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

maximum ride seriesAre you a fan of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series?  Whether you’re on the waiting list for Nevermore or you’ve read the entire series and are looking for another great read, consider checking out one of these.  What do you recommend?

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football in Grass by Jayel AheramFootball season is underway!  For many of us, football is an intrinsically social activity.  Whether we’re watching the game at home with family or friends and eating barbeque or grilling burgers – or – we’re sitting in the stands, hearing the marching band and cheering on our favorite team, surrounded by like-minded fans, football season is a special time of year.  If you’re a football fan or, like me, just enjoy great sports fiction or nonfiction, you might check out one of these.  What football picks do you recommend?

Quick Picks: 200 Pages or Less!

Time flies by BetchaboySome of you may have already started back to school, but many are either counting down the days until the first day of school or clinging to these last few moments of summery freedom.  Either way, you might pick up one of these quick reads – every one less than 200 pages – to celebrate one last hurrah of summer!  What quick reads to you recommend? 

End of the Summer Quick Picks

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

the fault in our stars bookjacketI’m a huge fan of John Green’s books and a little geeky about John Green in general.  I’m certainly not the only person who feels this way: NPR just released a list of the Best Young Adult Novels and he’s in the Top 100 five times.  If you’ve already read everything John Green has written or just happen to be waiting for a copy of

Has It Got Star Power?

Texas Star by mikecoghThe Texas Lone Star Reading List is a big deal in my part of town.  The Lone Star list is a recreational reading list for students in 6th through 8th grades, announced at the end of each year.  Although we won’t know what is officially on the list until November, we can take a look at all the nominated titles so far and make our best guess of what might garner a Star.  What books from the past year do you think have Star Power?

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

mortal instruments seriesAre you a fan of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series?  Whether you’re waiting for City of Lost Souls or you’ve read the entire series and are looking for another great read, consider checking out one of these.  What do you recommend?

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? 
 

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