Talk Bookish To Me

"I'm a rebel, and a well read one at that."



My name is Sydney, and welcome to my blog.

I plan to use this platform to talk about books and writing, as a teenager. I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, and I have a lot to say and I hope you will enjoy your time here. I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so I will be posting about that as well.

I mostly read YA, but I sometimes branch out into science fiction and some nonfiction at times. I plan to write reviews among other things. I have a Twitter for books, so please feel free to hit me up and have an awesome conversation about books and the written word!

Twitter: @BooksAreLife04

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Types of Things I Dislike About Books/Bookish Community

Here I am, back at it with another ‘Types of’ post! I figured since we’re nearing finals time that I didn’t have time to type up a review with gifs and things, and I don’t want to put out a half-arsed review, so I’m gonna do this kind of post for a bit until I can get past finals and into winter break!

So, onto the topic! I’m obviously a reader, and I love books with all of my heart, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things that make me annoyed or confused about books or the bookish community that surrounds us, be it booktube or bookblr or any of those things. Now of course, this isn’t meant to bash anyone or attack anyone, but there are things that I think need to be addressed.

The Paper POC

This is when an author includes a POC of some sort into their book for no reason other than to claim diversity. This happens a lot and it’s really annoying. You can usually tell because it’s a lot more obvious than you might think. Usually the POC is very stereotypical, usually negatively. Either that or they are one of the only characters that are not fleshed out at all, and have maybe one or two lines and then you never hear or see them again even though they should have a big part based on the information they offer in those one or two lines.

Writing in Library Books

I love the library. Honestly, if I could live/work there I would. I am too young to work there unfortunately, and living there might be illegal, BUT I CAN DREAM. But sometimes I don’t want to check out a book from the library. Most of the time it’s because the book is great and I know I’m gonna love it so I want to buy it.

HOWEVER, sometimes I’m flipping through a library book, and I’m super interested in it! And then I see it. Highlighting, notes in the margin, even phone numbers in the back! In PEN! Pen or pencil, it’s super disrespectful, but it’s even more so when you can’t even get rid of it! What goes through a person’s head when they decide, “HEY! I’m gonna write in this library book that isn’t mine and then return it like some sort of jacka-”

ANYWAY, please don’t do that. Please don’t.

The Preaching Parchment

This is the book that just gives off that vibe of preachiness, you know what I mean? A lot of the time it’s about social media and about how dangerous it is, or something along those line. And it’s so obvious what they’re trying to do, and it’s not clever or insightful it just ends up being super annoying. Especially if the characters also reflect the mentality where the good characters don’t use the ‘bad thing’ the book preached about, and the dangerous/ignorant characters do, or something like that.

It’s just so…controlling? I don’t know how to explain it totally. It’s like such a black and white, uninformed view of things in my opinion. Most things have a good, bad, and gray area, and I don’t think it’s responsible to paint some things as completely bad or only leading to trouble just because you don’t understand it.

Hate Reading

This is when some people read a book that they know they will dislike or that they know is not their cup of tea, just to hate it and rant about it. I don’t really understand this, and I’m not trying to bash anyone, but what’s the point? Why waste your time and your life on something that you know you’re going to dislike?

Maybe someone in the comments can let me know about this? Like, why do some people do this? Do they see themselves as some kind of martyr who has to read all the bad books and warn people? Are they the savior, rescuing people from bad books? I just can’t comprehend any reasoning for doing this.

And that’s all! This is finals week for me so this post isn’t as long as I want it to be, but thank you all for taking the time to read this and please leave comments of other things you all want to see from me!

Until next time,

Well-Read Rebel



Pocket Review: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler (2013)

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A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.

Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant. Continue reading “Pocket Review: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler (2013)”

Types of Readers at the Bookstore/Library

Hello again,! Yes, we’ve been here before: it’s been a while, I am very sorry, school is rigorous, etc. But today there is a new post that is coming out and I have not seen this idea around the book blogging community, so I thought I would snatch it up! Not that no one else can make this a topic, but you know what I mean. Let’s get started!

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Pocket Review: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

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Pocket Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (2016)


Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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Types of Readers That Get On Your Nerves

Hey…So it’s been a good while since I last updated this blog. I hope you all haven’t abandoned me, school and other personal stuff kept me away from here. But I’m back, hopefully, and I have a lot of reviews and a new series coming up! But for now, I wanted to update my ‘Types of’ series, with a list of the types of readers that get on your nerves.

Readers are great, and they deserve kudos for having the strength to deal with the struggle that books put us through. It’s nothing to snort at, being a reader is hard. But what’s even harder is dealing with the readers that I will touch upon in this blog post.

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Pocket Review: Paper and Fire (July 2016) by Rachel Caine

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With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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Pocket Review: The King in the Window (2005) by Adam Gopnik

The King in the Window

One January evening, eleven-year-old Oliver receives a vision in his bedroom window of a young boy in 17th century dress. This apparition informs him that he is the new King in the Window, a hero elected by kind window wraiths to assist them in their centuries-long war with the soul-stealing evil mirror spirits. Soon, Oliver finds himself in The Way, or the parallel universe on the other side of mirrors. Here, he engages in battle with the diabolical Master of Mirrors, chats with Nostradamus, and helps rescue an elderly Alice in Wonderland. In addition, there is a subplot concerning a super computer atop the Eiffel Tower! , An examination of 17th century French court life, and an on-going discussion of quantum physics.

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Mid-Event Survey

I can’t believe the readathon is half over for some people! I’ve hardly had any time to read, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be participating when I can! On to the questions!

1. What are you reading right now?

Currently, I am reading Spellbound, a fantasy anthology put together by Diana Wynne Jones. I think it’s lovely so far, as it has stories from Narnia to stories from the other side of the world.
2. How many books have you read so far?

Half of one, unfortunately.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

The book I am looking most forward to is Magyk, the first book in the Septimus Heap series.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes, a good amount. I just roll with them as they come, and most of them were voluntary anyway!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I would think that nothing surprises me anymore, this being my third read-a-thon, but one of the things that surprises me is how creative the challenges are! I love it!

Good luck to everyone participating!

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