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Procrastination Pro-Tips: V.E. Schwab On Tolkein, Kick-Ass Librarians And More!

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: V.E. Schwab On Tolkein, Kick-Ass Librarians And More!

Guys! It's mid-August, and you know what that means??? IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS.

Book Related Things

V.E. Schwab delivered the sixth annual J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford and you can read the whole thing here.

Four of John Green's books are being released in Flipback format, i.e., horizontal tiny books with bible paper.

Murderinos, rejoice! We're getting a My Favorite Murder book!

So you want to write a medieval sci-fi/fantasy novel without being a Tolkien clone: a very educational thread.

Why books are the only form of physical media whose sales are growing.

Catch these book deals before they're gone:

•  Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (review) -- aka this month's FYA Book Club pick!

•  13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (review)

•  Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (review)

•  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (review)

•  Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles) by Jodi Meadows

•  Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (review)

•  The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (review)

•  The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (review)

•  Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (review)

•  Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (review)

•  Renegades by Marissa Meyer (review)

•  Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (review)

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YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI, this week in YA Onscreen: We get our first look at live action Mulan, Ethan Peck as Spock, and more!

Crazy Rich Asians Is Going to Change Hollywood. It's About Time.

15 YA adaptations in development and 15 possibilities to get you drooling.

20 trans and non-binary actors to watch!

Yellowface, Whitewashing, and the History of White People Playing Asian Characters.

The internet is demanding a live-action Tangled starring Cher and Amanda Seyfried after seeing this photo.

This tweet from Lin Manuel-Miranda about Outlander and Sam and Catriona's responses are adorable.

Social Media Things

This week, in YA twitter drama, someone sent out an ACOMAF subscription box with dick soap, and now we've all searched the interwebs for the phrase "dick soap." And if you were fortunate enough to miss this drama, I guess? Beware? Of ACOTAR and ACOMAF spoilers?????

tbh i can support this:

when u wanna follow book twitter but you don't speak the language

this tweet speaks to my freaking soul y'all

Librarians have a sense of humor but duh, we already knew that.

Miscellaneous Things

Good things come to those who take cardboard to the prom (and by "good things" I mean MICHAEL B. JORDAN HUNNY).

Bella Swan’s house is for sale.

We lost the Queen of Soul yesterday, so Stylist is sharing Aretha's most powerful and inspiring quotes.

This Hermione fan art is SO GOOD (and also a hit on the ol' interwebs).

Police rescued a group of women stranded on a unicorn pool float and it felt very On Brand for us.

BookRiot shares five apps to help you run a book club.

Greetings from the Durmstrang alumni newsletter a.k.a. sexy photos of Victor Krum.

HGTV Bought The Old Brady Bunch House But Lance Bass Is PISSED.

This lady's pop-up collection is INSANE.

Second century CE library remains were found in Germany!

Marcia Gay Harden's teen son did her makeup for a YouTube tutorial and it's pretty fab tbh

YA author Nic Stone pens an article about being black and woke, and what it means to her.

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books

Torrid introduces more Harry Potter merch and we're ready to BUY IT ALL.

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!

Rosemary Hallmark's photo About the Author: Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.