Yash Kesanakurthy

Somewhere between starting her schooling in Saudi Arabia and finishing high school in Singapore, Yash Kesanakurthy realized that she disliked school. It was the fateful move to Vancouver, Canada for a BA in Economics (which, surprise, didn't pan out) that led her to the MA program in Children's Literature at UBC. She had fun immersing herself into the academia of children's literature but nothing beat the joy of writing for The Book Wars, being able to set aside classics and pay attention to the culture of contemporary YA. And now, everything is PB/MG/YA and nothing hurts. Well, some things hurt but nothing her bookshelf can't fix. Currently, she is working on her own YA fantasy novel and an all-ages picturebook. Her life goals include: getting a pet dog, getting published, and presenting you dear readers and Rioters with posts that engage and entertain. (Maybe not in that order?) Blog: The Book Wars Twitter: @SeeYashTweet

Genre Kryptonite: Monster Girls

Why one reader can't get enough of monster girls in fantasy.

It’s Canon: School Stories Featuring M/M Relationships

School stories are great stories, especially when they feature canon male/male relationships.

On Dumping Books

On the types of dumping experiences one may have with books.

YA Book Covers I Love to Love

YA book covers that don't misrepresent or whitewash the characters.

5 Webcomic Shorts for the Novel Weary

Need a break from novel reading or finding yourself in a book slump? These 5 short webcomics will get you reading.

TFW You Discover Love for a New Genre

Slow and Steady: On Building a Relaxing Reading List

On building and maintaining a relaxing reading list for the summer months.

When Books Inform Lipstick Choices

Fantasy Familiars: Choosing One’s Animal Companions

A guide to choosing one's animal companions, courtesy of your favorite books.

Battling Jet Lag with Books