Wednesday 29 June 2016

Month in Review: June

SUMMER IS HERE! I'm so excited to be able to let go of the hell that was last semester and being able to sleep in. Although it does kind of scare me that next year will be my senior year, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. I have a lot to talk about in this review:

What I Read: 

The Martian by: Andy Weir- 4/5 stars
The Rose and the Dagger by: Renee Adhieh- 4/5 stars
The Way I Used to Be by: Amber Smith- 3/5 stars
The Hidden Oracle by: Rick Riordan- 5/5 stars

Favourite book: Definitely The Hidden Oracle! This book filled by Percy Jackson fix that I so missed and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I will NEVER get tired of this world.

What I Blogged: 

My favourite post this month was my thoughts on LGBT Characters as Plot Fillers. I needed to get my opinions out in this one!

Favourite Blog Posts of the Month: 

Sierra explains that you should Respect your Relationship with Reading 
Cee shows that Love will Always Win 
Jillian weighs the Good and Bad of Multi-Book Perspectives 
Charlotte gives advice on Mental Health and Productivity 
Sierra guests posts on Temecka's Blog about the LGBTQA Community 

Blogger of the Month:

This month's shout out goes out to an awesome new blog buddy and fellow Raven Cycle lover Temecka @ Library of Tomes! Thanks for always being so lovely in your comments and go check out her awesome blog!

Personally of the Month: 

Exams have came and went and I am officially done Grade 11! I can't wait to see what paths next year will bring, but I will so enjoy this break first. 

I went to my first awards show, the MMVA's in Toronto 2 weeks ago! It was the coolest experience ever, and I got to see so many amazing performances and see what they actually do during the commercial breaks lol! I was so exhausted from standing by the end though, but it was so worth it! It was amazing to see up close so many celebrities, I had some major fangirl moments. And Nick Jonas will forever be one of my favourite artists ever. 

I have also gotten EXTREMELY into the show Glee this month. The songs are absolutely amazing and I find myself having little jam sessions everytime I watch it. I would so recommend the show!

So that's pretty much it! I'm looking forward to summer adventures and a family vacation soon! I'm not sure yet how that will affect my blogging but I'll be sure to let you know. Hopefully this summer will be the best.

How was your June?

Emily @ Paperback Princess 

Friday 24 June 2016

Supremacy (Supremacy #1) by: Christin Lee

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy/Paranormal
Published: June 3, 2016
Pages: 330
Rating: 2/5 stars

Kate Parker's life is pretty ordinary. She is a star swimmer and has a supportive group of family and friends. However Kate's life spins out of control when she meets handsome and mysterious Lucas. As Kate and Lucas start to fall for each other, Kate begins to realize that Lucas is hiding something. Something potentially dangerous, and something that's pretty out of the ordinary. Soon, Kate not only starts to uncover what Lucas is hiding, but also discovers a special gift of her own she never knew she had.

Thank you very much to the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Supremacy was a very unique fantasy/romance with an interesting concept, however I do think it had it's flaws. Still, I think that the author provided concepts that were quite new to the paranormal YA world.

The special gift that Lucas and Kate possess was very interesting to read about. It was not anything that I had read about before and I was intrigued to read about Lucas' world. I thought that the author did a great job at keeping things completely out of the typical paranormal YA, which was a good thing.

What I didn't enjoy, was the overall characters. They were all very one-sided, very flat, and there wasn't much to them at all. Kate was so simply put and I really wanted more from her. I think she had the potential to be a great kickass lead, but she was very dull. Lucas was also very typical of a YA love interest, and I wanted more from him.

The relationship was just average for me. I feel like I wanted more chemistry between Lucas and Kate, and I didn't feel like they quite fit together. I wanted more of a stronger dynamic between them.

Overall, I'd love to see where the author takes the unique concept and hopefully builds on the characters in the series.

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Paperback's Pondering's: LGBT Characters Are More than Just Plot Fillers

Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is about a problem that I've been seeing in YA, and that is LGBT+ characters being added in as plot fillers and not to promote diversity.

