unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:58am
Batman says: "Yes, I Need a Librarian."

I love Batman. I remember watching the old, cheesy shows when I was a kid. Now, Batman is much more about kicking butt and taking names. Look at all the gadgets! Look at the revamped Batmobile.. err.. Bat Tank?  And, oh-my-gosh, the video games. I love the Arkham video game series and am very sad that it has come to an end with its latest installment. I just want it to keep going.

So, if you’re like me and love the elements of the Arkham Batman games—the martial arts, the riddles, the toxins, and the betrayal, check out these books filled with all those delightful, Batman-y characteristics.

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:36am
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Matt Miller’s mother is dead. Every day, he wakes up and puts on the same suit that he wore to her funeral. At work, at school…everywhere he goes, Matt is The Boy in the Black Suit.

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:32pm
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey.... Stuff

I know there have been many famous time travelers throughout literary and cinematic history, but few seem to capture the interest of the Millennial Generation the way Doctor Who has. I should know. I’m one of those captivated by his shenanigans.

As we wait for series 9 to air (September 19!!), enjoy these time-traveling adventures.

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:21pm
Cover to Throne of Glass

Do you LOVE Assassin’s Creed? So do I! Maybe not for the same reason as you, unless you really love to geek out over how historically accurate they make their games. They do their research, and they do it well, which makes this history major squeal with glee. But, truly, there are so many reasons to love Assassin’s Creed: history; assassins; action; adventure; and even a dash of mythology and romance. There are just so many books that can be matched to it!

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:10am
Cover to Why We Broke Up

"Because the day, it was school. It was the bells too loud or rattly in broken speakers that would never get fixed. It was the bad floors squeaky and footprinted, and the bang of lockers. It was writing my name in the upper-right-hand corner of the paper or Mr. Nelson would automatically deduct five points, and in the upper left-hand-corner of the paper or Mr. Peter would deduct three. "Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

High school is a strange existence. It is a minefield of cliques, relationships, and hopefully schoolwork. There are several authors who have found a sharply accurate voice when writing as teens, John Green being the most successful.

When it does ring true, scenes and exchanges strike with the power to take us back to our most vibrant adolescent memories. These are the books that hold this ability for me. They are great high school narratives dealing with isolation, cliques, peer-pressure, and simply trying to survive.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:24pm
Ripped from the Headlines: Timely Fiction for Teens

Confession time: I am news junkie. Obsessed to the core with headlines, bylines, and editorials, I love starting my morning with a hot cup of coffee, a good podcast, and the online editions of my favorite papers.