Friday, July 31, 2009

Why I Love My Job

Well, there are many reasons I love my job, but I love when I have moments that remind me of why I get up every morning and come to work.

Today a mom stopped by my office and said her son had read the two Walter Sorrells novels I had given him and he was looking for more, but there weren't any more in that series. (He read Fake ID and Club Dread). I had just checked in another Walter Sorrells mystery and even though it wasn't part of the series, the mom was so excited and said her son would be thrilled to know he'd written other books. She then asked for interesting and non-boring classics that would be of interest to her son and I suggested White Fang and Call of the Wild-because I enjoyed those in school-hopefully he likes them. I then gave her my card and told her to e-mail me if she needed more suggestions. As she was leaving, I overheard her tell her friend "I'm so glad she was here! I was really hoping she'd be her to help me find some more books!" I felt pretty awesome after that.

So yep, little things like that make me love my job. :)

Audiobook Friday: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Humor

Release Date: 4/7/09

Reviewed from audiobook recieved from library

About the Book: Carter is a freshman. He'd like to find a girlfriend but he stutters around boobs and belly buttons. Carter will maneuver through a freshman year of sports, jocks, bullies, rivals, first love and finally getting it.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book is hilarious! Seriously, pick this one up!! Brent Crawford has captured the awkwardness of adolescence and made it a fun read. I couldn't stop laughing.

I think this one would be a great read, but I loved the narrator for the audiobook. I had seen the book around, but a co-worker told me to listen to the audio and I'm so glad I did. The story goes through Carter's freshman year and the way narrator Nick Podehl captures Carter's voice is so perfect and makes this one a really fun listen. Check out the
sample audio. Carter Finally Gets It is one of my new favorite audiobooks and must haves for those new to trying books on CD. (and of course long time fans too)

The thing I liked most about this one, aside from the great narration, is that Carter is relateable. He plays sports, but he's not really a jock. He goes after girls, but he's not the smooth popular guy. He joins the school musical, but he's not a drama nerd. Even though this one is about a fourteen-year-old boy and told from his point of view, it has lots of female appeal too. Anyone (and any age) can relate to Carter-we've all be freshman, we've all competed for something and had that first love. Carter grows up through the novel and it's a treat to experience the year with him.


I gave this one to my brother, a high school freshman, who laughed out loud while listening to the audiobook. It's one of his favorite books now.

I highly recommend this one. If you're thinking of reading it, try the audiobook-you won't be sorry!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

YA Movie News

So the big news this week is the re-casting of the role of Victoria in Eclipse. Rachelle Lefevre was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard and there's a big who said/did what buzz going on. I hate re-castings, but I really like Bryce Dallas Howard and I think she'll end up doing a fantastic job.

I read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh in elementary school and I loved it. And of course, we then watched the movie, which I also enjoyed. News came out this week about a new adaptation of the novel.
And last, here's the trailer for the stop motion animation Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the novel by Roald Dahl. I'm not a huge fan of the animation, but it could grow on me...maybe. Update: I figured it out! The animation reminds me of those old California Raisins commercials (and then TV specials) Anyone else remember those?


Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Release Date: 10/6/09

Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Fairy Tale

About the Book: Cassie has grown up on an Arctic research station in Alaska with her father. She’s been told stories of her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and is now imprisoned by trolls. Cassie is eighteen and does not believe in Polar Bear Kings or trolls anymore - it’s just a nice way of saying her mother died.

But when she seeks out a polar bear that starts talking to her and promises he can return her mother if she would become his bride, Cassie starts to wonder if fairy tales really are true.


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s previous novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild, and I was excited to see she’d keep writing about fairy tales. she's an awesome author names Sarah (and Sarah with an H and Sarah Beth at that!). But aside from her awesome name, She's also an author who excels are re-working a fairy tale and it's fun to see where she takes you.

In Ice, she takes the story of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and gives it a twist - it’s a modern setting, and Cassie’s mother was the first one to make a deal with the Polar Bear King.

You don’t have to be familiar with the original tale to enjoy Ice. Ms. Durst makes the story her own and it’s a beautiful, engrossing tale of how far someone would go for true love.

Cassie is strong and spunky - I think she rivals Belle as my favorite fairy tale heroine. (Which honestly, is pretty hard to do. Belle is pretty awesome!) Her determination and stubbornness make her likable and appealing and she fights for what she wants. If I’m ever stuck with trolls, I want Cassie by my side!!

Ms. Durst’s writing is very descriptive and draws you in. I could imagine myself in the ice castle with Cassie and Bear, could feel the North Wind blowing, and hear Father Forest’s voice.

Ice is a novel that draws you in to its setting and you want to fight along with Cassie. Full of action and romance, Ice is sure to delight fans of all ages who enjoy curling up with a good fairy tale.

And isn't that cover gorgeous?? I love it and love how just looking at the picture I'm immediately transported there. But the best part is that it doesn't stop at the cover-Ms. Durst's writing transports you there too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Want It Wednesday: Tenner Feature

Since I was able to pick up a ton of 2009 releases at ALA, I feel silly posting a Want It Wednesday post on a book I already have. This past week I've been tracking down The Tenners on Facebook/Twitter/Blogs so I can start my wish list. So since I'm thinking ahead to 2010, here are my Tenner picks for this week:


The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: 3/16/10

About the Book: A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I've been following Kimberly's blog for awhile and with every post I'm getting more and more excited about this book. Violet, the main character, can sense dead bodies, which just sounds like a great twist on a murder mystery. It has mystery, suspense, romance-everything I love! And the cover is beautiful.
Release Date: 4/20/10
About the Book: A fourteen-year-old girl with magical powers finds adventure and romance in Regency England.
GreenBeanTeenQueen: Again, another book with everything I love! I love magic and the regency era combined, and of course throw in some romance and I'll be sure to pick that book up! I already know what teens at my library I'll be giving this one to.

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Favorite Books That Didn't Grow Up

My weekend reading (and ranting) of The Vampire Diaries got me thinking about children's and YA books. I think there are some books that are still great reads when you read them again as adults (Anne of Green Gables, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver-for me) but there are other books that don't grow up with you. You may have loved them as a teen, but if you were to go back and re-read them, you would probably think "why did I ever like this and read it?" (And yes, please forgive the terrible lack of great YA books during my teen years. Why do you think I love reading YA now?)

