TTT is brought to you by The Broke And The Bookish! This week it’s all about bookish social media. Of course, if you’re not into social media, you could also choose to list your favourite bookish blogs or websites. What accounts are some of your favourites? Let us know below! :)
I’ll be talking about Twitter.
- US! Hahaha, of course. Individuals and also @TheBookWars!
- Neil Gaiman and other favourite authors (Rachel Hartman, Teresa Toten, Arthur Slade, Kenneth Oppel and Susin Nielsen are some Canadians I follow!)
- MrSchuReads is a great resource (and funny too!) he talks about upcoming awards, great new releases (mostly for those middle graders) and uses great links. He’s a teacher, a writer and an avid reader ;)
- Publishing Houses — because not only do they tweet their cover releases, new book deals, new releases and event into but because they retweet all of their authors and illustrators as well, keeping one very well informed. (Harper Teen, Kids Can, Candlewick, Random House Kids etc…)
- Local bookstores. I followed Kids Books in Vancouver, Kaleidoscope in Ottawa and now I follow Ella Minnow kids books store here in Toronto. If you want to know about pertinent events and new releases, sales etc . . . these guys are great resources.
Since Steph talked about Twitter, I’ll do Instagram!
- The Book Wars: What can I say? I’m biased. Nafiza curates the account. Sometimes, I drop by. And we’ve also done a couple of book photo challenges, and we might just do another one soon! Join in the fun!
- Book Riot: Not only do they post all things book related, they also notify followers about giveaways (US & international) and ebook deals. Very useful if you like snagging free copies of new releases.
- Tara Books: One of my favourite publishers. Obviously, they have pictures of new releases and book fairs, but they also post behind-the-scenes pictures of all these incredible, hard-working people who make these lovely books possible.
- Kate Gavino: Sometimes quotes are all it takes to draw the attention of readers. In her Instagram account–Last Night’s Reading–Gavino draws writers at readings and quotes their brilliance, using her images to introduce readers to so many wonderful writers. Or, at least, that’s how I see it. You could also follow her tumblr here.
- Adira: I think we kind of started interacting over Shadowshaper, but I started following her account because her posts and write-ups are carefully crafted and very diverse. Definitely a book blogger to pay attention to.
- As Steph mentioned, favourite authors such as Megan Whalen Turner (tumblr), Rachel Hartman (site and blog), and Garth Nix (site and facebook). Sometimes they drop hints about works in progress, or video video announcements about new releases (ahem, Garth Nix). Sometimes the content is thoughts about writing and worldbuilding, and beautiful music (thank you to Rachel Hartman for expanding my musical library), and sometimes it’s just interesting art, science, history, and other fascinating things that create a pause in which to contemplate their existence. Also lots of coffee shots (this would be Megan Whalen Turner).
- Reading While White: if you’re white and trying to be an ally to POC and other communities that are widely discriminated against, here’s a space to explore and understand the depth of your own privilege and your own prejudices, and to be encouraged and led to being better allies and more sensitive, more thoughtful readers/teachers/librarians/what have you.
- Blogs and other sites run by artists that you admire, such as Simini Blocker, Juliajm, and Lane Brown (and this includes photographers, sculptors, needlework geniuses, and all other forms of art) are a wonderful resource. Art is good for you. Art expands your horizons and is a breath of fresh air in an all-too-often grey city world. Also, and quite beyond the visual/aesthetic inspiration, by following different artists you will get a sense of the illustrator or illustrative style you would love to have in your picturebook, or on your MG/YA novel’s cover. (The day when you will get to choose may be very far away, but hey, dreams are good for you, too.)
- Critical and/or academic sites run by people in the know. For me, this means that among other sites I try to frequent Debbie Reese’s website or twitter account fairly often, since I am not an Aboriginal woman and therefore 1. don’t always recognize negative or harmful portrayals of First Nations people in books and media, 2. probably won’t otherwise hear when a white or other non-Aboriginal author/illustrator has trespassed or otherwise offended the communities they portray (and thus know to avoid the offending work), and 3. don’t otherwise hear much about books about and written by First Nations or Metis authors/illustrators. I also like Prof. Ebony Thomas’s twitter and website – critical, thoughtful, unapologetically political commentary on books and current events from a perspective that is aware of the historical and passionate about the current situation of being Black in America. (Her book The Dark Fantastic, which examines race and racism in fantasy, is coming out soon.)