Hello blog readers!
Long time, no chat. I’m sure many have you move away from following this blog since I’v abandoned it for so long. BUT if you’re still reading, Hello!
I’m sorry to have left my poor little blog unattended for so long. Unfortunately, long form book blogging really wasn’t doing it for me. It takes too long and I’d rather spend that time on reading.
I do still enjoy talking about books though. As a result, my Instagram account (@alisoninbookland) has evolved from a personal account into a #Bookstagram account.
This is SO much easier for me. It only takes a few minutes to set up a photo and a few more minutes to write up a caption if I feel up to it.
If by any chance you’re still interested in following me and chatting about books, hop on over to Instagram and let’s follow each other!
Hope all is well with you. I’m still enjoying my hiatus from book blogging but thought I do a quick stop in to briefly discuss some of what I’ve been reading since I paused blogging.
I came across an article on Book Riot recently called High School Reading, 2.0. I thought it was really interesting to see what other people would like to see used in high school classrooms. I thought I would share a few of my picks!
I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see less of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.
I know not having parents around makes the story easier to tell but where’s the love for parents and families? Family is a big thing. It’s our first relationship in life. They cause us many headaches but they also bring us much joy.
What does the word Princess bring to mind for you? How about Princess books? Probably some fluffy fairy tales where a princess needs to be rescued by a prince.
I think that’s what comes to mind for a lot of people so intentionally or unintentionally they write princess books off because of the women featured. Let’s be honest, a book where a woman has to be rescued by a man is clichéd and boring.
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
I’m only ~50 pages in but I’m liking it so far. The pieces are being set down so I can see how it’s going to be a fun mystery. It’s got a nice MG voice going on. It’s not too juvenile or off-putting (so far). I’m a little bummed that Book Scavenger isn’t a real game (but you can hide and find books on the book’s official site).
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
This is fun. It’s cute but not sugary sweet. I’m liking the mystery. I’m also loving that Kami’s girlfriends are still around even though there are boys. I wish that wasn’t so rare in YA books. I’m not quite done yet but I’ve already checked out the next book!