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  • Buzz Worthy News: Author drama and movie news 11/04/2014 BuzzIcon

    Welcome back to Buzz Worthy News where the stories are awesome and not at all well-written. Need your YA industry news? Never fear, Kat and Kate are here to give it all to you. Just, ya know, not in any kinda sophisticated sense or nothing. Basically: book banning, author plagiarism, Eleanor & Park movie news and authors quitting left and right. All this and more is happening in this week’s Buzz Worthy News.

    Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: Hot New Titles.

    One Last April Fools Pranks!

    Lemony Snicket and Malcolm Gladwell go head to head. Lemony Snicket, the author not the candy, claims that Gladwell plagiarised from him.

Latest Hot New Titles

  • Hot New Titles: April 13th 2014 Sabriel

    Welcome to Hot New Titles! New releases like Dreams of Gods and MonstersPlus One and Far From You. Cover reveals include the redesigns for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages publishing under Tor Teen; the gorgeous cover of debut author Fonda Lee’s Zeroboxer; and the Australian redesigns for Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix. They are stunning and, of course, our fav of the week!

    Did we miss a cover? Want your cover featured on HNT? Email us!

    Hot New Titles is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly post for YA releases and cover reveals. Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook for all the cover reveals throughout the week and more fun. Clicking the covers takes you to the book’s GoodReads page. As always, we thank Stories and Sweeties, who compiles great lists of new releases and hosts monthly New Releases Giveaways!

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  • I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

    Hey everybody! How are you fine people doing today?

    ​I want to take a momentary break from reviewing and bookish shenanigans to talk about words. Specifically commonly used words that are also slurs.

    Trigger warning: I’m talking about slurs so assume this post will be full of words you may find offensive. I’m using them in a way I hope is constructive, educational and will ultimately make us all (slightly) better people. However, if you can’t handle that, you may want to click out of this window and go look up kitten videos or whatever floats your boat. You have been warned.

    The intention of this post is not to rehash and complain about known problem words (I mean, we all know that if you call someone retarded/faggot/cunt you’re probably going to cause a problem, right?) Same goes for profanity. I understand that some people find it offensive, but being crass is not the same as being hurtful.

Love Letters to the Dead

I asked for this book from the FSG catalogue because of its unusual writing style. The entire book is written by a young girl to dead icons. When the ARC came and I saw so many blurbs from so many authors I love I was doubly excited to read it. Then the hype monster took over. Even Emma Watson was crowing about the book on Twitter. I generally go against the grain when it comes to what I like. I was worried that Love Letters to the Dead would disappoint because of my odd tastes.

I couldn’t get away from hearing about it so I picked it up off the shelf. And it was amazing.

Ava Dellaira is a welcomed new voice to literary young adult contemporary. Her writing is lyrical and haunting and at points I found myself reading the same letter over and over trying to grasp how she came up with a string of words that could jerk my heartstrings so wonderfully.

Hey everybody! How are you fine people doing today?

​I want to take a momentary break from reviewing and bookish shenanigans to talk about words. Specifically commonly used words that are also slurs.

Trigger warning: I’m talking about slurs so assume this post will be full of words you may find offensive. I’m using them in a way I hope is constructive, educational and will ultimately make us all (slightly) better people. However, if you can’t handle that, you may want to click out of this window and go look up kitten videos or whatever floats your boat. You have been warned.

The intention of this post is not to rehash and complain about known problem words (I mean, we all know that if you call someone retarded/faggot/cunt you’re probably going to cause a problem, right?) Same goes for profanity. I understand that some people find it offensive, but being crass is not the same as being hurtful.

Golden

I definitely don’t venture into the realm of contemporary YA as often as many other genres – I have an incurable “magic brain”, and so stories with some speculative element usually appear to me more. Even so, when I love contemporary books, I love them a lot, because there’s something about them that makes me bubble up with happy feels and sometimes a renewed faith in humanity.

And such are my fuzzy-happy feels about this book. (And its cover. I could look at this cover for hours.)

Parker’s voice is immediately down-to-earth, and she’s a protagonist who can be quickly liked and related to. She acknowledges her own flaws, works towards controlling them, and is a master of genuine awkwardness. I feel like too many heroines are “awkward” in a way that feels contrived because authors are attempting to give them any character flaw they can find, kind of like the “clumsy main character” trend that refuses to disappear from YA literature.

Stormdancer US

For those of you following on twitter, I finally got my first tattoo this week and it was a pretty awesome experience. It was, of course, inspired by a bookish theme. But I’m already planning my next one and I almost certainly think it should be a YA inspired one. I’ve thought of a few series you could easily tattoo from. Let’s all share and care to help inspire each other!

Things to consider/I’ve learned from my tattoo experience:

1) Size of your ink

Since lines blur and fade over time, you want something that’s not going to become a hot mess in a few years. If you’re getting a small tattoo, keep it simple and not too detailed.

Also, if it’s your first tattoo, maybe do what I did and go with something small and quick to get.

2) Consider future ink

This was some great advice I got online.

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Buzz Worthy News

Welcome back to Buzz Worthy News where the stories are awesome and not at all well-written. Need your YA industry news? Never fear, Kat and Kate are here to give it all to you. Just, ya know, not in any kinda sophisticated sense or nothing. Basically: Your first look at If I Stay, Percy Jackson movies are DOA, and the April Fools Pranks just kept coming. All this and more is happening in this week’s Buzz Worthy News.

Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: Hot New Titles.

If I Stay Movie Is Coming to You

The If I Stay movie, adapted from the popular Gayle Forman novel of the same name,  is on its way and you can have your first look at it now.

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