Month: August 2015

Reader Survey 2015: Results!

Posted August 30, 2015 by Ana in Announcements | 2 Comments
Reader Survey 2015: Results!

Hello there, dear reader! During the month of June, I ran a reader survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill it out. :) Today, I’m going to share the results with you. In my survey, I asked about some reader demographics and tried to gauge reader interest in hopes of making better content. Next week, I’ll be posting about what changes will happen to the blog given all these results. A note about the charts: Pie charts were used for questions where the respondents could only select one answer, but bar charts were used for questions […]

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Review 187: This One Summer (J..

Posted August 28, 2015 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 187: This One Summer (Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki)

Ah, this book. Absorbing, thought-provoking, and a really good read about two friends and growing up. What I liked was the usage of negative space, like lots of white or black space to convey the feeling of something. The art style is interesting because I think it’s meant to be a little messy, with the ink work looking like it’s been made with a variety of brushes. I think it carries the narrative really well, and contributes to the usage of negative space that I mentioned. So, the characters. Oh, Rose. From first impressions, I thought she was the more […]

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Talk to Me 80: Anthologies

Posted August 26, 2015 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 1 Comment
Talk to Me 80: Anthologies

Anthologies and I have an odd relationship. On one hand, I like picking them up because I think it’s a good way to discover new authors amidst authors whose stories I like. On the other, the stories within them are just so hit-or-miss for me that my feeling about the entire thing averages out to a general “meh.” Then there was that one anthology where a story tried to describe arousal with the phrase “dagger nipples” and I nope-d the heck out of there. MOVING ON, so what do I like and dislike about anthologies. Let’s make this fun and imagine we’re […]

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Review 186: Brave New Girls (V..

Posted August 24, 2015 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 186: Brave New Girls (Various Authors)

I loved the premise of this anthology. I love science and want a future career in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I love efforts that encourage girls to get involved with science, especially because it can be such a Boys Club sometimes. I love how this anthology focuses on female protagonists and their passion for science and technology. But the thing with anthologies is the stories can be very hit-or-miss. There were a few stories that I really enjoyed (especially the last one), but a lot of the stories just didn’t really interest me as much as […]

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Book Breaktime: Podcasts

Posted August 23, 2015 by Ana in Ana's Favourites, Book Breaktime! | 1 Comment
Book Breaktime: Podcasts

When I’m walking, I like listening to audiobooks. When I’m working at my desk, I like listening to something instrumental or any of the “Focus” playlists on Spotify. When I’m doing something that involves moving around, like cleaning, I like listening to podcasts. Especially funny ones. Today, I’m going to talk about three of my favourite podcasts, and ask for recommendations! Ana’s Favourites I’ve talked about Aisha Tyler’s work before, and I really enjoy seeing her on other media that I enjoy (like her guest spot on Tabletop). Here’s part of the description, taken from its website: girl on guy […]

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Review 185: Crash (Lisa McMann..

Posted August 21, 2015 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 185: Crash (Lisa McMann)

So my general reaction to this book was “meh,” meaning that I did like it and found some parts interesting, but the whole thing just didn’t really come through on that exciting and tense story that the synopsis seems to promise. The plot moved too slow for me, and there’s a lot of Jules seeming to do the same thing over and over. Towards the end, something really interesting popped up but then I was rudely reminded that this was the first of a series and the Interesting Thing wasn’t resolved at the end. I don’t really know what to […]

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Talk to Me 79: Love to hate &#..

Posted August 19, 2015 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 2 Comments
Talk to Me 79: Love to hate ’em!

Today, I want to talk about character-writing, and writing a character that I will probably hate. In a good way, and then in a bad way. Let’s talk about that character who you just want to throttle, but place on your favourites list. Or that character who just want to throttle. “Oh dang, I hate this character. BUT WHAT A GOOD CHARACTER.” In this case, I hate the character and what they do, but I am damn impressed that the author was able to elicit that kind of reaction from me. They’re usually the villain. Ah, the villain character. They seem […]

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Review 184: Reluctantly Charme..

Posted August 17, 2015 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 184: Reluctantly Charmed (Ellie O’Neill)

I picked up this book because I was scrambling for books so I could catch up with with 2015 Mythology Reading Challenge, and enjoyed it more than I thought I would! For the main driving part of the story, there’s the premise of Kate having to fulfill her ancestor’s wishes with the backdrop of Irish mythology and folklore. What I really loved was that the book was ultimately about Kate’s growth as a person, because her character development was so clear at the end, but it didn’t feel forced or shoe-horned. Also, I just really liked the tone of this […]

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Read Play Blog: Game character..

Posted August 16, 2015 by Ana in Read Play Blog | 2 Comments
Read Play Blog: Game characters I relate to the most

Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence & Read Me Away. August: Which game character(s) do you relate to the most?   The first character that came to mind was Yuna from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, but I’ve talked about Yuna before so I’ll try to talk about someone new today… Dear reader, this is Curly Brace from Cave Story! This little robo-lady […]

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Review 183: Unleashed (Sophie ..

Posted August 14, 2015 by Ana in Reviews | 1 Comment
Review 183: Unleashed (Sophie Jordan)

Compared to the first book, this one was such a bore and a disappointment. The really interesting sociological bits that I loved in the first one either fade into the background and are told through those pre-chapter tidbits that focus on other characters, or are completely overshadowed by DAVY’S INTENSE LEVELS OF ANGST. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing a character angst as they wrestle with personal issues, but this book just felt so boring with all the angst! Maybe it was because the pacing was so slow that the angsting seemed more annoying. Things just seemed so repetitive, but […]

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