Saturday 24 December 2016

Twenty Things I've Read #3

My new (hopefully weekly!) links recap format continues!

As mentioned in week 1, there are some sites which could quite conceivably fill this list between them EVERY WEEK as they constantly produce amazing posts - and I find it way too hard to single them out! So instead, I will just list them at the start of each post. If you're not reading the following, you are REALLY missing out.

Safe Space

Media Diversified
The Pool
Teen Vogue 

The Twenty

The Hollywood Reporter has a fabulous conversation with Jon Favreau talking to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Donald Glover, Issa Rae and Damien Chazelle.

Louise O'Neill wrote a great piece on friendship for the Irish Examiner.

I'm still working my way through everything linked in this post, but Huffington Post's 29 of the most powerful pieces by women in 2016 is INCREDIBLE!

Sady Doyle's Quartz piece - The true story of how Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump - is another stunning one.

And I loved this adorable story on the inspiration between Barbara Dee's upcoming f/f MG Star Crossed! The post here is written by Barbara's daughter and has me even more excited for this book.

I wrote recently about doing All The Things (and how I'm trying NOT to) but I am constantly in awe of my friend Debbie and the amount she packs into her life. Great post here about her first ParkRun!

Another of my friends, Jo, has created a fabulous page about 2017 diverse YA/MG releases over at her blog Once Upon A Bookcase - please take a look!

I thought this piece by Luke Mullins for the Washingtonian was an incredibly powerful read. I Was All Set to Become the Most Popular Guy in the Cancer Ward. Then I Met My Nemesis: Ben.

And there were a couple of author interviews I really enjoyed, Julia Ember talking to Robin Talley, and Liv of Liv's Wonderful Escape talking to Katherine Webber.

Some awesome writing on films I've read recently includes Owen Myers recommending his favourite LGBTQ films and TV series of 2016 on The Fader.

I also loved Ngaire Ruth's post for The F Word on Rogue One and Jyn Erso.

And while I had huge issues with Passengers, Elizabeth May's horror-movie rewrite of it on Twitter was superb.

The NY Times Year in Reading, talking to a ton of great authors, is excellent.

And there's a wonderful Fantasy Magazine post from Justina Ireland, Learning To Dream In Color.

Kazul Wolf's piece for the Gay YA, What's So Important About Asexual Representation, really spoke to me on a personal level.

I loved Alison Barrow's clear and concise piece for Book Machine on social media and the difference it can make to authors.

Olivia posted about Christmas time in London on her fab blog, What Olivia Did.

I also found a couple of older posts I really enjoyed - Charlie Jane Anders on the difference between a mediocre twist and a great twist on io9, and Tanya Jones on Noise To Signal with an excellent piece about Ever Decreasing Circles, one of my favourite 80s comedies.

News and things:

Super-exciting panel announcement for Waterstones Kensington on 2nd February next year - Katie Webber, Mel Salisbury, Cat Doyle and Sara Barnard! All four are BRILLIANT live and they're great friends so this will be an awesome evening. See you there?

And my favourite BookTuber (and amazing friend and MeetUKYA co-host) Julianne returned to YouTube with a Sept-Nov wrap-up! Part 1 is here.

My posts:

I've been surprisingly productive and, in addition to writing my year in review for theatre and my own post looking at the issues with Passengers and what I'd have done differently, also created some Sporcle quizzes. If you're looking for a challenge, check them out!  

2016 YA First Lines
Movies From Actors Playing Teens
Bookish Christmases
UK Comedy Christmas Episodes

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