[LET’S CHAT] Problematic Faves & What To Do With Them

 Is it truly a bad thing to be a loyal fan?

I’m sure we’re all familiar of how it feels like to be part of a fandom! We’re all fans of certain book series, movies, TV shows…if there’s a name for it, there’s a group of people passionately carrying it somewhere out there. But, of course, being in a fandom can become hella complicated pretty quickly, and as bookworms, I feel like it’s a conversation that has popped up often.

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[LET’S CHAT] Are We Making The Error of Looking for the “Perfect” Diverse Book?

Ah, yes, we’ve approached another edition of “Mikaela discusses things only she has ever noticed or cared about.”  I’m sure you guys have missed that while I was away.

If you haven’t heard or you’ve been living underneath a rock when it comes to the book community, you might have missed out on the hype and controversy surrounding a book titled 27 Hours. I personally feel as if the controversy surrounding this book has never really been fully discussed. I can’t tell if it’s because it’s a diverse book, the fact that it was hyped as all hell, or the fact that – let’s be honest here – the community that hyped this book acted pretty hypocritical as things came to light. So, I thought that I would talk about it, because I feel like it really sheds light on an issue that I’ve been thinking about lately.

(Also, wow, does it feel good to be back!)
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[LET’S CHAT] The Debacle of Rating Books Before You Read Them

Obviously, there’s a debate surrounding the idea of rating books if you haven’t read them.

Should you do it? Is it a form of protest? Is it completely wrong or right? Are there certain instances where it’s fine, but others where it isn’t? What’s the whole point of doing it in the first place? I decided that today would be the day I put my two cents into the discussion, so let’s do it!

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[LET’S CHAT] Do We Have The Right To Judge People For What They Read?

I think we can all admit that we’re pretty judgmental.

We judge people based off of a lot of things, but as bookworms, I think it’s pretty obvious that the biggest thing we judge people off of is what they read, even though we don’t want to. But is it truly okay to judge what people are reading or is it a more complex issue? Let’s dive into it!

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[LET’S CHAT] How Many Chances Do You Give An Author?

Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in the day.

So, obviously, we bookworms don’t have all the time to read all the books that have ever existed (which totally sucks). That means we have to pick and choose which books we’ll spend time to read, and when it comes to authors that have failed to impress us, it creates a pretty tough situation: should we give them a second chance or go bye-bye? Let’s talk about it!

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[LET’S CHAT] The Perilous Process of Writing Blog Posts (Or, How I Write My Blog Posts)

I think we can all agree that writing blog posts is a difficult, but fun, process.

I thought it’d be interesting to talk about the process that commonly unfolds when it comes to actually planning and writing my blog posts, since it seems like you guys really enjoy when I talk about my day-to-day blogging life. That’s right, I’m spilling all my secrets! Enjoy it while it lasts.
(I kid, I am happy to spill my blogging “secrets” anytime!)

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[LET’S CHAT] Are Diverse Books Diverse Enough?

Look, I’ve finally published the discussion I said I would write last month!

But, anyway, not the point. I’ve wanted to talk about this issue a while now, since there’s been lots of conversation around representation in regards to talk of diverse and problematic books, since it really does play a big part! So, I thought I’d write a discussion post about something regarding representation that’s been brought up often: are diverse books diverse enough?
(Also, ignore the terrible title. I COULD THINK OF NOTHING ELSE.)

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[LET’S CHAT] Why Are Book Reviews So Unpopular In The Blogosphere?

Book reviews are pretty unpopular.

It’s pretty much an inarguable fact. And it sucks sometimes. It hurts to work so hard on reviews only for them to completely and totally flop sometimes. But WHY is it that book reviews are so unpopular? I decided that I’d talk about it, because why not?

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[LET’S CHAT] How Do You Find The Time To Blog?

I think we all know that blogging takes up a lot of our time.

I’ve talked about how I balance books, blogging, and life on my blog before, but never specifically about HOW I find the time to sit down and blog, especially with how stressful my life outside blogging can be. So, of course, I decided to chat about it (because that’s how I deal with things).
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