Category: Columns

Sometimes I watch the movie/TV show first

Sometimes I watch the movie/TV show first

Among us hardcore readers, I know there is a bit of a stigma against people who watch the movie or TV show first. Well, I’m gonna just say it: sometimes I do. And I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with that – and I wish the judgment would stop. Why watch first?! I’ve confessed before that I wasn’t a big reader growing up. Reading was just difficult for me. I got bored and distracted really easily. Even now that I do read more, classics and adult books can be really hard for me to get into – and so, watching a movie or TV […]

Posted December 17, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 13 Comments
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Confession Time: As a kid, I hated reading..

Confession Time: As a kid, I hated reading..

As I’ve been unemployed for a while now, I’ve had a lot of time to think and lately my thoughts have gravitated towards reminiscing about the past. I figured I might share some of my reading history with you guys because… well because I feel like it. =/ I dunno. So I’m going to make a small confession that not everyone might know about me: I hated reading as a kid. Now, hold your horses! Put those tomatoes DOWN. Let me explain… or try to anyway. Let the record show that I started reading Harry Potter when I was 10, so I did read something. […]

Posted September 4, 2014 by Debby in A Personal Note, Columns / 13 Comments
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No, I Don’t HAVE To Go See That YA Movie Adaptation

No, I Don’t HAVE To Go See That YA Movie Adaptation

Phew, okay, this is a rant that’s long overdue – one that actually spawned in my mind back in February. Yeah, I’m THAT behind on blogging. But as we have a new set of YA movie adaptations coming to us very soon, I thought I would take the time to write it ANYWAY. Now, I am a proud YA reader. Anyone who has been on this blog would be able to tell you so. And I like movies. So when some of my favorite YA books get adapted to movies, that can be pretty exciting. But that does not mean that I’m excited for ALL […]

Posted August 7, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 25 Comments
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Expectations for NYC/BEA 2014

Expectations for NYC/BEA 2014

So, umm, BEA is happening. We are now ONE WEEK AWAY PEOPLE. ALERT. ALERT. I’m pretty sure all fellow attendees are in full fledged panic mode, packing, getting ready to fly (or drive), and getting way too freaking excited about all the epic bookishness about to go down. I have reached levels of being UNABLE TO CAN, but at the same time, I’m trying to hold everything together. I’ve been fully packed since Sunday, although I’m not leaving till Saturday. I have a schedule. Prioritized. And I have a buttload of expectations, some slightly exaggerated, some not, but whatever, this is my blog, I do […]

Posted May 22, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 7 Comments
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On Controversies and Misconceptions

On Controversies and Misconceptions

Okay, I don’t want to make this too lengthy, but this drama keeps flaring up in my mind, and while I feel like I’ve spoken out about a lot of my thoughts, there are lingering issues that I think I will only let go of when they are made known to the reading public. Hence, this post. This is what’s been running through my head, and I need to get it out there, but if you do not feel like reading it, by all means don’t, and here, have a happy bunny and be on your way.

Posted March 26, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 0 Comments
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Authors, Let Your Readers Read in Peace

Authors, Let Your Readers Read in Peace

Dear authors, You’re probably thinking, “Oh boy, here we go again, another rant about how we shouldn’t respond to negative reviews.” No. That’s not what this is. I’m not writing a post about that because Bekka from Great Imaginations already said everything I have to say about the subject. I’m here to talk about something else: your Twitter stalking tendencies. Now I know that as an author, you are putting your creation into the world, and it’s only natural to want to know what people are saying about it and, possibly, about you. Social media fuels this flame and leaves this possibility wide open to […]

Posted February 21, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 16 Comments
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Full Fathom Five & Why I Boycott Their Books

Full Fathom Five & Why I Boycott Their Books

You’re probably thinking, “What the hell kind of post is this Debby? What’s Full Fathom Five? Why should I care?” Well that’s what I want to address in this post. Full Fathom Five irks the hell out of me, so I want to raise awareness about why that is. FFF is James Frey’s packaging company. You might know about James Frey. He wrote a “memoir” A Million Little Pieces which was later exposed as being largely fabricated. This led to a series of dramatic encounters with Oprah. He also recently got a $2 million dollar book deal for a book that is unquestionably a major […]

Posted January 31, 2014 by Debby in Columns / 64 Comments
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How Polare, a Dutch Bookstore, Crushed the Dreams of Many Neil Gaiman Fans

How Polare, a Dutch Bookstore, Crushed the Dreams of Many Neil Gaiman Fans

Here, ladies and gentlemen, is a different kind of post than you may be used to on Snuggly Oranges. But it is necessary. Because I, and many other readers and fans, are pissed after having been completely screwed over by Polare.Let’s back up a second though. As you may know, I live in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is, obviously, not a native English speaking country and as such, we don’t get many author events. So as a reader in the Netherlands, I jump at the chance to meet any author. Such a chance presented itself when, roughly a month ago, I discovered that Neil Gaiman […]

Posted August 13, 2013 by Debby in Book Events, Columns / 39 Comments
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