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Read these books before their (upcoming) movies!

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As has become the norm, popular YA books are favorite fare for movie producers these days. Check these titles out from the library before they hit the big screen!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

  • In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Definitely one of my favorite books! And, highly recommended for folks who don't like “fantasy”–while this certainly is within the fantasy genre, it isn't weighed down by the otherworldlyness that non-fantasy readers find difficult. 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

  • After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself. This is a fast-paced read, with a complex main character that you'll love to hate. 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

  • Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Kids LOVE this book, truly. 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

  • The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. 

The Right 2017 Reading Resolution

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At the beginning of a new year, many people resolve to make improvements in their lives. A new year symbolizes a fresh start and promises a hopeful outlook. Promising to read more, whether it be for pleasure or education, is a popular resolution for all ages. Simply resolving to read a set number of books in a year, however, can be incredibly daunting. Many prospective readers will feel disheartened when they've only made it through one novel by the end of spring. There are many ways to set reading goals, and it doesn't always have to be, “read 17 books in 2017.” Use this list to find the right reading resolution for you! (Of course, feel free to change the goal number or augment the challenge in any way. These are just ideas!)

  1. 17 Books in 2017 - Some will find setting a goal number helpful and enjoyably challenging. Simply keep track of your titles. 
  2. 17 Minutes a Day - This resolution is perfect for those on a busy schedule. If you know finals and school projects are coming up, but don't want to get behind on your favorite book series, simply set a mandatory 17 minutes aside every day to devote to reading. 
  3. 17 Different Genres - Challenge yourself in 2017 to try books from 17 different genres. Genres can include your standards like fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction (and all of their various branches and iterations) but also consider books from the Juvenile, Adult sections as well as non-fiction like biographies and poetry. 
  4. (1)7 Audiobooks - 17 might be too many for even the most avid listeners, but whether it's 7 or 17, setting a goal of listening to audiobooks can give you a different perspective on books. 
  5. 17 Books-to-Movie - Make a list of 17 books that have been made into movies that you want to see or read. Watch the movies, read the books, or do a little of each! 
  6. 17 New Releases - Check in at our library and on the website for books released in 2017. Keep a list of the books you're most interested in reading and put yourself on the wait-list for them. 
  7. 17 Graphic Novels - Don't knock them until you try them! Graphic novels are packed with adventure, intrigue, romance and fantasy: just like traditional novels, except with expert imagery. They're also a very fast read and can help you feel accomplished by reading so many pages so quickly. 

Snuggle Up to these Teen Titles Over Winter Break

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Winter break is almost here! For some of you, this is one of the first opportunities you have this school year to relax and read for pleasure. Below are some tried and true light winter-themed romance titles that will keep you warm over the holiday:

Let it Snow by Green, Johnson, Myracle

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances: In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

My True Love Gave to Me book cover

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (Goodreads)

Ex-Mas by Brian

Ex-Mas by Brian: With her parents gone on vacation, seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith is ready to throw a killer Christmas party until her little brother Cooper and his best friend Tyler run away on a mission to save Santa from global warming.  The only person who can help Lila find them before her parents get home is Tyler's older brother Beau, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares book cover

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn: Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily book cover

Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Cohn: Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas–Lily's favorite time of the year–Dash, Lily's brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

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Love on the Lifts by Santopolo: Pick your path to find the perfect guy in this personalized romance set on the ski slopes. The reader's in the driver's seat-creating her own path through the narrative and ending with one of eleven different guys.