A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction

The first woman of YA — and the first person to be recognized as a YA author — started out as many first women in history do: downplaying the fact she was a woman.

Source: A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction

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Are you tired of articles talking about how underappreciated and vilified women authors are, especially in YA? Yeah, me neither.

Important note: while I do acknowledge that Twilight is a phenomenon in regards to what it has done for the YA genre and female-driven YA books and female-written YA books, due to it’s highly problematic depictions of an abusive relationship, I’m not all-together comfortable with it being used as an example of how vilified women in the literary world, especially in the YA genre, are. Most of the criticism for the series didn’t come from a place of sexism and misogyny (though I have no doubt these were definitely sources) but actually came from women who were highly worried that impressionable young girls will see the relationship in Twilight as something to aspire to.

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Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books

It feels like 2016 was a year where books by and about people of color in the YA world were few and far between. I remember being asked at the beginning of the year to name some, and now, as the year comes to a close, I am still naming the same few.

Source: Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books

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Now more than ever we need to diversify our reading. Keep your eyes on these, if you’re a fiction lover!

(More Than) 3 On A YA Theme: If You Loved MOANA

Have you seen Moana yet? If you haven’t, may I suggest rectifying that, whether or not you have kids? The film, which is an entire animation starring brown characters, was an outstanding story of a headstrong, empowered, fierce young girl and her being selected as “the chosen one” to save her people. It’s full of adventure, of mythology, of life, of color, and features some elements that are surprisingly unseen in Disney films — Moana has two happily married parents and there is zero, absolutely zero, romance in the film.

Source: (More Than) 3 On A YA Theme: If You Loved MOANA

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I loved ‘Moana’ so this list is right up my alley!

Bookish Board Games: Gifts for the Friend Who Already Has All the Books

Buying gifts for avid readers can be difficult. You want, of course, to buy them a book, but how do you know they don’t have it already? Do you know them well enough to know the book’s in their wheelhouse? And what if there’s some esoteric reason why they prefer the paperback over the hardback, a used copy over a new copy?

Source: Bookish Board Games: Gifts for the Friend Who Already Has All the Books

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Board games and books? Yes, please!

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

Welcome to the third annual best reading challenge ever, the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. (I’ve been waiting all year to say those words!).

Source: Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

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It’s time for Book Riot’s yearly Read Harder challenge! Try it if you can!

10 Great Things Happening on Litsy Right Now

First things first — are you on Litsy? (A wise woman once described Litsy as being  Goodreads’ and Instagram’s perfect baby.)

Source: 10 Great Things Happening on Litsy Right Now

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Just downloaded this app finally. I don’t know why I haven’t heard about this.

A Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide

Although I have the word “holiday” in the title, I’m sure any Potterhead would welcome these gifts at absolutely any time. Let’s get into it!

Source: A Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide

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People who love me, please buy all of these for me! Folks, harass your loved ones to buy these for you, too!