Intensive VS extensive reading: what’s the difference… and which is better?

Ohemgee, a new discussion post! Yaaaaaaaay!

So I just finished up what is now one of my favorite classes I’ve taken in my educational career: Literacy, Reading, and Readers. It is exactly what is sounds like. We discussed a wide range of topics about literacy, including the history of reading, cultural and socioeconomic aspects of reading, reading technologies, etc., etc., you name it. As you may know, I did my final project on book blogging (thanks to all who participated in my survey and helped me out with that!). One of the concepts that struck me that came up across several of our course readings was the idea of intensive vs. extensive reading. First, a few very fancy and scientific definitions I made up:

Intensive reading: reading a small number of books, but deeply

Extensive reading: reading a f— ton of books.

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Unicorn Frappuccino: a review

This is a post I wrote on one of my library blogs for work. I though I’d share. Enjoy!

I tried Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino today so you don’t have to. First, let me tell you something about myself: I love unicorns. I have unicorn jewelry. I watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Twilight Sparkle is my favorite, in case you were wondering). I still have the horn saved from the unicorn piñata I had […]

via Unicorn Frappuccino: a review — X Meets Y Club Blog

On blogging for different audiences

Hey! How’s it going?

Today, let’s discuss what it’s like blogging in different contexts! Fun!

I have lots of experience blogging in different contexts, and I haven’t taken the time to sit down and think about how those contexts have shaped me as a writer. So bear with me as this post (like most of my posts, tbh) is going to consist of me thinking all of this out as I write it. Fun!

I think the easiest way to think about this topic is to go context-by-context, discussing the ways I’ve developed and the ways I shift style when I blog in different places.

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Book bloggers: Are we too nice?

This post was inspired in part by Puput, whose blog is phenomenal. She just wrote a wonderful post about writing negative/unpopular reviews. Please go read it!

I’ve been thinking of writing about this for a long time now, and now that I’m refreshed after NaBloPoMo, I’m back and ready. Puput mentioned in her post about how writing negative reviews can be nerve-wracking because you don’t know how other bloggers are going to react. Sometimes we feel like we have to sugar-coat our criticisms, especially if we’re reviewing a popular title that everyone else loved. I know that feeling. I think most of us do.

Puput makes a strong argument for why sugar-coating shouldn’t be necessary and offers tips on writing negative reviews. What I want to add to the discussion is that not only should we not be afraid to criticize well-loved works, but we shouldn’t be afraid to disagree with each other in the comments. Only yesterday I was commenting on someone’s review of a popular book that I disagreed with. I found myself adding a lot of “lols” and “hahas” to my comment in order to lighten up the tone of my disagreements. Why do we feel we have to do this?

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It’s day 27 and I’ve reverted to stream of consciousness (and reading updates)

Guys, I’m so over blogging right now that I literally did my HOMEWORK before by blog post today. That’s how over NaBloPoMo I am. I don’t remember ever feeling this way last year during NaBloPoMo, but I have officially reached the breaking point. I am proud that there are only a few days left and I’m only going crazy now; it could have been far worse. So, blog, what should I write about today??

Ya know, I do not envy those who participate in NaNoWriMo. Those crazies have to write around 1667 words a day while a blog post can be like 300. The good thing about NaNoWriMo tho is that they can just pick up where they left off the last day and keep going. Us bloggers have to come up with something new every day. Unless of course you’re doing a series of posts or something that goes together, or you just blog about your life anyway so you can literally talk about your day and not be judged for it because if that’s what your blog is about, then that’s what your blog is about. My blog is about books. So I can’t really get away with that. Gotta stay on brand, people. On. Brand.

The problem is not that I don’t have ideas. I have many ideas. I just can’t make my brain execute those ideas properly and give those ideas the justice they deserve because I have hit the crazy point. NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT save interesting post ideas for after the crazy point!

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Thank you note

Dear humans of the internet,

I’m just writing to say thank you for all you do. I think we’re all thankful that we have this thing called the internet on which to communicate, share, laugh, cry, scratch our heads, and punch our keyboards. Yeah, we’re thankful for the internet, but the internet is nothing without human beings. It’s you who make this a beautiful, wonderful, terrifying place. While I give thanks today for my IRL humans, I thought it appropriate that I do so for my internet humans, too, wherever you are and whatever you may or may not celebrate. I feel the weight of 2016 on my shoulders today, as I’m sure many people do. I’m not going to pretend that everything is perfect. But we remain grateful for the good things in life and for the making of better things to come. So thank you, humans of the internet. You’ve helped me discover who I am. You’ve helped me express myself. You’ve helped connect me to people I’d never otherwise have known. You’ve helped me learn. You’ve helped me challenge myself. Thank you, humans of the internet, for your unconditional awesomeness.



Why aren’t there Moomins in America!?

I’ve been meaning to ask this question on my blog for almost a year now; this draft is 10 months old. It is something that is very puzzling to me, and I’m hoping that some people might be able to help me answer it, seeing as how the book blogging community has a wide international range. (Also, I’m using “America” here to mean the US. I know this isn’t ideal, but it sounded the best in the blog title. It reminds me of “but there are nooooo cats in America!” from An American Tail. You know what I’m talking about:

American Tail No Cats in America.)

Anyway, if you don’t know what a Moomin is, allow me to enlighten you and totally change your world. Behold:


Now aren’t those just the most adorable hippopotamus/aardvarks you’ve ever seen!? I KNOW!

Ok, so technically they’re trolls, and they were created by the amazing Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson. Tove Jansson also illustrated the Sweedish editions of The Hobbit and Alice in Wonderland. I have the 2016 Tove Jansson Hobbit calendar, but the books are pretty much impossible to find. Here’s an example illustration:

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