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Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

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Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests.  There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important.  There isn’t even time to read a good book.

Wait, what?!

That’s not true!  While it may seem like there is hardly time to even breath while you are getting used to new classes, new teachers, and new material, there is still hope.

In fact, making time to read can help you stay relaxed and focused.  After a long day at school, you may just want to jump right into your homework, but sometimes you need a brain break.  A quick chapter of a good book could help you get that little break you need.  Reading can also help take your mind off all the school work you have to do before you pass out.  Have you ever done your math homework right before bed and then started dreaming about the pythagorean theorem?  For your sake, I hope not!

Collections of short stories, poems, or vignettes are a perfect pick for the school year; if you don’t have a chance to get back to the book for a couple of days, you won’t have to worry about remembering where you left off.  Here are some great books to help you get into the habit of making time to read for FUN!

–Submitted by Katie R. 

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in...Read more

Free Audiobooks All Summer

For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long.  Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic.  This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and ...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of While We Run (When We Wake, #2)

    Karen Healey
    While We Run (When We Wake, #2)
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of The End or Something Like That

    Ann Dee Ellis
    The End or Something Like That
    Rating: 3.6/5
  • Cover of Oblivion

    Sasha Dawn
    Oblivion
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of How to Meet Boys

    Catherine Clark
    How to Meet Boys
    Rating: 3.27/5
  • Cover of Blue Gold

    Elizabeth Stewart
    Blue Gold
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of The Dark World (Dark World, #1)

    Cara Lynn Shultz
    The Dark World (Dark World, #1)
    Rating: 3.77/5
  • Cover of Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)

    James Patterson
    Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of Everything Leads to You

    Nina LaCour
    Everything Leads to You
    Rating: 3.97/5
  • Cover of Complicit

    Stephanie Kuehn
    Complicit
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of The Garden of Darkness

    Gillian Murray Kendall
    The Garden of Darkness
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)

    April Henry
    The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)
    Rating: 3.51/5
  • Cover of License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)

    Lisi Harrison
    License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)
    Rating: 3.84/5

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Teen Book Clubs

Pre-Pub Club

Read it before your friends do! Here’s a chance to snag an advanced reader copy of book that hasn't been published yet. Open to teens in grades 9-12. The Pre-Pub Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm except for May.

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

Book Club in a Bag for Teens

Each Book Club in a Bag has 8-10 copies of a book in one handy carrier along with discussion guides and questions. Start your own book club today; we've got the materials ready for you!

For a list of titles available especially for teens, click here.

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

You like to read. Your friends like to read. You almost have a book club! 

If you would like some info on how do you figure out what to read, get organized and keep the club alive, we have compiled some tips for you in this short guide that can help you.

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