Features Room

Welcome to the Features Room.

Try my memes and join my literature ramblings.


Here is a list of the memes/challenges/events I take/took part in and my own features. If you're curious about Offbeat YA's history, check them out...or (in case of ongoing memes/features), if you like what you read, jump in yourself!


DISCUSSION POSTS (single posts in chronological order):

A Picnic in the Twilight Zone (10/11/12)
LGBT Month Think Piece: What Does the Genre Need? (04/11/14)
What Happened to Comment Love? (05/10/14)
Are Social Media Relevant for Bloggers? (11/29/14)
Are Bloggers Getting the Respect They Deserve? (04/07/15)
Confessions of a Senior Blogger: My Take on Ageism in the Book Blogging Community (09/02/15)
Bloggers to Authors: Where Do You Cross the Line? (01/31/16)
Why I Don't Suffer from ARC Envy (I Swear I Don't) (07/07/16)
Why Ratings Give Me a Headache (Sometimes) (09/09/16)
Tell Me Again How a Hyped Book Is Born (03/23/17)
From Comment-Ça-Va to No-Comment: When Does a Post Make You Talk? (02/06/17)
Five Things I've Never Said in My Reviews (And Probably Never Will) (03/10/18)
The Craft of Reviewing: Or How I Amended My Evil Ways Over the Years (06/06/18)


ORIGINAL FEATURES (single posts in chronological order):

A READER'S QUIRKS (extremely random)

ARQ 1: Are You Attached to Authors? (05/25/13)
ARQ 2: Five Steps to Reading a Novel (08/23/13)
ARQ 3: Tips for Slimming Your TBR List Down (10/07/14)
ARQ 4: You, Irresistible Afterlife Novel (01/23/15)
ARQ 5: Why I'm Not Reading Your "Sexy" YA Book (02/07/15)

REVIEW MORSELS (extremely random)

RM 1: Nova Ren Suma, Dawn Kurtagich, Ilsa J. Bick (03/20/16)
   (The Walls Around Us, The Dead House, The Dark Passages duology)
RM 2: Matthew S. Cox, Alison Goodman, Jeri Smith-Ready (06/25/16)
   (Nine Candles of Deepest Black, Singing the Dogstar Blues, This Side Of Salvation)
RM 3: Patrick Ness, Robin Wasserman, E.S. Wesley (01/02/17)
   (More Than This, The Waking Dark, The Outs)
RM 4: Janet McNally, Seanan McGuire, Janet Tashjian (01/29/17)
   (Girls in the Moon, Every Heart a Doorway, For What It's Worth)
RM 5: B.C. Johnson, A.S. King, Dawn Kurtagich (05/20/17)
   (Deadgirl: Goneward, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future,The Creeper Man)
RM 6: Parker Peevyhouse, Nova Ren Suma, A.S. King (02/15/18)
   (Where Futures End, Imaginary Girls, Still Life with Tornado)
RM 7: Seanan McGuire, Karen Healey, Barbara Stewart (04/28/18)
   (Down Among the Sticks and Bones, When We Wake, The In-Between)
RM 8: Neal Shusterman, Karen Healey, Nova Ren Suma (05/14/18)
   (Challenger Deep, While We Run, 17 & Gone)

SCREEN TIME (a look at my favourite TV series, past and present...and the occasional rant)

ST 1: "Fame" (1982) (09/21/14)
ST 2: "Under the Dome" (2013) - Pt. 1 (11/16/14)
ST 3: "Heroes" (2006) (09/22/15)
ST 4: Dear Screenwriters, You Have No Right (06/09/16)
ST 5: In Which I'm Hitchhiking for the TARDIS (02/19/17)
ST 6: 3+7 All Time Favourite TV Series (Pt.1) (01/27/18)
ST 7: 3+7 All Time Favourite TV Series (Pt.2) (02/2/18)


MEMES (newest to oldest - single posts in chronological order):

TELL ME SOMETHING TUESDAY

TMST 1: Favourite UF Books (09/26/17)
TMST 2: Would You Rather Time-Travel or Teleport? (10/24/17)
TMST 3: Best Books of 2017 (12/19/17)
TMST 4: Goals for 2018 (01/09/18)
TMST 5: How Do You Feel about the Whole Mean Girl/Boy Theme? (03/27/18)
TMST 6:Do You Prefer Series or Standalone? (04/17/18)
TMST 7: Do You Still Accept Review Requests? Why or Why Not? (04/24/18)
TMST 8: What Are Things That Annoy You Right Now in the Book Market? (05/01/18)
TMST 9: Are You More Inclined/Less Inclined to Read Books That Are Compared to Other Popular Books or Authors? (05/22/18)
TMST 10: Tell Me Something Tuesday: Midyear Update: Favourite Reads, Goal Progress, Etc. (06/12/18)

THE SUNDAY POST (my own Monthly Edition!) (I stopped participating in it for personal reasons stated here)

TSP #1 (03/02/14)
TSP #2 (04/06/14)
TSP #3 (05/04/14)

BOOK BLOGGER CONFESSIONS (departed and heartily missed!)

BBC: Reading Habits Edition (02/18/13)
BBC: Blog Design Edition (03/18/13)
BBC: Real Life Edition (04/01/13)
BBC: Blogging in Time Edition (04/15/13)
BBC: Hot Topics Edition (04/29/13)
BBC: Blog Events Edition (06/03/13)
BBC: Author Interactions Edition (07/01/13)


CHALLENGES/EVENTS (newest to oldest - single posts in chronological order):

ARMCHAIR BEA 2014 (from May 26 to May 31)

Day 1: Introducing Offbeat YA (05/26/14)
Day 4: Beyond the Borders (05/30/14)
Day 5: Middle Grade/Young Adult (05/31/14)

BOOK BLOGGER NEW YEAR'S CHALLENGE 2014 (from January 1 to January 14)

Day 1: Blogger Resolutions (01/01/14)
Day 2: Blogging Pros and Cons (01/02/14)
Day 3: Missed Books of 2013 (01/03/14)
Day 4: Not-to-Miss Books of 2014 (01/04/14)
Day 7: Blogging Pet Peeves (01/07/14)
Day 11: TBR Shelf (01/11/14)
Day 12: Getting More Followers (01/12/14)
Day 14: Blogging Wish List 2014 (01/14/14)

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