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”

Book Bingo: Young Adult Books

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This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is Book Bingo YAexcited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

If you are joining in with the Summer of Learning Book Bingo fun, then I have some recommendations for your Young Adult selection.

Alanna: the First AdventureMy top choice is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Alanna’s wish is to be a knight but since she is a girl, she is being sent off to a convent by her father. She hatches a plan and manages to be excepted at the palace, as a boy. I’ve always loved reading this book and following Alanna on her journey to become a knight. It’s enjoyable to see her confusion over people being nice to her for no more reason than they enjoy her presence. I also like seeing that she pushes herself to overcome her weaknesses and stands up for herself time and again throughout the book. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Young Adult Books”

Romantic Wednesday: Our Romance Genre Challenge heads to YA and new adult romance

by Selby G.

Part 5 of our  Reading Challenge focusing on subgenres of romance.

The late teen years and early 20’s are times in life when things change rapidly and emotions run high. To appeal to these audiences, romance publishers have added a label between young adult (YA/teen) and general romance: New Adult.

Young Adult Romance novels have protagonists still in their teen years and generally still in school. There may be some sex in these books, but the relationship is the real focus. For the 18- to 25-year-old, who are off to college or living on their own, there are the New Adult novels. These books focus on issues pertinent to the age group, which includes physical relationships. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesday: Our Romance Genre Challenge heads to YA and new adult romance”

Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books

We know how it is: you want to give those teens on your list something to readthis Holiday Season, but don’t want your gift to be tossed aside amongst the socks and sweaters. Librarians Hayden and Jennifer offer some recent favorites that are as captivating as the lastest gadgets, and way more interesting than mere gift cards.

Hayden’s Picks:

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman
Island's End, by Padma VenkatramanUido can travel to the Other World, where the spirits give her important messages about her tribe. Because of this gift, the tribe’s elderly spiritual leader chooses her as his successor. But can Uido save her people from annihilation? Though this book will likely appeal to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, it is neither—Uido’s tribe is based on contemporary hunter-gathers who live on the Andaman Islands off the coast of India.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou was raised by monsters, but she doesn’t know much about their world. When she meets Akiva, Continue reading “Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books”

Shelf Talk(s) with Cory Doctorow, pt. 2

image of cory doctorow courtesy of joiLibrarians like Cory Doctorow a lot, not least of all because we both tend to think that information wants to be free, and we both get a kick out of giving books away. However, if you want his actual analog pen-and-ink signature on his latest book – Little Brother – Cory will be appearing at the library’s Ballard Branch on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m, where he can oblige you. Generous guy that he is, he recently obliged us with a mind-expanding phone call, and here’s some more of that conversation (here’s part one):

Q: Congratulations on your latest project, your new daughter.

Oh yeah – my wife just sent me the world’s most awesomely cute one minute video clip of getting ready for bath time and I swear to god its just hypnotic, I’ve watched it a hundred and fifty times.

Q: (In addition to the effect this experience will have on your writing), how do you think having a child will effect your views on your creative children, and giving them away on the Internet?

…you know, it did get me thinking. I wrote a column for Locus magazine that just came out called Think Like a Dandelion – actually the title’s an homage to a James Patrick Kelly book called Think Like a Dinosaur – and its about the different reproduction strategies of plants and mammals. And I understand why as a mammal my intuition is that I need to be really closely attuned to the disposition of my reproductions, of my offspring. That is our reproductive strategy. But it’s not the reproductive strategy of a dandelion. The reproductive strategy of a dandelion is to be just utterly profligate to just blow your seeds Continue reading “Shelf Talk(s) with Cory Doctorow, pt. 2”