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Procrastination Pro-Tips: 10 Must-Read Diverse Books, Amazing CHAOS WALKING Casting News, And More

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: 10 Must-Read Diverse Books, Amazing CHAOS WALKING Casting News, And More

Happy Friday, readers and readettes! Let’s jump right into pretending to do actual work.

Book-Related Things

Teen Vogue published a list of 10 must-read diverse books by YA authors of color.

25 (snarky) literary Would You Rathers from McSweenys. (H/t to Mariana from SFFYA).

Here’s an excerpt from Leigh Bardugo's The Language of Thorns.

Good Morning America overreacted revealed the cover of John Green’s new book, Turtles All the Way Down.

There are also a couple of good book deals to be found this week*:

- Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, which just so happens to be next month’s FYABC pick.

- Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You, which isn’t an FYABC pick … yet.

YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI, this week on YA Onscreen: News about the “darker” Pride and Prejudice from the producers of Poldark, Cate Blanchett portraying Lucille Ball, and the Arrowverse crossover coming this November

Jenny Han's keeping a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on-set diary.

Mads Mikkelsen will star as Mayor Prentiss in the Chaos Walking adaptation. Feel free to scream in excitement, we certainly did at FYAHQ.

Social Media Things

Vulture published an article titled, “The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter,” which chronicles the backlash against Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch (which I reviewed here).

Unsurprisingly, the article caused a lot of conversation. Some responses:

- From Hannah Gomez, who’s contributed to FYA in the past
- From SC Author
- From Ebony Elizabeth
- From Ana Mardoll

In less divisive news, Mackenzi Lee posted a cover reveal for her next book, which both sounds and looks fantastic.



Miscellaneous Things

The true identity of Jack the Ripper might have been confirmed.

The owner of Reading Rainbow has accused LeVar Burton of "theft and extortion.”

Funko’s releasing a set of The Golden Girls Dorbz, which are ADORBS. (Y’all know I had to go there.)

This epic, 100 (!) tweet thread defends the Friends relationship between Rachel and Joey.

“An Oral History of the Time a Dog Ate a Heart on One Tree Hill.”

Five things Dumbledore should have told Harry at some point before all the shizz went down.


Did we miss anything awesome this week? Let us know in the comments!

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Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.