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Apr 21,2015

Hello everyone! Today I’m discussing a very controversial topic where books are concerned. I know that it isn’t a really big topic, but lately I have been talking about this subject a lot to some of my fellow book lovers. I hope that you find it an interesting topic too, and that you like today’s post.  :) 

Today I’m talking (or rather typing) about the ethics of reading a book in a series as a standalone, or not finishing a series after reading the first book. Maybe ‘ethics’ is too strong of a word but I feel like it fits in this situation. This is a very important topic in the book world - just like whether Bella should choose Jacob or Edward, haha (I’m actually laughing out loud to my own joke… Maybe I should leave the house. Nah, why do that when I can read in my warm bed :D).

Sometimes you read the first book in series and you don’t want to read the next one.

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The reason for that might be because you don’t want to be disappointed by the sequel or you just want to leave the book as a standalone. I myself have read a very good book that was a part of a series then decided to not read the rest of the series, because it was good as a standalone. This is such a controversial issue in the book world though and we need to discuss it. (Not exactly need, but it would be fun to, haha XD)

Some readers say that you shouldn’t read that way because the author wanted it to be a series and by not reading it as a series you are ignoring the wishes of the author. The thing is that you as the reader have a right to choose whether or not you want to read the next book as well. The author won't know, unless you tweet it to them or something along those lines. Don’t let other readers make you feel ashamed for how you read and also don’t let them make you feel ashamed for liking specific books.

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Apr 17,2015

3 reasons to read Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson: 

File 304771. Many YA heroines are described a shy and then show that they are anything but. However, in the case of Since You've Been Gone, Emily is genuinely shy and the fact that her bestie is the opposite makes it both easier (and harder) at the same time:

'"I was just not used to having to do things like this on my own. It had been me and Sloane, joined at the hip for the last two years, and she was so good at this kind of stuff - utterly fearless about walking into places she hadn't been before, or talking to people she didn't know - that any skill I might once had had in that department had withered away, since I knew Sloane would lead the way.'

But good news, the book shows Emily as she stretches those skills for herself!

2. Truth or dare? Sloane leaves without saying anything (horrible bf behaviour IMO) but leaving behind a bucket list of dares for Emily to complete. In fact, each chapter is named for one of the list items. My favourite? Break something...I am exceptional at that!

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Apr 15,2015

With so many popular YA books becoming films, it's nice to see one we're less familiar with. Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl shows that cancer, voiceovers and heartbreak aren't simply a John Green domain. In fact, this one looks a whole heap funnier...but that could make it all the more heartbreaking.

Will you be seeing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in June?

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Apr 13,2015

Hello everyone! This is my second post and I really hope that you like it. I originally had a different topic for this post, but while I was reading on the weekend something happened... The death of a character I had fallen in love with. I decided that I had to approach this dreadful situation in a scientific manner. I noted down how I was feeling and after analysing my results I decided to write this post on how to deal with a characters' death, and what to expect when it happens to you. 

 

First Stage: The Denial

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Be careful - this stage can last quite a while, depending on what kind of immune system you have. If you have had a vaccine for what fangirl doctors call the Feels, the denial period and its symptoms will last for a much shorter time frame and will be less severe. For those you don’t know what fangirl or fanboy Feels are, they are strong intense feelings that can make someone gripped with sadness because something has happened to their favourite characters or ships.

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Apr 08,2015

Following on from the success of The Fault in Our Stars adaptation, the next John Green book to hit the big screens will be Paper Towns! Sooo... who's already read the book? And who's excited about the movie?

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Apr 07,2015

Happy April, Inkyites! It's my great pleasure to introduce you to this month's Voice, Kellie! She's 14 and goes to St Alban's Secondary College in Victoria...

Hello everyone! My name is Kellie and I’m super excited to share my first post with you. What you need to know about me is that I love reading and I’m an abstract cosmic entity contained in some skin, muscle and bone, haha. I love reading all the posts by the other teen Voices. They’re all very well thought out and cool, I hope you like my post as much as I like everyone else’s. 

Welcome, Kellie! - Inky

Why reading and words are important

Reading and words are important because they have the power to change lives. Before I was aware of how fun reading is, I was a little kid addicted to watching random soap operas and cartoons. Reading honestly changed me so much for the better. Without reading I used to be one of the worst students who never tried in class and never did any extra-curricular activities. After discovering reading and writing my grades went up, even in maths, because I finally started trying in class. 

It’s honestly amazing how differently people can interpret the same book. If all 7 billion human beings on Earth read the same book everyone would interpret it differently and visualise the story in their own way. Even if you grew up in the same household as someone, when you read a book you interpret things differently. The way you read and understand books or stories is unique and different from all the other 7 billion people’s interpretations. Thinking about that while I’m reading just amazes me, like, can you imagine that? One story can be interpreted in 7 BILLON different ways! *Kellie’s mind just exploded*

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Mar 30,2015

Words hold knowledge. One day many, many years ago someone was doing something, and someone else recommended that the moment should be recorded, so that one day others could learn from it.

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Mar 23,2015

As you have probably realised by now, books have always been a big part of my life. As a child I always loved to read as often it would provide me with an escape from reality. I could have a bad day at school and just come home and pick up a book, then everything around me would disappear and I would be taken away and put into a new world where magic existed, or be taken back to the 1800’s, or find myself going on an adventure. When children read books they are taken to distant lands where magic is real, where mythical creatures can be pets, and where they can be what and whomever they want.

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Mar 20,2015

File 19691Yesterday I announced the 20 books that are rocking the 2015 Inky Awards longlist. But while the awards are named after me (oh gosh, you shouldn't have. Don't stop.) they are all about great books as chosen by you. To have your say about which books will make this year's shortlist, apply to be an Inky Awards Judge!

 

What does an Inky Awards Judge do?

- Reads all 20 longlisted books (which you get to keep), in the space of three months.

- Selects the shortlist of 10 books, in consultation with the other judges.

- Represents the awesomeness (is too a word) of the Inky Awards. This may mean doing some public speaking - at your school, at a festival event... maybe even media opportunities.

 

‘Thank-you so much for choosing me as a judge. It has honestly been one of the best experiences of my life so far and hopefully the people I met and the books we discussed will stay with me for a long long time!
– Lauren, 2014 Inky Awards Judge.

 


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Mar 18,2015

*Trumpets* *Fanfare* *Amazing pyrotechnic displays*

Presenting the 2015 Inky Awards longlist!

These fantastic books have been selected by teens, for teens as the best new reads to feast your eyes upon. Whether you like murder, mystery, romance, drama, sci-fi, geekery, warm and fuzzies, creepy-crawlies, or pass-the-tissues-please... the Inky Awards have it all.

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