I know. You thought I was out of crazy links I lost temporarily in the black hole that is my Twitter favorites. You’d be wrong.
I save links on Twitter to read at a later date sometimes and I apparently forgot to do that for two months SO I give a monster Linktastic! post to peruse with many personality quizzes:
- Buzzfeed’s “Which Disney Pet Are You?” Quiz tells me that I am Pascal the Chameleon from Tangled: “You radiate creativity and enjoy doing anything that allows you to use your imagination. Everyone wants to hang out with you because you’re an incredibly supportive and loyal friend. Sometimes you’re a little bit afraid of the unknown, but you’re working on being less skittish about trying new things.”
- Not a quiz per se but a Bustle article about what your favorite Harry Potter book says about you: Mine is number 3: “You don’t judge a person by rumors you’ve heard, because you know that sometimes learning a bit of backstory will completely change your mind. Though you’ve had your share of tough days and can relate to the feeling that dementors inspire, you’re also incredibly hopeful (and you know that chocolate can help a lot). You also own a time-turner necklace and you REALLY want to visit Hogsmeade.” It’s all true.
- Which Banned Book Are You? I got Beloved by Toni Morrison which, embarrassingly, I have not read.
- Which Halloween Town Should You Live in? Halloweentown because OBVIOUSLY. “When it comes to Halloween, you are drawn to fun festivities over scary ones. You love to carve pumpkins, dress up, and watch Disney Channel Halloween movies while drinking cider. As a person, you are family- and community-oriented. What can you say? You love people. You will be right at home with the Cromwells in Halloweentown.”
- Write Your Very Own Hit YA Novel With Our John Green Book Generator:
The Euphoria of Canyons
Colton is a senior at Susan B. Anthony High School in West Kensington, a few miles outside of Los Angeles. Colton is a great student. His favorite subject is Bio-Chem, but his true passion is yodeling. Rodd the Bodd and Vincent never know what he’s talking about, but the three of them are best friends anyway, and have been ever since Colton moved to West Kensington after his brother went missing. After his long-time girlfriend Violet breaks up with him, Colton becomes infatuated by Flor, the brunette with a tattoo of a dreidel on her neck. But even though she seems like the perfect girl, she’s actually the secret illegitimate daughter of the president. Despite their differences, they fall in love and spend the summer together. But one week before they go off to college, tragedy strikes. Flor is seriously injured while saving a friend’s life, and their relationship may never be the same.
Remember how I forgot I had about a million links saved to read on Twitter? Well I’m still chipping away at that. Today I give you some pop culture-y links.
I save links on Twitter to read at a later date sometimes and I apparently forgot to do that for two months SO I give you a monster Linktastic! post to peruse:
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: http://theleilatexts.blogspot.com/
- 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 http://www.littleelliotbooks.com/portrait/ 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: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/make-your-own-dumplinpose-cutout/
- 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 CrayonCollecting.com
- 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.
This Linktastic! post has so many cool things that it cannot even be categorized!
Many bookish things to share today!
Lots of Valentine-y things for you guys this week!
More links! More feminism! Also stories and memories and baby names!
- “The Other Side of the Story: When I was fourteen, I had a relationship with my eighth grade history teacher. People called me a victim. They called him a villain. But it’s more complicated than that.” by Jenny Kutner at Texas Monthly: Nova Ren Suma shared this essay on Twitter saying that it was powerful. She was right. While this topic appears periodically in film and literature I don’t think it’s ever addressed as honestly as it is here by Ms. Kutner. I applaud her for the strength it took to share and really think everyone should read it.
- “The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why a Young Girl Cannot Consent to Sex with an Adult Man” is another powerful essay that I think is an insightful, important read for everyone.
- “What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend” by Linda Holmes: I love this article. I love it so much. For anyone who still thinks The Hunger Games is just another action movie, read this article. So smart, so accurate. So brilliant. So Team Katniss and Team Peeta. (Thanks to Leila Roy for sharing this!)
- Also apparently there is a Sesame Street parody of Catching Fire. Go figure.
- “How to Name a Baby” over at Wait But Why: Among things explained in this article: Why you know at least 5 Jennifers and why they are all the same age. Why Lynn is a name for men and women. And oh my god, go check out the Baby Name Wizard site right now. Unless you have work to do. Then you should never click that link. Same for the Government name database. (Thanks to Sarah Couri for sharing this!)
- I don’t know a lot about The Chronicles of Narnia. But I know Susan got a raw deal. This Tumblr post from Hark the Empty Highways Calling offers a great, great commentary about what comes next for Susan after she is forced out of Narnia. Thanks to both Sarah Couri and Karyn Silverman for bringing this to my attention. (I don’t think I ever read the full series. I don’t even remember which books I did read, but man Susan was always my favorite. That stuck with me!) But, guys, tell me the truth: Is that part about all the other Pevensies dying in a train crash canon–does that really happen in the books?!
- Speaking of novels (when am I not?) The Toast has a brilliant post up: “How To Tell If You Are In A Noel Streatfeild Novel” by Nicole Dieker. Petrova <3 (Fun fact: I read these books after they were mentioned in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”)
- “‘Memories’ pass between generations” by James Gallagher at BBC: Another find from Lynn Weingarten. This helps explains why I dislike carrots and green beans as strongly as my mom. It does not explain why my fear of bugs is almost pathological while my mother’s is a more socially acceptable level of distaste.
- Last but not least Tor.com has a short story on its site called “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness. It’s a retelling. I’ll let you guess what it’s retelling. (Thanks again to Karyn Silverman for sharing!)