On Pride and Prejudice

I’ve been in love with Pride and Prejudice ever since I devoured the 1995 television series, cuddled on the couch with my mom and a bowl of ice cream. I had tried More »

On Paranormal Romance

As I mentioned in a previous post, paranormal romance has been given a bad rep because of girly wish-fulfilling books like Twilight. Yes, I’m basing all the bad stigma following paranormal romance More »

On The Dark Divine

*Mild Spoilers (Visit Spoiler Ratings and Guidelines for ThinkyRead’s spoiler policy). As I’ve mentioned before, I listen to a podcast called Writing Excuses. Now, I never mentioned that I listen to it More »

Three Pitfalls of Writing Romance

Romance in fiction is more common than you might think. These days, you don’t have to buy a ticket to the newest chick flick to witness sparks flying on-screen. It seems to More »

On Fifty Shades of Grey

*Spoiler-Free (Visit Spoiler Ratings and Guidelines for ThinkyRead’s spoiler policy). Back in 2012 I opened my Amazon account and took a look at the top New York Times best sellers. I wanted something to More »

 

On Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Back in 2012 I opened my Amazon account and took a look at the top New York Times best sellers. I wanted something to read and had no good recommendations. I figured I would let all of America tell me what was good.

I had never heard of Fifty Shades of Grey before. I considered its “romance” branding and classy cover as it smiled at me from the number one spot.

“I like chick-flicks,” I thought, “maybe I’ll like a romance novel.”

Mistake. Big Mistake with a capital M.

Bonus: On Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Responding to1111

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Before reading this post, I suggest you read Evil Robot Monkey on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. It’s only about 5 minutes long!

I’ve decided to add in a bonus short story discussion at the end of every month. Why? Because short stories are often neglected in the literary world, making way for Best Selling Novels. Short stories are great! Quick and smart, they’re the perfect way to fit reading into an uber busy lifestyle. But enough about short stories, let’s talk about Evil Robot Monkey!

I’ve not yet read a short story that I’ve engaged with as much as I have with Mary Robinette Kowal’s Evil Robot Monkey. Of course, I should know better than to doubt a Hugo-award winning author when she says “I will write a story called Evil Robot Monkey and it will make you weep.”

What is YA?

What is YA

Young Adult fiction is written for kids anywhere from the ages of 13 and 17. However, that doesn’t mean it’s restricted to just those ages. The later Harry Potter books, for example, were anxiously awaited by people of all ages. This 38 year old even wrote a song about it!

Though a 40 year-old can enjoy YA as much as his 13 year-old daughter, when approaching a YA book one must take into account some the subtle differences between YA and Adult, else he might find himself wanting to crash his head against the wall.

Age

The kids in YA are young. 14-18. Anything less quickly falls into middle grade. Anything more and it’s probably adult. Also, the protagonist of a YA story is almost always 1-2 years older than the age it’s marketed for. Yeah, it’s kind of weird, but let me explain…

On Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson

Chasing

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I can’t make up my mind with this book. I picked it up from Amazon after listening to Janci’s guest appearance on my favorite Podcast, Writing Excuses. The plot sounded interesting and I do like YA, so I gave it a try. However, as I said… I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Unlike a lot of YA I read, this one sounded really… young. I enjoyed Ricki’s voice and found her to be an interesting character. Her obsession with lists is fun and the way she reports on the world as though she’s writing an unbiased report introduced some really interesting and creative ways to tell the story. Ironically this was my favorite way to experience Ricki’s emotions.

What bothers me is this: As we will discuss on Wednesday, the protagonist in young adult fiction is often a couple years older than the target audience and either acts a little younger than they are or a little older. Ricki managed to act both.

Finding Time to Read

Finding time to read

We’re all busy people. But whether you’re a business man, home school mom, or college student starting a brand new job (*raises hand*), finding time to read isn’t as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. It can actually liven up your day making you more productive! Here are 5 easy ways to make reading a regular part of your life.

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