Book Bingo: Young Adult Book

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

YAEven if I wasn’t a Young Adult librarian, I would still read tons of YA literature.  While I love the maturity and intellectual demands of adult literary fiction, sometimes a YA novel just hits that sweet spot of delivering a fully satisfying read that is challenging and fresh, yet doesn’t require too much time or mental energy to complete. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Young Adult Book”

Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars

Posted by Eric G.

John Green’s popular and acclaimed novel The Fault in Our Stars gets the big screen treatment this week! Here are some books that form a complementary reading constellation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenSomebody Up There Hates You by Hollis SeamonThe Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

On the surface this story of cancer-stricken teens seems very similar to Green’s novel, but this humorous, moving story stands on its own. The snarky narrator Richard doesn’t have long to live, but is making the most of his remaining days in the hospice wing with Sylvie, another teen awaiting the same fate. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars”

Romantic Wednesdays: Spell Books

Posted by Eric G.

There is no shortage of romance books featuring witches, supernatural creatures and magical goings-on. One of the most prominent tales of the past few years is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. For fans of this book, the third and final chapter, The Book of Life, is due in July! I’ve conjured a few more titles that are worth checking out in the meantime.

The Book of Life by Deborah HarknessWould-be Witch by Kimberly FrostMark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Spell Books”

Seattle readers’ favorite teen books of 2012

Last week we asked people on Facebook to tell us their favorite teen novel published in 2012. For those who regularly read teen fiction (and since 55 percent of all young adult fiction fault in our starsis purchased by adults, it seems like there are a lot of us …), it will be no surprise that The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was mentioned several times. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is another title that comes up often with our readers, as does The Diviners by Libba Bray. You might recognize familiar author names in this list, but there may be some surprises, too. And while there are lots of awards and top-ten lists out right now, this is more of a thoughtful “People’s Choice” (as opposed to just giving you a bestseller list).

The 27 titles suggested are listed below, and we also have this one-stop browsing list of 27 YA books Seattle readers loved in 2012  in our catalog.   Continue reading “Seattle readers’ favorite teen books of 2012”

Nightstand Reading: Artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine dives into teen lit this summer

Editor’s note: We love Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s vivid mixed-media prints and innovative linocuts, which can be found in award-winning children’s books such as the charming Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (a 2004 Caldecott Honor Book) and Buzz (where her collages seem to move across the pages), and in the posters, brochures and book bags that celebrate reading at The Seattle Public Library this summer.  What’s this local artist toting around in the Library book bag that sports her artwork? Here’s a look at Margaret’s own summer reading “program”:

I’m been reading a lot of young adult fiction lately. I kept recommending books to my daughter (To Kill A Mockingbird, A Wrinkle In Time, The Lord of the Rings…) that she would sometimes begrudgingly read, sometimes not. And she kept saying “Mom, you should read this book, it’s really good…”  So I decided to set a proper example and read her recommendations for a change. What better way to find out why my suggestions weren¹t good enough for her, right?

I’m mid-way through The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Enjoying it so far— Continue reading “Nightstand Reading: Artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine dives into teen lit this summer”