Bookish Banter: Should Stats Dictate Your Posts?

We all know that I am an analytical kind of person that thinks in charts and data. I love looking at information to identify patterns and ways that I can improve. I think that is a big reason that I prefer running to other sports: you can easily track your progress (pace) and ways to improve (proper hydration, run in a tailwind). So it surprised literally nobody last week when I talked about all the lessons that I learned from diving deep into my blog’s statistics.

Even though I think it is incredibly important to normalize conversations about statistics within the book blogging community, I also feel strongly that we shouldn’t let statistics rule our lives. I know what you are saying, “sure, that’s easy for you to say, Kal!” and I hear you. But that is why I wanted to follow up last week’s post with this discussion on whether or not we should let the posts we make be dictated by our statistics. The short answer is no, but of course I have more to say than just that!

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Required Reading: My Experience

This month’s topic is about required reading. You can follow along on the discussion by checking #DiscussionAttic and #DAFebruary for our monthly topic on Twitter.

Before I get started, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that I recognize that I am not the biggest authority on required reading for high school. I graduated in 2002 and over the last seventeen years (oh my goodness, I feel so old) the publishing landscape and educational system has changed drastically in the United States. I graduated before Common Core and three years before the SATs changed from 1600 to 2400. As such, I am don’t feel comfortable talking about required reading on a wide scale because I’m no longer in the demographic, and I feel that current teens experiences on how required reading should change would be more useful. 

I want to approach this month’s topic from the lens of my own personal experience oh so many moons ago and the lasting effect that it had on my reading habits. So first, a little bit about me!

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Bookish Banter: Sophomore Novel Fear

The past few months have been almost a weird out of body experience to me when it comes to reading. I’ve noticed something about my reading habits over the last couple of months. Something that I have never noticed before.

I’ve found myself crippled by unease & afraid to read sophomore novels

sophomore is in their second year, either in high school or college. In the book world this can mean either the second book in a series or more generally an author’s second published work.

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Bookish pet peeves… we all have them. From overused tropes to literary devices, each of our reading experiences are shaped by our preferences. For me it is insta-love and conflict that could be solved if the characters would only talk to one another. And that got me thinking: what grinds the gears of other readers? So naturally I took to Twitter to find out what your pet peeves are!

I got some really great answers, see what some of my book blogging friends had to say!

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Bookish Banter | Would You Rather

I saw this ‘Would You Rather” quiz on Buzzfeed and thought it would be fun to answer these bookish questions and see what your responses would be! For each question I also shared how my responses fared with the other Buzzfeed quiz takers in addition to expanding on my reasoning. So, let’s get started and […]

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