Reader Vocab: The Spoiler Zone


It occurred to me today, 140 pages in to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, that right front and centre on the cover is a glaring spoiler. I hadn’t noticed it before because it hadn’t meant anything to me, to pre-reading DoSaB-Katie it was just a tagline and would quickly be discussed in book. 140 pages (1/4 ish) of the way in and it hasn’t yet shown any sign of being mentioned or explained, and now I am spoiled. Sigh.

I would define spoiler as

Spoiler- a piece of information which gives away important plotline information about a form or media, i.e. a book or movie. This can be overheard physically, or read online.

E.g. Person 1: Did you hear that Jesus comes back to life after three days?

Person 2: What?! I’m not at that point yet! God, give a spoiler warning before saying things like that!

And a Spoiler Zone, a phrase I am making up myself to fill what is obviously a glaring void in our vocabulary, as-

Spoiler Zone- the period of time after you start consuming a form of media (i.e. a book or TV show) but haven’t yet finished it.

This is the period of time you are most likely to be spoiled. Before this point, before you even started watching friends, for example, you didn’t care that Ross and Rachel broke up because you didn’t know who Ross and Rachel are.

But you can bet after you start reading that book spoilers you’ve never even seen before will start flying out at you from all over, so the best way to combat it is to FINISH THAT BOOK before the spoiling can take place.

(But seriously, what kind of person puts an ACTUAL SPOILER on the front of a book? In my reviews I consider anything in the synopsis and up to 20% in fair game, but I am like 25% through now and there has BEEN NO MENTION OF THIS!)

This post is such a mess, but there you go! There’s a lot of phrases I use to explain my reading, and I’ve never written about them before, so I figured I should start explaining them. Also I’m annoyed about that spoiler!



Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli!

This is a spoiler free review! Thank you to Penguin teen for sending me a copy! This has in no way effected my review.

In the Upside of Unrequited we follow Molly, the slightly nerdier and slightly heavier twin to her sister Cassie. Also straighter: Cassie is gay. And on the look out for a girlfriend. This is how the story begins, with Molly in a club bathroom talking to a cool Asian girl with an even cooler t-shirt and introducing her to Cassie, which unwittingly starts a series of events that Molly could never have predicted.

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Everything Everything: an in-depth analysis into the ableism problem

Later this year the Everything Everything movie will come out, and people and opinions (I’m sure) will be divided all over again. If you haven’t read Everything Everything, or even if you have read it as someone who doesn’t delve into book twitter/tumblr or read goodreads reviews, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. To you Everything Everything (which I’m henceforth shortening to EE) is just a book with an extremely pretty cover and a movie trailer with some serious Beyoncé vocal magic going on.

What EE actually is is complicated (to say the least) and has been debated many times by many readers coming from a lot of different backgrounds. In many ways I have nothing meaningful to add to this conversation, but I would consider it an achievement if I make more readers think about the use of disabled characters/disabilities to further a plotline. I do suffer from a chronic illness which I do consider to be a disability (I’ll go into more detail later). I doubt I’ll actually come to a conclusion about how I feel about EE by the end of this mess of a post, because it’s been well over a year since I first picked it up and I’ve been conflicted ever since, but I do want to map out my thoughts on paper (well, screen) and see if that helps me at all.

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My 2017 Most Anticipated Read (and book buying ban).

Foreword: This blog post was written almost entirely in January, ten days into January to be precise. Like most things I left it in my drafts, and now I’ve come along and finally finished it. Yay! I don’t see much point in rearranging my original text to make it seem like I wrote all this in March (when this was so obviously supposed to be a start of year post) so expect some differences on time zones throughout. Enjoy!

I start this year with 35 books sitting on my shelves yet to read- and I am excited about all of them. Because of this, and believe me I wish I didn’t have to do this, I am going on a book buying ban. For a year. Starting now.

Actually, we are now 10 days into this ban, and I can confirm I have not *technically* brought any books yet. Technically, because I built in a few rules that will help me get through this long long year.

First of all, I am allowed to buy my most anticipated releases. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a list of all the books I am dying to read in 2017, and I then preordered them all, so I don’t have to worry about missing out. I also am allowed to buy a few sequels, because 99% of the unread books I own are firsts in a series, and I know never getting further then the first book in some of these will kill me.

So, without further ado, here comes my most anticipated books of 2017 up to May (aka. the ones I have allowed myself to preorder)(I will be planning my rest of year anticipated releases in late May, so I don’t miss any out).

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