unRequired Reading Blog

Not enough mystery in your life? Try these!

The Red Thread: a novel in three incarnations by Roderick Townley.

Bothered by insomnia, nightmares, and claustrophobia, sixteen-year-old Dana sees a therapist who hypnotizes her into remembering past lives, involving her in an age-old mystery and causing her to question what kind of person she is.

 

 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

Some more Fantasies to read

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and oft-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 

Tithe by Holly Black.

Sixteen year old Kaye, who has been visited by fairies since her childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

 

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.

Some more Fantasies to read

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and oft-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 

Tithe by Holly Black.

Sixteen year old Kaye, who has been visited by fairies since her childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

 

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.

Lit Bistro @ Porter

"What books did you talk about yesterday at Lit Bistro".....glad you asked.  Here are some of the latest titles causing a buzz and some spirited discussion...

Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson...the true story of a 19 year old GI...".totally awesome "said one teen

Devils Kiss by Sarwat Chadda...."really creepy but good."

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman...."it's got to have a sequel"...it does!!!

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer....this is one that everybody agreed on ...they all loved it!!!

That is just a sampling of what goes on at Lit Bistro...so if you are looking for a book group...or just want to meet some teens who like to read and love to talk about it...join us for the next gathering on February 9th @4pm at the Porter Branch.  

If you like Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Here are three titles I hope you might enjoy- they all involve ancient mythology and modern characters!

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.

"Going Bovine" Goes Big!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray received the Michael L. Printz Award this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston. (That means some of the country's top librarians think this is the best young adult book published in 2009!)

Going Bovine  is about Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure. Better yet, let Libba tell you about the book in her own words:

 

If you like short stories

Here are some short story collections that you might enjoy. Since you didn’t specify a genre, I chose a variety: general fiction, romance, supernatural and science fiction.

Vacations from Hell / Libba Bray ... [et al.].
Five short stories in which a vacation takes a supernatural turn.

Up All Night : A Short Story Collection / Peter Abrahams ... [et al.] Presents five short stories about teens who stay up all night, written by award-winning authors.

If you like Evernight by Claudia Gray.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Are you a Clanker or a Darwinist?

Scott Westerfield, author of the popular Uglies series, is back with an amazing new novel in the steampunk tradition. Leviathan features an alternate 1914 Europe, where countries are classified as "Clankers," devoted to mechanical machinery, or "Darwinists," who genetically engineer animals to perform most of society's tasks.

Heroes in the Library

It’s one of life’s ironies that you don’t realize how much someone’s impacted your life until they’re gone. More specifically, you realize that you never told that person how much they meant. It isn’t until they pass that you think, “Oh! I wish I had said something!” You think about how that person shaped who you are, in major or even subtle ways, and sometimes realize that you wouldn’t be you if it weren’t for that person’s influence, guidance, or mere presence in your life.