I’m Trying Blogging Again!

Greetings to anyone still out there.

I’ve decided to try my hand at book blogging again. It’s NOT going to be as thorough as The Cheap Reader has been. It’s going to be lighter and more sporadic. I miss talking books in long form but I don’t miss the work I had to put into blogging to get things to the standard I wanted.

Truthfully, bookstagram is still where my heart lies. I like the visuals and I like that it’s easier to connect with other readers. It will absolutely  play second fiddle to my bookstagram account.


Alison In Bookland

You’ll find some book reviews, bookish lists, unboxings, and other bookish things. I don’t foresee it being updated daily. Weekly if I’m lucky. More than likely a couple of times a month.

Stop by and say ‘hello’!



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!



What I Want To See Less Of (3)

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.

MIA Family

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.

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Discussion: In Defense of Princesses

let's talkWhat 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.

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Currently: July 5th


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).

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