Commonplace Post (31)

Hello, hello! It’s Saturday again and that means it’s time for links! But before that, let’s talk a bit about what we’re reading. I’m currently in the beginning of Abhorsen, the third Old Kingdom book by Garth Nix. I know there’s another book after this one (although I think it’s just short stories?) but I can’t help but feel sad that I’m at the end of the series. I’ve really come to love these books, and it makes me want to read everything else Garth Nix has written. Yay for finding new favorite authors, right?

So that’s what I’m currently reading. What are you reading?

And now for links:
A round-up of links about The Recent Unpleasantness. @ Bookshelves of Doom
Plus some other updates on the situation: Plagiarism Bingo: O – Hatemail | So Your Favourite Blogger’s A Plagiarist

Who are we and what do we do?:

But repeatedly — repeatedly — people talk about how the YA blogging community has a not-so-good reputation. That because of the drama surrounding any number of different things, this community is somehow poorly seen, poorly valued. That because issues come up and rather than talk about them, the community reacts, rather than reflects.

I don’t necessarily think that there’s a poor reputation about bloggers, specifically YA bloggers, but I do think some who do blog in this corner of the internet like to think there is. They enjoy being part of the drama and they enjoy driving it forward, rather than talking about it. There are certainly people in the blogging world who love talking about issues, who love pulling them apart and thinking about them critically before reacting. But for some, the thrill is in acting, rather than in digesting. That, in my mind, is where the problem lies.

Book Bloggers Plagiarising– What Happens Now? @ Cuddlebuggery (who first broke the story)

A Note to Authors: Choose the Names Wisely. Trendy is Not Always Cute. @ Well-Read Reviews

Skipping School @ Rookie

Recommendations: Non-European Fantasy by Women @ Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf & Book Review

The Ongoing Problem of Race in Y.A. @ The Atlantic Wire

What Hath Harry Wrought? @ The Horn Book

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