Gra
nted, I don't think all books are meant to stand the test of time. I think there are lots of books that written just to encourage and develop a love of reading, but not really meant to be read again as an adult. My husband and I got to talking about childhood favorites that didn't age well for us, and here were some of our favorites that are better left in our younger years. (Co-blogged with my husband Andy)
And of course, please chime in with the books that didn't grow up for you.


The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Sarah: For those of you that read these-did you too want to start your own BSC? Yeah, why I loved these (and the super specials and the mysteries and everything else) I have no idea. But I devoured them in my mid-late elementary school years. We still have them at my library, but they never check out. Now I wonder why I ever wanted to start a club and why these girls seemed cool. There are a couple of blogs that re-visit this series which are pretty fun to read.
BSC Headquarters, Babysitters Club Revisited

Matt Christopher Books
Andy: These wonderful children's books that played upon the hopes and dreams of all young athletes were a staple of my childhood. When my friends and I weren't reading them, we were trying to write our own stories. But that was only until we realized that every story was the story of an athlete who had one problem on the field-and another off the field-that while seemingly unrelated, had a single solution that somehow solved both.


Sunfire Romances
Sarah: I really don't remember much about these other than the covers and how there were tons of them in the teen section in my library. I read some of them, but mostly I liked looking for them to buy at the used book sales-for some reason I thought I would someday read them all and wanted to buy the ones I came across. Each one featured a girl in some historical setting who had to pick between two boys. I picked Elizabeth as my sample cover because the hair is what makes the cover. Here's a list of all the
Sunfire books-you so want to go read them now don't you?



Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
OK, I have to admit, I read the Sweet Valley Twins a lot more over the SVH. This was another series I got hooked on and devoured. I even watched the TV show. I have to say I was always more of an Elizabeth fan over Jessica, but I was always eager to read about the Wakefield twins, super specials, spin-offs and all. You know these are going to be bad when in the author's bio her other works mentioned have been turned into after school specials. On a funny side note, according to the Wikipedia entry on Sweet Valley High, the series was criticized for it's unrealistic portrayal of teens and outrageous plots. The first two examples? "The twins battling a werewolf in London" and "Jessica falling in love with a vampire" And yes, there's a snarky SVH blog too.



Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Andy: Another classic from my childhood, it's not hard to understand why this series does not hold the allure it used to. First of all, it's about a bunch of talking rodents. And with all due respect to Disney, at this point in my life, small furry talking animals just don't do it for me anymore. Secondly, large passages of the book were devoted to the description of British food, which by most accounts is disgusting. And finally, aside from these minor annoyances, the fact that every story has the same plot takes away from the mystery and wonder that this series originally held for me.

Love You Forever
-This never was a favorite, but we both agree it doesn't grow up well!
Andy: Perhaps the creepiest children's book ever written-and that includes Alice in Wonderland.
Sarah: Yes, that poor guy-I don't think he ever got married.
Andy: No, he has children.
Sarah: No, I think he stole them. Besides, we never see them, so how do we know they're really there??
Andy: Creepy because the grown up child-
who now with children of his own, who were very possibly stolen-sneaks into his mother's bedroom into the dead of night to cuddle.
Sarah: No man can be normal after reading this one.
Andy: I think Edward (Cullen) might have read this one as a child.
Your turn-what book didn't grow up?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith

Rating: 2/5 Stars (I would have given it one, but I think tween/young teens getting started on vampire books might like it)

Genre: Paranormal/Romance

Release Date: Originally released in 1991, re-released in 2007

About the Book: Popular, beautiful Elena meets mysterious, devastatingly handsome and new to town Stefan. Teen angst and vampire brooding ensues.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: WARNING!! This review contains spoilers!! And it's long-I had a lot of venting to do!

With a TV show coming this Fall and Vampire Lit the hot genre, this book has been consistently checked out at my library. A co-worker mentioned she had enjoyed them as a teen and my teen volunteer read it and loved it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I am so annoyed that I wasted my time.

This is one example of when I think the TV Show might turn out better than the books. I never felt any true chemistry between Elena and Stefan, but the previews for the show seem to add more depth to their relationship.

Elena is your typical beautiful popular girl. Everyone kept referring to her as the "ice princess" but I never really saw it. She's mostly selfish, childish, and only is interested in Stefan because he's new, hot and she gets whatever she wants. (She even has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book, but dumps him because "it doesn't feel right" and Stefan is hot) We're supposed to feel sorry for her because her parents died a few years earlier, but that never really seems important, except to give Elena a reason to say "you're not my mother" to her aunt towards the end of book two. She also for some reason spent the summer in Paris, but that's really never explained-I guess it's there to make her seem rich and snotty?? Maybe she gets better by the second book, but she's pretty annoying throughout. She also never tells her friends anything so half the time they have no true reason for being there, other than to prove Elena is popular.

Stefan is handsome, brooding and your typical tortured vampire. He's haunted by his past love, who he and his evil brother Damon fought over, and centuries later he's still not over it all-until of course, he meets Elena.

Stefan ignores Elena, the two barely say anything to each other, but once Stefan saves Elena on Halloween (after he snubbed her at the dance) she tells him she loves him. The two start "dating" and sharing blood (the equivalent of sex for these books) and by Thanksgiving Stefan proposes and they're engaged!!! Ok, read that again, it's not even been a month, she's in high school, and they're engaged?? What the crap???

The thing I really hated about this one, and the few vampire novels I've read, is that the guy is tortured by his past, he's a victim, and claims he only wants to protect the girl and pushes her away. The girl in turn believes she can save him with her love, tries to change him/help him, and believes she's not whole without him, her world would end if she left, blah blah blah. This is not romantic-it's a pattern for a bad relationship. Maybe I'm just too cynical.

There was supposed to be action/suspense, but I didn't think it ever got that exciting. The author isn't that great of a writer (I've heard from those who have read her stuff that in the later books her writing improves) but I found Elena's diary entries too angsty "I can't bear the thought of losing him","we didn't touch each other much-we didn't-but we talked and looked at each other a lot. I want to touch him. More than any boy I've ever known." There's also a point where the bad brother vampire Damon refers to Elena as a "beauteous damsel"-beauteous?? Ooh-you really seem scary now!!

