The National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature has been posted. I am happy for several of the books (Bone Gap! Nimona! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!)
Daniel Kraus’s essay on Twilight in Booklist is really thoughtful and does a great job of looking at the book honestly and clearly while also not shaming its readers and fans.
“Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Poisons” is possibly the best New Yorker article ever published. I’m kidding. Sort of.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has a gorgeous new cover from Kadir Nelson.
A computer game for Attolia fans.
I enjoyed this Literary Gothic post.
Secret superheroes are THE BEST.
I’ve seen this dynamic before and it’s so toxic: “The other moms immediately bent over backward to make sure I knew he wasn’t theirs either. That kid in the white shirt, who appeared to be the bad behavior instigator, wasn’t their responsibility. We looked around the playground and spotted another mom, far away, clearly at the playground, but not paying any attention to her child. They made this silent affirmation, like of course. He was hers.”
Cute animals: THIS PONY AAAHHHH!!; my cat emerges from the couch
I have a lot of thoughts about this profile of the two girls involved in the so-called Slenderman stabbing. Mostly, the emotional landscape of the friendship was really familiar to me from middle school, eerily so. That kind of ambivalent intimacy, the shared fantasy worlds that you both believe in and know aren’t entirely real. I don’t have firm conclusions but it definitely made me think a lot about friendships and middle school.
A Poirot Novel Where No One Is Murdered And He Gets To Eat Everything He Wanted Without Interruption. I would TOTALLY read this book and all of its sequels. And eat all of the food.
If you’re a bullet journal fan and/or love reading about other people’s processes (meeeee), you may also be excited to know that the official bullet journal site has a blog now!
There’s still some time to apply to be a Cybils judge! I highly recommend doing this, as the Cybils are fabulous and the people involved are awesome.
“No More Memory Holes” is a really important post if you’re invested in the ongoing SF issues.
The Wikipedia entry on Belle Epoque dandy Evander Berry Wall makes for some fun reading!
I found “No Country for Young Women” insightful and familiar: “Even leaving aside the news, the street, and the internet, if you’re a girl who reads a lot of history, and you grow into a woman who reads a lot more, you spend your entire reading life slicing your toes on nails sticking up through the floor, because as you pick your way through the hostile territory of the past, you’ll do so via the accounts of fêted men who believe half of our species is cunning but stupid, intrinsically trivial, intellectually dead.”
“How I Discovered I am White” by Janelle Hanchett: “I realized the reason I had never thought about race was because I was of the privileged one, because I didn’t have to, NOT BECAUSE RACIAL DISPARITY DIDN’T EXIST. I didn’t have to think about race because I was having a fundamentally different life experience than people of color. But I could ignore them, because of my privilege.”
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D. Anderson
A helpful self-care checklist.
A new Anne of Green Gables mini-series is in the works. Starring Martin Sheen as Matthew. Personally, I’m not excited.
Other people also love UPROOTED! The Book Smugglers, Renay @ Lady Business, Rachel Neumeier
WARNING: HERE THERE BE PUPPIES. As discussed a bit on Monday, the 2015 Hugos just keep getting worse. I would say that we’ve hit rock bottom at this point, but I’m pretty sure that’s not actually true. At any rate, here’s the gross message from Tom Doherty (plus almost 500 comments, almost completely unmoderated, BEWARE). Also responses from: Chuck Wendig, Kameron Hurley, Natalie Luhrs, and Brenna Clarke Gray.
Okay, having saddened you all with that, I have recently fallen in love with a few Parks & Rec mashup blogs. There’s Parks and Rings, Parks and Cap, and Parks and Prejudice (LBD).
I’ve seen some excellent DWJ fanart in the last few weeks! Here’s one for Dark Lord of Derkholm, and also Tanaqui (and a character sketch).
I loved this quote about fairy tales.
My friend Shae put together a playlist for Code Name Verity and it made me cryyyy.
BookCon had an all male Paper Towns panel and I got mad about it.
I love this modern day Persephone art. Also, TEA DRAGONS.
