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November was Sex in Teen Lit Month II! Seeing as there was a schedule for the whole month which I added links to, I'm just going to point you in the direction of that post, rather than replicate it. I really enjoyed the event! It was great getting to discuss all these books either in reviews or discussion, and interviewing the authors or having them write guest posts. A really fantastic month, with at least one post per day! Do check it out if you've yet to read any of the posts, I think you'll find it interesting!
There have been some really brilliant posts and articles online this month. There's some really great reading for you ahead if you've missed any of thses.
- Adam Silvera wrote a incredibly brave post, Happiness Isn't Just an Outside Thing, about his suicidal thoughts. It's a hard read, but it's an important one.
- On a related note, The School Library Journal has a fantastic post on Tackling Mental Health Through YA Lit. The post is for librarians, but still a really interesting read with great mental health in YA recommendations.
- 14th - 20th November was Transgender Awareness Week, and Gay YA had a series of fascinating posts, starting with Introduction to Transgender Awareness Week Series.
- The New York Public Library has a post, Telling the Stories of Trans Communities, recommending YA novels with transgender characters - Dahlia Adler, who tweeted the post, also recommends Cam Girl by Leah Raeder (NA), If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and Bad Boy by Leah Raeder (out 2016) (NA).
- And you might want to check out this great thread of tweets from John Hansen on trans YA novels by trans authors.
- Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction has a great post on How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges.
- There's a wonderful post over on Parade, where 23 Bestselling YA Authors Share 'The Book I'm Most Thankful For...'. And the bloggers of Barnes & Noble share the 11 books they're thankful for.
- There was some uproar towards the end of the month over comments made my Scott Bergstrom in a Publisher's Weekly article about his self-published book being bought and an interview with The Pen Muse. Lots of people had a lot to say about Bergstrom and his comments.
- There has been some really fantastic responses to this on Twitter, from people like Dahlia Adler (no thread, but you need to follow her anyway), Tess Sharpe (again, no thread, but follow), and Heidi Heigel, which you should check out.
- You should also check out the #MorallyComplicatedYA hashtag.
- And this blog post from Victoria Aveyard, where she answers the question, What Are Your Thoughts on Scott Bergstrom and His Thoughts on YA?
- And Adrianne Russel's post This Isn't Complicated At All .
- Zakiya Jamal on Buzfeed Books shared 17 YA Novels That Are Definitely Morally Complicated.
- Katherine Locke started Our Walled Garden, which is full of recommendations for #MorallyComplicatedYA.
- On the School Library Journal Site, Kelly Jensen posts, Do We Honor Girls' Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit.