Category: Investigated

Aging Out of YA?

Aging Out of YA?

In the last six months, I passed a few important milestones in my life that include turning 18 years old, graduating from high school, moving away from home, and starting college. In that time, I’ve gotten an interesting perspective on all the YA books I read. It’s so weird reading a book where the main character is no longer someone you can directly relate to, in that moment. Fantasy and dystopian is different because I think age is less influential in those genres, but age […]

Posted October 3, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Happy Banned Books Week! In case you didn’t already know, Banned Books Week takes place every year in order to raise awareness about the poor practice of banning books. For more information about Banned Books Week, visit their website. I’ve done a few posts related to banned books in the past so this year I just want to focus on the correlation between diversity and books that are banned. The people most likely to get books banned are concerned parents who don’t want their children […]

Posted September 26, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

We don’t need more “diversity” (as we know it)

We don’t need more “diversity” (as we know it)

We don’t need any more “diversity”. There, I said it. And here’s why. I’m all about diverse reads and diverse characters. My problem is, currently, diversity is being treated as if it’s a fad. It’s something that is becoming more popular and a label that is selling books. If you’re thinking something along the lines of “Isn’t this a good thing? Doesn’t this mean more diverse characters?”, you are correct. For the most part. The problem is, because diversity is becoming more of the “in” […]

Posted August 29, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment

I Can’t Keep Track of Time (in Books)

I Can’t Keep Track of Time (in Books)

Percy Jackson’s birthday was last week. And that lead to the unavoidable discussion of how old Percy is. Google may say that he was born in 1993, but Rick Riordan, Percy’s creator, has stated that Percy, and the rest of the characters in the series, age by book, and not by regular time. So technically, it should be easy to tell how old Percy is. Wrong. He may have aged a year in each of the books in Percy Jackson and the Olypians, but that […]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

Another Rant About Adaptations of Books

Another Rant About Adaptations of Books

Welcome to my yearly rant about book to movie whatever adaptations. I’ve done a lot of posts about them in the past like this one and this one and this one. I have mixed feelings about adaptations in general. I just feel like they were the product of laziness. And I say that in the nicest way possible, as I’m pretty lazy myself. Sometimes adaptations feel like the child of someone too lazy to come up with a new story. Someone too lazy to look […]

Posted July 25, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 5 Comments

How do you find out about events?

How do you find out about events?

I love going to author events. I love getting to meet authors and getting books signed. I love meeting new book lovers and making new friends. I love showing my support for both the author and the bookseller hosting the event. But I had a big problem. For someone who loves going to author events, I was pretty clueless to when these events were supposed to take place (or even the fact that they existed). I’ve always had a hard time finding author events to […]

Posted July 20, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

Staying Current and in the Know Reading Wise

Staying Current and in the Know Reading Wise

It’s so hard for me to keep up with all the “popular” and must read books. Especially, since I feel like I’m being pulled in two different directions. My friends in real life want me to read books like Divergent (which I read roughly five years ago) and The Selection. My blogging friends… well, I can’t remember what they want me to read BECAUSE THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY. Besides being split between two worlds, I’m also being split between two times. My blogging friends […]

Suffering from Bookish Amnesia

Suffering from Bookish Amnesia

Okay, I’ll admit it. I suffer from what I refer to as bookish amnesia. I pride myself on having a pretty good memory (as long as it’s not school related hehe). I can cite authors and the titles they wrote. I can tell you the order of books in a series and the year they were published (usually). I can – I just have a good memory, okay? But… it does fail me pretty often. Stories are fresh in my mind for a good week […]

Posted July 4, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 4 Comments

How Realistic Do Books Have to Be?

How Realistic Do Books Have to Be?

Look, I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons why I love reading so much, especially fantasy and dystopian novels, is because reading allows me to escape the harsh reality of the real world. The world full of stress, work, homework, etc. Reading provides a nice break from all of that fun stuff. I don’t read nonfiction for fun (and to escape), so I don’t usually mind when authors take some liberty and fudging around some facts so that they’ll fit the […]

Posted June 30, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 3 Comments

How do you get over a book hangover?

How do you get over a book hangover?

I’m not legally allowed to consume alcohol in the United States, but that doesn’t mean I’m not hungover right now. Yes, that’s right, I’m currently suffering from a bookish hangover. You know, the ones you get after you read a particularly good (or sometimes bad) book that you can’t get over. When all you can do is think about that book and its characters. When nothing else is interesting or nice and bright and shiny as that book. Yeah, that. So how do you deal […]

Posted May 3, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment