Gang, we’ve almost made it through January! Apologies for those of you with birthdays this month but gah, it’s just like 31 days of straight up DRUDGERY. Thankfully, even on the coldest days, we can find something on the internet to warm us up.
ICYMI on FYA
Stephanie watched We Have Always Lived in a Castle, purely for Sebastian Stan (no judgement here).
Lots of book report action this week!
- Stephanie had some notes on The Roughest Draft, the latest romance from Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, and then she very much enjoyed her visit to The Red Palace, a rich slice of historical fiction by June Hur.
- Mandy C. reviewed Varian Johnson and Daniel Isles’ graphic novel, Mister Miracle: The Great Escape.
- Brian did some farm livin’ with Bend in the Road by Sara Biren.
And this just in: we’ve added another design, inspired by our love of You’ve Got Mail, to the FYA Store! I will definitely be sporting this all year round, and not just on Turkey Day.
Today’s the last day of the Barnes & Noble 25% off sale on preorders, in case, you know, you need more books. (You always need more books.)
NPR highlights YA authors who won big this year (even if they didn’t win the Big Awards), including Angeline Boulley—author of our March book club selection—and Malinda Lo, whose latest novel is definitely in the running to be a future book club pick.
Book and BTS fandom collide!
This. This. THIS! Read the second slide too:
I think we can all thank Mandy C. for manifesting this into reality: Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans are teaming up for an Amazon holiday movie, Red One.
This New Yorker interview with Christina Ricci is RAD AS HELL. (Because she’s rad as hell, obviously.)
Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey dissects “the horrors in the heart of every teen girl.” Plus, the deets on the book club scene! (Finished the first season? Join our open thread here!)
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is officially moving forward at Disney Plus. (Prep up with our coverage of the book series and previous adaptations.)
Michelle Buteau is set to star in a Netflix series adaptation of her book, Survival of the Thickest (such a bangin’ title).
Shocker of the century (NOT!*): Squid Game is getting a second season. *Yes, I am bringing this back.
First look at the AppleTV+ adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko.
Bros, Billy Eichner’s gay rom-com, has a new release date.
Peter Dinklage is (understandably) not happy about the Disney Snow White remake.
Social Media Things
This formula totally works for me:
I can only assume this person is a member of an FYA Book Club:
Normalization process ACTIVATE:
Talk about keeping it classy!
Amy Schneider, we’re not worthy!
I will leave you with my favorite sketch from SNL last Saturday. The only thing missing is a giant nose to pick boogers out of:
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!