Linktastic! : I missed a week’s worth of links because of BEA edition

As the title suggests, I missed a ton of stuff last week while I was running around doing BEA things. Here are some links of note:

  • Head over to SLJ for a comprehensive selection of books about teens with special needs.
  • For five years author Leila Sales received texts meant for a variety of other Leila’s due to a technological glitch. The texts can be found here:
  • I don’t watch Outlander or Game of Thrones (and honestly I’m not likely to start for a variety of reasons) BUT I have been following the outcry from a resent GOT episode (I bet you know which one) and found this article to be an interesting contrast between both shows and how they handled very dark material.
  • I started Chick Lit Wednesday here on the blog as a way to highlight, well, books girls would read. Within its first year, the feature morphed into a way to showcase books with strong female characters and also books by female authors. One thing I’ve continued to struggle with is the feature name. I think Chick Lit, on its own, is a stupid and arbitrary term. But I also like the idea of reclaiming the term but using it to highlight books that might not always be “chick lit” in a marketing sense. Anyway, A History Of The Term ‘Chick Flick’ And How It Marginalizes Female Filmmakers looks at how the term is applied to movies and how the terminology has changed over time and is both detrimental and largely irrelevant at this point.
  • As you might already know, I am obsessed with Mike Curato’s Little Elliot books. Part of Macmillan’s marketing for the latest installment, Little Elliot, Big Family, involves posing for a portrait with Elliot, Mouse and Mouse’s extended family. Thanks to you can also make a pre-existing photo 100% better with a Little Elliot portrait frame.
  • If that’s not enough, thanks to Epic Reads you can also make your very own Dumplin’ as seen on the cover of Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy:
  • Thanks to Hannah @ So Obsessed With, I’ve been getting back into notebooks and I already use a lot of stationary for my own pen pals and for PostCrossing. Consequently, this article about Japanese pens was immediately fascinating to me. (For the record I like anything that rolls out ink like a marker more than a pen. Recent favorites include Le Pen brand.)
  • Since we’re already talking about writing utensils the logical next step is A Brief Yet Complex Color History of Crayola Crayons and
  • One of my favorite reads from 2015 is A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. If, like me, you are a fan of the book, you might want to explore the beautiful website that Tor made for the book.
  • Take this quiz to find out which YA genre book you are most like. I got Contemporary Romance which is leading to a minor identity crisis and forcing me to re-evaluate a lot of things.