hi virtually readers! it has been a long time, and this post is going to explain that a little bit. I miss writing about books. I’m still on Twitter far too often, and I have still been reading, although I seem to have ditched goodreads altogether. I’ve been a book blogger for almost five years, and now starting to wonder if that’s sustainable, or what it looks like in the future. As Shar has intimated, it’s definitely something we are going to keep talking and thinking about. in the meantime, though, we still have this space, and I plan to use it.
I read the first Artemis Fowl book in January, and just finished Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception, the 4th book. One thing that struck me apart from the general genius of these books was the emphasis on the fairies’ nonviolence, even for the very clear ‘bad guys’. This is a discussion about nonviolence in children’s/MG literature. Continue reading “Artemis Fowl and the importance of non-violence in children’s literature”
Welcome back to ‘Tis the Season of Rereading, people! I’m back where it all began (at least, this series) in India with wintry air and slow internt and a lot of gladness. It’s approprading and reviewing one of my favourite books of this year–Strange the Dreamer, and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares.
Hi Virtually Readers! It is December which is half YAY ADVENT JESUS FAMILY FOOD SUMMER and half OH NO THE YEAR IS ALMOST DONE. But whether feelings of coziness drive you towards books or feelings of panic drive you towards books, our annual feature ‘Tis the Season of Rereading is back for its fifth (!) year. Way back in 2014, Shar and I decided that we really like rereading books in our holidays and wintertime, and ever since then we’ve had this recurring seasonal feature on Virtually Read. It is fun! As always, there is an open invitation to join in if you would also like to reread a book, write about it and link back to us, but no pressure. Anyway I have some gooood stuff lined up for this but the first one is rereading the Austin Chronicles. Continue reading “‘Tis The Season of Rereading: The Austin Chronicles”
I went to a literature festival a few weeks ago, and I thought that it would be fun to do a whole recap on Virtually Read! This was the first proper book festival I’ve been to—at school we used to have a writing and mountain festival which was cool but a bit random, and I’ve obviously gone to some bookish events, but this was a proper festival. I was going to do lots of things anyway, but then I won some competition on their facebook page and got four tickets to the paid events which was cool. It was sort of at a terrible time (the weekend before I had two exams) but I was pretty over studying at that point anyway, so it was okay.
I love it when a book that you’re forced to read becomes fun. And then you like that book so much that you read some of the author’s other books. This happened to me with Station Eleven, by Emily St. John. I had to read for class. I would call it dystopia, but we learned about it as science fiction, which I guess is fair enough. It’s a very clever book, and quite a lovely one, considering how it write about unspeakably horrible events.
A where we’re at post, a why we’ve been absent post, an honest and confused post. Lots of information you probably will have guessed, but we’re trying to be honest on this platform, this mini-soapbox.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Blogging with Shar and Shanti”
Hey Virtually Readers! Shanti and I recently watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before separately. I thought it might be fun to do a co-discussion with what we thought about it. I’m italics, Shanti is bold, let’s go! Continue reading “Thoughts on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
Hey Virtually Readers! I just finished a fairly famous science fiction book called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? . It’s by Phillip K. Dick, and very much a part of the sci-fi canon. I can see a lot of the ways it influenced YA dystopia that I really like. Anyway, here is a post with some of my thoughts about it.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”