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Talking To My Daughter About the Economy// I’m an economist now I’ve read this, right?

Yes, I know I normally post earlier than this but I have a lot of assignments to do and no time and still want to make quality content and ugh university is hard but I’m happy to be here. I have a break in 2 weeks, and I will blogify then 🙂 🙂 

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Why don’t dystopias talk about climate change?

I went through a dystopian phase a few years ago, and I also read a lot of sci-fi and books set in the future. But few, if any, of them deal with climate change; they’re either set in a post-apocalyptic hinterland, an oppressive government’s culture, or some place with high tech space travel. Note: Climate change and global warming are used interchangeably in this post. Also note: this post has been a long time coming, and could probably do with more refining. Maybe one day, but for now I’m happy with this.  Continue reading “Why don’t dystopias talk about climate change?”

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How to blog when you have a busy life

Hey Virtually readers! I feel like I haven’t written a post about blogging for a while, and I’m about to start my first official week of university, so this post is about how you can blog (a time consuming thing), and still, like, have a life. This week, now I’m not quite on holiday, I’ve been ridiculously busy and have had very little time to write posts, but I’m still doing ~okay~, although I guess we’ll have to see if I can take my own advice for the rest of the semester. Continue reading “How to blog when you have a busy life”

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Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like

All the time in the book blogosphere I see people saying ‘I want to read this but I don’t have the time’, or ‘all these new releases are stressing me out’, ‘I want to read X backlist title but I’m trying to keep up with new releases’. This is a post in response to that. It’s not about how all new releases are terrible (because there are so! many! good! new! books!), but rather that not letting how popular a book is determine if you read it. Continue reading “Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like”

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YA books set after high school

YA books are generally said to be directed at teenagers. But when it comes down to it, there’s very few (YA, not NA) books set in the last 2/7ths of teenagedom, ie after teenagers typically finish school. Having entered this stage myself, I’m finding that these books increasingly appeal to me, and I know plenty of other bloggers in this same stage of life. This post is a list of a few books that do take place after school. Covers link to goodreads/our review if we have one. Also, this is more of a list that can be perused or skimmed through rather than a post, so feel free to just look for certain titles or whatever. 

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Night of Cake and Puppets + Prague photos


I finally got around to finishing the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series last year, but then Night of Cake and Puppets came out as a published book and not just an enovella with GORGEOUS illustrations to boot, and I spotted it in a indie Gisborne bookshop and bought it for Shanti mainly because I wanted it myself. I have no regrets.
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Giving a book/author a second chance


You may or may not have heard of Sabriel, which Shanti fangirls about with alarming frequency, as do some of our other friends. However, I picked it up in 2014 (I think. A long time ago, anyway), got about 40% through, and the DNF’d it. I recently finished the audiobook and really enjoying it, which made me think about giving books second chances. Continue reading “Giving a book/author a second chance”