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A Note and a Thank You

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who filled out the GreenBeanTeenQueen survey! Your kind words and feedback were so helpful and made me smile!

I wanted to let you know of a couple of changes coming to GreenBeanTeenQueen thanks to your feedback.

-I will start adding book pairings to the titles I review, since this seems to be helpful to readers, teachers and librarians. These aren't always read-alikes and a copy of the book reviewed, but instead books I think that would pair nicely in a book club or book discussion or things I think a reader of the reviewed title would also like. Most of these suggestions will be books I have read (and hopefully reviewed) on GreenBeanTeenQueen, but some might not have gotten reviews yet or are older reads, or are books that I have had suggested to me by my teens or other bloggers and I trust their opinions.

-I asked if you'd like to see Book Talk Ideas, but then when I started adding them to my reviews, I realized I was just repeating my "About the Book" section. So I'm going to tweak my "About the Book" a bit and try to make that something that you could copy and use as a book talk if needed. Hopefully that's helpful to my fellow librarians and teachers.

-There's lots of mixed opinions on book ratings, and since I haven't found the perfect system and I like it and several of my readers like it, I'm keeping my book ratings as is and will continue to rate books. I'll give half ratings and sometimes a .25 or .75 because it is really really hard to find the perfect rating. But I'll round up on Goodreads and Amazon and my rating scale meanings will remain 1-5.

-I got Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan to serve as a Reader Selector for the Gateway committee, so that means he'll be reading more YA-(haha-sucker....I mean-yay, what a great husband!) so I hope to get his reviews of the books he reads. Plus, you guys can help me pester him into reading more YA-any suggestions for a great YA fantasy series he should read and review?

-Look for more posts on life as a teen librarian, my adventures in the library, and programs that I run at my library. I love these posts and it seems that my readers do too-yay!-so I'll start including more library related info.

Thanks for all the feedback and thanks a million for being a reader of GreenBeanTeenQueen-you guys rock!

Comments

  1. Has he read the Pellinor series yet? My husband and I both loved it.

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  2. Can't wait for the pieces about your job! I'm so jealous of your job :)

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  3. Sounds great! I think book pairings will be great.

    P.S. I won the What's Your Status Contest, but I can't DM you because you don't follow me on Twitter.

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  4. These are some great enhancements you have planned!

    I'm sure Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan has already read Hunger Games so I won't suggest that. But he might enjoy Rise of Renegade X not high fantasy but comic book type stuff. Sisters Red was also pretty good and may be more appealing to the male population. The Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, though that may be a little to romance oriented.

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee