This is what I do in my free time! Not really, just trying to stay on top of YA lit by looking at some new titles and blogs.
1. A blog that is new to you that focuses on the same type of literature you do (ex: I read YA so the blog would need to focus on YA).
Readergirlz @ http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/ Mission Statement: “To champion teen literacy and corresponding social service.”
2. A book that is new to you that another blogger reviewed.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Reviewed by Jen Hubert @ http://www.readingrants.org
3. A book set in Africa (in your preferred age category, if possible).
Secret Son by Laila Lalami
Raised by his mother in a one-room house in the slums of Casablanca, Youssef El Mekki has always had big dreams of living another life in another world. Suddenly his dreams are within reach when he discovers that his father—whom he’d been led to believe was dead—is very much alive. A wealthy businessman, he seems eager to give his son a new start. Youssef leaves his mother behind to live a life of luxury, until a reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends. Trapped once again by his class and painfully aware of the limitations of his prospects, he becomes easy prey for a fringe Islamic group.
4. A book about a human/animal bond (in your preferred age category, if possible).
Creature Comfort: Animals that Heal by Bernie Graham
This inspiring, humorous, and touching book celebrates the beneficial effects that animals have on humans and describes how their therapeutic potential is being increasingly acknowledged by the medical community. Animal Assisted Therapy, an important new development in health care, has already shown that people are statistically less likely to suffer an early heart attack if they have a pet, and that stroking an animal reduces a person’s stress level. This is only the top of the iceberg, says Bernie Graham. Animal Assisted Therapy is now achieving amazing results in treating children with physical and mental disabilities by using trained dolphins in aquatic therapy. There are also programs that teach dogs to help the disabled with their daily chores. Horses, cats, dogs, and even more exotic animals are being used to offer support and bring hope to individuals, thereby enhancing human efforts. Written with warmth and compassion, Creature Comfort looks at all aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy, including the theories behind it, to provide both a practical guide and a moving account of the many rewarding human-animal interactions.
5. A book trailer for a book you want to read.
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (sequel to Perfect Chemistry)
6. A book with a color in the title (in your preferred age category, if possible).
Blackout by Connie Willis. (pub. 9/2010 but already getting great buzz)
Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time-traveling historians being sent into the past. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE-Day. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz. But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments and switching around everyone’s schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids, blackouts, and dive-bombing Stukas–to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.
7. A blog that is new to you that is dedicated to a certain genre (ex: only books about vampires, only historical fiction, only urban fantasy, etc.)
Dreaming in Books dedicated to romance and paranormal books. “I’m John, and I started Dreaming in Books to make a difference in the reading lives of teenage and adult readers alike. I love the YA genre, but chick lit and romance are also some favorite ventures of mine. This blog is a way for me to not only express my love for reading in general, but to help other readers in their search for thousands of great books. :)” John is a teen blogger who loves reading!
8. A book blog maintained by a librarian.
Librarian by Day. Written by melissa, a teen librarian for a Mid-Atlantic library system. She is fond of TV, the Internet, and other great time-spenders.
9. A book blog maintained by a teacher.
The Goddess of YA Literature written by Dr. Teri Lesesne of Sam Houston State University. This woman reads and reviews at least one book and day and rocks!
10. The title of an upcoming book by an author you like (provide details – title, release date, synopsis)
BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS in stores October 12, 2010. Sequel to Beautiful Creatures written by Cami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations.
And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back.