I think if you have middle school vampire fans who are eager to read anything with angsty vampire romance, this series would do. The first two books were pretty tame and although the characters are supposed to be seniors in high school, they acted like middle schoolers. Even though they were written in 1991, they don't feel super outdated. The only things I thought really seemed to age the books were the fact that the girls made a blood pact (I remember adults always telling us never to do that but does anyone even do that anymore?) and that they're all impressed with Stefan's leather jacket.

Maybe if I had read these as a young teen, I would have enjoyed them. I just don't think Vampire Diaries has adult appeal. One good thing about reading this series is that I have even more appreciation for today's young adult literature. These books are the perfect example of why I didn't read YA when I was a teen!

What do you think? Am I being too harsh?

Jessica Verday's Twitter Takeover

Don't forget that Jessica Verday, author of The Hollow, is taking over Twitter today at 2pm Eastern. You can find her at @Leeaverday

Come join the fun!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What Upcoming YA Books Should All Library Staff Know?

As you know, I work as a teen librarian. I work full time, but I split my time between the adult reference desk and the teen department. Next week the reference staff is having a big meeting and I get to talk about teen services (not very long though-I could do a whole meeting!)

I'd like to give staff a list of upcoming and popular teen books that they should know about. I can't be at work every hour we're open and I hate it when a teen comes in and asks for a book and no one knows what they're talking about.

So what books should staff have on their radar? (See, another great way bloggers and librarians can work together!)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Vampire Diaries-Should I Keep Reading?

I started reading The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith yesterday since one of my teen volunteers told me I had to read it before Monday (her next day in to volunteer) so we could talk about. She told me I'd like it and so I said I'd give it a try.

I'm 150 pages and I honestly don't see the appeal. I think it's boring, Elena is obnoxious, snotty and somewhat a Mary Sue, although a more confident one. Basically all that happened in the first 100 pages of the book is that hot new guy Stefan shows up at school and popular beautiful Elena, who gets everything she wants and every boy she wants decides she must make Stefan hers, for no other reason than he's new and hot. And now, after weeks of ignoring her, they've kissed and she's now in love with him (she hasn't even talked to the guy-they've barely said three words to each other!)

So if you've read it, does it get better? I wanted to read it before the TV show comes out this Fall, although I've heard the show is different than the books. Should I keep reading??

Thursday, July 23, 2009

YA Movie News

Did you catch the Alice in Wonderland Teaser Trailer? I posted it yesterday in case you missed it.

Have you heard much about the Cirque du Freak movie based on Darren Shan's series? It wasn't supposed to come out until January 2010, but the movie's been moved up to October 23! And the movie's got a new title: The Vampire's Assistant. The cast for this one looks amazing-John C. Reilly, William Dafoe, Salma Hayek (as the bearded lady no less) I'm hoping a trailer will be released soon to go along with the new release date, but until then I can offer up this picture.


Apparently Burger King will be promoting New Moon this Fall which includes Team Jacob and Team Edward BK Crowns. Anyone else's eyes rolling?
And this week's trailer is for Whip It based on the Shauna Cross novel Derby Girl. I think Ellen Page looks so much cuter in this than in Juno and it's Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, so I'll be checking it out. Plus, it looks like there's some nerdy love, and I can't get enough nerd love!:)

Alice in Wonderland Teaser Trailer!

Thanks to Bookluver Carol for sending me the link. Check out the teaser trailer!

I Have a Blogging Addiction

I'm addicted to blogging. I love reading blogs, posting on my own, and talking with other bloggers. I started using Google Reader at the beginning of the year and it's my best friend. But I stil had too many blogs to read. Then during the Bloggiesta! I got some tips on how to organize Google Reader, which has been great.

But anytime I'm away from the internet or I can't catch up on blogs for a few days I start to feel overwhelmed. After being gone for almost a week at ALA I had a crazy amount of blog posts to read! And I have this problem where I feel like I need to read them all. It's really hard for me to press that "mark all as read" button when I haven't really scanned over all the pages. I guess I just feel like I'll miss something cool or some awesome new book will be talked about or I'll win a contest and I'll miss it. Sigh...it's a sad problem, I know.

I'm getting better though! I finally decided there was no way I could catch up on the backlog, so I started fresh and the number of posts in my Reader is much more mangaeable. And if I'm pressed for time, I'll star items to come back to.

So I want to know-how do you manage all the blogs you read? Do you set aside time just to read blogs? How long do you give yourself before you mark them all as read?

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: September 1, 2009 (re-print)
About the Book: Anna Bloom has just been checked in to a mental hospital. Her parents think she's depressed, maybe even suicidal, and overweight. Anna doesn't really know why she's there, she's got a roommate with a fake baby doll baby, a demon-possessed teen in her group, and a cute boy she can't stop thinking about. Mental hospital's are not the place to make friends and find love...are they??
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: When I first started my job as a teen librarian one of my teens told me she had just read this book and enjoyed it. I always kept it in the back of my head as something to read, but never got around to it. When I found out Julie Halpern was going to be at ALA, I knew I had to read it before then!
I'm so glad I picked it up. Anna gets through her mental hospital stay by writing letters to her friend, so you really get to see the whole experience through Anna's eyes. Some novels work for me in letter/diary format and others don't. This one works wonderfully. It's a coming of age novel in an unusual setting and I found it totally engaging.
I love Anna's voice-she's smart, sassy, and totally empathetic. I felt her pain, got frustrated with her doctors, and fell in love right along with her.
I really liked the cast of characters Anna is surrounded by. You get to understand where these teens are coming from, why they ended up where they did, and are drawn into their stories, even if there's not much information given. I think that's where Ms. Halpern excels-she doesn't need to give you an entire background story of each character to get you to really care about them. I didn't want to leave them, or Anna herself, when the novel was finished.
And there's romance-I love the romance in this book!! Again, it's not your typical romance, but I think that's what makes it so sweet and wonderful. I was sighing and smiling.
A great read-for fans of quirky books, humor and romance. (I've seen it recommended for fans of Carolyn Mackler as well)
And yes, I did get to meet Julie Halpern at ALA and not only is she an awesome author, she's a very cool librarian too!! She totally rocks!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Alice In Wonderland Trailer Update

So the trailer got leaked early, and most sites have taken it down. Even though I wasn't asked, I thought I'd better play it safe and re-schedule the post with the trailer for tomorrow, which is when it will debut. So check back!

