Best of the Blather

Here are some posts that I am particularly proud of and/or have generated significant discussions. If you're new to Bookish Blather, I recommend starting with these posts to get a feel for my blogging style. And feel free to jump into the comments if you have something to add!

Book Thoughts

2011 Awards My reflections on the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards (Printz, Newbery, etc.) It was a year with a lot of surprises - and one of my absolute favorite books of 2010 walked away with a top award. It was an exciting day!

Mockingjay I didn't do a traditional review for the conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy, opting to do more of a reflection on the title like I had with Hunger Games and Catching Fire the previous two weeks. There are spoilers for all three books of The Hunger Games in this post.

What About Team Bella? A look at the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob marketing tactic from the Twilight universe, how it's bleeding over into other books, and what does it mean when fans of a book about a girl are rooting for the male supporting cast?

Class in YA Lit Discussing class is one of my pet projects, both in blogging and in life in general; especially in the US we don't seem to like acknowledging class differences so I think it's important to highlight questions about them when I can.

Racefail on Magic Under Glass Cover In January 2010, it was revealed that Bloomsbury had "whitewashed" another cover, this time using a white model on a fantasy book about a girl with brown skin. These were my early thoughts on the situation, before Bloomsbury ultimately agreed to change the cover.

Book Events
Zombies vs. Unicorns Debate The two sides in this epic debate came together for one night in NYC to make the definitive arguments in the age old conflict: zombies or unicorns?

Children's Literature Cafe Cybils Panel I attended one of the New York Public Library's Children's Literature Cafes, this one a panel discussion of the Cybils. I gained a small amount of notoriety in the blogosphere for this one!

Barnes & Noble Post-Apocalyptic Teen Fiction Panel One of the top perks of living in New York City is the sheer number of author signings and readings that take place here. This was one of my favorites, from the fall of '09.

The Sons of Liberty panel at MoCCA. Turns out New York has a Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - who knew? - and they hosted a panel with the creative team behind the historical fantasy The Sons of Liberty graphic novel in June '10.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Double Review: Rampant and Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Ash by Malinda Lo
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
Rage: A Love Story by Julie Ann Peters
Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Best Of lists
Favorite Books of 2010
Favorite Books of 2009
Favorite Books of 2008
Feminist YA Novels

Last Updated: 1/23/11
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