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Review: Allegedly

Hi virtually readers! I’ve been super busy travelling in the last week and have had like NO time to read or comment or almost anything book and blogging related. But I’m here now and I’m reviewing a very interesting book that I mentioned in my list about teen pregnancy. Continue reading “Review: Allegedly”

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Setting in Stone 3: Research Methods

Hello, Virtually Readers! Your, that is, my, favourite discussion feature is back again. Setting in Stone is a series where I explore many assumptions inherent in settings in books, spurred by enthusiasm for this post. You can read all the Setting in Stone posts by clicking the ‘setting in stone’ tag at the bottom of this one. Today, I’m discussing how setting is researched. This information is derived from reading/listening to various authors talking about their research process plus common sense. I’m going to outline the different ways to research setting, and their advantages and disadvantages as I see it. Continue reading “Setting in Stone 3: Research Methods”

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love co-review

Hi Virtually Readers! Shar and I recently read I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a contemporary YA book about a girl who tries to get the guy of her dreams by following steps gleaned from K-drama. Neither of us watch K-Drama, but that’s not an obstacle to enjoyment of the book—everything is pretty well explained, and it’s entertaining even if you don’t know the tropes. We thought we’d review it together because co-reviews are fun. Shanti is normal type, Shar is italics. Continue reading “I Believe in a Thing Called Love co-review”

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Books about teenage pregnancy| A sub-genre I really enjoy

Hi Virtually Readers! One really random fact about me is that I adore teenage pregnancy books. I’m not sure why; I don’t plan on becoming pregnant in my last 2.2 years of teenagedom. But maybe that’s the point: pregnancy in teenagers is usually unexpected and leads to all sorts of moral qualms and interesting discussions. So here are 10 books about teenage pregnancy. Continue reading “Books about teenage pregnancy| A sub-genre I really enjoy”

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How to get books!

Hiiiii Virtually Readers! It’s Shanti, here to tell you how to get books. I know that this is quite random, but a bookworm’s common lament is how expensive books are, even though we do love to buy them. However, buying isn’t the only option. So this brief (ish) post is going to list a few ideas about locating books without having to resort to the dodgy, illegal Russian website. (Seriously. Don’t do that. Piracy is not cool.) Continue reading “How to get books!”

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Review: One Would Think The Deep

I have gone surfing like…once? But One Would Think The Deep has lots of surfing and I didn’t mind at all. I struggled to read this book, and I think it’s because Claire Zorn’s strength let her down. She is excellent, even superb, at conveying the elements of real life. This gives her narratives a visceral quality. But here, she failed to collect them into a coherent story.  This is also #LoveOzYA, it’s set in Australia in the late 90’s which was cool and means that all the characters are now like middle aged.

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Review: The Wouldbegoods

Hi Virtually Readers! I read the Wouldbegoods (and later The Treasure Seekers) recently. They are classic children’s books that I really enjoyed, and I especially liked the writing style so I tried to review it like it had been written in 1901. Even if this book isn’t your thing, I found writing the review super fun.  Also Shanti and I are currently away so the posts in the next few weeks will be scheduled. 

DSC07745Title: The Wouldbegoods

Author: E. Nesbit (who is actually a woman)

Genre: Classic children’s (but fun to read as an older person too)

Themes: Friendship, mischief, living in the countryside, games

Similar to: William series, Peter Pan

Despite the fact that this tome was penned more than11 decades prior to Shar’s time, she thoroughly enjoyed it. She would like to dispel rumours that she only reads fluffy, modern books that rot her brain (though these are more wonderful than some would believe); she is an erudite girl who seeks to read expand her vocabulary and knowledge by reading the classics. And if they are written for children, who cares?—the stories are more interesting anyway.

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Setting in Stone 2: Contemporary Worlds

When you think of worldbuilding, you think of sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia; what are known as ‘genre’ books. (though that definition is less useful in YA). Historical fiction also requires worldbuilding, but it’s usually reconstructed worldbuilding, compiled through research rather than invention (though there is some invention, obviously, and alternate history is another game altogether). But contemporary books also need worldbuilding. This is a very useful post by Jenn Marie Thorne, one of my FAVOURITE contemporary authors about how she does worldbuilding in contemporary books; and today’s Setting in Stone topic is my own take on that.


Setting in Stone is a Virtually Read original series where we (okay, mostly Shanti) talks about setting.

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