It’s Sunday again and you know what that means? Time to shout out a few great discussions and posts of tips!! And to shamelessly beg for someone to steal this meme so these posts can shout out more than like, twenty people. Let’s diversify these lists 👌👌
On Blogging, Writing, and Publishing
Here’s some advice from author Hannah Carmack! This author wrote two books releasing this upcoming year, one of which I have an arc of that will hopefully get read soon.
And there is also this post from May @ForeverandEverly on WordPress tips and tricks. May is my favorite WordPress expert and has taught me so much. This post has tips on how to mess with font size, center images in a row, and more! It’s so amazing.
On Tropes and Books Themselves
There’s this post by @WhatTheLog about mental health tropes and how to avoid them. This brought up a lot of topics I tend to really hate, like being magically cured by love. I wrote another post about this once having to do with Trauma Narratives.
There’s this post by @TheWellThumbedReader about good and bad tropes in YA posts. I totally agree about lost princess tropes and dabbling in darkness being fantastic tropes! They may be cliche, but I would do them all again.
On Community and Discourse
Okay, FIRST of all, Silvia is as usual serving some really amazing tea on her blog. This time, it’s on international readers and the need for nuance in the discussion of piracy. I think it’s really important to acknowledge that we’re all on different playing fields and avoid assuming someone is only pirating books because they can. I have literally never in my life pirated a book, but you know why that is? I am in a situation where I don’t have to. The problem with piracy is the people doing it when they have other options, not the people pirating books because they have no other option.
Destiny @HowlingLibraries has a really great post about trying to get zero books on your To-Be-Read list. Which is actually, um, a goal of mine? I would love to be able to only read yearly releases and books I just heard about rather than reading my owned backlist someday. Will it happen? Maybe not. Or maybe. Is it the goal? Totally.
And then there is a second, and perhaps even more pertinent, post from Destiny. This is half review of A Court of Thorns and Roses and half discussion of how a book can hit us in the right place at the right time and become a favorite. And I know I commented this on the post itself, but it’s definitely worth mentioning here – this was me with Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead. I see people tear apart this book and all its fans constantly. But at the time, this book literally meant the world to me because of one reason and one reason only: the side relationship between Natalie and Hannah. I wasn’t even questioning anymore when I read it – I knew I was sapphic to some degree – but I hadn’t SEEN it. and their stories as abuse survivors meant the goddamn world to me.
Also, Marija @InsideMyLibraryMind made a post about mid series cover changes and why getting rep on covers is more important! Which guess what? I agree!! Although I wish they’d do hardcover re-releases or keep the spines matching or something. Also, can we talk about the fact that the new Ember in the Ashes covers are objectively better than the old ones? Because they are. Fight me.
Thank you guys so much for reading, and hope to see you again on the next iteration of this post! 💛