Discussion: “Classic” Young Adult Books

For those that don’t know: I work in a library. At my branch, I’m the youth “expert”. When people come in looking for recommendations for youth materials, I’m the go-to woman.

One of our regulars came in needing recommendations for her tween/teen son. He’s been a huge reader for years. He’s aged up enough that they’re looking into the YA books. Starting out, she wanted some recommendations of “classic” Young Adult books. She already had The Hate U Give and Hatchet in hand.

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What’s On My Netgalley Shelf (1)

I’ve been reading and reviewing online for almost a decade now. As much as I love reading, reviewing, & talking online about books, I have to juggle it against a full time job and life not on the computer. Therefore, I’ve always been really selective about accepting books for review.

My friends at PenguinTeen sent me the Spring/Summer catalog for books recently and I selected a few that sounded good. (A few more than I normally would) I just didn’t realize that I’d be approved for all the ARCs at once. Oops! Thankfully, I have more than enough time to read & review before release date but I wanted to highlight what I picked now for you to peruse since it will be a bit before I “officially” post about them.

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What’s Library Popular- February 2021

One of the most interesting things about working in a library is seeing what is or isn’t popular with ‘regular’ readers (readers who aren’t likely wrapped up in the online book community).

I was using the software we have to get some inspiration for putting together a new YA book display. I have to say these aren’t who I would have thought would have been popular (most checked out) authors for the system.

Note: I work in the biggest city in the state but we are still slowly reopening with no seating/programs. That likely influences who is checking out books & what they are reading.

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YA Stand Alone Recommendations

Series are enjoyable. There’s nothing like ‘visiting’ old friends by reading a new installment. Other times, it’s a big time investment to get started on a new series.

Whatever the reason, here are some Young Adult stand alone recommendations that I enjoyed.

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Favorite Books by the Month 2020

Time for a traditional best books of the year post! These are the best book I read in 2020. They weren’t necessarily published in 2020.

Complete with pictures and links for your convenience to add to your TBR.

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