It's here! After months of intense reading and vehement debate, our judges have finally settled on the ten books they believe are most worthy of being included on this year's shortlist. Whittling down such a stellar longlist was no easy feat, and the judges' discussions ranged long into the night, with no merit left unnoticed nor any weakness undiscussed.
This is some writing I've been excited to share with you all for ages. DAB members Zhana and Nyla recently used this image as a starting point for a collaborative piece of fiction. The photo was taken by Fiona Wood when she was visiting New York City, and Zhana and Nyla conceived of writing between them the first and last moment the narrator saw the person pictured. I am eagerly awaiting all the middle moments of this story... (*hint* Zhana, Nyla). - Inky
Hello, Inky here. I know the DAB are always going on about all the cool people they get to hang out with (besides me), but the DAB are also always writing and coming up with seriously inventive ways to talk about books. DAB member Abbie recently wrote this review of Jay Kristoff's Nevernight, and I really wanted to share it with you all because I'd, personally, never read a book review quite like this before.
By DAB members Tanzeem and Yuna
Tanzeem: WHAT UP DIGGITY DOGS?
Tanzeem: All right, I am never saying that again; first and last time, I promise.
By DAB member Tanzeem
Tips to save you time, money and maybe improve your life just a little more.
1. Have a list of books you're looking for
Browsing is for libraries and as much as we love owning books, we don't like spending money on a book only to find out that we didn't enjoy it very much and could've bought something else.
By DAB member Annie
YA clichés have become a big thing to be talked about. Everybody is talking about how sick they are of love triangles and the chosen one. But there are many more clichés that are just repetitive, yet don’t often make anybody’s list, perhaps because they’re not as obvious, and some people don’t even realise that they are clichés. And it’s high time that they did.
1. The hate-to-love relationship
Recently the DAB spent some time talking (and writing really incredibly good) found poetry. Wikipedia says found poetry "is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning."