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.
Addition: Given the current political climate, I would strongly suggest also reading EVERYTHING Celeste Pewter tweets; she is incredibly insightful and her tweets on US politics have helped me figure out which things going on are reasonably worrying and which are absolutely terrifying.
There was a brief moment when I thought of doing a The Hate U Give special this week to celebrate its American release; I figured that twenty posts or threads on Angie Thomas's phenomenal book seemed reasonable. However there are some other incredible things I wanted to share as well, so I was SUPER restrained and limited THUG to just eleven entries...
Cosmopolitan interviewed Angie here. She tweeted about talking to teens at her launch party, and the impact the book had made on them. For her Mugglenet Author Takeover, Heidi Heilig recommended some incredible diverse books, including THUG, while it was also included in Shanna Miles's 25 Books for Teens Written by Black Women Writers to Rock Your 2017, and on EW, Nivea Serrao posted about 14 books to read after finishing THUG.
There's a great review in the New York Times from Marjorie Ingall, along with reviews of other YA books including Nina LaCour's We Are Okay and Ibi Zoboi's American Street, both high on my TBR, and another fabulous one from Katie Ward Beim-Esche at CS Monitor.
And Becky Albertalli, Nicola Yoon and Camryn Garrett took to Twitter to strongly recommend it, while Brittany Blake shared her thoughts on why she's excited for it in a really moving personal post.
In The Guardian, Alankrita Shrivastava wrote about why she's fighting the ban on her film Lipstick Under My Burkha. Nicole Brinkley wrote a great Book Riot piece on AroAceJugheadOrBust, and the issues with Riverdale the TV show and the recently-announced 'love potion' issue of Jughead. Huck Magazine have a fabulous piece on June Eric-Udorie taking 400 low-income girls of colour to see Hidden Figures. Speaking of cinema, Danielle Dash wrote a superb piece about Hidden Figures, Moonlight and Fences.
As you'd expect, I'm delighted that Abrams and Chronicle named Tales on Moon Lane their bookstore of the month! On the Waterstones blog, Mohsin Hamid shares his Five Best Transnational Novels. There's another great Open Mic on the B & N blog, with Katherine Webber, Alice Oseman, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles and others sharing personal stories. There are also a couple of fabulous blogs from The Book Hive in Norwich responding to Susan Hill cancelling her event at their shops on rather bizarre grounds. (Needless to say, I'm with them on this one!)
Finally, the incredible Wei Ming Kam wrote about the Carnegie, bookshops, and seeing herself in Malinda Lo's Ash.