Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Update on Me, My Blog & Moving Forward in 2016

I have finished my most recent term on a selection committee!
*cue sparklers and explosions of glitter*

This means I am looking forward to begin updating my blog on a regular basis again!  Part of serving on selection committees means that you are extremely limited in being able to express public opinions about anything you read that might end up on your committee's final list. I have served on selection committees now for the last three years which explains the erratic updating of my blog.  It's a funny thing - writing reviews for VOYA, SLJ and on my own blog are part of what allowed me to serve on these committees but, once you're on them, you can't have a public opinion about any potential nominations.

I've read - literally - hundreds of books in the last three years and have kept notes so reviews are forthcoming. For now, I am giving myself a few weeks to read anything I like without obligation and I will start reviewing on my blog/goodreads etc in March 2016.

I'm also planning to start sharing programming ideas, Teen Services ideas and struggles, and general librarian thoughts.  If there's any specific you'd like to see discussed here please feel free to leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.

In the meantime - Happy reading!

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Dear Teen,

I want to know what you think!  

Please share your thoughts and comments on the recently released YA titles found in these two surveys.  If you've read some of these titles great, if not - I still want to know what you think!

Participants will be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card*. 

There are two of these surveys (Non-Fiction and Fiction); each survey you fill out is another chance to win! Each survey is a chance to win.  2 surveys = 2 chances.  A winner will be chosen at random on July 5, 2015.

Click on one of the links surveys below to participate:

All surveys must be submitted by Wednesday, June 24, 2015 for a chance at the gift card.

Thank you for participating,

*Void where prohibited. Open to US Residents only. Winner will be selected over the July 5, 2015.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kimberly’s Top Ten Tuesday: YA Contemporaries & New Adult Novels I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week I’m doing last week’s topic: ten books I want to read from a specific genre. I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick lately, both of the Young Adult and New Adult variety. So I’ve decided to split this list into two sections: Young Adult contemporary romances, and New Adult romances. All of these are novels I have had on my TBR for a few months now. My hope is that, by grouping them together like this, I’ll actually read them!

Young Adult Contemporary Romances:

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1) The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - I loved Going Vintage, and I’m hoping this book, which has the most adorable premise, will be just as fun to read.

2) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - I’ve owned this book for almost a year now, yet still haven’t read it. What’s wrong with me? Everything I’ve read about it sounds right up my alley.

3) Wish You Were Italian by Kristen Rae - I’ve actually had this one checked out for ages, but just keep putting it off. I’m afraid that it won’t live up to the great things I’ve heard about it. Plus, I’m positive it will make me want to go back to Italy, a trip that isn’t in the cards this year.

4) The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes - This keeps showing up on all of my lists. That’s because everyone raved about it last year, so I bought it (because my library still hadn’t, at that point), then never read it. I still want to read it, I swear! I just haven’t got around to it yet.

5) On the Fence by Kasie West - I also really want to read her new book (about fake boyfriends!) that comes out later this spring, but I’ve decided I need to read this one first. It sounds equally fun!

New Adult Romances:

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1) Boomerang by Noelle August - I checked this one out after reading some great reviews, but it’s just been sitting on my stack of library books ever since. It’s time to remedy that situation.

2) Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - I read Maybe Someday last year and loved it soooo much. (The soundtrack that goes along with it is amazing, by the way.) Despite that, I still haven’t read anything else by Hoover. I’m almost afraid they won’t be as fantastic as Maybe Someday? It’s time to find out!

3) Stage Dive novels by Kylie Scott - I read the first book in this series, Lick, last year and it was so good! I actually bought the second book, Play, immediately after, but then got distracted with other things. I think it’s time to pick it back up, especially since a friend just told me the third book, Lead, might be the best in the series.

4) Between the Lines by Tammara Webber - Webber’s book Easy, recommended by a friend, was my first introduction to the New Adult genre. It was probably one of the best ways to start the genre, as it was smart, current and well-written. I still haven’t read the sequel, Breakable, but at this point, I’m almost more interested in Between the Lines, the first book in another series she wrote.

5) On Dublin Street by Samantha Young - This is another book that was recommended to me by a friend. (I have one friend who reads a lot of New Adult, then recommends the ones she thinks I would like best. So far, she hasn’t been wrong.) It’s set in Scotland!