Abby the Librarian & Catching Fire

Abby the Librarian, who I met at ALA and is super sweet, is giving away THREE copies of Catching Fire!!! Head on over to her blog-and hurry, her contest ends Monday! Good luck!

Want It Wednesday

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: December 1, 2009
About the Book: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Southern Gothic-I am so there! I really can't wait to read this one! I saw this one at ALA, but it was only the display copy so I couldn't take it and I got to Little Brown late on Tuesday to see if I could nab it. (That didn't stop me from petting it's pretty cover though.) And then yesterday, I checked the YALSA listserv late and missed a random ARC giveaway! GAGH! I guess I am not meant to read this one early, so I will pine over it's loveliness and not so patiently wait until December. (You know what I'm asking for for Christmas!)
I have to say I was surprised at how big the books is-it comes in at 576 pages! But from what I've been hearing, it's totally worth it! And check out the book trailer-it makes me want to read it even more!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bloggers and Librarians: An Update

Thank you all for the comments on my post about the relationship between bloggers and librarians. I thought I'd share some of the comments and my thoughts-I'm really enjoying this discussion!

I am sad to see that many people have mentioned that while they love the library, the library staff isn't friendly or they don't know about YA. I wish I had a magic library wand to make everyone love YA and make everyone love their job, but that's going to happen no matter how hard I try. I have to stand up for YA lit all the time and I work with book lovers! So to you bloggers-keep pushing YA! Stand up for teens (even if you're not a teen anymore) and seek out that person who will listen to you. Talk to librarians-ask for suggestions, give your own suggestions. Start a dialog with them. Even if your librarians seem mean and not friendly-I have to hope that you can find one person to connect with.

The biggest suggestion I have to people looking at blogs is to find a blog that you enjoy reading-don't just read it because it's a blog. Find a blog that reviews the types of books you're interested in. If they recommend a book, read it and see if you agree with their review. If you like what they recommend and like the voice and style of the blog, then keep with it. Don't feel bad about not reading a blog because you don't like the types of books or the reviews that they post. Everyone is different and every blog is different and not every blog will fit everyone's personal tastes.

Now on to your comments:

Steph Su Asked:

My college town library is quite small, but a nearby town has a FANTASTIC YA selection: I swear that whenever I request a book, it almost always comes from that library. That being said, I do want to help my local library with their book selections, but am afraid of sounding too petulant that I know what they should be spending their VERY limited budget on. If you were a librarian working in a small library with a limited budget and YA section, how would you deal with someone like me? How should I go about letting them know that I'd like to help expand their YA selection?
-Find out who does the ordering and let them know you run a blog. At my library system (and I am at a mid-sized system) we have centralized ordering, meaning there is one department that orders everything. (This may be different at your library) But the person who is in charge of ordering YA also does adult items too, so there's no way she can catch every book that comes out. I will give her my suggestions and she always appreciates hearing feedback-one person alone can not know about every book, no matter how hard they may try. We also listen to our patron suggestions and allow patrons to suggest items to order-and a lot of the times we do order the items! It's great to have additional feedback. I would stop in your library, ask you does the ordering for YA and try to talk to them in person and let them know your love for YA. Let them know you blog and write reviews and that you love the collection that they have, but you'd love to help them find out about new books. Start off small-don't give them a laundry list of books to order-but suggest one or two titles you think would be a great addition or that they should be aware of. If something is getting a lot of buzz, we need to know about to make sure we have copies on our shelves before the demand starts.

Susie Sharp Librarian also responded to Steph Su's questions:
I am a librarian in a small town library, my predecessor started the YA section and I have continued to add to it so much so that my YA circulation is only about 100 books less than my adult fiction.I rely on the blogs because I sure can't afford Library Journal. Steph Su I would welcome your input I'll take anyones recommendation at my library. I am a new blogger also on my blog are reviews from my Teen Advisory Board.

Ms. I says: As a YA librarian and a blogger I love both words :) I've learned about books that I have missed in VOYA or other mags. I also find it interesting to read teen blogs to see what they like.

-This is what I love about blogs! I find so many more books to add to my reading lists and booklists for work. Plus, it's great to get ideas from teens that are outside of your library-my library council is only a small selection of the teens that actually use my collection.

Katie has some great suggestions for both librarians and bloggers:

Librarians should...
1. Ask their teens how they find out about books. Blogs are valuable to teens, to our patrons. (Which means we need to understand and support our teens reading blogs!)
2. Read up on blogging. Poke around the blog community. Lurk! And then, if you don't like it, leave it be. If you do like it, join on in. But at least know about blogging.
3. Be more open-minded. Bloggers aren't trying to replace librarians. They are just book lovers, trying to get more people to read and love books.

Bloggers should...
1. Know your local librarian. This will help you if you want to suggest titles. (I take suggestions from patrons I know use the library more seriously than patrons just passing through.) It can also help in getting a heads-up about new books coming to the library, or ways for collaboration. 2. Learn a little bit about how librarians operate. Join YALSA. Someone mentioned above that it's for everyone interested in YA books and teens. Look around YALSA's website if you can't handle paying the dues. http://www.ala.org/yalsa
3. Be more open-minded. Not all librarians dislike you -- I was thrilled to see bloggers at ALA. We're also just book lovers, trying to get teens hooked on books.

I also liked what Tasha had to say about library staff not being friendly and also understanding why some libraries might not order what you request:

I'm both a blogger and a library director. As a director, I would want to know if my staff was being unresponsive, my collection was lacking, etc. Of course, if your libraries are being reduced to 4 days a week, they may not have the funding to get the books you think they should have. But attitude is free. There is no reason that they can't be positive and professional about your requests. Just understand that libraries are under intense budget pressures this year and may agree that they want to have the books you are asking for but just don't have the funds to make that happen.

Suite Scarlett Winners!

Thanks to everyone for commenting on my Suite Scarlett contest! Here are the winners:

*Heather*
Lilibeth Ramos
AmandaSue
Kristi
Jez
Winners, you have been e-mailed and please send me the address you would like your books sent. I'll be posting a new contest soon, so check back!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel

Release Date: 4/28/2009
About the Book: A collection of three stories about the world we live in, told in a graphic novel. First up is a fantasy about a princess, a frog king, and the boy who sets out to defeat him. The second story is about a money scheming frog and a mysterious smile that appears in the sky. And finally, a tale about Janet, and her Nigerian Prince who wants her to send money and promises to send more to bank account if she only helps him out.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I really enjoyed American Born Chinese when I read it after it won the Printz award, so I was excited when I came across this one at my library. It combines Gene Leun Yang's storytelling with Derek Kirk Kim's artwork (who I know from his Minx comic, Good As Lily). The result is a great collection of short comics that are fun to read.
What I really like about Yang's writing is that there's always a little twist that I never see coming, but still totally fits with the story. It works in each one and I'm never disappointed. Kim's artwork stands out and he makes each story have a different feel-you can see samples of the panels on the Amazon page. I love the way everything blended together and each story flowed well with the art.
I enjoyed all three stories and how each one had a deeper story than what first appears on the surface, but my favorite had to be "Urgent Request," the last story in the collection. There was something about Janet that made her a sympathetic character and I really liked how Kim drew her and was able to get her emotions across the page. Her story was bittersweet and I really liked it.
If you need a way to convince someone that graphic novels and comics aren't all about superheroes and cute Japanese girls, give them The Eternal Smile. It's a graphic novel for non-graphic novel fans, and for those who have long enjoyed the format.

Friday, July 17, 2009

YA Movie News

There's a lot happening this week!!

First up, David Frankel who directed Marley and Me is set to direct Septimus Heap based on the series by Angie Sage. With the Harry Potter movies nearing their end, I'm not surprised to see more fantasy movies in the works.

Next up, Wings by Aprilynne Pike has been optioned for a movie by Disney with Miley Cyrus attached to star. The movie is currently in development with her as Laurel, but there's still the director, script and all that to come, so if you can't stand the idea of Miley being in the movie-don't worry, it's still a ways away and might not happen at all. Personally, I don't mind Miley as Laurel and after reading Aprilynne's thoughts on the idea, I have to say I agree. Miley is currently filming the movie version of The Last Song which was optioned with Miley in mind and is based on the upcoming Nicolas Sparks novel. (The book isn't even out and the movie is filming!) So I'm pretty sure the movie version of Wings will get moving along quickly.


More director news. Seth Gordon, who directed Four Christmases, is in negotiations to direct King Dork based on the novel by Frank Portman.


The Alex Mcaulay novel Bad Girls has been acquired by Inferno Entertainment (who did The Women and Just Friends). The author is set to adapt the script. Alex Mcaulay is also working on an adaptation of his novel Oblivion Road, which has also been optioned (by Aperture Entertainment). I like when authors adapt their own work because it feels more true to the book.

And last, if you've seen Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince or plan on seeing it soon, you'll catch this teaser trailer for The Lightning Thief before the movie. Or you can watch it here :) I'm super excited for this movie and can't wait to see an extended trailer.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bloggers and Librarians-Can't We All Just Get Along?

So after sitting in on a panel discussion on blogs and hearing some murmurs about bloggers at ALA, I've been thinking about librarians and bloggers. As someone who is a librarian and also a book blogger, I feel like I have a good sense of both worlds.

I was reading book blogs (and book review sites like TeensReadToo.com and TeenReads.com) before I started reviewing. But posting my reviews on a blog was an easy way to keep track of books I read throughout the year. This was amazingly helpful when I was trying to come up with great titles to booktalk for my summer reading school visits. But not all librarians blog, so how can bloggers embrace librarians and vise versa? How can we work together?

For Librarians-Reading book blogs and book review sites can be an incredible resource for reader's advisory and collection management. Yes, we have review journals like VOYA and School Library Journal, but VOYA comes out bimonthly, and there are so many people at my library who see SLJ before it even makes it way to my office, if it ever makes it at all. I love that with book blogs I can instantly see what people are wanting to read and what they've thought about it. If I see a book pop up on multiple blogs, I'm going to take notice and make a note to look into ordering it. I know through blogs when there's buzz happening about a book that's not just library buzz but reader buzz. Book blogs are run by book lovers of all ages-some are teens themselves. Yes, I have a group of teen library council members that keep me informed about books, but these teens also rely on me to keep them informed about new books to read. Reading about what other teens out there are reading and looking forward expands my local library council into a large group of book lovers and I know I'm going to be ordering books that will reach beyond my council members.

As much as I'd love to, I can't read every YA book that's published throughout the year. Thanks to book blogs I've found out about books I hadn't yet seen in my bookish wanderings. I'm able to give suggestions for read alikes or books teens might be interested in reading because I've read reviews on blogs. Because of book blogs, I was able to make sure our collection department ordered ten copies of The Hunger Games before we started getting requests for it because I knew it was going to be huge.

I don't think book blogs will replace professional journals and reviews, but they are a wonderful addition to those resources. I think some librarians feel like they should be the only ones recommending books or who know about books (I have this same difficulty when trying to break into school libraries as a public librarian sometimes) but book bloggers are not trying to take over for teen librarians. Book bloggers are book lovers just like you. Teen librarians will always be invaluable. But teens are getting information from books from all sorts of places and if they see a book online or visited an author's website and then come to the library asking for that book, as a teen librarian, it's our job to know what it is. And book blogs can help us be in the know.

For Bloggers: Yes, I know many of you get books in the mail to review. But don't forget about your local library. I hope you visit the library and make use of their resources. Does your local teen or children's librarian know you have a book blog? If not, make sure you let them know. There is nothing better than working at a library and meeting other people who enjoy reading yong adult literature and are eager to talk books. Librarians love talking books! (What do you think we did at ALA for four days?) Your librarian would love to give you suggestions and I'm sure is eager to hear yours. Read a great book that you think other YA readers would love? Don't just blog about it, tell your librarian about it. Make sure they order it for their collection if possible. Have connections with authors? Librarians would love to connect with authors and you can be that gateway. Have you hosted an online chat with other YA readers or authors? Tell your librarian about it-maybe it can become a teen program at your library where local teens can have an online chat with a new author. Maybe you can even help your library set up a blog. And what about all those review copies you now have and don't know what to do with? What about loaning them out to your teen librarian so they can read it and booktalk it?

Don't make blogging a solitary act. Get to know your local librarian and help each other out.