The TEDWomen conference turns away a nursing mother because they don’t allow kids and made no childcare provisions. So that’s cool.
Representation Matters: Misty Copeland & Raven Wilkinson
10 new & debut Asian American YA authors to look out for.
I’m not a huge fan of You’ve Got Mail (sorry not sorry) but I did love this quote.
My friend Kaye started the #YesAllWomen hashtag and a year later she wrote a piece on staring it and what happened next.
My friend Jael wrote this post as a response to the news about Josh Duggar. It’s an honest, heartfelt story and I’m so proud of her for sharing it.
Every time I see a poem by Clementine Von Radics, it really captures something real & deep. This one is no exception.
“Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly interested in making sense of the circumstances that allow people to take a stance against or for something, both in stories and in life. I’ve been thinking a lot about activism and exhaustion and hope. I don’t think bravery as an individual character trait accounts for much; instead I’ve come to believe that, as Dais put it, we draw strength from the knowledge that we’re not alone, that we have more friends than we imagined.” This something I’ve also been thinking about in the past few years, and Ana puts it perfectly in this post.
N.K. Jemisin’s look at the reception two of her characters have received is fascinating, and somewhat depressing.
Brains…are weird…Also, this reminded me a little of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale, for spoilery reasons. (via Natalie Luhrs)
As previously discussed, I’m a big fan of the Bullet Journal method, and Kelly has a great post about how she uses hers. I love reading about different adaptations and processes.
Also from Kelly, this Book Riot post about the problems with touting free ebooks as a solution to literacy challenges is 100% on point. “While this initiative saves the publisher on the cost of printing and distributing a physical book, it in no way allows poorer kids — those who are most in need and most likely to benefit from this kind of access — access to them.”
The adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has a trailer! I’m kind of excited about it, also I think this was a really nice trailer from the point of view of trailer as art form. I would have liked to have seen more of Stephen Black, but overall, yay!
Shannon Hale is awesome. “Notice the girls did not boo Thomas or Justice League or cars. Many cheered those things too. But the boys booed Barbe and EAH in unison, loudly, as if it was only natural, expected.” Related, this quote–I haven’t read the entire post yet
Joy Lofthouse, 92 year old former ATA pilot, flies a Spitfire again. I cried. (via Elizabeth Wein)
The Tolkien fan in me loved this NYT correction.
I call shenanigans. Oh, wait, DOUBLE SHENANIGANS.
Fanart: gorgeous cover for The Hobbit; cover for Chime, which I like better than the actual covers; Gen & Irene in typical poses; also, look! one of my favorite scenes
And finally, a fox reading buddy = THE CUTEST.
Genevieve Valentine wrote a short story about the Night Witches, and it’s lovely.
I found this post about women in science fiction really thought-provoking. This is obviously a topic that I keep coming back to.
I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, and the cover for the second book looks awesome.
Great post by Filipino author Candy Gourlay about the importance of diversity.
This note from another librarian is so true. SO true.
Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe in the tv adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series, died and we all mourned. There were a lot of great posts and remembrances, but I especially liked this essay from The New Yorker.
That escalated quickly.
Fanart: Chrestomanci and Howl. CHRESTOMANCI AND HOWL. House of Many Ways. Gen–I find this one very haunting
I have two posts up on Tumblr today that I wanted to mention here.
First, there is one I’ve been working on for the past few days, called “On Libraries.” It was born out of my frustration with some quotes about libraries that don’t reflect the reality I see. Here’s the opening:
Here’s the thing about public libraries: they are so much messier and weirder and funnier than you think.
They are kids throwing up on the brand-new carpet; kids missing the toilet entirely; mysterious substances smeared on the covers of books, on the pages, on the inside of DVD cases. They are a full bag of poop tied shut and shoved into the book drop. They are left behind trash and bedbugs crawling out of books and used condoms in the bathroom trash.
Second, go read Alexandra Duncan’s post on Stacked today, called “Staking Our Claim in the Science Fiction Universe.” It’s a great post, but I also had some thoughts about history and context. You can read those here.