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Reviewing Anxious Characters: 3 Things NOT To Say

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Those of you who have followed me for awhile have probably heard me talk about my experience with social anxiety. For those of you who haven’t, to make a long story short, I’ve had pretty bad social anxiety since I was around 12 or 13 years old (and I’m now 22). So I have plenty of experience with anxiety: what it feels like, how it impacts my life, etc. As a result, I understandably get very happy when books have good anxiety representation. It feels great to see a part of yourself that can be really difficult to deal with reflected in a book you’re reading. But often, I’ll connect with an anxious character and then I see reviewers say some things about that character that really makes me upset. I doubt these people are saying these things to make anxious people feel bad, but regardless of intent, that’s exactly what it does.

So I thought I’d put together a post about some things that you should avoid saying about characters with anxiety. This isn’t really meant to be a complete list, but these are things that I have seen before in reviews that have really upset me and, therefore, are things that I thought to include. Please feel free to leave more suggestions/advice in the comments and if you’d like, I can update my post to include your comments (with credit to you, of course). I might also end up doing a part two sometime in the future if I end up thinking of other things to say or I notice more problems in reviews of books with anxiety representation.

Without further hesitation, here are some things you should avoid saying in a review when discussing a character’s anxiety.

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4 Common Barriers To Blog Engagement

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One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is blog hop and try to find some new blogs to follow and keep up with. There are always new blogs popping up and each blogger brings something new to the table, so it’s only natural that I want to find some great voices to follow and listen to in the community. However, it’s not uncommon for me to want to read, comment on, or follow a blog, but not be able to for one reason or another. And even though it happens pretty frequently, it breaks my heart every time. So today I wanted to talk about some of these barriers and give some advice to bloggers. A lot of bloggers are probably only getting a fraction of the views they could and may not even be aware of some of the barriers that are standing in the way of them and their blogs getting more views. So I’m here to help!

A quick disclaimer: all of this advice is based on my own experience. These are things that have stopped me from reading, commenting on, or following blogs. This is not meant to be a complete list nor are these barriers going to discourage everyone from commenting/following/etc. 🙂

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My Dream Reading Space

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For years I have been thinking about how awesome it would be to have a giant library in my house someday. I know it’s unlikely I’ll ever have enough money to actually build one quite as epic as I’ve always imagined, but I can still pretend, right? When I found out the folks over at Arhaus were interested in seeing people’s dream reading spaces, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.

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The Fake Death Trope and Why I Hate It

The Fake Death Trope and Why I Hate It

I was recently watching The 100 and once again, the fake death trope made an appearance (don’t worry, I won’t say who it was and spoil it). You know the trope: a character dies some horrible death, you get really upset and mourn them, and then a little while later… SURPRISE. They aren’t really dead. They somehow survived that horrible death that we saw unfold.

I used to like this trope. But I truly hate it now.

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Book Madness 2017: Why I Love Katniss

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A couple of weeks ago, Maggie contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in this year’s Book Madness. Basically, Book Madness is a month-long event where people get to vote for their favorite characters based on what bloggers, bookstagrammers, and/or booktubers have said about those characters in their posts. There will be several rounds of voting and the first round goes through March 6th. I chose to represent Katniss from THG because Katniss is badass and I always have and always will love her. There’s a link at the bottom of the post for you to click on if you want to vote! If you do, you have the chance to win some awesome prizes like ARCs and Amazon gift cards! So let me tell you why I love Katniss and why you should vote for her.

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Why You Might Want To Be Careful With Backlist LGBTQIAP Books

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I’m a reader who loves to read backlist books every once in awhile. Admittedly, now that I blog I don’t do it as often as I used to, but it’s still something I thoroughly enjoy. However, there are some issues that may come up with reading older books. I’ve talked before about how reading books that are a few decades old may lead you to feel that these books are unoriginal even though they are the original that inspired a proliferation of the genre. Something that I recently have been thinking about are the issues with reading backlist books that talk about issues within the LGBTQIAP community.

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2016 End of Year Survey

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I’ve seen quite a few bloggers posting this and even though it’s pretty long (and I’m not sure how many of you will actually read it all, haha), I decided to do it anyway since I think it’s a great way to wrap up my reading and blogging from 2016. For those of you who don’t know, this survey was put together by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m going to try not to talk too much about each answer since, like I mentioned, this is already pretty long. But if you’re curious about anything I mention here, feel free to ask me about it in the comments 🙂

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