Category Archives: opinion

Why you should (allow yourself to) read “below your capabilities.”

Or:  “Reading Without Limits” Goes Both Ways  This is somewhat of a prelude to my Decade-End Review, and somewhat of a response to: Recent discussions on appropriate tween books (scroll down to the “Clean Teen” section), Debates over appropriate trick-or-treating ages … Continue reading

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Mindful Make-believe: “The Gypsy Game” on compassionate cosplay

Spooky Salutations, Postcardians!  Welcome to… Halloween Month 2019! Re: this year’s theme.  Rather than Selkies, Sequels, and Second Chances, I’ve decided to focus on Compassionate Cosplay, (Literary) Candy Crushes, and Sinister Selchies (look, there’s a ‘c’ in there!) Today’s post will … Continue reading

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My Top 6 bookish podcasts

First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me their uplifting book recommendations in response to my last post. I am definitely going to check some of those out this Fall and Winter.  I’m especially looking forward to re-reading … Continue reading

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“Stink bugs are temporary. Love is forever.”

As I mentioned the one other time I got political on this blog…I don’t usually get political on this blog.  I usually keep La La Land and Washington very separate.  But once in a while, a thing happens that deserves … Continue reading

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I really debated posting this. Is a book blog really the place to get political? Shouldn’t I just stick to the fun, uplifting posts that let people forget about the terrible things that happen in Real Life? But at some … Continue reading

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Sorry, did you say something? I was busy reading this awesome YA and not hating myself for it

*bridge-of-nose pinch* So, there’s apparently some new Defender of Mature Adult Literature out there, telling us over-18-year-olds that we “should be embarassed” about our enjoyment of books written (or at least marketed) for children and teens.  I’m not going to … Continue reading

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Video chat: Is YA actually better at feminism than adult lit?

So, I’ve been spending more time these past few months over at Insatiable Booksluts, but I promise I haven’t forgotten La-La Land.  New Postcards are on the way, including reviews of the 80s classic Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden, … Continue reading

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Dear Authors: Not every YA heroine needs a boyfriend

Cross-posted from Insatiable Booksluts. ________________ I like a good literary romance well enough.  Aw, who am I kidding, I’m the shippiest shipper in all of shipdom.*  I was on Team Ron/Hermione right from Sorcerer’s Stone (I swear I started this post before … Continue reading

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Right on, Seanan McGuire!

I was browsing through Seanan McGuire’s LiveJournal, having just begun exploring her Fae-verse in the e-novella, In Sea-Salt Tears (it’s a companion to Book 5 of the Toby Daye series, but it’s understandable enough for someone who hasn’t read the main … Continue reading

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The Juv/YA stigma

You may have already heard about Martin Amis’  comments on BBC’s Faulks on Fiction, regarding children’s books.  Specifically: “People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children’s book. … I say, ‘If I had a serious brain injury I might well … Continue reading

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