Eschewing traditional publishing routes, Jennifer Egan posted the first installment of her sci-fi book Black Box in a series of twitter posts. Further installments will be released over a period of ten days.
Someone we don't really care to bring more attention to conducted a study of YA literature in a move to put a ratings system (like movies) in place for books. Her focus, ridiculously enough, was on the use of curse words. Gayle Forman wrote a thoughtful and inspiring comeback - Who's Scared of the Big Bad F-Bomb?
Stacia Kane got nice and ranty again this week with a fabulously angry post titled "Customer Service" - a very nice defense of reviewers and our right to post our opinions without being hassled.
And a third thought-provoking opinion piece from an author: Lev Grossman writes about the differences between "genre fiction" and "literary fiction." (What are they, anyway?)
Serial killers...scavenging...and Game of Thrones? YALSA blog The Hub had a list of upcoming trends that they see in YA.
Kirkus also had an interesting article on the increasing presence of oral sex in young adult novels (although they failed to mention The Piper's Son which really is a travesty).
Just in case you all missed it, here are the gorgeous covers for Days of Blood and Starlight, which we are over-the-top excited for and the U.K. edition of Throne of Glass. Aren't they pretty?
And for all of you Kate Daniels fans, husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews released the beginning of the sixth book!
Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of our U.S. readers!