Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?

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Hello all!

Welcome to another dose of Weekly Tea Discussion! This week’s discussion question: Who is more realistic, YA books or Adult Fiction?

As we book lovers know, books always manage to reflect the world around us, no matter how fictional they are. But lately there has  been a slew of new books released that tie more closely to the cultural and political events that are happening around us, such as the New York Times Bestseller The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two books that surround the Black Lives Matter movement. There has been a huge cluster of YA books that are becoming more political, albeit becoming more realistic-well, this is an opinion of an article on LitHub.com.  With writers (younger writers) representing the younger voice in issues that matter to them, it would be easier to say that YA books are more realistic than literary fiction. But I don’t think that is necessarily true. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?”

Teen Read Week 2016

This week is the start of Teen Read Week, a national literacy event created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that tries to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. This year’s slogan is “Read For The Of It!”

Being a young adult librarian, I can safely say that it is difficult to get teens to read, especially in this day and age. However, I try to stress to my teens the importance of not  only reading but the importance of the library. Without all this, they wouldn’t have a place to hang out, to feel safe. Coming to the library frequently and taking advantage of all the resources the library has to offer will help them succeed later in life and I try to instill that philosophy into the teens.

So I thought this was a perfect time to name the books that I read when I was a teenager (not all, we’ll be here all day!). I loved reading for fun, did it whenever I got a chance when I was a teenager.And these books are just a taste of all the different worlds I got to experience when I was a teen…

(All links lead to Goodreads.com)

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I always loved reading about magic and witchcraft, but this series not only creased my interest in reading that genre, but introduced me to Libba Bray who I found to be a great storyteller and never left me disappointed. She is probably one of the few YA authors I still read to this day.

 

 

 

 

2. Blue is For Nightmares Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Another great supernatural series! I waited in anticipation when the next one in the series would be released and I was sad when it ended. But this is a perfect example of series where it didn’t get too cheesy and knew when to end. It didn’t overdo it and that’s why I treasure this series close to my heart.

 

 

 

 

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2015’s Top Ten Teen Books

At the end of Teen Read Week, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) gave teens a chance to choose which YA books were the best of 2015. Here is the list:

  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic)
  2.  I Become Shadow by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen)
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster)
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks)
  5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury)
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company)
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster)
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy)

But some of you felt differently. I gave you a list of the nominations and asked you which YA books you felt were the best of the year. Here is the top 3:

  1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Teen Read Week: October 18-24, 2015

This week is “Teen Read Week”, an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA, to promote literacy among teens  readers. This is my first library event since I became a librarian so I’m really excited about spreading the news of this great event!

This year’s theme is “Get Away @ your library”, encouraging teens across the country to escape the daily grinds from everyday life from just picking up a book and reading about a different world. So hopefully, your nearby libraries are celebrating this great event. Continue reading “Teen Read Week: October 18-24, 2015”