Category: Discussion Posts

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Reviewing

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Reviewing

Up Close and (un)Conventional  – Reviewing Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I want to chat a little bit about reviewing. I review here on my blog, of course, that’s my main place when it comes to all things bookish. There are other places I send my reviews to as well, though, and I’m curious about how other bloggers go about this – that is – if you review anywhere else than on your blog. I have the UBB plugin with the possibility to send my full or partial review […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Commenting

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Commenting

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Commenting Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I want to talk about commenting. I think one of the best rewards for bloggers – at least it is for me! – is to see comments on my posts. I love reading other blogger’s opinions, and if they’re nice enough to come and share theme here, I’m extatic . Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction had a post that tackled this subject partly last week, in her The Perils of Growing a Bigger Blog. So, how can […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Classroom Reads

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Classroom Reads

Up Close and (un)Conventional  – Classroom Reads Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m going to chat a bit about reading in class. I teach English as foreign language in senior high, so my students are between 15 and 19 years old. When they’re in their second year, they’re supposed to read two novels during the school-year, and it’s not always easy to pick something that’s both interesting and that has value for critical thinking for their essays as well. Last year, when we were about to choose our second […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Let’s Talk About Sex

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Let’s Talk About Sex

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Let’s Talk About Sex Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m back to talking about sex once more. My inspiration came from Kristin @ Metaphors and Moonlight’s post a couple of weeks ago, where she talks about age and when 50 Shades of Grey is appropriate. I have written about Sex in YA before, but it’s been a while, so here we go. I think that a lot of people have things they don’t want to read about, and then, when becoming more mature, that […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – RT vs BEA

Up Close and (un)Conventional – RT vs BEA

Up Close and (un)Conventional RT vs BEA Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m gong to try to compare BEA and RT, explain the differences between them, and share which I preferred. Now, I’m not a specialist, I’ve been to exactly one RT (last year in Dallas) and one BEA (this year in Chicago). However, there are some very big differences and I’m not sure if those have been discussed anywhere else.                   One of the biggest differences is that the RT […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – BEA and ARCs

Up Close and (un)Conventional – BEA and ARCs

Up Close and (un)Conventional – BEA and ARCs Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m going to talk a little bit about BEA and ARCs. As you may know, I was in Chicago last week for BEA, and I had a fantastic time. Hanging out with bloggers, meeting authors, and getting a lot of new books for me to read. It seemed to me as if everybody in the hall at McCormick Place had a great time – I got to know some new bloggers while standing in line, and […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Memes

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Memes

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Memes Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m going to talk about Memes, they are like the cornerstones of the blogging community in some ways. There are so many amazing ones out there, and especially when I first started blogging almost four years ago, they were like a hidden treasure! Not only did they give me the perfect prompt so I had something to say, they also helped me find a lot of fantastic bloggers – some I follow still today, and interact with fairly […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Keeping Track of Ideas

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Keeping Track of Ideas

Up Close and (un)Conventional  – Keeping Track Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m going to chat about how I keep track of my ideas  – both when it comes to my reviews and other posts I do here. I have this strange thing, where if I think about blogging, or a book, or a review just before I go to bed, I dream about it. And I come up with fantastic ideas when my brain isn’t consciously trying to figure something out! Isn’t that amazing? It can also be […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Inspiration Where Art Thou?

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Inspiration Where Art Thou?

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Inspiration in the Blogosphere Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’m discussing something that Cait @ Paper Fury chatted about last week, and that really struck a cord with me as well. Her post about original content, being inspired and all the way to outright copying others is very important for our community! Because, as she said, it’s really, really hard to come up with a brand-new idea, one that noone else has ever had before. And the fear of copying, or unwillingly using an […]

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Up Close and (un)Conventional – Literary Orphans

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Literary Orphans

Up Close and (un)Conventional – Literary Orphans Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional. This is where I discuss both things that have to do with reading and blogging, and things that just have to do with life in general. This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about literary orphans, or the lack of parents in YA novels. It’s something that sometimes really irks me, because it kind of makes things too easy for the teens – they don’t have anyone around to enforce rules, nor do they have someone who loves them unconditionally and makes them feel safe. It sometimes feels like this has become a trope of laziness, which may be completely unfair to YA novels! And […]

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