Supporting Teen Literature

I just happened to start this amazingly awesome (read: vain) book blog in the middle of National Library Week! During the week, different events and days are celebrated to put the glory that is the library in the limelight. Yesterday was Bookmobile day, not to thrilling from my personal opinion; nothing beats getting lost in the stacks for hours. Today is different; today is a day to Support Teen Literature (YA!)! I am a big fan of YA fiction and was considerably disappointed by the small “Teen Corner” my home branch of the library had to offer. Knowing just how many fantastic authors are and how many books are releasing on a weekly basis, it is a little underwhelming; so the YA section of the library is something that needs to be bolstered, loved,, and nurtured just a little.

This event is celebrated and promoted every National Library Week by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). They also host the teen choice awards of YA fiction. Last year’s top choices had a couple titles that I knew, read, or recognized at the very least.

2010 Top Ten

  1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series) by Suzanne Collins — Goodreads
  2. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare — Goodreads
  3. Heist Society (Heist Society Series) by Ally Carter — Goodreads
  4. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series) by Maggie Stiefvater — Goodreads
  5. Hush, Hush (Hush Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick — Goodreads
  6. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles Series) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Goodreads
  7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen — Goodreads
  8. If I Stay (If I Stay Series) by Gayle Forman — Goodreads
  9. Fire (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy) by Kristin Cashore — Goodreads
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson — Goodreads

2011 Nominees Are…

  1. Drought by Pam Bachorz
  2. I am J by Cris Beam
  3. You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
  4. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
  6. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  8. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins
  9. Matched by Ally Condie
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  11. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  12. Lies by Michael Grant
  13. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  14. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  15. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  16. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  17. Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
  18. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  19. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  20. The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal
  21. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  22. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  23. Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  24. Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
  25. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Voting for the top ten will begin August 22, 2011! I haven’t read a lot of these so if you have feel free to let me know what you thought!

 

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2 responses to “Supporting Teen Literature

  1. One of my favorite book series right now is the Artemis Fowl franchise, about a genius criminal mastermind and his adventures. Oh, and it’s all about fairies who have advanced technology, but they’re not like the fantasy pixie fairies of myth but like professional spy/soldiers. It’s kinda weird, I guess, but I love them and buy every one as soon as they come out.

    The best part about this series is it was a completely random library find. I picked up the first book based entirely – 100%!! – off the name, “Artemis Fowl”, because I thought it sounded cool. And now it’s a favorite. 😀 Gotta love when things work out like that!

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