I want to start off by saying that what happened in Orlando absolutely disgusted me, so I knew that I wanted to do a Paperback's Pondering's dedicated to LGBT+ people. I am straight, and to my knowledge I do not know anyone close to me who is a member of the LGBT+ community, but LGBT+ rights is something that I stand for so much. It just baffles me that someone who is exactly alike in dignity as me, is denied rights due to who they love. That is why books containing LGBT+ characters really strike out at me, because it gives an amazing image of a strong relationship. However what I don't stand for, are authors putting one LGBT+ character in their books to shake things up a bit, and then have the audacity to call it diversity.

I don't really like calling out authors and books in my posts, so this post will remain in general, but I have a clear picture in my head of a few books I've read where LGBT+ characters needed to be given more recognition. One book that really got on my nerves made a character in a love triangle LGBT+ so that there would be a clear winner. Another had many love interests, and so knocked off a few by making them LGBT+ when there were about 2 chapters left in the novel. I go in thinking it's a wonderfully diverse book, and it turns out to be a simple plot twist.

What annoys me about these books is that once the LGBT+ characters sexuality is "revealed", they are dropped off the face of the earth because they are clearly not needed anymore. They served their purpose of adding a plot twist, and now they are free to go. This is so not cool. If you're going to put LGBT+ characters in your books, please let them stick around for a while.

So why do we even need LGBT+ characters in our books? We need them because they show others that there is more than just straight relationships. There are more than just cis-gender people saving the world. There is a much bigger dynamic of sexuality on this earth that sadly people seem to discount. We need to educate people, we need to enlighten people, and we need to destroy ignorance.

So please please please, authors! When making a character LGBT+, give them the recognition they deserve. Give them a relationship, give them a story, give them a life outside of revolving around the straight main character! Obviously any LGBT+ character is better than nothing, but please show them some more love than they get. And as a straight person, I apologize for the ignorance and hate of some of the people in this world. Love is Love, and it's time for people to understand that.

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Saturday 18 June 2016

Conversations: Online Friends vs. Real life Friends

Conversations is a fortnightly discussion hosted by Geraldine @ Corralling Books and Joan @ Fiddler Blue. Head on over to their blogs for all the information on these posts! This week is about Online Friends vs. Real life Friends

I'm going to get one thing straight, and that is that I find it way easier to talk to people online than I do in person. I am a shy person through and through, and while I will make conversation with people in real life, it is awkward and hard for me to start the conversation. However when I'm online, I feel much more confident and can chat about absolutely anything to my fellow blog buddies. And to be honest, I think I enjoy it more.

This might be weird to say, but at this point in my life I would feel more comfortable telling one of my blog buddies something that's bothering me than one of my friends at school. Now don't get me wrong, I love my school friends and they are so supportive, but I just feel like they don't understand me fully. None of them really know that I blog, or even just how obsessed with reading I actually am. They know I'm a reader, but they don't really know to what extent. Only one of my really good friends knows that I blog.

So what does this have to do with conversation? I just think that because my real life friends know little about the bookish life, our conversations are kind of limited to things that we are all passionate about. However online, I can embarassingly fangirl about my true passion in life, and have people that agree with me. I just want someone in my real life who is as passionate about books as I am.

I don't really think that my real life friends and I have a lot in common hobby wise. We can talk about current issues, school, life etc, but I can't talk about the one thing that basically keeps me going. However online, it just seems like I have a special theme to my conversations with blog buddies and we all share a special trait: we are all readers. It just seems more genuine.

It's weird to say that I enjoy talking to people I've never met more than people in real life, but I think it also has to do with my confidence. I feel less stressed thinking of conversation starters online, and I definitely have a much different persona online than I do in real life.

So do I enjoy my internet friends more? Probably, but of course I still appreciate the friends I have in real life and the bond that we have. I just wish that I could have one, just one friend who is a reader. Those are the best conversations to have in my life :)

So what do you think? Online friends vs. Real life friends?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Friday 17 June 2016

Rebel of the Sands by: Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Published: March 8, 2016 by: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5 stars

Amani, a fierce sharpshooter and resident of the magical desert nation of Miraji, finds herself trapped in between dangerous beasts as she escapes from the men who want her dead. She befriends Jin, a handsome warrior who vows to help her while she's on the run, but can Amani trust him? Now Amani must protect herself from the Sultan's army, slay any monsters along the way, and decide whether to follow her head, or her heart. In this desert, anything can happen.

