Friday, 30 December 2016

Twenty Things I've Read #4

My new (hopefully weekly!) links recap format continues! I'm a day early, because I wanted my year-end survey post to go up on New Year's Eve.

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
LGBTQ Reads
The Pool
Teen Vogue 


The Twenty:

I keep finding awesome Christmas-related posts which I want to share - today will probably be the last time any of them make it in, I think. This Guardian piece by Nikesh Shukla on making his mum's special tandoori chicken after she died was incredibly moving.


Four fabulous authors - Laurie Penny, Roz Kaveney, John Scalzi and Jo Walton - wrote an incredible piece for Uncanny Magazine, A Trump Christmas Carol.


I also really loved Leah Schnelbach's piece for Tor.com about A Charlie Brown Christmas.


I'm still reading the Den Of Geek top 100 Christmas episodes, but I'm loving it so far!


And the Telegraph talked to Chris Riddell about the joy of reading at Christmas.



Really moving pieces on two of the celebrities who've sadly passed away recently, with The Guyliner writing about George Michael for GQ, and Anne Thériault tweeting about why Carrie Fisher's role of General Organa was the most important Leia for her. And Laurie Penny wrote a New Statesman piece looking back at 2016 and the people we've lost during it.

Also looking back on this year, Pitchfork had a fascinating piece on the year in streaming music.

On Twitter, Tess Sharpe's thread of lessons she's learned about writing is AMAZING!




I love a capella music so new Broadway show In Transit sounds amazing - I hope it makes it to the West End! Great piece on it in the New Yorker, with Jia Tolentino talking to creator Kristen Anderson-Lopez about it. 


For Tor, Alex Brown wrote a fabulous piece on winter TV. I've started watching Black Sails since reading this piece and am hooked already!

I also really loved this Daily Beast interview with the outstanding Viola Davis.

I thought this USA Today piece about Maddie Dalton, a transgender teen in Kentucky, was a great read.

As was this Book Riot piece on Kim & Kim and the importance of transgender narratives in comics.



For Buzzfeed, Jesmyn Ward wrote about the experience of Black Southerners, and how America finally saw it in 2016.

Looking ahead to 2017, the fabulous Bookishness and Tea blog shared 60 Diverse Books To Look Forward To. (I'm adding them all to my Goodreads 'to read' shelf right now!)
If you want books that are out at the moment, rather than waiting for next year, great contemporary recommendations at YA Interrobang.

And there's a great piece on Vox about Marvel comic Vote Loki, which sounds amazing!


Finally, Grace wrote an incredible piece on being unhappy



My Posts:

Somewhat incredibly I blogged every day this week!

As part of my Christmas present to Debbie, I FINALLY gave her the top 10 sports books post I've been promising her for months.

I posted about blogging - looking back at 2016, and forward to 2017 - and on organisation

I also posted about ten of my favourite books of the year (and threw in ten of my favourite short stories.)

And yesterday, I launched a diverse books giveaway which I'm excited to see people entering! 

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