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Procrastination Pro-Tips: Elle Woods 2020, Much Merch, And More

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To quote one of my favourite podcasters: WHAT A WEEK. And, like, self-centredly, I just mean that I've been busy, but also the usual calamity that is current events. Congrats to the Washington Capitals, though! (MW week = chance of random hockey talk.)

Book Related Things

From BookCon, the Social Justice Warriors panel with Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and DeRay Mckesson, as moderated by Kwame Alexander.

Cover reveal and excerpt for Kiersten White's Slayer -- yes, THAT slayer (as opposed to this Slayer).

Cover reveal for Unbroken, an anthology of stories featuring disabled teens written by disabled authors that's edited by Marieke Nijakamp.

More cover reveals, including ones for Jenn Bennett's next novel and Cindy Pon's sequel to Want.

Looking for audiobook recs? Check out this list of the best ones narrated by a full cast.


Catch these book deals before they're gone:

By Your Side by Kasie West

The Casquette Girls duology by Alys Arden: The Casquette Girls (#1) (review) and The Romeo Catchers (#2)

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason (review)

The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Effect #1) by Rysa Walker

The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May (review)

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (review)

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally (review)

Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (review)

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (review)

Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee: Angelfall (#1), World After (#2), End of Days (#3)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson: The Heart of Betrayal (#2) (review) and The Beauty of Darkness (#3) (review)

Uncanny by Sarah Fine (review)

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (review)

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YA Onscreen Things

This week in YA Onscreen: The Mortal Engines trailer, The Mortal Instruments Shadowhunters cancellation, and more.

Legally Blonde 3 will arrive in theatres on February 14, 2020.

13 Reasons Why gets renewed for Season 3.

Remember the Doctor Who spinoff, Class? It's returning in audio form.

Also in screen-adjacent things: the best Younger Easter eggs in its book tie-in, The Marriage Vacation.

Social Media Things

As the kids say, EYEBALLS EMOJI.


I've never watched Grease 2, but now I think I need to?




I kind of love this. Fuck likability.


A couple of librarian themed "What do you do?" tweets.


There's an Infinity War joke in here -- not a plot spoiler, but it refers to a quote -- so proceed at your own risk. (The reward is a Cap glow up.)

Miscellaneous Things

Out of Print has a great collection for LGBTQ+ Pride, and yes, THERE BE UNICORNS.

Torrid has a new Pixar collection.

Also in swag: I've been told that this is a great Troop Beverly Hills shirt.

Still have money to burn? How about some I Love Lucy Pops?

Very cool: this teenager and her brother created a 'panic button' app for people experiencing mental or physical illness. (Look at the third member of their team, omggggg.)

Oh, good; Miss America is eliminating the swimsuit competition. So they'll only be judging women on everything else while pitting them against each other in a competition, NEAT.

Related, an interesting take: "Body Positivity Is a Scam".

The best part about "Philosopher's Stone and chill" being the new "Netflix and chill"  is the tacit agreement that the Sorcerer's Stone name change is bullshizz.

One small but often overlooked aspect of a conference for wearers of skirts and dresses: CHAIRS. (The replies to the Rainbow Rowell tweet from which I found the article are a good read, too.)

An attempted robbery in London was thwarted by an Avenger IRL.

Ugh, Woody Allen, whatever. (This is a solid response to his claim that he should be the #MeToo poster boy, though.)


That's it for this week. Feel free to share your thoughts on these or any links we may have missed in the comments below!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.