One of the primary roles of the book blogger/reviewer is, of course, to influence others to read a certain book. We pride ourselves if we are successful in doing this but, at the end of the day, are we really the only reason behind that someone picking up that book? What other factors may influence someone to read it? Is it a single factor or a combination of a number of them? Is one factor more significant than another?Read More »
It’s that time of month again where I post a discussion and this time around I want to talk about diversity on the school curriculum (or the lack of it.) It baffles me as to why schools and exam boards don’t make more of an effort to include diverse books on the syllabus since the outcomes are clearly positive.Read More »
It’s really easy to pinpoint the blame for declining teenage literacy on a famous vlogger, but one of the underlying problems is this: adults try to dictate what teens should be reading, and in turn teenagers just don’t read at all.
We need to address the stigma that is attached to children’s books and young adult fiction. As a literature student who no longer belongs in the young adult age group, I feel pressured whenever I’m asked about my favourite book. Because a lit student’s favourite book should obviously be a classic. Surely it’s Wuthering Heights? Nope, I’ve never read it. Pride and Prejudice then? I haven’t read that one either. It has to be Great Expectations? Now that one I’ve read, but I don’t get along with Dickens.Read More »
In thinking about the world of publishing right now compared to a couple of years ago, there’s no doubt about the progress that is being made. At least in one sector, we seem to be moving forwards rather than backwards. But, despite the efforts of We Need Diverse Books and others advocating the need for diversity within the industry, we still have a long way to go.Read More »