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Interesting Swedish editions of YA books

Hey friends! I’ve currently been travelling and haven’t had much time to blog, but have some Swedish YA book editions to compensate.  Continue reading “Interesting Swedish editions of YA books”

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Setting in Stone 5: Devilish Details

Welcome back, Virtually Readers, to Setting in Stone, the best discussion series ever probably. Some months ago, I read a fantasy book with four states explicitly named: a fantasy equivalent Russia, where the book was set, a fantasy equivalent France, Persia, and China. In terms of technology which the characters had, this was probably in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Then, a character drank rum. Rum is made from sugar, and at the time (as far as I know) was grown in the Caribbean, by slaves. (and if you want to know more about this, read a Tom Standage book). I did not like said book, for a whole host of reasons (and if you want to know which book it is, go stalk my ‘meh’ shelf on goodreads), but one of the reasons was the author’s ignorance of detail. Continue reading “Setting in Stone 5: Devilish Details”

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#minireviews The Upside of doing Truths and Dares

Hi Virtually Readers! I haven’t mini-reviewed in ageess, but I’m in that kind of mood, so here are two YA contemporaries that deal with very different themes but are both rather good. Also, warning: these reviews have a slightly varied writing style. I don’t know why. I’m just rolling with it. Also, these aren’t as mini as they should be! Oopsies. Continue reading “#minireviews The Upside of doing Truths and Dares”

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Setting in Stone 4: Finding other settings

Hi Virtually Readers! Today, you are reading another episode of Setting in Stone, my discussion feature about how settings work. I started this whole thing with a post about the lack of variety of settings in YA novels, so today I’m going to find the flipside of that, and talk about how to find less common settings and how to support those books. Also, it’s hopefully going to be shorter than most of the posts in this series, but I make no promises. Continue reading “Setting in Stone 4: Finding other settings”

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How to write a kick-butt book review (that people actually want to read)

Hi Virtually readers! I’m not sure about you, but reviews tend to be the posts that get the least traffic and comments on Virtually Read. This seems strange to me, considering reviews are basically the backbone of what book bloggers do. While I can’t claim that I’ve hit the ‘book review that everybody wants to read’ formula yet, I have learned something about book reviewing since I started (pls don’t read my first reviews they’re terrible), so that’s how this post could help you. Continue reading “How to write a kick-butt book review (that people actually want to read)”