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Inspired by Alexa Loves Books’s The Monday Mix and The Mary Sue’s Things We Saw Today, A Few of My Favorite Things Friday is a round-up of my favorite internet offerings for the week.

~I got to be there for the official cover release of House of Hades by Rick Riordan at the BEA Children’s Breakfast! Check it out on Riordan’s website here.

~More Percy Jackson, you say? Well, all right. Have a Sea of Monsters trailer, also released while I was busy at BEA last week.

~You might have gathered from occasional gushing, but I love Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. It stands to reason then, that I love these magazine covers that Jenn Rush designed around the men of the series. Rawr.

~Self-published author Leigh Ann Kopans’s book ONE, about a girl with half of a superpower, comes out this month. I was already planning on reading it, but these comics have only strengthened my resolve.

~A fellow student from a YA Writing class, Jamie Grey, decided to self-publish this week as well. I remember reading pieces of her work in class and being utterly engrossed. I look forward to the final version of Ultraviolet Catastrophe!

~Maggie Stiefvater offers up this amazing post about indirect characterization.

~I am pumped about this companion novella to Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund! Especially since I just finished and adored Across a Star-Swept Sea.

~Are you going to ALA? Congratulations. I am not, but rumor has it (on Twitter, though I can’t find a confirmed source) Cress by Marissa Meyer and my idol Tamora Pierce are.

~More on my idol Tamora Pierce: There’s this amazing article on her in the School Library Journal and it makes me love her even more.

~Another top fantasy writer (aka hero of mine), Kristin Cashore, tells us that in revising, we must “embrace tedium, embrace chaos.”

~I touched on the event briefly in my BEA recap post, but one of the event coordinators, Alexa, has this great recap up of the Blogger Picnic during BEA!

~Book Rock Betty summed up the BEA experience REALLY well in this series of Lilo & Stitch gifs.

~Literary Agent Barbara Poelle gave insightful (and funny!) answers to a bunch of questions and if you’re an aspiring author, it’s well worth a read!

~Beth Revis and a few other authors have opened a Subreddit community for YA Writers! And if you want to get some feedback on your query, here’s your chance!

~The world can always use more Wreck-It Ralph. Therefore, here’s a deleted scene.

My posts since last time:

~My gushy review of Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

~A much less gushy review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

~My BEA 2013 recap