I think bloggers and librarians can work together in getting books out there and in the hands of readers. We all share a love of books and I think instead of working separately we can combine our resources and reach a larger audience.

What else should bloggers and librarians know about each other? What else can we do to help each other? I'm eager to hear your thoughts!!

ALA-Signed Books Totals

So I ended up with a good amount of signed books too! Here's what I got:

1.Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (for my niece)
2.Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber (for my mom)
3. Hidden Talents by David Lubar (for my brother)
4.Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (for my mom)
5.A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Freze (for my dad)
6.Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer (for my mom)
7.Mortal Friends by Jan Stanton Hitchcock
8.Ash by Malinda Lo
9.Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
10.Murder of a Royal Pain by Denise Swanson
11.Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (for my husband)
12.Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant
13.Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
14.Finn the Half Great by Theo Caldwell
15.Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
16.The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
17.Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (ok, not really from ALA, but from her signing Saturday night)
18.Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (same signing as LHA, but they were at ALA too!)
19.Saving Francesa by Melina Marchetta
20.The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (signed by both Jon and illustrator Lane Smith!)
21.The Everafter by Amy Huntley
22.Geektastic-Stories from the Nerd Herd-signed by Holly Black
23.The Doom Machine by Mark Teague
24.The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins
25,N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley (for my mom)
26. (and 27.)What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (one for me and one for the awesome Jenny B. Jones!!)
28.Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede (for my husband)
29.Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
30.Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
31.The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
32.Night of the Living Lawn Ornaments by Emily Ecton (for my friend Emily)
33.Skeleton Creek: Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman
34.Dragons of the Hourglass Mage by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (signed by Ms. Weiss for my husband)

ALA Final Totals or A Giant Long List of Books

Ok, before you look at this super long list and think I'm a crazy obsessed book person (maybe a little) I DID NOT grab all of these books for me. The majority of these books are for work and for the teens on my teen library council to read and review or for me to read before I present my tween training in November. Some I picked up for me yes, but not everything. And I really highly doubt I'll be able to read ALL of these, but I will try my hardest! If it's an ARC, I've put the release month/year next to it. If it's a finished copy, there will be no date. I tried to do this with pictures, but my loot is in three different places right now. Maybe I'll change it later.

P.S.-I'm not trying to gloat or brag at all, I'm posting this list for those who asked to see what books I picked up. And I don't know about you, but I like seeing what books were pushed because then I can keep those books on my radar.


YA and MG Books:
1.Happyface by Stephen Emond-3/10
2.The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima-10/09
3.The Comeback by Marlene Perez
4.Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
5.Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell In Love by Lauren Tarshis
6.The Locked Garden by Gloria Whelen
7.The Doom Machine by Mark Teague-10/09
8.How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford-10/09
9.Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani-9/09
10.The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda-9/09
11.By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters-1/10
12.Candle Man-Society of the Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin-9/09
13.Callie's Rules by Naomi Zucker-8/09
14.Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland-12/09
15.The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children by Keith McGowan-9/09
16.A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthburt Soup-1/10
17.As You Wish by Jackson Pearce-9/09
18.The Hollow by Jessica Verday-09/09

19.This Side of Magic by Debbie Dadey and Monica Thornton Jones
20.Invisible I-The Amanda Project by Stella Lanton-10/09
21.My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
22.Invisible Lines by Mary Amato-10/09
23.The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson-9/09
24.Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley-8/09
25.The Midnight Charter by David Whitley-9/09
26.Gifted by Marilyn Kaye
27.The Maze Runner by James Dashner-10/09
28.The Dark Divine by Bree Despain-12/09
29.Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe-8/09
30.Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
31.A Pearl Among Princes by Colleen Murtagh Paratore-9/09
32.My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman-10/09
33.Bad Apple by Laura Ruby-10/09
34.Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick-10/09
35.Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks-10/09
36.The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore-9/09
37.Troy High by Shana Norris-9/09
38.N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley-9/09
39.Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman-10/09
40.A Long Way From Chicago & A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
41.Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles-8/09
42.Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld-10/09
43.Liar by Justine Larbalestier-10/09
44.Fairy Godmother Academy: Birdie's Book by Jan Bozarth-8/09
45.Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti-9/09
46.The Pharoh's Secret by Marissa Moss-10/09
47.Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle-10/09
48.Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan-10/09
49.Candor by Pam Bachorz-9/09
50.Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson-8/09
51.Oggie Cooder Party Animal by Sarah Weeks
52.City of Fire by Laurence Yep-9/09
53.Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern-10/09
54.Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
55.Glass by Ellen Hopkins
56.Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank-8/09
57.Nana Vol. 1
58.In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith-10/09
59.My Name in Henry Bibb by Afua Cooper-9/09
60.Recipe for Disaster by Maureen Fergus-9/09
61.Forest Born by Shannon Hale-9/09
62.Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George
63.Everything Sucks by Hannah Friedman-8/09
64.Girls Acting Catty by Leslie Margolis-9/09
65.The Eyeball Collector by F.E. Higgins-9/09
66.We Were Here by Matt de le Pena-10/09
67.Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander-9/09
68.Faceless Ones by Derek Landy-9/09
69.Case of Mistake Indentiy by Mac Burnett-10/09
70.Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman
71.Day of Assasssins by Johnny O'Brien-10/09
72.Adam Candfield Last Reporter-10/09
73.The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech-10/09
74.3NBS of Julia Drew by James M. Deem
75.Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga-10/09
76.The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein by Libby Schmais-12/09
77.How Beautiful the Ordinary-Short Stories-10/09
78.Tegami Bochi Vol. 1
79.Back by Norah McClintock
80.Venom by Nikki Tate
81.Food Girls and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff-9/09
82.The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant-11/09
83.Ice by Sarah Beth Durst-10/09
84.Secret of the Night Ponies by Joan Hiatt Harlow-10/09
85.Crashed by Robin Wasserman-9/09
86.Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater-8/09
87.Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle-10/09
88.Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin-11/09
89.This Family is Driving Me Crazy-Short Stories-10/09
90.Break by Hannah Moskowitz-8/09
91.Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman-10/09
92.Dancing Queen by Cathy Hopkins
93.Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall-11/09
94.Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen-10/09
95.Loserville by Peter Johnson
96.Looking for Marco Polo by Alan Armstrong-9/09
97.The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness-9/09
98.Metamorphosis-Junior Year by Betsy Franco-10/09
99.The Middle of Everywhere-Monique Franco-10/09
100.Joe Rat by Mark Barratt-9/09
101.An Off Year by Claire Zulkey-9/09
102.Kicked Out by Beth Goobie
103.Time of the Witches by Anna Myers-9/09
104.Hazel by Julie Hearn-11/09
105.Hamlet by John Marsden-8/09
106.Exposure by Mal Peet-10/09
107.Lady MacBeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein-10/09
108.Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look


