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This group is actually inspired by the one over at Livejournal. Since I don't find that site user-friendly, and since I'm on this one so much, I thought I'd start one here. Besides, I'm an avid reader, and believe it to be the best form of education out there. If I can encourage even one person to read more by means of this group, so much the better.

Really, though, I'm a writer. Not published yet, but working towards it. As one author stated, for any writer to be successful, they have to read. Read, read, read. Then read some more. It's true. And about 90% of what you read will seem pointless to you, but is in fact not. To write anything believably, you have to know things. Take, for example, the novel I'm writing. It has a medieval setting, with elements of romance, dark fantasy, and sci-fi. In order to create such a world, I need to know a ton of things about medieval life: food, war, architecture. I need to know how the world I create behaves, which means I need to know about climates, landforms, weather, ecosystems. I need to know primitive religions, to know how people worshiped, how cultures evolved, the nature of politics and society, and a million other things. Reading is where you start, and I figured why not make a group to showcase that.

As for the rules, these are pretty important. You can find them here: RULES

Regarding the Gallery (genres):

Here's a list of the genres we accept and sub-genres that fall into those categories. If I've missed a genre, or you have one to suggest, please note the group and inform me.

:butterfly: Non-Fiction

Autobiographies (including memoirs)
Biographies
Essays (grouped into a book/collection)
Textbooks
Religious Texts

:butterfly: Crime/Detective

Hard Boiled Private Eye
Soft Boiled Private Eye
Noir
Police
Anti-Hero
Gangster
Fictionalized True Crime
Caper Novels
Spy/Espionage
Scientific/Medical Detective
Legal/Courtroom
Juvenile/Young Adult
International/Psychological/Techno Thriller

:butterfly: Fantasy

Action/Adventure
Epic/High Fantasy
Fairy Tale
Low Fantasy
Prehistoric Fantasy
Magic Realism
Mythic
Paranormal Fantasy
Urban Fantasy
Superhero Fantasy
Sword and Sorcery
Historical Fantasy
Comic Fantasy
Dark Fantasy

:butterfly: Horror

Gothic Fiction
Paranormal
Southern Gothic
Splatterpunk

:butterfly: Mystery/Suspense

Amateur Investigator
Bumbling Detective
Caper
Child/Woman-In-Peril
Cozy
Culinary
Doctor Detective
Inverted
Locked Room or Puzzle
Police Procedural
Romantic
Serials/Series
Supernatural
Whodunit

:butterfly: Romance

Contemporary (series and single title)
Historical Romance
Inspirational Romance
Paranormal Romance
Regency Romance
Romantic Suspense
Young Adult Romance

:butterfly: Science Fiction

Hard Science Fiction
Soft Science Fiction
Space Opera
Punk
Cyberpunk (Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Nanopunk, Postcyberpunk)
Steampunk (clockpunk)
Biopunk
Alternate Universe
Scientific Romance

:butterfly: Women's Fiction

Class S
Femslash
Matron Literature
Yaoi

:butterfly: MISC

LGBT Pulp Fiction/Erotica
Erotica
Metafiction
occupational Fiction
Political Fiction
Philosophical Fiction
Religious Fiction

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1.
Hyperbole and a Half
I think everyone will find something to love about this book. It's bright, it's colorful, it's funny, it's honest, it's entertaining, it's insightful, it's relatable... I swear, I haven't laughed so hard at a book in a long, long time as I did with this one. But I also connected with Allie in her more serious stories. It truly feels like she bears her soul when she's writing, whether it be about the good times or the bad times. And maybe it's just me, but it feels really nice to read about a normal person who's a little weird and wacky, and then look at yourself and see that your own weirdness is pretty okay too.
Approximate Reading Time: 2 hours

2.
Maid of Secrets
Maid of Secrets provided me with a fun jaunt into Elizabethan England, but lacked the character depth I crave. I'd recommend it for fans of YA and historical fiction who don't mind some romance as well. It's free of language and sex, but does contain some violence and a good amount of kissing, so I'd say high school and up would enjoy this the most. With a fairly slow pace, a lot of details in regards to settings and clothing, and somewhat stereotypical characters, this definitely won't appeal to everyone. But if you've got a soft spot for historical England or spies or girls overcoming adversity, then you might want to give Maid of Secrets a try.
Approximate Reading Time: 8 hours