I had the wondrous opportunity to meet Alwyn Hamilton a few months ago. When she described her book and I talked to other people who had read her book, I fell in love with the premise and thought that it would be a great read. Rebel didn't disappoint, and offered a great platform for an amazing series.

I loved how this book gave a great glimpse into a Persian culture. I have gotten really into Middle Eastern legends and fantasies in YA recently, and it's all because of this book. I enjoyed reading a book where the main character wasn't white, as well as learning about various legends and tales from the culture. It was all very educational.

I also loved the main character, Amani. She was witty and strong, nothing stood in her way. I enjoyed reading about the sort of gender roles and issues that she had to go through, as it just reinforced the idea that sadly in many Middle Eastern countries, women do not have a lot of rights. I felt as if she got through every obstacle with grace.

I guess the only problem I had with this book is that I didn't quite get the romance. Jin and Amani didn't quite click for me, and it felt as if the romance was forced. I didn't find that they had much chemistry at all, and I definitely think that the book could have done without the romance. It just took away from the book in my opinion.

Other than that, this book was entertaining and strong, with a great message and an even stronger lead. I'm really excited to see where Hamilton takes this series next, as I am really curious to read more about Amani's story.

Have you read Rebel of the Sands? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Paperback's Pondering's: What's the Problem with John Green Books?

Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is where I discuss why John Green books seem to have more negative reviews than good in the bookish community, and why I think he deserves a lot more credit than he gets.

There is one bookish opinion that I have had since I first started YA and that will probably never change, and that is that I love John Green books. I read TFIOS first, and I fell in love with the characters and the quotes. Then I read Paper Towns, which was by far one of my all time favourite books. I respect this author a whole lot, so something that I wasn't expecting when entering this bookish community was the amount of people who seem to hate his books.

John Green gained a lot of hype around 2013/14 when the TFIOS movie came out. Suddenly, quotes spread like wildfire on Tumblr, Ansel Elgort became a teen idol, and even the non-readers fell in love. This YA book was hyped until it couldn't be hyped anymore. I came to discover John Green earlier than the hype, but I have to admit, once it started I bought into it so much and appreciated this book even more. So you can imagine my surprise when I started my blog and wanted to fangirl with anyone and everyone, and I didn't find many people who liked his books.

I can honestly say that I have yet to meet a book blogger who loved TFIOS. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not telling people that their opinion is wrong, but I wonder where all the John Green lovers are? Certainly I'm not the only devoted bookworm who appreciated his books so much?

A lot of people argue that his books are cliche, predictable and just appeal to the hyped up teenage fangirl. Well I beg to differ. Green writes in way that sounds like a song. To me, he weaves humour into tense moments with such grace, that it almost makes you laugh when you actually should be crying. His quotes speak to me on an emotional level, and I think he puts such a positive outlook on life in his books. So why can't other people see that?

I think that there is an image of John Green books that they only appeal to light and fluffy fangirls. Well let me tell you, if you've ever read TFIOS, then you will know that it is far from light and fluffy. People just assume that because the book was hyped up so much, that it has basically been butchered and is too mainstream to try. I wish some people would look beyond the hype!

I have seen negative reviews of Paper Towns as well, which I can't even bring myself to read because I just love this book so much, but there are many times where people almost make me feel bad for loving his books. They are MORE than the hype, they are MORE than just Ansel Elgort's pretty face, and I just want them to touch other people as emotionally as they touched me.

Again, if you've read his books and didn't like them, I'm obviously not telling you that your opinion is wrong, this is just a call out to people who haven't read his books to still give them a try! I also want to be able to connect with more lovers of his books, so if you do love his books, PLEASE let me know! Sometimes I feel as if I'm the only one here.

