.’ I am currently taking a Queer Lit class at my college and one of my classmates mentioned that she wished picture books weren’t so generic. She mentioned how nice it would be if she could read some pictures books aloud to her kids that weren’t based on heteronormative ideals and I wanted to shout that there ARE some amazing pictures books out there. AND HERE WE ARE. With me recommending some diverse picture books to you guys. ENJOY.


Goodreads Links

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Last Stop On Market Street by…

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Posted by on 01/11/2016 • 11 Comments

As some of you might know, diversity is super important to me and I strive to promote it whatever chance I can get. So today, I am presenting you with a list of some really cool diverse books coming out in the year 2016. PREPARE TO ADD EVERYTHING TO YOUR SHELF if you haven’t already. Not only do all of these have stunning covers, but they sound pretty awesome too!

Goodreads Links

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Vicarious by Paula…

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

Posted by on 12/21/2015 • 15 Comments

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Do you love re-tellings of her works? I DO. I am always on the lookout for them since her books feature some of my favorite romance tropes so I decided to put together a post featuring some re-tellings I’ve read and some that I hope to get around to reading!


Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations of your own? Let us converse about the amazingness of  Mr. Darcy books.


On Happy Endings

On Happy Endings

Posted by on 12/14/2015 • 15 Comments

If you know me, you know that I LIVE for my Happily Ever Afters but I realize that many people don’t like them (which is 100% okay because to each and their own.) Today I just wanted to sit down and talk about why they are important to me.

So ideal endings. We all want them and chances are, we hardly ever get them. For me the perfect ending is happy but is also open in ways that allows me to continue interacting with the text. So in the case of a romance: they get together… but preferably not the whole we are married now and have 100 babies epilogue because that’s cheesy (at least in my opinion.) I don’t just think of HEAs in terms of romance though, in…

Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite TV Shows

Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite TV Shows

Posted by on 12/02/2015 • 26 Comments

I while ago, I finished a book and my immediate reaction was that the book would be PERFECT for people who watch X tv show. Having seen various posts like this on the internet, I decided I wanted to do one too but wanted to highlight titles that aren’t as popular so that they get some love. There is a good chance I wasn’t able to cover your fav TV show because there are only so many I can do in one post, but if you’d like to see another post like this with some specific TV shows let me know in the comments!

Quick note: I am not so great with designing fancy things so bear with me.