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The books you read and wondered how they got published. I was just thinking about how most of the threads on here are about books that people have liked but what about those ones that left you in incredulous disbelief.

submitted by Spell Caster
(July 17, 2019 - 9:59 am)

So, I'm rereading KotLC, and I actually really like it now, so I was wondering what were some of the reasons y'all don't like it?


submitted by cerinthe, age 13, Blegh
(January 2, 2020 - 8:04 pm)

Sooooo...... anyone ever read  The Thing About Jellyfish? Sorry Ali Benjamin, but for some weird reason I really,REALLY didn't like it.(i dislike using the word "hate" online for another weird reason). It's not like I didn't like the way it was written. It's just....the idea....okay, the idea was amazing. Maybe the fact that it ended kinda shortly? IDK, it's just. NOT GOOD. Her other book is awesome, though. 


(It's called The Next Great Paulie Fink. Try it.)

submitted by Sirfire, age 230 moons, United States
(January 3, 2020 - 6:31 pm)

I liked it, I just found it strange that the main character (I can't remember her name) was so very passionate about the jellyfish. Like, even if her friend did get killed by a jellyfish, and that is an important thing for science, why is it so important to you? But for the most part it was really well written, and very sad as well. 

submitted by cerinthe, age 13
(January 4, 2020 - 4:50 pm)

Right? I thought I was crazy!

submitted by Sirfire , age 230 moons, who's asking?
(January 5, 2020 - 5:31 pm)

I just read The Thing About Jellyfish, and I thought it was great. Though, I had to give a book talk (It's where you explain the book with a summary and make people want to read it) and it was, like, really hard to explain.

submitted by Spellbound, age 10, nowhere to be found
(February 26, 2020 - 9:38 am)

I loved the Harry Potter series with all my heart... until I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!

This book could be described as an HP ripoff, but the writing style is so much better and LGBTQ+ communities are represented. It’s also not all white people. I would recommend this book, along with Fangirl, which I would explain now, but dinner's ready so goodbye! 

submitted by casstastrophe, age 4000+ days, thataway
(January 6, 2020 - 8:56 pm)

Woot, popping into the CB to talk about books for a moment. Disclaimer: Harry Potter isn't great, nor is it perfect. I'm not trying to argue that here, just take the opposite stance and make some arguments in its favor.

A correction; Harry Potter is most certainly not all white people. There are minor characters with dreadlocks, Cho Chang who is Asian, and people from all over (while some are still white, yes--for instance, the next example, Seamus). For example, we've got Seamus, who is hinted at being Irish in the books and is fully voiced and acted in the movies as Irish. Fun!

And now it's time to talk about LGBTQ+ characters. This is going to be quite long and (hopefully) detailed, so bear with me. Or don't. You don't have to read this. I'm a nerd.

First, it's important to note that Harry Potter's first book was released in 1997. The world wasn't as open to LGBTQ+ people back then (crazy, but we've made a lot of progress in recent years), and there wasn't as much pressure on authors to represent LGBTQ+ characters. There is now.

From my own short experience fanfiction author, and someone who generally browsed book discussions for two years (not as into toxic fandoms anymore), audiences nowadays can put a lot of pressure on authors to represent LGBTQ+ communities and characters, specifically on the smaller but very connected scale of fanfiction, or any books that have amassed a large fandom. People tend to want to shoehorn LGBTQ+ characters in, and while I'm not claiming that Carry On is like this whatsoever, Harry Potter does not need representation. Its plot does not involve that--however, this isn't to say that J.K Rowling is a Homophobic author. Her other works have LGBTQ+ characters. Harry Potter does not.

If you're interested in J.K Rowling's...really messed up attempt to make previous characters LGBTQ+ (literally to pander to a LGBTQ+ audience), I'd reccommend looking up commentary videos on the fact. She, basically, tried to make Dumbledore gay. And while I could totally see that, she tried to add to previous book canon in...a tweet? The entire situation's just pretty interesting.

submitted by Icy, age 15, The Forest
(January 17, 2020 - 4:55 pm)


submitted by Snoopy
(January 19, 2020 - 10:42 pm)

Maximum Ride, I guess I'm just not a huge fan of James Patterson 

submitted by SandCat, age 11, Massachusetts
(January 20, 2020 - 3:20 pm)

Books that have no action WHATSOEVER in them!! Those kind of books are -1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars out of 10 stars.

submitted by Emekittycon k, age 11, Kitten Kingdom
(February 15, 2020 - 1:34 pm)

I am cinda embarrassed that I even read this book but it had a bad review so I just wanted to read it to see how bad it was. The book is called "Even Fairies Fart"and it was overly reliant on white characters and it was easy to see that because it was a picture book 

submitted by Thunder , age 10 eons , Bed
(February 24, 2020 - 9:19 am)

I think this is a cool thread.

submitted by Thunder, age 10 eons , U.S.S. Enterprise(CVN65)
(March 13, 2020 - 9:14 am)

There is this kid's book that we own. It's called Googus the Toothless Alligator. I think it's badly illistrated and badly written and.. bleh. I think it was self published. It's for younger kids, but.. seriously? Shouldn't you at least be able to stay in the same tense for 28 (short) pages, half of which are pictures?

submitted by WordSong, age Forever, My bed
(April 26, 2020 - 4:31 pm)