My mind is still in winter break mode

Happy 2008! Even though I’m not in school anymore, my mind always takes a vacations at this time of year. So, sorry there hasn’t been any blog updates in awhile (and I can’t hold it against you guys either because you were actually on winter break).

I was looking at some of the top teen/YA books of the year from a bunch of different lists and thought I would post them up here. Sadly my time for reading has gone down so many of these I have not read. And as an FYI I’m only posting books in the High School Collection and Graphic Novels.

During Teen Read Week on ALA’s website, teens voted for their 2007 Top Ten:

NY Times Notable Children’s Books included:

Amazon.com editors picked the top 10 books for teens as well:

Quill Awards:

Michael L. Printz Award went to American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.The Pulitzer Prize went to The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Just in Case by Meg Rosoff received the Carnegie Medal (U.K.).

The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature went to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

A lot of people put The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on their lists. I think I’m going to be checking out that one, The Arrival, and Wicked Lovely.

What about you guys? Read any of these and want to comment? Or is a book you read missing from the list and you think it should be there? Or get any good books for the holidays? Comment away! (PLEASE! 🙂 )

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    emeraldink said,

    I read the Twilight Series and all I can say is… Edward! Moving on I suggest this series it will pull you in and make you want to keep reading late into the night.

    I must also suggest Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City! I loved it and they have an amazing website! http://www.kikistrike.com/

    Oh yeah, there was that book that came out over the summer something about a boy with a scar…. JK! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was amazing and I won’t say anything else about it because our wonderful TAB leader hasn’t finished the 6th book yet.

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    dppltab said,

    I heart Kiki Strike!!! Which is why I proudly own a squirrel themed t-shirt from the website. Did that peak your interest about this awesome series of books? Start with Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City like emeraldink suggested, and then go on to the second book The Empress’s Tomb. I can’t wait for the third book….I gotta know what happens to the Irregulars next!

    I just finished The Thirteenth Tale, which won the Quill Award for Debut, and I could not put the book down. I’d read 50 pages, be ready to go to sleep, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about the story. If you like gothic mysteries like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte you’ll really enjoy this novel. A woman gets a chance to write the memoir of England’s most famous writer. There’s a creepy old house, a governess, a ghost, twin girls…if you love books you’ll love the author’s descriptions of reading and words which I found to be really descriptive. WARNING: This book is pretty adult, and while things aren’t described graphically they are implied (incestuous relationships, cutting), but if you can get past that, the mystery draws you in and you can’t wait to find out how it all ends.

    PS-LOL I was reading your reply emeraldink and my first thought was “boy with a scar….I don’t remember a book like that”. DUH. Perhaps your nice compliment should be withdrawn based on my stupidity!

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    hdean said,

    So, I just read “How to Ruin a Summer Vacation” on the first list–it was ok–I’d recommend Just Listen or Twilight over it, but it was a good time (I actually picked up the sequel right away…I was definitely involved. The major reason I was Uber-into it was that the main character can be a bit of a brat–cliche teen girl…but the leading man is hot… it essentially was fun and quick

    We should have snow days more often…I haven’t read two books in one day since like winter break…

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    dppltab said,

    You need fun books like that. Everything can’t be Crime and Punishment.

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    Kendall said,

    I love the Twilight series. Once I started I couldn’t put them down!!

    I also love the Eragon trilogy(now they are going to make a 4th book, though). I read them all really quickly. There is SO much packed into the books, that there really isn’t any “dead spots,” in the plot.

    I’m not a fan of the Harry Potter books, because there is just too much detail that it takes too long to get through one minor scene, or something. They should just let you use your imagination a little more.

    I love Sarah Dessen books. They are very intriguing! I love how the story evolves.

    One of my other favorite books is Bloom. It’s reallt good. I have read it 3 times! It’s not better than the Twilight series, though. I HIGHLY recommend it!


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