Guys. GUYS. Welcome to my new, original, very-own feature!
*throws confetti* *sets off fireworks*
I've been thinking about this for over a year. So much contemplation went into this feature - would anyone would be interested? Would I be able to do this consistently? What would happen to my insane review schedule?!
Ultimately, I got a push from several sources, including the LOVELY Nikki Wang. She designed that amazing banner up there. ZOOM IN AND STARE AT THE PRETTY :D
So here is some background about this feature.
- I've always wanted to do something more personalized on this blog. I'm an environmental engineering major, and so it just made SENSE to me, to talk about science, my passion.
- Science is a super broad subject. Which is exciting!
- The idea was swimming around in my head, but someone posted the suggestion during my one-year blogoversary, so that was a sign to actually take the idea seriously!
- To my knowledge, I do not know any other blogger doing a feature like this. HOWEVER, if there is a blogger who does something like this, I hope you won't think I'm plagiarizing or anything! Again, I have yet to see this type of feature, so I wouldn't know.
- On that note, if you want to do something like this, could you email me first? I took a lot of time and effort and mental capacity to bring this feature about (believe it or not).
What is this feature all about?
- Science (obviously).
- More specifically, science in books that I read. I'll take a book (for example, Breathe by Sarah Crossan), and discuss some area of science in that book. In Breathe, the oxygen on Earth has been depleted, due to deforestation and other human impacts. PERFECT SCIENCE DISCUSSION FODDER. Environmental, which is perfect. Catch my drift?
- I'm not limiting this to YA books, but I read mostly YA.
1. How often will you do this feature, Alyssa?
I'm looking at once a month, so I don't collapse under my review pile.
2. Will there be a set day for the feature?
Yes! Sundays are good for me.
3. How will you choose the book you feature?
The book will be something I've read during the time period between each feature. For example, the Science in Fiction feature for the month of February will be a book I have read (or am currently reading) between now and that scheduled feature date in February.
4. Is this a cop-out, so you won't have to write as many reviews?
Nooooo, absolutely not! In fact, the number one reason why I waited over a year to actually launch this feature was my fear of getting behind in reviewing ARCs, because of a new feature. I want to do this feature, but I want to keep being ahead with reviewing. Which is why this feature will be monthly (versus weekly).
5. Can I do this too?
Hmmm, email me first. Since this is kind of a new thing, I'd like to limit this feature to my blog for now. I don't expect the masses to be clamoring to feature science discussions on their blogs anytime soon, but if there is interest in this feature, then maybe I'll make it open to things like a Linky list, like a meme. But for now, err, I'd like to keep this one to myself. Please respect that!
So! I hope you all are as excited as I am! Well, it's okay if I'm the only excited one. I'm one of a tiny percentage of science-based people in the book-blogging community - and one of an even tinier percentage of engineers. So, please excuse me while I let my nerd show and have fun with this :D