3.
The Testing
With this one, I'm sorry to say I found the heroine too perfect, the love interest too bland and the evil Dystopian government too illogical. Yet despite all of that, I still managed to enjoy this book. What can I say? I like underdog stories, I like plucky heroines, and I like stories with good pacing and tension. And if I'm really being honest, The Testing had all that in spades. I'm also still curious about how exactly this government functions, given the fatal flaws the leadership obviously possesses. We know there are rebels out there, so secrecy can't be the only thing they have going in their favor. So I'll definitely be picking up the next book or two in the series because, despite my better logic, I got hooked.
Approximate Reading Time: 5 hours

4.
Endless Knight
Endless Knight is the sequel to Poison Princess, a book I read just at the end of last year. For a book/series with such an intriguing premise as teens with Tarot-themed powers, the romantic interest(s) are so infuriating! Endless Knight frustrated me yet still gave me enough glimpses of greatness that I came out with a favorable experience. I absolutely hated the romance, but for anyone who enjoyed the previous book it's probably still going to please. Cannibalism, violence, and a sex scene put this squarely in the range of *mature* high-school-and-up. So if you've got a thing for possessive relationships, or can imagine it as a saucy YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast, then Endless Knight offers an intriguing continuation of the Tarot-themed story.
Approximate Reading Time: 5 hours

5.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
I found Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe to be an extremely touching story. I'd easily recommend it to anyone who likes coming-of-age stories, or is looking for a sweet and emotional LGBT YA romance. There are moments of violence, some drinking and drug use, and some kissing that has me recommending it for high-school and up, but I wouldn't be too anxious if a middle-schooler got their hands on it. I'm sure some people will reject this book solely on the fact that it features gay characters. But whether this book changes minds or simply serves as a sweet story about two boys growing up, I hope it continues to find its way into the hands of YA readers for some time to come.
Approximate Reading Time: 3.5 hours

6.
Blood Red Road
I found Blood Red Road to be an intriguing post-apocalyptic story but I thought it suffered from some unfortunate pacing and character development issues. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy tough YA heroines or post-apocalyptic questing novels, and don't mind some romance on the side. No language or sex to speak of, but there is cage-fighting and some battles waged, plus the writing style to contend with so I'd put this in the high school and up range. If you're in the mood for an unorthodox writing style but still want a story with some grit to it, then you might want to check this one out.
Approximate Reading Time: 5 hours

7.
Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone left me wanting. If you've got some time and are in the mood for a high fantasy YA rooted in a non-European setting, then I'd say give it a try. No language, but there is a make-out scene and some fantasy death, so I'd put this in the high school and up range. Perhaps not the most original piece of literature out there, but if you're eager for some plot twists you may want to check out this one for yourself.
Approximate Reading Time: 4.5 hours

8.
Let the Sky Fall
Let the Sky Fall gave me more than enough to get me hooked and wanting more. I'd happily recommend it to anyone looking for a YA paranormal romance featuring 'new' creatures, or looking for a romantic couple featuring a kick-ass heroine and a sweet, supportive hero. No language, but with the major romantic elements and some violent sequences, I'd put this mainly in the high school and up range. Sometimes same-old, same-old can be boring, but I think this book shows that just because some things are familiar, it doesn't mean that you can't find something new. So if you've finally gotten Adele's tune out of your head, why not give this book a try?
Approximate Reading Time: 5.5 hours

9.
The Forever Song
For me, The Forever Song was a strong and satisfying conclusion to its series. I'd highly recommend it for anyone already hooked in the Blood of Eden, or those who are interested in a gritty, post-apocalyptic YA romance with a lot of bloody vampire action. I can't recall any language this time around, but a sex scene and a lot of gory violence has me keeping my ranking of high school and older. With questions of morality, survival, stigma, and free will combined with chases, fights, and the occasional kiss, how could you not be racing to sink your teeth into this series? And once you've devoured the first two installments, you'll definitely want to check out the series' conclusion as soon as possible.
Approximate Reading Time: 8.5 hours
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:iconvalsoney:
would you do a critique for my page possibly? thanks a million!
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dmnq8 Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry?
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mystichuntress Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering, are plays alright?
For example, if you read one of Shakespeare's or Oscar Wilde's plays, can I put a review aup about it?
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dmnq8 Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As of now, we are not doing plays. :)
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mystichuntress May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwww :(
I like plays
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:iconyolandachapa:
How can I put my progress on your journal? I can't find any option >.<
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dmnq8 Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You must write a journal in the group :D
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:iconyolandachapa:
O,O Really? Haha, I didn't think on that one :D. Thanks!
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dmnq8 Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think I mentioned it in the rules...
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Argobargo Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think an extension from this challenge would be to design some art based on each book read in the genre. That could get some creativity flowing.
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