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Category: YA Lit

My Shining Dishonesty: Indi Reviews

Karl – “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Jenny – “Gustave” by Remy Simard and Pierre Pratt

Adrienne – “Katytastic” video booktuber of YA books

Next Big Thing in YA

The podcast groups was asked by retired librarian now current YA author Patrick Jones what we thought the next big thing will be for young adult literature. Well, we had a lot to say. Take a listen or watch the video. It’s all good stuff!


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon

Compatible books:
“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
“Killer of Enemies” by Joseph Bruchac
Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater
“Burning Sky” by Sherry Thomas
“White Space” by Ilsa Bick
“5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
“Sekret” by Lindsay Smith

Best of 2013 List of Lists

If you aren’t familiar with Largehearted Boy now is the time to become so. Each year he puts together a list of “Best of” lists. I searched and found all the links that lead to “Best of” list for “children”, “teen”, or “young adult”. The below list was made just before the holidays so make sure you check Largehearted Boy’s website for the latest updates and other “Best of” lists ranging from nonfiction to adult books. Also check his site for daily free music downloads.

From Largehearted Boy’s Best Books of 2013 List, Children and Young Adult

The Book Diaries (best children’s picture books)

Brain Pickings (best children’s, illustrated, and picture books)

BuzzFeed (best children’s books)

Canadian Children’s Literature Awards (children’s books)

Cate’s Book Nut Hut (top children’s books)

Chicken Spaghetti (list of children’s book lists)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Christchurch Kids Blog (best children’s books)

Columbus Dispatch (best children’s books)

Flowering Minds (best children’s picture books)

Guardian (best children’s literature)

Horn Books (children’s books)

Huffington Post (best children’s picture books)

Independent (best children’s books)

Independent (best illustrated children’s books)

Iowa Public Radio (children’s books)

Kirkus (best children’s books)

KPCC (best children’s books)

The Library Ninja! (best children’s picture books)

Meridian Magazine (children’s fiction)

Nerdy Book Club (children’s and young books)

New York Times (best illustrated children’s books)

New York Times (notable children’s books)

New Zealand Listener (best children’s books)

Newsday (top children’s books)

Omnivoracious (best children’s books)

Parents (best children’s books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s fiction)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s nonfiction books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s picture books)

Random Musings of a Bibliophile (best children’s picture books)

Readings (best children’s picture books)

ReadKiddoRead (children’s books)

Redeemed Reader (favorite children’s picture books)

Spectator (children’s books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best children’s picture books)

Summer Edward (top children’s and YA books)

Tablet (best Jewish children’s books)

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Canadian children’s books)

Teaching Authors (favorite children’s picture books)

Telegraph (best young children’s books)

Walk the Ridgepole (favorite children’s picture books)

Wall Street Journal (best children’s books)

Bookworld (best kids books)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Globe and Mail (best kids books)

Metro (best kids’ books)

Mingling with Words (favorite kids books)

St. Louis Public Library (staff’s best kids’ books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best middle grade books)

The Observer (best fiction for 8- to 12-yearolds)

The Gluten-Free Girl (best cookbooks for kids)

Adrienne’s 2014 Books To Read, part 2

This is part two of the books I’m forward to reading in 2014. Cathie Sue and I thought it would be fun to make our own mini-podcasts. Look for her’s next week!

Stacked Books, part 1 and part 2.

Books Mentioned:
“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins
“Lost Mission” by Allen Zadoff
“Between the Spark and the Burn” by April Genevieve Tucholke
“The Infinite Sea” by Rick Yancey
“The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant” by Joanna Wiebe
“One Man Guy” by Michael Barakiva
“Scar Boys” by Len Vlahos
“Tin Star” by Cecil Castellucci
“Grandmaster” by David Klass
“Like No Other” by Una LaMarche

Still Waiting:
Raven Boys book 3 by Maggie Stiefvater
Rithmatist book 2 by Brandon Sanderson
“Shadow Scale” companion to “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman

Adrienne’s 2014 Books To Read, part 1

These are the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2014. Cathie Sue and I thought it would be fun to make our own mini-podcasts. This is the first of two podcasts from me.

Stacked Books, part 1 and part 2.

Books mentioned:
“Impossible Knife of Memory” by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi
“Cress” by Marissa Meyer
“White Space” by Ilsa Bick
“Slanted Worlds” by Catherine Fisher
“Cold Calls” by Charles Benoit
“Incinerator” by Niall Leonard
“Raging Star” by Moira Young”Lair of Dreams” by Libba Bray
“She’s Not Invisible” by Marcus Sedgwick

Creepy-Ass Dolls by Stacey Leigh Brooks

Creepy-Ass Dolls
A written review by Adrienne
Creepy-Ass Dolls by Stacey Leigh Brooks
Maniacal barbie doll takes over a dilapidated horror-style house and bends all of the other dolls to her sadistic, cruel and torturous will. Mostly made up of pictures there is a thread of a story that is from the maniacal doll’s point of view. We aren’t quite sure what set her off, but her will is bent on complete and utter control and subjugation of all the other dolls. Definitely for high school and up. Enjoy!