Procrastination Pro-Tips: New Raven Cycle Short, Downton Movie News, And More!

Hope you’re all enjoying the no-man’s land that is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I mean, is it even Friday right now? Am I posting this on the right day? Anyway, here’s some end of year links for you!

Book Related Things

Maggie Stiefvater gifted us all a Raven Cycle short story for Christmas, and you can read the whole thing here!

Bustle has an excerpt from S.K. Ali’s new book Love From A to Z which you can read here.

Author Tess Sharpe delivers a Twitter thread on how reading and writing romance novels can make you a better writer.

Speaking of romance, here’s a list of 17 podcasts for readers who love romance novels and rom-coms. 

Get pumped for the new year with 29 YA books coming out in 2019.

Buzzfeed has a round up of the 16 best queer books of 2018.

And of course, if you haven’t yet, be sure and check out our FYA picks for the best books of 2018 as well as our most anticipated books of 2019

E-Book Deals

So. Many. Good. Book. Deals. Treat yo’ self to one of these e-book deals while they last*:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (review)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Court of Thorns and Roses (review) and A Court of Wings and Ruin (review) by Sarah J. Maas

The Glass Spare (review) by Lauren DeStefano

Windwitch (Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard 

The Casquette Girls series by Alys Arden: The Casquette Girls (review) and The Romeo Catchers.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (review)

The Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May: The Falconer (review), The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park (review)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review)

The Gold-Son by Carrie-Anne Noble (review)

Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha (review)

Jackaby (review) and The Beastly Bones (review) by William Ritter

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane (review)

The Secondborn series by Amy A. Bartol: Secondborn (review) and Traitor Born.

Empire of Storms (review) and The Assassin’s Blade (review) by Sarah J. Maas

Uncanny by Sarah Fine (review)

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (review)

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (review)

Wrecked by Maria Padian (review)

*FYA collects a small percentage of sales from these affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

YA Onscreen Things

Feeling the holiday stress? Here’s 5 hours of Peter Kavinsky in a hot tub. It’s like soothing, ambient spa music for the soul

Make a New Year’s resolution to binge more. Here’s everything coming to and leaving Netflix in January.

EW has the first  exclusive look at the Downton Abbey movie! 

Ten women who changed the comedy game in 2018.

Social Media Things

A transformer explosion at an Astoria power plant lit the NYC sky with an eery blue glow Thursday night, but I was watching Bird Box when it happened and worried the apocalypse was nigh.

Which literary character would you relish killing off? The internet has ~ opinions ~ even though the only correct answer is Dolores Umbridge.

Where’s the lie?

Miscellaneous Things

The holidays may be magical, but they also require a lot of emotional labor, the bulk of which falls to women.

Kelly Clarkson singing “Fancy” at the Kennedy Center Honors is truly M A G I C. Watch it here.


It was definitely a light news week. What’d I miss? Share your fave links of the week in the comments!