Sunday, 5 January 2020

Things I've Read/Watched This Week

This is something I used to do; let's give it another go. Some links to my favourite things I've read/seen this week.

Ways to help people suffering from the horrific fires in Australia.

My outstandingly talented friend Christy Ku shot a brilliant video for BBC Bitesize. 

Series of superb articles by Darren Chetty and Karen Sands-O'Connor "Beyond The Secret Garden" - looking at BAME rep in children's books. (I have no idea how I haven't seen these before; I haven't been on Twitter much for the past 2 years since meeting my wife!)

Runalong The Shelves has a look back at 2019.

The #40for2020 Reading Challenge looks really interesting!  

LA Review of Books on the mid-life crisis of the restaurant review

Booktrust's best new books

Read It, Daddy have a fantastic list of graphic novel recs for younger kids. 

Whores of Yore have a great thread on the homosexual subtext of the novel Dracula

Preeti Chhibber has an awesome database of upcoming books by South Asian authors.

Fantastic thread from the wonderful Scott Pack about his 'Tips From A Publisher' book, which sounds superb.

Cover reveal for Zara Hossain Is Here, by Sabina Khan - her Love And Lies Of Ruksana Ali was great, so I'm super-excited for her new book.

Fascinating thread by Kiera O'Brien on BookScan data for 2019.

Despite barely knowing anything about Malayam cinema - something I want to rectify when I get a chance - I found this deep dive into the industry by Omkar Poojari a really interesting read.

Looking at stuff I'm more familiar with, Manish Mathur's outstanding piece on Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga - one of my two favourite films of last year, along with Blue Story - is incredibly good; a must read.

Teacher Scott Evans has fantastic tweets with 100 books of the year for both children's fiction AND children's non-fiction/poetry - so many brilliant-looking books here! 

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