More often than not, my desk resembles a teen's lending library rather than an adult's workspace. And I'm totally cool with that because I wouldn't want to miss out on even one of the amazing reads that came out this year. As another 365 days of vampire romances, dystopian thrillers and murder mysteries comes to a close, it seems the opportune time to reflect on the year in YA.Vote Here!
And what a year it was. We were introduced to a handful of debut authors who are bound to leave their mark on the literary scene (we're looking at you, Veronica Roth, Marie Lu and Tahereh Mafi!). We dove into new series from old favorites (Richelle Mead's "Bloodlines"). And we continued our adventures with the usual suspects (Cassandra Clare, Ally Condie and Melissa de la Cruz). We stayed up late, reading just one more chapter until it was dawn, shuffling into school or the office like so many brain-hungry zombies. And we adored every second of it. And now it's time for you, Crushers, to declare your undying love and devotion for the book that made your year. What was your favorite YA novel of 2011? Vote in our poll after the jump!
(The poll closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 25. We'll announce the winner on December 26.)
yalit100 yalit100 yalit100 yalit100 yalit100Love YA lit? Love writing fic? Love writing fic for YA lit and wondering why there doesn’t seem to be very much for most books? Join the YAlit100 challenge
- You MAY claim more than one table at a time.
- You MAY do crossovers, fusions, and AU fic! If you intend to write crossovers and/or fusions, claim the table for the MAIN WORK (so, for example, if you want to write 100 godly-parent-fusion fics, your claim would be “Percy Jackson,” unless all 100 fics would star characters from Anna and the French Kiss or something. SOME ASPECT of all 100 fics must be constant for the book/table you choose!)
- Fics can be ANY LENGTH. You may write 3-sentence fics, drabbles, one-shots, six-word-ficfests, whatever. The whole point is just to encourage more YA lit fic! :)
So far, there are just the first few tables up, but I will be adding my usual amount of ALL THE YA BOOKS. :P Join and/or Watch the
comm on LJ for updates, and make sure to suggest any book(s) that you may think I’ll miss or that you want to see sooner!
Wallflowers Always Stand Aside: OCT 16 - OCT 22 IS OBSCURE FANDOM WEEK!
Is there a series out there that you absolutely adore, but for some reason no one else has ever heard of it? A series that, no matter the character or pairing or scenario, you get so excited to see art/fic of because you can’t believe there’s anyone besides yourself or your circle of friends that has actually heard of it? Or maybe you’re looking to broaden your horizons and want to try watching/reading/playing something new.
If so, then OBSCURE FANDOM WEEK is for you!
From Sunday, October 16 to Saturday, October 22 I’d like to invite everyone to join me in producing content for those little known fandoms. Once each day during Obscure Fandom Week, I’ll be drawing a piece of fanart for 7 different series that I’d like to promote. However, feel free to create whatever kind of content you’d like! (Art, fic, music, amv, fst, sculpture, cosplay…. anything is welcome!) You can post once a day or twenty times a day, participate every day or just one day, promote that one special obscure series or as many as you can think of!</p>Along with the content you develop, please include the title of the series and tag your work #OFW2011 !!!
You don’t want to go through all the trouble of creating something for people never to see your work or learn what it’s from! Also feel free to include a synopsis, links to where people can find the series if it’s available online, or personal reviews on the series.</p>The point of Obscure Fandom Week is to give everyone an excuse to make content for that series that no one has ever heard of and to spread the love and get people interested in things they never knew they needed in their lives! I hope all of you will join me during Obscure Fandom Week!
Even if you don’t think you’ll participate, please reblog and spread the word! I’m sure some of your followers would love to join!
Make sure to crosspost from this LJ comm to Tumblr, too!