Books, I love them so. But since I’ve started book blogging, since I’ve started reading other book blogs and Goodreads pages…I’ve started to wonder how strong my book love is. I know what you’re thinking: Why ever would you think that, Carlisa? Indeed, why? I see so many other book bloggers that are (always) reading multiple books at a time. Like one person I saw once had twelve books going at once. Twelve. Yet, here I am, with my one lonesome little book. I thought: Am I not as good of a reader as those people? Does that make them read faster? Am I […]
I’ve always been a very creatively-minded person. I’ve never been without a book by my side or the desire to express myself through words. I can express myself through writing in a way I only can than through any other medium. When I was younger, I dreamed of being a best-selling author (during my Twilight-loving-middle-school-days, I claimed I wanted to be “the next Stephenie Meyer” lol) and that’s all I really wanted to do. I thought I’m going to major in English and then that dream will be made a reality. Because that’s how easy it is, right? Mostly as a […]
Second chances are hard things to come by. It’s hard to receive second chances and it’s hard to give them out. Talking about books specifically, second chances are even harder for me to give. If I don’t like a book or I don’t finish a book, I will usually never give it another glance.
So in April, I talked about the #bookporn, #foodporn, #weddingporn hashtag that takes over Twitter and Instagram. I talked about how it’s not okay. How it associates porn with things of beauty and creativity and inspiration. You can read that post right here. Here I am going to take this discussion one step further and kind of step away from the bookish community exclusively. I need to talk about how Buzzfeed (and the internet in general) is normalizing porn. Compared to Buzzfeed, these hashtags seem so insignificant (*cough they’re not cough*) because of the large amount of things that Buzzfeed posts and the large […]
Mood reading isn’t a phrase I was familiar with before I started book blogging. The concept, though, is something familiar to every bookworm. Essentially, it’s when you’ll only read something based on your mood. Pretty simple, right? Some days you could be feeling a nice and easy romance, other days an intense high fantasy. You know, based on your mood. And that makes total sense to me. Most of the time, after reading a fantasy, I have to take a break with a contemporary or historical fiction. That’s just how I work. Or some days when I’m feeling tired or just […]
I took a Literary Theory class last summer and one day we had a discussion on literature as a representation of the population. A lot of people brought up books such as Divergent and The Hunger Games, as “popular” but just “fluff.” They don’t mean anything when held up against society. Contrasting this are books popular in the past, books about race or books reacting to wars…you know, the meaningful stuff. This bothered me that so many of my classmates just dismissed the dystopian books as meaningless to society. It just intrigued me that all throughout history, literary trends have occurred in response to outside […]