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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

July 17th, 2018 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

July 2018
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

August 2018
Cemetery Girl, Volume 3: Haunted by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden with art by Geraldo Borges

September 2018
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Sadie by Courtney Summers

October 2018
Blackbird comic by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

November 2018
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Half-Hazard by Kristen Tracy

Sometime in 2018
Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

April 2019
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden

Fall 2019
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel

Summer 2019
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

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Poetry Friday: Samba in the Sky by Tiffany Higgins

July 13th, 2018 (06:00 am)
satisfied

Current Mood: satisfied
Current Song: Silhouette by Aquilo

The poor have the best views,
Views sloping down to sea.

A green and yellow planet,
A blue band, rung with stars.

The poor have the best views.
You have to walk to get there.

Up three flights, narrow paths,
Houses rising steeply side to side.

No, no space for a car.
When the flag lifts, you see the coast:

Yellow curve of sand,
Framed by reaching branches.

Little humpbacked islands,
Soon they will drill for oil there,

Deep underwater. Once microscopic
Diatoms swarmed in salt, danced, died.

Fell to the bottom of fathoms, became black
Slick hid in shale. They drill down miles...

(Police arriving at the edge
Of   the mind.)

Are you thirsty? Something to drink?
Please sit down. Yes, the game is on.

We built that room by hand. I lie
In bed at night dreaming of a new room,

One jutting into sky. The eldest
Daughter’s in university. Economics,

But she switched to Environment.

Out the door, the flag lifts, reveals.
(Curve of   Rio.) Ordem e progresso.

The poor have the best views,
Samba in the sky.

- Samba in the Sky by Tiffany Higgins

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I Read YA Week

July 9th, 2018 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Helpless from the musical Hamilton





Good morning, fellow YA fans! It's time for I Read YA Week. From July 9th-15th, Scholastic is encouraging readers and authors to engage and connect using the hashtag #FindYourStory Here's what they had to say about this year's theme:

The #FindYourStory initiative celebrates beautiful and empowering stories that inspire readers to find themselves and who they're meant to be in this world. Over the course of the campaign, our YA authors and our YA community of readers will join forces on social to speak to the importance of telling authentic stories that encourage young people to practice self-acceptance, self-empowerment, and self-love.

Connect on social media:

Throughout the week, authors will be posting videos related to this theme, using the #FindYourStory hashtag.

IReadYA will also be posting daily social challenges on Instagram:

Monday, July 9th: Screenshot & fill out a "This Is MY Story" designed graphic with the 5 words that sum up your real-life story
Tuesday, July 10th: Share your favorite literary quote on self-acceptance.
Wednesday, July 11th: Snap a photo of a book featuring a character whose personal journey resembles your own.
Thursday, July 12th: Screenshot & fill out a designed graphic with the 3 reasons why your favorite YA character is an inspiration to you.
Friday, July 13th: Snap a photo of the last book you read that made you feel good about yourself.
Saturday, July 14th: Snap a photo of a stack of books made up of authors whose stories make you feel empowered.
Sunday, July 15: Snap a photo of an inspiring coming-of-age story you’d recommend to a friend and tag your book bestie in your post.

If you participate in these challenges, tag @IReadYA and use the hashtag #FindYourStory - Also follow @IReadYA on Twitter and Tumblr.

While we're on the subject, here are some recommendations and related posts of mine!
So You Want to Read YA?
Strong Women in Teen Fiction
Tough Issues for Teens Booklist
Coming-of-Age Novels
Stories Set in School and Transition Times

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Poetry Friday: A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz

July 6th, 2018 (06:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Your Glasses by Maria Mena

On the day the world ends
A bee circles a clover,
A fisherman mends a glimmering net.
Happy porpoises jump in the sea,
By the rainspout young sparrows are playing
And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be.

On the day the world ends
Women walk through the fields under their umbrellas,
A drunkard grows sleepy at the edge of a lawn,
Vegetable peddlers shout in the street
And a yellow-sailed boat comes nearer the island,
The voice of a violin lasts in the air
And leads into a starry night.

And those who expected lightning and thunder
Are disappointed.
And those who expected signs and archangels' trumps
Do not believe it is happening now.
As long as the sun and the moon are above,
As long as the bumblebee visits a rose,
As long as rosy infants are born
No one believes it is happening now.

Only a white-haired old man, who would be a prophet
Yet is not a prophet, for he's much too busy,
Repeats while he binds his tomatoes:
There will be no other end of the world,
There will be no other end of the world.