I want to know what you think! Do you love/hate John Green's books, and WHY?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Friday 10 June 2016

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Published: September 17, 2013 by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 439
Rating: 5/5 stars

In the thrilling sequel to The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves follows the life of Ronan Lynch, as he keeps secrets from the ones he loves and battles with his gift to pull things out of his dreams. As The Raven Boys continue to search for the Welsh king Glendower, Ronan must learn to control his gift and use it to the best of his abilities, in order to help find the king, and save his friend from his overlooking death.

First I'd like to apologize in advance for the reviews that will be coming out in the coming weeks, as most of them will be Raven Cycle related. I'll try to be sporadic with the reviews, it's just that I read all the books one after another and I usually review my books in the order that I read them. So if you have no interest in this series, SORRY! But anyways, on to the review. The Dream Thieves was a satisfying sequel and provided a great foundation for the climax of the series. We begin to discover more answers to the looming topics, and I loved this book even more than the original.

I loved how this book had a strong focus on Ronan. Ronan is one of those characters who you can't really judge until you've seen his true colours, and I loved how this book centred mostly around his point of view. It shows that even though he may seem like a minor character, he plays a big role in the larger idea and has his own problems as well.

I think that this book has the best quotes out of all four books. I don't know what it was, but this book provided such amazing insight into the character's friendships and feelings, and when Blue was talking about "Her Raven Boys", I wanted to cry a little. Stiefvater did it again with making the book seem so magical.

Once again, each character came back stronger and even more developed, as we get more insight into what each person's obstacles are. My little gem Adam was even more wonderful than before, and I loved him even more with each turning page. I even found a new found love for Ronan, and realised that I really don't even know anymore who my favourite Raven Boy is.

Yeah so in summary, a great sequel, even better characters, and it will begin to unfold the great mystery that is Glendower, and how it will effect the group of friends.

Have you read The Dream Thieves? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Author Interview: Jessica George, Author of Gifted!

Hello everyone! I'm very excited to be hosting an author interview with Jessica George today, author of the YA fantasy, Gifted!

There is no chosen one in this story. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day. 

Avery Gray is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. Up until now, the biggest choice she’s had to make was glasses or contacts? At the moment, it’s stay and save, or leave and be saved. 

Allow me to explain. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter. But change is not always bad. Avery meets Theodore-James Connors, an enigmatic young man who takes her to Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. She soon finds herself in a close-knit group of friends she’d never have imagined herself in; friends who are diverse in every possible way, from their ethnic backgrounds, to their personalities, from their gifts, to their life stories. Friends who make her laugh, who make her cry, who make her think and who make her…her.

However, change is not always good. The beautiful, golden city of Hayven has its dark side - Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, aka, Cliders are determined to aid fallen Clider, Madrina, return to rule Hayven. They will stop at nothing to make that happen, including harming those Ava has grown to love. Again, Ava is faced with a choice: spend her days finding a way to inhibit Madrina’s return, or walk away. After all, she isn’t the chosen one. Yet, there exists a third option - rig the future itself.

The Interview: 

Hello there Jessica, and welcome to my blog! I’d like to start off with asking, how did you come up with the concept of your book? Was any of it drawn from personal experience?

Hello Emily! Thanks for having me! The concept of Gifted derived from me simply wanting something to read. I wanted to read a contemporary YA fantasy novel that didn’t feature instant-love, a chosen one, a girl born into a dystopian society or a protagonist who kicks butt on a daily basis. I wanted to read about someone relatable, someone who gets their life flipped upside down and becomes extraordinary because she risked her life to help someone else. I wanted to read about someone extraordinary yet normal at the same time. Someone who worries about her size and her looks, but never says it aloud. Someone who suffers from insecurities but doesn’t show it. Someone who thinks about the small stuff. Someone who is fun to be around. Someone human.
Not much was drawn from personal experience. I wanted to read about real young adult relationships as well and so the relationships and friendships that occur in this novel are based on experiences I’ve gone through, my friends have gone through, or someone I know has gone through.

Choices are a large part of the book. Ava could choose to go into the alleyway, or not. She could choose to walk away from the growing problem, or try to fight Madrina’s return. What choices do you think you’d make in these situations?

