I mean, isn’t blogging all about tooting your own horn a little?
This week on Top 5 Wednesday we’re asked to pick 5 of our OWN favourite posts and talk about why they are. Being proud of your writing and your work can sometimes be hard to feel; you are your biggest critic, and sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at all that you’ve achieved and say “yes, I did a good thing.”
I felt so much for this book that I couldn’t really put it into words, but I tried my damn best. Radio Silence is one of my favourite reads this year so far, and I don’t think it’ll be knocked out of the top 5 very soon. This review is one of my longest, because the amount of topics discussed in the novel are just too important to be ignored.
I wrote this in response to Regina’s post about why we all love bad boys. I wanted to talk about the portrayal of bad boys in YA and the overall affect it can have on our perspective of a healthy, respectful relationship. I wrote a damn LOT, and I didn’t expect everyone to read it. It’s popular in comments but not in likes, and I understand that. But it was a topic that I’m so interested and passionate about. I hate the romanticisation of abuse, but I love the mysterious and often villainous males we have in fiction. I shared that in what I hope still is a good, strong argument!
I wrote this one because I was angry that I’d DNF’d a popular book that I was PROMISED I would love. I came to the conclusion to that just because everyone loves something, doesn’t mean I will, and I learned to accept that. I think I made my point without being rude (and also didn’t mention to book because I’m not about that life), but also made the post fairly positive even though I was talking about disliking things!
This topic is so important to me, and I hope to many readers and writers out there. To promote friendship between women is so awesome but also a little scarce in YA. Why do authors like to pit women against each other? Make them love rivals? This was a call to action. Women should LOVE and RESPECT each other. This was also the post where I started making fancy headers. Yay!
So, instead of being about the review, this is put in my top 5 because it is my first ARC. Through working in a bookstore, I do receive a lot of Advanced Reading Copies addressed to the book department to just read for free and to rave about to our customers. As the only member of staff with a book blog, I’m usually the one who gets to nab it. However, Blackbird Books was the first publisher to contact me personally, to see if I wanted a copy of the upcoming novel Valentina by debut author S.E. Lynes. I read it, got angry at it (which was intentional), and got it all down. They featured my review on their website and Twitter, and it shall forever be known as my first real ARC.