- A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Anthony Milosz

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Best Books of June 2018

June 30th, 2018 (09:56 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Fragile (Free) by Maria Mena

June: 12 books and scripts read

Happy summer, everyone! I thought May was busy; June felt twice as long, but not in a bad way. In these early summer days, I read a dozen stories and screenplays, I treated myself to movies and music, and, yes, I ate ice cream. I just started a book that officially comes out this fall; I anticipate it will be on my list of best books next month.

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Poetry Friday: Story by Nayyirah Waheed

June 29th, 2018 (06:00 am)
artistic

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Why You Always Here by Katy B

remember,
you were a writer
before
you ever
put
pen to paper.
just because you were not writing
externally
does not mean you were not writing
internally.

- Story by Nayyirah Waheed

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Poetry Friday: Meditation by Nayyirah Waheed

June 22nd, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Katy on a Mission by Katy B

if
the ocean
can calm itself,
so can you.

we
are both
salt water
mixed with
air.

- Meditation by Nayyirah Waheed

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Poetry Friday: I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you by Eugenio Montale

June 15th, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Light by Sleeping at Last

Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale
e ora che non ci sei è il vuoto ad ogni gradino.
Anche così è stato breve il nostro lungo viaggio.
Il mio dura tuttora, né più mi occorrono
le coincidenze, le prenotazioni,
le trappole, gli scorni di chi crede
che la realtà sia quella che si vede.

Ho sceso milioni di scale dandoti il braccio
non già perché con quattr'occhi forse si vede di più.
Con te le ho scese perché sapevo che di noi due
le sole vere pupille, sebbene tanto offuscate,
erano le tue.

English translation:

I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you.
And now that you are not here, I feel emptiness at each step.
Our long journey was brief, though.
Mine still lasts, but I don't need
any more connections, reservations,
traps, humiliation of those who think reality
is what we are used to see.

I went down millions of stairs, at least, arm in arm with you,
and not because with four eyes we see better that with two.
With you I went downstairs because I knew, among the two of us,
the only real eyes, although very blurred,
belonged to you.

- by Eugenio Montale

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Poetry Friday: Blue Arrow Suite from Amelie

June 8th, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Blue Arrow Suite from the musical Amelie

I know my heart
is speaking with a murmur
making the sound that only I can hear
All I can manage is a whisper
of this heartbeat trapped inside
Here in this place
grant me the grace
to be amplified

- selected lyrics from Blue Arrow Suite from the musical Amélie by Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, and Craig Lucas, based on the film written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Listen to the song.

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Booklist: After Graduation

June 1st, 2018 (04:40 pm)
okay

Current Mood: okay
Current Song: I Wouldn't Mind by Duncan Sheik

Congratulations to all of my readers who have recently graduated from high school or college. You did it!

Times of transition can be difficult. The summer following the completion of high school is typically an interesting one as teens prepare for more changes in vocation, location, education, and life.

The following books follow characters as they live through that summer...

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
- After learning that they will be roommates, two college-bound girls exchange emails and become friends before meeting each other in person.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Two guys go on a road trip and end up in an interesting little town.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- One of my favorite Dessen novels, second only to The Truth About Forever.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
- Another Dessen novel that details one girl's summer between high school and college.
Cubanita by Gaby Triana
- A summer filled with family, culture, heartbreak, and art.
The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana
- Four best friends take a cruise together after high school graduation.
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski
- Three girls take a three-day road trip.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- Immediately after their high school graduation, four friends head out on tour.
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
- The protagonist's mother remarries, and two families merge into one.

...and/or that fall, as they make the transition between high school and college.

The Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
- There are ten books in this series. The main character, Jenna Blake, enters college in the first book, Body Bags. The first chapter begins with the line, "It was a beautiful day to grow up." Isn't that perfect?
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
- The third in the CC trilogy, following Gingerbread and Shrimp.
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
- Veronica (aka Very) has a difficult time balancing school and fun during her freshman year at Columbia University.
Rocky Road Trip (previously published as Wurst Case Scenario) by Catherine Clark
- Sequel to Banana Splitsville (previously published as Truth or Dairy).
It's Not About the Accent by Caridad Ferrer
- A girl reinvents herself upon entering college.
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman
- A high school graduate becomes a sort of caretaker to a brain-damaged woman.
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
- Two guys go on a biking trip after high school, but only one starts college.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- Two of Scarlett's siblings consider college and work.

Related Booklists at Bildungsroman:
Set in School and Transition Times

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