Wednesday 25 November 2015

Top Ten Twitter Hashtags I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

#UKYAchat - I think that since Lucy the Reader set up UKYAchat, it has REALLY become a major part of the wonderful UKYA community. There are so many people I've started talking to after seeing their tweets during it who've gone on to become good friends!

- Similarly Lorraine Gregory and Miriam Craig's UKMGchat has been an amazing way to meet fellow MG fans, and MG authors. Also there've been some BRILLIANT socials this year!

#ColourMeMindful - As people who've seen me moaning about the flat saga on Twitter now, it's been a stressful year. One thing that has really helped me relax has been Anastasia Catris's beautiful Colour Me Mindful books, from Orion. I love their small size in comparison to most of the others out there, the excellent paper quality, and the great mix of some simple and some more complicated pictures. The hashtag has been a brilliant way to share some of my own colouring, see other people's, and talk to Anastasia, who's lovely!

#HiddenBooksGame - Not sure I should be THAT thankful for this National Book Tokens game because it is staggeringly frustrating, but it's ALSO a whole lot of fun! After spending ages on it, I've got 19/20, and have at least found the question for the last one. Which to be honest feels like an achievement in itself.

#2015ClassicsChallenge - I haven't read that many classics this year but it has been very enjoyable seeing people's reactions to books they've read for Stacey's fab challenge! Next year, I'm definitely hoping to read 12 for the #2016ClassicsChallenge.

#illumicrate - It has been AWESOME to see how much everyone loves my friend Daphne's great subscription box service! Reading the unboxing posts, watching the videos, and reading tweets about how excited people are for the next one! (Remember, there'll be a chance to subscribe as Daph's opening it to more people this time - but guessing it will sell out pretty quickly, so head over to the website to make sure you're on the list to know when subscriptions reopen!)

#ownvoices - This wonderful hashtag created by Corrine Duyvis a few months ago has been an amazing source of recommendations for titles about marginalized groups of people by authors in those groups. I've come across so many amazing recs via this hashtag, and it's been great to spread the word about some of my own favourites, like Duet Books's wonderful anthology Summer Love. 

#TheseShallowGraves - Slightly selfish reasons here; I was lucky enough to win a copy of Jennifer Donnely's These Shallow Graves in the awesome competition Hot Key ran with this hashtag. But I also thought the competition - answering questions on several blogs to get a word connected to the book - was a really brilliant idea!

#AceYAChat - I came so close to crying with happiness on seeing that this chat (organised by the fabulous Gay YA) was happening, and it was EVERYTHING I could have hoped for. I will, at some point maybe, go into more details about my super-complicated thoughts on various things. But basically I WISH there'd been more knowledge of asexuality and demisexuality when I was a teen, I am staggeringly grateful that there's at least some knowledge of them now, and this chat felt like a truly momentous occasion to me.

#aryaclub - I want to say not in any order, but I CLEARLY saved the best til last. I love #aryaclub, my book club, because they are the best friends I've made in a long time, they are always there for me and they brighten my day up whenever we talk on Twitter, but even more so when we meet up in person. (And yes, this is technically more about the amazing people than the actual hashtag, but my blog, my rules!)

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