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Procrastination Pro-Tips: Amazing Animals, Harry Potty And The Chamberpot Of Secretions, And More

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: Amazing Animals, Harry Potty And The Chamberpot Of Secretions, And More

Well, we've made it through the first full week of January, which means everyone's probably back at work or school at this point. Hope it's been going well for y'all, but either way, YAY WEEKEND! To the links!

Book Related Things

Extended sneak peek of Angie Thomas' highly anticipated On the Come Up.

What most men get wrong about writing teen girls

OH, SNAP: "Ron & Hermione's Relationship In 'Harry Potter' Wasn't Just Disappointing, But Dangerous."

The internet continues to dump on Harry Potter (pun completely intended, related to the big HP news item later on in this post): fantasy books that succeed where it fails in LGBTQ representation, incl. FYA faves and Book Club picks Carry On and In Other Lands. (Although I'm not sure if the article actually covers each letter of LGBTQ, but the comments have a few suggestions.)


Catch these book deals before they're gone:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (review)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Court of Thorns and Roses (review) by Sarah J. Maas

The Glass Spare (review) by Lauren DeStefano

The Casquette Girls series by Alys Arden: The Casquette Girls (review) and The Romeo Catchers.

The Falconer (review) by Elizabeth May

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park (review)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review)

The Gold-Son by Carrie-Anne Noble (review)

Jackaby (review) by William Ritter

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane (review)

Secondborn (review) by Amy A. Bartol

Empire of Storms (review) and The Assassin's Blade (review) by Sarah J. Maas

Uncanny by Sarah Fine (review)

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (review)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (review)

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (review)

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

The Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (review)

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (review)

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (review)

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YA Onscreen Things

This week in YA Onscreen: Roswell, New Mexico and superheroes galore, and more.

A look back at Hollywood nightlife before social media.

Mark your calendars! Jane the Virgin's final season begins on Wednesday, March 27th; The 100 returns on Tuesday, April 30th; and iZombie's final season starts on Thursday, May 2nd, among other spring premiere dates for The CW.

Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse is becoming a Netflix series, and we at FYA HQ are extremely here for it.

Netflix's most viewed shows, which could mean eventual trouble for the popular streaming service. (Or not! Who knows!)

Social Media Things

InStyle's Golden Globes elevator videos were all pretty fun, but this is my clear fave.


Very cool example of how representation matters in every aspect of life!


This is from last month, but I forgot to have it included in Pro-Tips sooner so you're getting it now. 


If this hamster becomes your new hero, I'd completely understand.


Your periodic PSA that physical books are books, ebooks are books, audiobooks are books, BOOKS ARE BOOKS.




This is why you don't mess with someone who puts words together for a living.


OF COURSE the poop magic revelation falls on my Pro-Tips week.




In better Wizarding World content: YER A WIZARD, PUPPY.




Miscellaneous Things

Out of Print has a Matilda bookworm swearshirt.

Have you read the article about millennials becoming the burnout generation that's been making the rounds? I found it generally relatable to my own circumstances. Here are a few more perspectives about burnout culture.

"The semicolon is pointless, and it's ruining your writing." HOW DARE YOU?

This is great: "When the Women’s Center for Creative Work realized the minimal representation for people of color, women, genderqueer, and disabled folks in stock photos, they launched the WCCW Stock Photo Project."

LOL, a contestant on The Bachelor is faking an Australian accent to distinguish herself from the field. 


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.