March 10, 2010
Book Loons.com 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.
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.
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.
February 18, 2010
I’ve recently discovered BookBundlz.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.