Sunday 17 April 2016

Recent Links Recap 11th - 16th April

The most awesome news of the week has to be either the launch of Dahlia Adler's stunning - which already looks like a must-visit site - or the announcement that TV rights to Louise O'Neill's incredibly powerful Asking For It have been sold.

And other great news, Debi Gliori's Night Shift, a picture book for older readers on depression, has sold to Hot Key and Katherine Locke's time-travel YA The Girl With The Red Balloon, in which a 16-year-old ends up in East Berlin in 1988, sold to Albert Whitman!

Really superb video here from Louise about how exercise has helped her mental health, talking about the Couch to 5k app which I know a few of my friends have found to be fantastic!

And a fantastic post from Caitlin here, 'In Defence of Prescription Painkillers'.

This 'digital horror story' on 'How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell' is terrifying - but it's great to see that the journalist has hopefully made things better for the people who live in the farm in question.

And a heartbreaking piece about Lily Allen being stalked, and the lack of support from the police.

Also a really outstanding piece from Louise O'Neill on how misguided people are when they conflate anorexia with vanity.

This, from Nita Tyndall, on loving North Carolina but the recent legislation breaking her heart, is really moving.

I love Erica's blog about bookshops, The Bookshop Around The Corner. She's looking for guest posts for #YourBookshops - if you're interested in taking part, take a look!

Paste have a great list of the top 10 YA releases in April - it's US-based so not sure what's coming out here, but When We Collided already is and is BRILLIANT, and I'm hoping to get my hands on The Haters by Jesse Andrews as I loved Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.

Speaking of When We Collided, author Emery Lord wrote a fabulous list of her top five books with a beach setting for Chelle's excellent Tales of Yesterday blog!

And talking of Chelle, she was guest posting on here yesterday as part of #6degrees.

Another guest post on this blog, Sophia Bennett celebrated Love Song's release with a 5-4-3-2-1.

Also on this blog, I finally wrote my stage/screen/bookish events recap for February! As ever, Debbie is way ahead of me, and has got HER March recap up.

With lots of amazing authors announced for YALC, I gave some reading recommendations for the ones I've read over at Teens on Moon Lane! And Julianne's putting together a Goodreads list of YA books from all the authors appearing.

Over on the Story Snug, there's a brilliant post about fairy tales by Nibbles The Book Monster author Emma Yarlett!

I've just started The Raven King and, as expected, it's AMAZING! I'm really tempted by one of these awesome #SaveGansey T-shirts. Prior to starting this fourth book, I read through Maggie Stiefvater's own fantastic recaps for The Recaptains of the first three books in the quartet!

The Reading Well For Young People scheme which has just launched, with a list of books to help teenagers with mental health issues, looks excellent. And some more great recommendations for YA novels dealing with mental health from Jess Hearts Books.

This flowchart on when authors should respond to negative reviews is BRILLIANT.

Maximum Pop recapped last week's brilliant #ChatClassics!

I'll be heading over to Daphne's house in a few weeks with some of our friends to help pack May's Illumicrate boxes! Have you subscribed yet? Get in now while there's still some left!

My friend Jen (author of The Crooked Sixpence which is coming in a few months and which you'll LOVE!) has a new website!

Really fantastic post from Gav on why seeing live performances is a must for GCSE drama students!

And a superb piece from Kaleb Horton on MTV paying tribute to legendary country singer Merle Haggard.

What have been your favourite posts of the week? Leave me a comment if there's any you want to share with me!

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