—Website to Check Out for Book Giveaways and Reviews

March 10, 2010

Book boasts over 12,000 book reviews. Wow! There’s also a special section on the website with links to book giveaways going on at lots of different websites. I posted my latest giveaway of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb there (don’t forget to comment for a chance to win). Managing Editor Hilary Williamson says she launched the site to share her love of reading books with others and to help people connect to the books they want to read.

When you click on the Teens page, you’ll find reviews, contests, articles, interviews and more. And Book Loons contest listings are easy to review also. I was happy to enter my daughter, Catherine, into a giveaway by James Patterson of his new book in the Maximum Ride series, Fang. Catherine has read the whole series so far, and I know she’s anxiously awaiting this new book. It would be so fun for her to win an advance copy. You may also find a book you’d like to win under the adult contest listings. There are lots to choose from.

Teen Tech Week—Check Out the Activities at Teen Fire and YALSA

March 8, 2010

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is promoting this week as Teen Tech Week. The emphasis is on ways teens can meld technology with reading and literacy. There’s a list of activities at the YALSA website, including book lists for both fiction and nonfiction books.

Sourcebooks is also hosting a whole list of activities for the week at their website, Teen Fire, including a Teen Fire Trailer Contest that goes on until March 19. Teens can make a book trailer for any Sourcebooks Fire title and be entered into a chance to win titles for themselves and their libraries.

Cybils Winners for 2009 Posted

February 19, 2010

The Cybils 2009 winners are finally here, and looking over the list I’m surprised to find that I haven’t read even one of the books.  Cybils stands for Children and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards. the number of books some of these bloggers read is truly amazing. These people know their books. You’ll find awards given to everything from picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction. Read the whole collection and decide what will go on your future reading list.

Find Book Club Info, Articles and More at

February 18, 2010

I’ve recently discovered, a website with a wealth of information for book club members. I’ll be posting articles on a regular basis, and the first one you’ll find is this one on working moms and mother-daughter book clubs. While you’re there, you can check out BookBundlz’ other features as well. While many of the recommended books are for adult groups, you’ll also find reviews of kids books, a newsletter you can sign up for and lots more. And I really love that BookBundlz has a Campaign for Literacy where it lists lots of groups both national and in individual states that are dedicated to literacy.

The Most Romantic Young Adult Books of All Time

February 16, 2010

Peter at Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has been busy posting lists in the last few days. Just a few days ago he posted The Best Books About Love…That Your Book Club Probably Hasn’t Read (I contributed to that one). Now comes a list for young readers and interesting choices for mother-daughter book clubs called The Most Romantic Young Adult Books of All Time. I was surprised to find that I haven’t read any of the books on the list. My daughters have read Crown Duel, and they really liked it. And Graceling, Jellicoe Road and Beautiful Creatures are all on my list. Now I’m even more excited to check them out.

New List Out About Books for Love Out for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2010

I’ve just contributed to a new list for Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations called 9 of the Best Books About Love…That Your Book Club Probably Hasn’t Read. Check out my contribution, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, and those of other book bloggers.

More Book Recommendations for Boys

January 29, 2010

The Art of Manliness recently posted a list of 50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men that you may want to check out if you’re looking for good books for boys. The website in general is intriguing, and you may find yourself spending a few minutes looking around at other things it has to offer once you’ve finished checking out the book recommendations. I found it to be both funny and informative. Here’s the description from the site:

“The Art of Manliness is authored by husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay. It features articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men. In our search to uncover the lost art of manliness, we’ll look to the past to find examples of manliness in action. We’ll analyze the lives of great men who knew what it meant to “man up” and hopefully learn from them. And we’ll talk about the skills, manners, and principles that every man should know. Since beginning in January 2008, The Art of Manliness has already gained 53,000+ subscribers and continues to grow each week.”

Of course not all the books are limited to boys. I really want to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. And books I loved when I was growing up and still do are Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Holes by Louis Sachar, and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I adored Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my all time favorites. My daughter, Catherine, would appreciate The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Check out the whole list to find your new or old favorites.

Resource for Book Clubs—Lit Lovers Website and Blog

January 27, 2010

I’ve recently discovered the LitLovers website and blog, and I have found both to have lots of helpful information for book clubs. Today, for instance, the conversation is titled Old Wine in New Bottles and it’s about sequels or prequels to classics written by new authors. While the books in this post are mostly for adults or those in high school, in general there are lots of good ideas about book club activities, food and more. I’m adding a permanent link to my blog here and plan to visit frequently.

Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations Seeks New Lists

January 21, 2010

In December Peter at Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations published a list of great books for book clubs compiled by a list of book bloggers, including me. He’s been getting great response to that list, along with his multiple other lists for book clubs. Now, he’s hoping to find more book clubs who are willing to put together a list for him. I’ve already created lists for mother-daughter book clubs in four age groups, the first of which went up on his site yesterday. It’s a list of recommendations for mother-daughter book clubs with girls who are 7 and 8. Compilations for readers aged 9 and 10, 11 to 13 and 14+ should be up soon.

Here’s a message from Peter on what he’s looking for:

Open Call for Lists of Book Club Recommendations!

“Hello and happy new year from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations—where you can find books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime. 😉

It seems the book club community has recently discovered my book club recommendations. From the feedback, not only are the lists very much enjoyed, but people are clamoring for more.

That’s where you come in. While I’ve read plenty of books, I’m looking to book club members to contribute new lists—themed, annotated lists of highly discussable books.

Can you name and describe 5+ flashlight worthy, discussable books that follow a theme? Maybe ‘7 Great Books that Revolve Around Food’? Or ‘6 Women’s Memoirs That Will Start an Argument’. How About ‘5 Discussable Novels Set in Africa’?

Take a look at the lists I have and give it some thought. If you’re interested, email me at Info AT flashlightworthy DOT com. Thanks so much and have a great new year!

(The guy who runs Flashlight Worthy)
Recommending books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime. 😉

Find New Books to Read From Cybils Nominations and Finalists Lists

January 20, 2010

Are you searching for recommended books to read? The Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) provide recognition for books and their authors that combine literary merit with “kid appeal.” Anyone can nominate during the nomination period in October. Nominations are narrowed down to a list of finalists, which a panel of judges is reading right now. The awards will be announced on Valentine’s Day. You can find more information about the awards and how they work at the Cybils website. While you’re on the site you can check out finalists and winners from 2007 and 2008, and you can peruse the list of finalists for this year. Finalists compete in 10 categories:

  • Easy Reader and Short Chapter Books
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction (Middle Grade)
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction (Young Adult)
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Non-Fiction Middle Grade/YA
  • Non-Fiction Picture Books
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

Stay tuned in February for the announcement of 2009’s winners.