Knowing me, if I was running late, I would have gone into the alleyway despite the fact that they creep me out because I would assume nothing bad would happen to me! We all hear those stories of people making a choice that resulted in an unfortunate consequence, but when it’s time for you to make a similar choice you’re just like, “Nah! Nothing will happen to me! That was a one-time thing!” So I’d go through the alleyway thinking, since it’s already happened to someone else, it won’t happen to me. I’d also choose to fight Madrina’s return because I have too much of a conscious to let innocent people die when there may be something I could do about it.

Is there a character in the book who you relate to most? Are you more of an Ava, a Madrina, or Theodore?

Literally all of them. Yes, even Madrina. I’m not a crazy murderer, I promise! It’s just that, despite Madrina being the antagonist in this novel, she isn’t a senseless murderer. She doesn’t want to rule Hayven because she likes the idea of sitting on top. She fights because of the same reason Ava does – she truly believes she’s doing the right thing and she comes up with some very justifiable reasons that actually make you stop and think, hold on, she might be on to something. Madrina can explain why she does what she does and they’re not brainless, selfish answers either.

I relate to Theo because he’s a little on the weird side. I got tired of reading about the hot protagonist and the hot, bad-boy love interest because that wasn’t relatable; the bad-boy isn’t everyone’s type. So I went for something a little different. Theo isn’t smoking hot; you like him more for his weird personality rather than his looks. However, because so many readers are into this type of male protagonist and seem to expect a romantic relationship to form, a few readers say they don’t feel a connection when it comes to Theo and Ava’s love story and I’m just sat screaming at my laptop screen, “THERE IS NO LOVE STORY!” Ava and Theo are not in love because they’ve just met and I don’t believe in instant love. I believe in instant lust, infatuation or plain old interest, but not instant love. I relate to Ava the most because she’s relatable. She’s the most human character I think I’ll ever create.

What do you think sets Ava apart from a typical “chosen one”?

That she isn’t one! You don’t have to be a chosen one to make a difference and that’s what I’m trying to get across in this book. You can change the world for the better simply because you want to, not because fate made you.

Diversity plays a role in the novel, Ava’s friends are all unique and special in their own way. How important is diversity to you in YA?

Very important. It is no secret that YA books are severely lacking in diversity; there’s just no question about it. Thanks to this, most books just aren’t relatable. I was born and raised in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world, so when I read a book where the majority of the characters are from one race group, the book makes less of an impact on me because it isn’t realistic and it isn’t relatable because the lack of diversity isn’t my world. In the next three books of my series I plan to introduce more diverse characters than seen in book one. I’ve already plotted story-lines and roles for Asian characters, Muslim characters, Latin characters and homosexual characters. I love diversity and I intend to pile it into my books as much as I can get away with!

What extraordinary gift do you think you would be sent to Hayven for?

I’d love to have invisibility. Think of all the mischief! Or I’d like to fly so I can fly through clouds, just to see what they feel like.

Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring authors who want to approach diversity in fantasy? Did you need to do a lot of research on different diverse issues and spectrums?

I am a firm believer of writing what you know. If you write on a topic you have no clue about, it tends to show in your writing. Like I said, I love diversity because one of my biggest fears is ignorance. My friends come from all over the world because I’m attracted to people who are different from me, who can teach me about places, cultures and religions I never knew much or anything about! I didn’t do any research for Gifted because I grew up in a diverse world and because I like to learn about other people, I ask questions and I’m rewarded with answers. So as the years have gone on, I’ve accumulated a bit of knowledge on certain things. If I need more, I ask my friends! Researching on search engines can be rather tricky because you tend to get opinions rather than facts, and a lot of mixed ones for that matter. My advice is, if you want to write about diversity, ask diverse people. You might make a few friends along the way!

Thank you very much to Jessica for allowing me to interview her and for sharing her book with the world! Be sure to check out Jessica's website for all news on Gifted! 

