I was absolutely built for autumn. I’m much more at home in cooler temperatures than I am in the heat of summer, but I don’t particularly love the freezing cold of winter. I also love the change in weather and landscapes autumn brings – it’s the perfect time to wrap up a little cosier and clutch a warm drink in your hands.
So, given my love of autumn, this tag created by Jenniely was absolutely perfect for me. Grab a pumpkin spiced latte and let’s get talking autumnal reading.
We all like to think we’re fantastic allies. We sit back and champion books featuring Black charaacters, written by Black authors, or with characters of varied sexualities, religions, nationalities, or who appear on the autism spectrum. But how much of what we’re reading “diversely” is actually just performative? I know I’m not without blame here.
Earlier in the year, I took a test to see how quickly I can generally read. In that, it gave me the times in which I should be able to read some popular books to the finish, and still be able to actually engage with the story.
I’ve tried this before, but I read Harry Potter. I didn’t complete it in the two hours or so it thought I would, but there was a reason I could remember a lot of the plot.
I’ve been a book blogger for almost a decade now, but I’ve never done one of the most basic things you can do – explained my rating system. D’oh.
I’ve been usually just handing out star ratings like they’re Smarties, but I recently watched G from Book Roast’s CAWPILE explainer video. Since then, I’ve been much more meticulous with rating my reading, without completely overtaking her idea.