Adult Books:
1.The Children's Book by A.S. Bryant
2.A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby
3.Minders of Make Believe by Leonard S. Marcus
4.Well Read and Dead by Catherine O'Connell
5. Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen
6.Role of a Lifetime by James Brown (for my dad)

Plus about a dozen various picture books I picked up for my sister.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ALA Day Four

Today was all in the exhibits. I was able to get a free exhibits only pass for my cousin-in-law who is a teen and loves books but today was the only day we could take her with us. I was nervous because I wasn't sure what would be left since a lot of booths seemed to run out of ARCs yesterday.

But we lucked out and ended up finding a good amount of ARCs (again Egmont pulled through and was the greatest booth-they loaded her up!) and I was super thrilled to stop by Disney-Hyperion and find ARCs of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I was at her signing yesterday and they were supposed to give out ARCs, but they said they'd run out. Then today they pulled a box out and said it was mislabeled so we got The Demon King, Psych Major Syndrome, and Karma for Beginners. We even came across an author signing for an adult historical, The Tory Widow, which was pretty cool-author Christine Blevins even gave us lavendar sachets to go with the books, so now the car smells great!

We picked up a few book bags and Kaylee even won a Godiva chocolate bar from the Barnes and Noble booth for playing Plinko! I also convinced her to take a picture with the Cat in the Hat, but only because I was in the picture too.

Then it was time for the exhibitors to start selling off their display books. We found some great deasl-$5 hardcovers and $2 paperbacks! Some of the booths gave away one book per person, bu the lines were so long!! My husband stood in line for Simon and Schuster and was pretty close to the front, but by the time he got up there, there wasn't much-stuff went fast! But Kaylee ended up with 26 books total which she was super excited about. She said she now has to decide what to read first!

I felt super lucky because I was able to snag the display ARCs of As You Wish, Bad Apple and Viola in Reel Life, and I bought the latest Emma-Jean Lazarus book (Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love) which I have been dying to read!

We ended the day with yummy Thai food from Duck Walk, which was our favorite place to eat when I lived in the city. My husband and I would eat there at least once a week and we haven't had it in almost three years, so it was quite the treat! If you're ever in Chicago, head over to Duck Walk because it's totally worth the trip.

Now we're heading off to stand in the long line for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I'll post my ALA totals when I get home and can sort through everything I got. It was great meeting everyone and I hope you all had a great time!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

ALA Day Three

I spent today mostly in sessions. I started out in Sex in YA Lit, but ducked out early to get in line for Sarah Ockler's signing. She's super cute and sweet and I now have a signed copy of Twenty Boy Summer so be watching for a giveaway!

I then walked around the exhibits and talked to Andrea (Awaiting Serenity). We went over to the Simon and Schuster booth to see if could snag a copy of The Hollow, but I was told they were all out. I walked by later in the day and what do I see on the counter but a lone copy of The Hollow just begging me to be it's new owner! I felt super lucky!!

Then it was off to a session on self-censorship and collection management. It was a really good panel, but my library already carries the items they were talking about like YA movies, music, and comics, so I felt pretty good about that.
I then got to Malindo Lo's signing for Ash (be watching for another giveaway!) and she was also super nice and sweet.

Next I ran over to the Disney-Hyperion booth to meet Cinda Williams Chima and got The Warrior Heir signed and Cinda was so nice and since they ran out of ARCs of her new book, her publisher said she's send me one-yay!!

Then it was off to my last session which was about graphic novels and censorship and the panel was Neil Gaiman, Terry Brooks, and Craig Thompson. It was a very interesting panel and it's cool to see the library world (and beyond) embracing comics more.

I also got a couple of adult books signed that I hadn't heard of before, but the books were free and they looked fun, and there was a middle grade sci-fi I got signed for my new cousin-in-law.

After all that it was time to head home. We're doing Super Tuesday tomorrow which is when ALA closes and I'm not really sure what the exhibits will be like-some small ones were packed up already today. But maybe I'll luck out again tomorrow and get some great finds.

-Side note: I was a little annoyed at Scholastic for not having very many Catching Fire ARCs and giving them away first thing on Saturday and Sunday. Those are the days when a large portion of the crowd are not librarians, and part of me feels like it's a little unfair that librarians missed out on those ARCs when it's a librarian conference. It's cool that non-librarians can come to the exhibits, but it also makes it seem less special at times I think which makes me a little sad. Since I'm a librarian and a blogger I feel like I fit in in both those worlds, but I understand some of the librarian complaints that the exhibits get full of non-librarians and then the ARCs that are available are gone. I wish there was some requirement that you had to be book related in some way to attend. But I have gotten a TON of awesome books, so I can't complain too much. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

ALA Day Two

The day started with my husband and I attending the YA Author Coffee Klatch. We moved to a table in the back when they announced there were tables without people where authors would be sitting and since our table only had four people, we were able to talk to the authors more one-on-one which was pretty cool. They announced the authors and then they came in. I saw a group of authors coming over and I recognized Sarah Dessen and Julie Halpern, and then an author I didn't recognize sat at our table. When she started talking, a lovely Australian accent came out and I realized I was sitting next to Melina Marchetta, this year's Printz award winner!! She was super sweet and talked about her Printz call and we congratulated her. (Later in the day I got a book signed by her and she remembered me from her table!) The other authors we met from the coffee klatch:

-Michael Buckley-very funny and nice and he had an adorable son (we saw pictures)
-Maggie Stiefvater-so charming and sweet-love her! Plus, she knew me from my blog which was super cool!!
-Patricia Wrede-very nice and I have to give her props for getting my husband interested in a YA book!
-Jacqueline Woodson-I haven't read any of her books, but after talking to her I was very interested
-Janet Lee Carey-I'd met Janet before, but she was again super fun-she even brought straws and flower petals to blow across the table as an ice breaker-too funny!
-Simone Elkeles-She's so full of energy! I would love to have her on an author visit. She's got a new book coming out that they're making another fun book trailer for-can't wait!
-Silas House-This was a new author for me, but he was again super nice
-Lisa Greenwald-Another super sweet author and she's just so cute!