Her links: 

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Friday 3 June 2016

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Published: January 3, 2012 by: Feiwal and Friends
Pages: 390
Rating: 4/5 stars

As an incurable plague rages over New Beijing, mechanic and cyborg Cinder faces mistreatment by her stepmother and stepsisters, as well as keeping a secret from the charismatic Prince Kai, one of her clients, that she is part robot. When her sister falls ill, Cinder is immediately blamed for her exposure, but her life is spared when she finds out that she is immune from the disease. Suddenly Cinder is whisked into testing and prodding, as scientists try to figure out if she is the key to an antidote. But war from the Lunar People is on the horizon, and when their ruthless leader Queen Levana comes to Earth to pursue Kai, it's up to Cinder to try and save her beloved nation, and her heart.

I dnf'ed this book a few years ago. I thought it was weird and boring, and there were too many elements to it. So when this book reappeared in my life now, I was a little dubious. However I gave it a try again, and I was very surprised by my change in heart and I really appreciated it's uniqueness.

I loved how this book had a very diverse take on Cinderella. It had some of the elements to the original story, such as the evil stepmother, the ball, etc., but it was done in a way that was really cool and unique. Cinder is not your typical princess at all, and I loved how they didn't portray her as a damsel in distress or anything. She was a strong independent mechanic, which is not something you see everyday.

I don't usually go for science fiction as I can find myself getting lost in it sometimes, but this book was very engaging and I felt engrossed in it! Maybe I was just in a reading slump last time I read it, because I found that this time around, it was very interesting and cool to read about! It's something that I've never read before, that's for sure.

I think that the only thing I didn't like about this book, is that it has many elements to it. There's science fiction, robots, royalty, fairytale retelling, dystopia, that sometimes it's hard to grasp all the concepts. I feel like there's too many elements to this book that some things just get lost.

So overall, I'm happy I gave this book a go again and I'm happy with the result. However I do think that maybe there are just a bit too many things to this book, that it's hard to appreciate all of it.

Have you read Cinder? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Paperback's Pondering's: Gender Specifying YA Books

Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is all about the gender stereotypes that we see in YA readers.

I'm just going to be upfront here and state the obvious, and that is that most YA  readers a girls. Similarly, most YA book bloggers are girls as well. I think, that in the two years I've been blogging and in the even more years I've been reading YA, I have interacted with only about 3 male bookworms. Now while I'm sure there are many more out there, it is saddening that not many males are enjoying and appreciating YA books. YA books should be for everyone, but I think it's developed a stigma that it's "only for girls".

I can't tell you the amount of times I've walked into a bookstore to see a section for "Teen Girl Books". It's annoying because it's not even like all of these books are about princesses and fairies, but they're popular YA books. I've seen books like Divergent being labelled as a girl book. And why is this, because the protagonist is a girl? Many girls read books where the protagonist is a boy, i.e. Harry Potter, but that's certainly not just a boy book.

I think that another contributor to the problem is the lack of male YA authors there are. While there are a hefty few, there's no denying that girls outweigh the boys in YA. Because of this, YA writers write protagonists that are relatable to them, which most of the time, happens to be a girl. Then comes that feeling for a boy that they won't be able to relate to the protagonist, and so this becomes a book that is "girls only".

I just want more boys to stand up for YA and realize that they can read it if they want to. Most YA is more than just sunshine and rainbows, it contains real themes and great emotion that anyone can relate to. They shouldn't be afraid of the female protagonists.

It frustrates me especially that certain genres are attributed to females, especially romance. For school, the teachers always try to pick a required reading book that is "gender neutral", but this usually means little to no romance for fear that it will scare the boys off or something. Now I'm not saying that we have to read all romance novels, but teachers shouldn't be afraid of exploring different themes in books just because they're associated to one gender.

Now I'm not saying that all boys hate YA, like I said, there are a handful of great male YA bookworms and bloggers out there, I just wish there were more. Being the YA nerd that I am, I just want to make sure that I'm spreading the gift of YA to everyone and anyone, and so that includes boys. YA shouldn't have standards.

What do you think on the subject? Do you have any favourite male bloggers/bookworms?

Emily @ Paperback Princess