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Guest Post at Call Her Happy

I had the awesome opportunity to write a guest post for the blog Call Her Happy. I’m really excited about my first guest blogging experience and glad that Jenna made it such a great one.  So, head over to Call Her Happy to check out my post  8 Great Young Adult Novels That Adults Will Love Too.   While you’re there, give her blog a read, too.  She posts on a bunch of topics, including book reviews.

Fiction and Empathy

I have a new book review in the works, but until then check out this post from OnFiction called Effects of Fiction on Empathy.  I wrote a couple of papers in library school discussing the psychology of fiction and many of these studies played a big part.  They’re great stuff!

Goodreads by the Numbers

I unequivocally love Goodreads. I’ve been using it since 2008 and of all the “bookshelf” websites, it is by far my favorite.  It’s an excellent way of keeping track of your own reading, learning about new books, and connecting with other readers.  It also has a number of great uses for libraries.

At the culmination of it’s fifth year of existence, the Goodreads blog posted a neat infographic of 2012 use.



P.S.  If you have a Goodreads account and would like to add me, I’d love to be friends.

Link Roundup

This semester has been quite the doozy.  I’m taking more classes than usual this semester.  When registering, I was torn between a class I was dying to take and one I knew would be really useful, so I decided to take both. I’m loving my classes, of course, but I have definitely been very busy and unable to post much here.  Luckily, today marks the first day of my Spring Break, so soon I’ll be able to add all those posts I’ve had brewing, but didn’t have time to finish writing.  Until then, though, I wanted to share a few links I enjoyed recently.

John Green has an excellent argument for why pirating books is different than checking them out from the library.

Pheobe North at YA Highway writes about celebrating the complicated girl in fiction.

One of my classmates this semester wrote a great piece about the queer perspective and librarianship over at Hack Library School.

20SomethingReads recently launched and so far it’s pretty cool.  It’s nice to have a site specifically for a demographic that often gets ignored.  Now if we could just get the publishing world to recognize that niche more often!

FYA has been running a YA March Madness Bracket.  They’re down to the division finals.

Here is a fun collection of complaints scrawled by monks in the margins of illuminated manuscripts.  I love this, since I recently complete my own study of a fascinating illuminated manuscript.

New Yorker John Locke is creating guerrilla pay phone libraries.

“When you least expect it…bears

And, finally, because it’s all anyone can talk about right now (and lord knows I love it, too), some Hunger Games stuff:

In a review that really captures how I felt, YA author Galye Forman explains why the lack of really graphic violence worked and how it feels to watch the movie.

Laura Miller at Slate discusses what the Hunger Games says about fandom and the “cultural clout of young female readers.”

MTV has a list of the 5 best scenes not in the movie.  I wholeheartedly agree with the 3rd and 5th.

Bitch Magazine has a post about the irony of Hunger Games marketing.


Great Sign

I’ve reached that part of the semester where my schedule is just crazy.  I have a few half finished posts I’ll be putting up soon, but until then here is something for you to enjoy.

This sign was posted in an entry over at Forever Young Adult (a great site for those who love YA, but aren’t exactly YA themselves anymore).


How clever!  Click through the image to see Carrie’s great YA display at her library.