Category Archives: Book Lists
If you’re not already listening to MP3 audio books, you may want to consider checking one out over the summer. Listening to an audio book totally counts as reading and can make long summer car rides far more bearable. Audio books can be more expensive than print, but the public library has many MP3 audio books for children and teens to choose from. Just head on over to the Nova Scotia Public Libraries digital media download site, enter your library card number (barcode number) and your PIN (last four digits of your phone number) and you can download the audiobook of your choice for free! You can set the lending period and your file expires on the due date, so you’ll never incur any late charges.
You can also download audiobooks for free all summer via the website SYNC. Each week from June 14 – August 16, two free audiobooks will be available for download – a popular YA novel and a related classic novel. It’s a pretty great lineup this summer (it includes my favourite book of last year – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor):
July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain
July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino
So sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone read for you.
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the recent Scholastic book fair! We generated $579.20 in sales, from which we got to keep $321.00 to purchase 31 new Scholastic books for the library! Thanks for all the volunteers who helped with the setup and the cash. You were great!
Be sure to check out the new books, which are listed below. Check the library catalogue to see if the book is on the shelf by clicking on its title.
- Bart Simpson : Class Clown by Matt Groening
- The Big Field by Mike Lupica
- Beauty Rules : Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons for Loving Your Teens and Twenties by Bobbi Brown
- The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
- The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Cloaked by Alex Flinn
- Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
- Crackback by John Coy
- Crazy by Han Nolan
- Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
- A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
- Entwined by Heather Dixon
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Guinness World Records 2012 : Gamer’s Edition
- How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
- Laddertop, Vol. 1 by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card, illustrated by Honoel A. Ibardolaza
- Lockdown : Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
- A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
- The Middle of Everywhere by Monique Polak
- My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer
- Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
- Pandemonium by Chris Wooding, illustrated by Cassandra Diaz
- Pokemon Black and White, Vol. 2 by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Satoshi Yamamoto
- The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
- The Hunger Games : The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
Here is a list of new books I’ve received at the library in the last couple of weeks. I’ve rounded out my Ellen Hopkins collection, added a few more verse novels (that aren’t written by Ms. Hopkins), caught up with The House of Night and Pretty Little Liars series, and purchased the first complete manga series for the library.
- Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
- Destined (A House of Night novel) by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Crossed by Ally Condie
- Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
- Hidden by Helen Frost
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Dear Bully : Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Megan Kelley Hall
- Burned by Ellen Hopkins
- Identical by Ellen Hopkins
- Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
- Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
- Everybody Sees the Antsby A. S. King
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
- I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
- Mangaman by Barry Lyga
- Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
- Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
- It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage & Terry Miller
- Twisted (a Pretty Little Liars novel) by Sara Shepard
- Ruthless (a Pretty Little Liars novel) by Sara Shepard
- Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
- Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
- Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf
- Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away, so in anticipation I created a display featuring some of the finest romance novels SHS Library has to offer. From paranormal to contemporary to funny love stories, there’s something for everyone!
- Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Abandon by Meg Cabot
- Shadowland #1: The Mediator by Meg Cabot
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
- Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- Crush by Carrie Mac
- Love is Hell by Melissa Marr
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer, art and adaptation by Young Kim
- Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
- The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
- I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
- Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Are there any romances I missed or that you would like to see purchased for SHS Library? Let me know in the comments.
I found this list on the Chapter’s Teen website today and I don’t agree with their choices. The editors at Chapters compiled a list of dark, post-apocalyptic, dystopian books that are similar to The Hunger Games. Many of them are great picks (even although Battle Royale is nowhere to be seen), but I’m not sure they’re the right books to recommend to Katniss. I don’t know about you, but if I was a contestant in the Hunger Games with time to read, I’d want something light and fluffy to make me forget about my grim reality for a few hours.
My picks for Katniss would include:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
It’s a weird choice, but it would be a quick read (she doesn’t have a lot of spare time) and it’s really funny! Katniss needs something silly in her life. I don’t think that girl cracked a smile the entire trilogy.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Katniss really needs some girl friends. Maybe this warm-and-fuzzy book about four best friends who are always there for each other through the good and the bad would help improve her female relationships.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
This book about a girl who becomes suddenly famous after her ex writes a hit song about her would resonate with Katniss and her own unwanted fame. Audrey, Wait! is hilarious enough to make even Katniss chuckle. Maybe.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katniss would be able to see herself in Katsa, who is also a strong-willed and deadly protagonist in a tough fantasy world. Unlike Katniss, Katsa fares better in her romantic entanglements, so maybe she could learn a thing or two from this book.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This book has already been mentioned on the blog, but it’s a perfect pick for Katniss. This story of girls surviving in a harsh environment and fighting against society’s expectations is also a brilliant satire of powerful corporations. And if there’s anything Katniss loves, it’s defying expectations and sticking it to the man.
The Vampire Diaries
And if Katniss could watch TV, I’d encourage her to watch The Vampire Diaries. She is sure to relate to a show about a love triangle and fighting evil. Plus it’s just good fun (and we all know she could use some).
What books would you recommend to Katniss? Tell me in the comments.