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Favorites Read So Far in 2012

Do you love reading? [Explored #28] by FiduzWe’re more than half-way through the year (and more than half-way through SRP – have you registered? No? Register, already!) and at this point I’m taking stock of everything I’ve read so far.  I’ve had the pleasure to read many good books this year, but out of all these have been my favorites.  What are your favorite reads in 2012?

Favorites So Far of 2012

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But What Should I Read Now…?

Remixed: Library books by CCAC North LibrarySometimes I just don’t know what to read next.  Some of us like to browse the shelves.  Some of us get reading recommendations from friends and family.  You might also consider checking out the nominations for reading lists.  Reading lists like the Lone Star list (for grades 6-8), the Tayshas list (for grades 9-12), and the Best Fiction for Young Adults list (grades 6-12) post all the titles that have been nominated for recognition almost every month.  These lists are like getting recommendations from your friends…if your friends were all librarians who geek out about new books.&nb

Road Trip!

Angel Fire, New Mexico by David FriedelWith the 4th of July holiday this week, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about travel.  Whether your family has a trip planned this summer or you plan on sticking around home, you might grab one of these books that features a road trip or travel.  Discover a new place through another’s journey, either while you take one of your own or from the comfort of home.  What would you recommend?

Road Trip & Travel Reads

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Art in Fiction

bass guitar by jadeashleyBeing creative and having a way to express ourselves is an important part of life for many of us.  Some may make music, others may work in the visual arts, and others may be performers of different varieties.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been interested in music and the arts for some time, or if it’s because most of the people I hung out with in high school were band geeks, drama nerds, and arty folk, but I enjoy reading a great book that features the arts in some form.  What arty reads do you recommend? 

While You’re Waiting for This, Check Out One of These…

graceling trilogyAre you a fan of Kristin Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms Trilogy?  Whether you’re waiting for Bitterblue or you’ve read the entire series and are looking for another great read, consider checking out one of these.  What do you recommend?

Adult Books for Teen Readers

Book Worm Bot by Jenn and Tony BotHave you registered for the Summer Reading Program?  If not, register today!  With the Summer Reading Program well underway, more and more readers are coming to the library or searching the digital media catalog on the hunt for their next great read.  Some teens start reading “adult” books and pretty much stick to them (I was one of those) and others have a foot firmly planted in both the teen and adult collections.  This week I thought I’d recommend some titles published for adult audiences, but which may appeal to some teen readers.   What do you suggest?

While You’re Waiting for This, Check Out One of These…

fire by matthewvennAre you anxiously waiting to get your hands on Divergent or, its sequel, Insurgent by Veronica Roth?  Have you read both and are now looking around for something else to read?  You might consider checking out one of these titles listed below.  What do you recommend?

Summer Reads

Watermelon by persocomholicAlthough summer doesn’t technically begin until we’re firmly in the month of June, it certainly already feels like summer here in Texas.  With high temperatures and the end of school well within sight, this is the time of year when summer plans are being finalized, trips to the beach are being planned, and sleeping in late is being highly anticipated.  Below I’ve listed some books that at some point take place in the summer months or are just great summer reads.  What do you recommend?

While You’re Waiting for This, Check Out One of These…

Are you a Rick Riordan fan?  Do you just love Percy Jackson and the Olympians, follow the Heroes of Olympus series or are you on a request list for The Son of Neptune or The Serpent’s Shadow?  Consider checking out one of these titles while you wait.  What reads do you recommend

Pacific Islander and Asian American Authors for Teens

Orange Tower Flower by kadavoorMay is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, an annual celebration of individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and their significant contributions to American history and culture.  Below you’ll find a list of a few titles that have been published for teen readers and are all by Pacific Islander or Asian American authors.  How do you plan on celebrating?

Pacific Islander and Asian American Authors for Teens

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