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):

June14 – June 20, 2012
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

June 21 – June 27, 2012
by Francisco X. Stork
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

June 28 – July 4, 2012
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

July 5 – July 11, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino

August 2 – August 8, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

August 9 – August 15, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard

August 16 – August 22, 2012
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
The Call of the Wild by Jack London

So sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone read for you.


Bullying Books

I’ve created a display of nonfiction and fiction books in the library that discuss bullying from the perspective of both the bullied and the bully. Some of these books are tough to read, as they force you to think about how your words and actions can deeply impact the lives of others.

Have you read any of the books listed below? Is there a book about bullying you’ve read but that I don’t have in the library? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.















New Books – Scholastic Book Fair

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.




































New Books!

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.
















Romance Books

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!

























Are there any romances I missed or that you would like to see purchased for SHS Library? Let me know in the comments.

Music Books & Links

SHS has always had a lot of musical talent, but this year we have a music course again! To mark the occasion, here is a list of music books in the library’s collection and a few noteworthy music websites.





All Music

If you want to expand your musical horizons, check out All Music. The  website’s knowledgeable contributors have written descriptions of every music genre and subgenre imaginable, from Britpop to  Scandinavian Metal to Gangsta Rap. For each entry you will find links to the top artists, albums, and songs within the category, and related music styles. It also features music news and reviews.

CBC Radio 3

An excellent resource for independent Canadian music. Stream music from thousands of artists for free, create your own playlists, listen to concert recordings, and browse by genre to discover new music.


This comprehensive site on world music features news, reviews, and interviews with artists from around the world. I particularly like the handy map that allows you to search for artists by country. Ever want to know what people are listening to in Kyrgystan? Check out Mondomix to find out!


Pitchfork showcases independent (usually obscure) music in North America and abroad.  You won’t find Lady Gaga here, but you will find independent music news, reviews, and videos of performances at Pitchfork’s annual festival. I love the annual best-of lists for the last decade, which can be found at the bottom of the homepage. I’m a sucker for lists.

Do you have any favourite music books or websites? Share your picks in the comments.

Katniss’s Reading List

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.