[LET’S CHAT] The Controversy of Blog Memes

Everybody has feelings about book blogging memes.

Funnily enough, I feel like I’ve only seen a couple discussions about them, and most bloggers seem to fall under the consensus that memes are unoriginal and can get tired and boring, but are blog memes truly living up to that stereotype or are they falling victim to appearing “lesser than” other blog features? Let’s talk about it!

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[LET’S CHAT] Is It Okay To Avoid Talking About Controversial Topics?

Will it be controversial talking about controversial discussion topics? Oh, the irony!

But, for real, I did want to talk about this, mainly because I feel like it’s been something that’s been talked about a lot in general, since the world is messy right now, and I think that it’s best if we just talk it out. So, let’s talk it out!

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[LET’S CHAT] Have You Ever Changed The Way You Blog To Suit Your Audience?

I think we can all admit that we’ve made a couple of changes to our blog to make it better.

Unpopular opinion time: even though most people talk about how you should always blog for yourself first and foremost, that’s never been my thing. I blog for all of you guys, not only so I feel less alone for talking about my favorite books, but also because I created this blog so people would read it!
I thought I would talk about some changes I’ve made that have been catered to all of you guys (and even some that I’ve done for myself)!

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[LET’S CHAT] Should We Stick To Our Favorite Genres Forever?

It’s obvious that all bookworms have their favorite genres.

There’s an endless amount of books out there, ranging from age, to genre, to sub-genre, and once you read a lot, you’ll realize that you favor certain stories over other types, and ignore the ones you’ve had not-so-great experiences with. But is that a bad thing?

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[LET’S CHAT] The Dilemma Of Reading Diverse Books As A Diverse Reader

Spoiler alert: I am not white.

I can’t really tell if it’s a surprise that I’m not, since I have pictures of me on my blog, but I’m not. And I thought that since there’s been such a huge move in #ownvoices and listening to minorities and teenagers, that I thought I’d talk about something more personal that bothers me a little: the fact that it seems like because I’m a minority, I have some sort of job to be the paragon of diversity.
So, let’s talk about it, I guess.

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[LET’S CHAT] How Do You Deal With Blogging Burn-Out?

The month of August was rough for me.

I know what you might be thinking. “Mikaela, what? I absolutely love your blog and your posts were great and you got 800 followers! What could have gone wrong?” But it just felt rough. I wasn’t happy with the way my blog looked. I wasn’t happy with the content I posted. I wasn’t happy with my stats. And I was just overcome with that innate desire to just delete my blog and start all over.
Obviously, I didn’t. I stopped posting for a while, I took a good week to re-design my blog – and then re-design that re-design. I’m back to posting regularly again, and I’m really happy and excited with the content I’ll be posting for the rest of my first year of blogging. So, with all that, instead of doing a simple “I’ve Re-Designed!” post, I thought it’d be better to pose this as a discussion – how do you deal with blogging burn-out?
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[LET’S CHAT] How Have Your Reading Tastes Changed Over The Years?

 It’s so funny how things can change.

I’m currently in my junior year of high school, so, technically, my life has barely begun (even though it feels like forever, damn it), but I know that my tastes have definitely changed over the years, regarding what genres I enjoy, what books I read, and which authors are my favorites!
I know I’ve changed a ton over the years even though I’m pretty young; the things I loved and hated in middle school confuse me as a teenager, and I’m sure I’ll look back at the things I’m doing now and wonder, “What the heck was I doing?”
(But hopefully not, because this is clearly the best part of my life OBVIOUSLY.)
 So, I thought it’d be fun to take a journey through time over all the books I’ve read, from elementary school, all the way to where I am now, high school!

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[LET’S CHAT] The Sudden Abundance of Book-To-Movie Adaptations

So, if you’ve been around for the last couple of years, you’ve realized that book-to-movie adaptations have become all-too-popular and that there are WAY too many of them.

Book-to-movie adaptations usually stemmed from YA series becoming extremely popular, but, nowadays, it seems like every book, even if you’ve NEVER heard of it, is becoming a movie.

I know I’ve definitely gotten extremely tired of most adaptations these days.

It’s really more of a sign that the movie industry is starting to get super uncreative, not to mention that most of the ones that eventually become movies are books I haven’t even read yet or I’m just not interested in the books they’re based off of at all. The ones that I’m begging for – Looking for Alaska, Red Rising, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Eleanor & Park – are stuck in development hell while the ones I hate are being made. IT’S FINE; I’M FINE.

Personally, I barely keep up with adaptations in the first place. My family and I rarely go to the movie theaters at all, and by the time the adaptation rolls around, I’m not really in the mood to actually watch it, so I push it aside, and, as a result, time passes, and then I realize that I STILL haven’t watched it yet. Oops.

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