6 Things I Struggle With When Deciding My Ratings for Books (and by Struggle I Mean Have an Existential Crisis Over)

I struggle with a lot of things.

And one of those things is: RATING BOOKS. Some books I know right away what to rate and don’t hesitate for just one second, but others take so much time and thought and even after that I’m STILL slightly doubtful of the rating.

So today I decided to talk about 6 things I struggled with when rating books. Hopefully talking about them will mean that I’ll recognize it when it happens and then I won’t have the same struggle?

(Who am I kidding I’m always going to have existential crises over these.)

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9 Questions All Readers Will Ask Themselves and Agonize Over At Least One Time in Their Life

Readers agonize over a lot of things.

And we’re often quite curious about multiple things, such as the ending of a book or if our favorite characters are doing okay or how emotionally ruined we’ll be when we read our favorite author’s latest book.

Today I wanted to talk about some questions that all readers will have that are tied to their agony in SOME shape or form—something light and fun since I feel like I haven’t done a post like this in forever! (Although… agony is not very light and fun?)

And obviously, if you’re a reader and you HAVEN’T questioned one or more things, you’re still a reader. You just have some wait time until you start to ask these questions (and then you know you’re in too deep to back out).

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YA Books with Queer Characters that You Should all be Scrambling to Read Right Now!! // My Pride Month Recs + TBR

IT’S PRIDE MONTH!!!!

I know that this month is full of people gatekeeping and policing what can be defined as “queer” or not, but I just want to do something to keep me and this month as happy as we can be.

So today, I’ll be recommending queer books and talking about my Pride Month TBR of all queer books. I’m super super excited to be reading these books; I’ve been planning my TBR for months and I get to finally read these beautiful queer books AAAAHHHH.

Also, I’ve tried to mention all the marginalized identities represented in all the books mentioned, but I might have forgotten some and/or didn’t know the specific identity!  And please ask me for any content/trigger warnings, because I am happy to provide them!

**THESE AREN’T IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER DON’T MAKE ME PICK FAVORITES.**

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YA Asian Books You All Should be Reading! + Books by Asian Authors on my TBR // Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

I’m Asian, if no one knew yet.

I’m opening up with a little saltiness today* but I think it’s very important to mention ethnicity and all other aspects of ourselves that might not be the societal “default”!! So if you think that I’m white because that’s what we’ve all been programmed to think: Hi! I’m Asian!

This month is a special month for Asians: It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! So OBVIOUSLY, I’m giving a few Asian book recommendations, as well as talking about some ownvoices Asian books on my TBR.

Asian representation in books is SO important to me so I want to make sure that my fellow Asian readers (if that’s you, say hi!) will find some books where they hopefully will feel represented by.

*Nope just kidding I open up with equal amounts of saltiness in each and every post.

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4 Things that Stress Me Out (a Lot) as a Blogger + an Obviously Cure-all List of Things to Do to Lessen the Pressure

This post is brought to you by my forever stressing-out-freaking-out mind!!

It was also inspired by this post by Julianna, and also this post by Marie, so be sure to check those out too!

But basically: I’m an eternally stressed-out person. I can only remember a few times I was stress-free, and what took its place was apathy and feeling just absolutely dead, and that was almost worse than stress.

And blogging isn’t exempt from causing me stress—in fact, it’s put a lot of pressure on me to the point that it affected my health. But I’m slowly slowly climbing back up from that Bad Mental Place I’ve been in for the past few, uh, months and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to blog the way I did before! She says, coming back from a week-long hiatus.

Because I was in that Bad Mental Place, I noticed a lot of ways that blogging was negatively affecting me, mostly in ways of STRESS and PRESSURE, so I decided to talk about a few of those things, and also provide tips to lessen that stress!!

P.S. I was going to include more stress-inducing things related to blogging but then I just ran out? Okay. Cool. I totally didn’t abandon blogging because of just FOUR things. But there is also the pressure to be/appear perfect, which I talked about before!

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