Women Crime Writers Are Not a Fad

Earlier this month Terrence Rafferty, a longtime film critic, wrote a long, lumpy essay for The Atlantic about the proliferation of excellent women crime writers. Yes, I said lumpy: there is a lot of undigested material in the piece.

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I’ve heard nothing but awesome stuff about Meg Abbott so I’m really excited to pick up her books and get myself into the noir genre!

Women Crime Writers Are Not a Fad

100 Must-Read Books About #carefreeblackfolks

Obviously, the hashtag #carefreeblackfolks cannot completely apply to a book someone would want to read; a book about a carefree person is going to be pretty boring. A book’s protagonist still needs a conflict, but their troubles do not have to be race related, or about, as we tend to refer to it, The Struggle.

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100 Must-Read Books About #carefreeblackfolks

5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books

Representation of fat people in YA has tended to be pretty dismal. As Kelly wrote last year, too often fat characters are portrayed as people “who have to overcome their weight in order to be seen as worthwhile or able to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.” Happily, more YA novels with complex, fat characters have been coming out; pun intended, because now there are enough that I’ve been able to make this list of fat-positive YA that also has positive queer representation. Only one of these fat-positive queer YA books has a queer, fat main character (please, authors and publishers, we need more!) but all of these are solid both in terms of fat and queer representation.

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Queer AND fat positive. What more can you ask for?

5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

Ready for your TBR list to explode? I’ve gathered the 100 best sci-fi fantasy novels by female authors and there is sooooo much reading goodness to dig into. From YA to adult lit, from magical realism to epic fantasy to post-apocalyptic sci-fi feminism, from short stories to series, there’s a book on this list for every single reader.

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100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

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.

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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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A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction

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.

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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!

Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books

(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.

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

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