Then it was off to the exhibits. Luckily I had my husband with me to carry books (although my shoulders are still hurting!) and look for books while I stood in signing lines. I got a TON of signed books today, but I'll list them later.

I sat in on part of the Random House preview, but the room was so packed and hot, I left a little early. I'm so glad I did because Andy told me that when he was in line for Kristina Springer he told her about me and she wanted to meet me (she knew me from my blog). I ran over to her booth and bumped into Kristina, Lisa Schroeder and Cindy Pon-who all knew me which was really weird I have to admit.

Hmm...what else? I stopped by Tanglewood Press and asked about the sequel to Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferriro Esteban which I read and reviewed for TeensReadToo.com They remembered my review (again, really strange!) and told me that the book is getting a paperback release with a new cover and then the sequel will be out.

Disney-Hyperian told me Ally Carter is working on a new series aside from the Gallagher Academy books which will be about heists and theives. I also found out she's planning six Gallagher books total.

I'm sure there wa a lot more, but that's what I can remember for now and this post is already waay too long! I'm doing lots of sessions tomorrow and maybe stopping by some signings in the afternoon. More to come!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Harry Potter Exhibit and Pigeon

We drove in last night and got in at 2AM! Tonight I'm heading downtown to pick up my confernece booklit and then me, my husband, my bro-in-law and his girlfriend, and my cousins-in-law are heading to the Harry Potter Exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry.

I'll try to read blogs and keep up with posting and let you all know about my trip.

And did you know that Mo Willem's Pigeon is twittering about ALA?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

End of BBYA?

So with ALA this weekend, there is talk brewing of YALSA disbanding the Best Books for Young Adults booklist in favor of a Reader's Choice award. Librarians are blogger and discussing like crazy today and you can find all sorts of blog posts about it. Check out Booklists and a response from YA author Alix Flinn for a good general idea of the discussion going on.

For those of you not sure what BBYA is, it's a a committee of librarians who devote the year to reading every YA book that comes out that they can get their hands on-meaning they read 300+ books a year! From this the members vote on the best books that were released that year. This is a great tool for librarians when ordering books for the collection and also for reader's advisory (helping reader's find a new book to read) that I can't imagine not having this list.

I would love to be able to read every YA book, but I can't, and it's great to know that someone is and it's someone looking at it with a critical eye and with a teen's interests at heart. A reader's choice award I'm afraid would turn into a popularity contest instead of truely listing the year's best books.

I know what librarians think, but I'm interested in what you non-librarians think of this. Do you know about BBYA? Do you ever use the YALSA booklists? Do you think the list should be changed?

Fun Keywords or More Weird Ways People Find My Blog

So I've been looking through my keyword searches again, and although most of them are full of book report questions and movie news (Nope, I do not have any idea when Percy Jackson/Hunger Games/Beastly/Fill in the Blank movie is casting or even if they will hold open casting calls and if I do find out I'll post it in the YA movie news!) but some are kind of fun.

So here are some keyword searches I thought would be interesting to look at and answer:

+1 updating and current e-mail addresses @yahoo.com @hotmail.com @gmail.com 2009 and +15 amanda gmail,email,aol,yahoo.com

-That's a weird contest entry looking thing and 15 entries is a lot!! Not really sure what this was and how it even linked to me-hmm....

Green Bean Teen Queen Twitter

-Yes I do Twitter, although I'm pretty bad at updating it and staying on for long. But find me at GreenBeanBlog

Alyson Noel Blue Moon Blog

-Alyson's blog can be found on her website: www.AlysonNoel.com, but she also just launched a site for The Immortals Series: www.immortalsseries.com

Beam Teen Fun

-Um, I don't know, but I'm a Bean Teen-or I used to be when I was a teenager-and I'm fun I think!

Show Me all of the one Shojo Beat of Vampire Knights

-Um I don't really know what this one means either but I'll give it a try. Since Shojo Beat is no more, all the Vampire Knight manga that was published in the magazine will continue to be published in book form. You'll have to wait until a new volume is published, but the volumes that are out now have the same Vampire Knight you saw in Shojo Beat. If you're looking for covers, you'll have to look on Shojo Beat's website: www.ShojoBeat.com

Replace Shojo Beat

-The only thing I've really found to add to our library collection is Yen Plus, but even that doesn't really replace the hole Shojo Beat is leaving. There's just not many manga magazines!

Hate Love Triangles in Books

-ME TOO!! I want a happy ending and love triangles usually mean someone is going to get hurt which makes me sad. And half the time they pick the person I don't like which is just annoying.

20 Questions to Ask a Boy

-Well, if you're wanting to get to know said boy and don't really know much about him, ask basic questions like what's your favorite book, music, movies, TV show, etc. Those are good icebreakers and can open to things you have in common. If you know the boy but you've run out of things to talk about, try things like "Would You Rather" or "If" because those are always fun! And be yourself and don't worry about talking to boys-they're just as nervous to talk to girls too!!

I also get Google Updates so I know when my blog gets mentioned somewhere else (sometimes) and it makes me laugh because whenever anyone mentions green bean's I get an e-mail update-haha!!

So My Internet Crapped Out On Me Again...

And this time right after I joined in on the tenners chat! :( So sorry to anyone who I randomly disappeared on yesterday. I also couldn't get any reviews up because of the weirdness of the internet, so I'm working on that too.

And to anyone heading to ALA-I hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Want It Wednesday: Or More of My ALA Wishlist

My wish list for ALA Part Two!

-Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
-Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
-Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
-Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
-Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Espressologist Covers-Which Do You Like?

So I was searching through my list of ARCs I hope to grab at ALA for my Want it Wednesday post and I came across two covers for Kristina Springer's book, The Espressologist. Which one do you like better? I like the new one because it looks more teen and I would most definitely pick that cover up and look at it over the cartoony one. Although the first cover was kind of cute. When I asked my teens about the original cover, they said they didn't like it at all, so maybe it's a good thing they changed it.


Old Cover

New Cover




German Cover, which I also think is cute!

Another old cover

 
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