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Two problems with the phrase ‘diverse’

Hi Virtually Readers! It’s 2017 and #WeNeedDiverseBooks is still going strong, three years after the movement started. Before you read the rest of this post, a disclaimer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks has done really good things for the book publishing world. I wrote a whole post about what I think about it here, but my approach to the… Continue reading Two problems with the phrase ‘diverse’

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Moving on Companionably; on companion novels

Hello Virtually Readers! So in the last few weeks I’ve read several sets of companion novels. The first was the Six Impossiverse series by Fiona Wood, three contemporary stories featuring Australians. The second was Dramatically Ever After, the sequel to Bookishly Ever After, which I liked even more than the first book. I’m also partway… Continue reading Moving on Companionably; on companion novels

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Wanted: Settings from Elsewhere (ideally, ownvoices)

Good day, Virtually Readers! (I’m trying to mix up the greeting, clearly at risk of sounding like a stuck up 19th century nobleperson) I love love love talking about settings (did The Bookish Planet or my guest post at The Silver Words clue you in?) so today I thought I’d talk about why I’m sick… Continue reading Wanted: Settings from Elsewhere (ideally, ownvoices)

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How blogging has changed the way I read

Hi Virtually Readers. The other day I realised something: since I started blogging, the way I read has changed. This might seem very obvious, but it surprised me, so I decided to write about it. *nods* #1–I am more critical Before I stared blogging, I read for fun. I would think about whether I liked the… Continue reading How blogging has changed the way I read

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

Sooooooo good morning Virtually Readers. Today we review one of the most hyped titles of the week, month, year, whatever timescale you’re into. Anyway, the book is (if you haven’t looked at the title of this post) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. So Shar and I are reviewing this together, and we’re going… Continue reading Review: When Dimple Met Rishi