young adult fiction

2010: The End of the Vampire Hegemony?

"Hegemony?" you say, "that's all Greek to me."  Actually, it is from the Greek:  hēgemonia, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead.

he·ge·mo·ny noun  \hi-ˈje-mə-nē, -ˈge-; ˈhe-jə-ˌmō-nē\:

1.  the preponderant influence or authority over others:  domination.  2.  the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group.

Surprising Finds

Currently at the library, we are challenging ourselves to read more Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction so we can better recommend books to our younger customers.  When I first learned of this challenge, I was skeptical. Young Adult and Juvenile books just didn’t appeal to me.

Inspirational Fiction for Teens

If you are a reader of the Inspirational Fiction genre, you probably already have a good idea of which authors and what types of books you enjoy reading. If you are looking for a new author, you have an idea of where to look and what to look for.

But what happens if you are a young adult or you have a teenager in the house? If you are unfamiliar with young adult authors, it can be difficult to find books that are Inspirational Fiction or even fit the “clean bill” for individual families.

Teens' Top Ten Nominees are Here!

So, you heard about this super cool thing happening at your library this summer during which you get to spend time reading and earn prizes for it, right? (*cough* Teen Summer Reading Program *cough*) You’ve gotten online, signed up for an account, and are ready to start logging your minutes. But, you’ve run into a roadblock. You suddenly realize that you don’t know what to read!!!

YA Saves, At Least It Saved Me

In my everyday librarian experience, I meet with a lot of positivity. I also meet a few "Negative Nellies." Sometimes they don't like my displays, sometimes they hate the limitations that come with using a public space, sometimes they dislike the books we carry, sometimes they hate my programming choices...but never have I had a person completely bash an entire genre of books.

Young Adult Books for Old(ish) Adults

I, like many of you, used to think that since I was a not-quite-so-young-anymore adult, young adult fiction was not for me. "I am raising a teen", I thought, "I don’t need to be reading about teens. There is quite enough angst in my life". But, after picking up a few YA novels, I realize I couldn’t have been more wrong. YA fiction has become one of my favorite genres.  

Blog Offers Snarky Take on YA Fiction For Not-So YA Readers

I'm a not so young YA (Young Adult) fiction fan who is always looking for the next good read.

So, I was thrilled when, at a recent workshop, I discovered Forever Young Adult. It's a snarky, irreverent book blog "for the YA readers who are a little less Y and a little more A."

My Top 5 Favorite Young Adult Couples

These are some of my favorite couples from YA books that I have read this year. Here are some of the ones that I found interesting and I thought that I would share.

Patrick Carman: Recommended Author for Reluctant Young Readers

I am 37 days into a reading challenge that requires me to read books written for juvenile and young adult audiences.

Top 5 Best Things about The Hunger Games

In exactly ten days, ten hours, fifty-three minutes, and forty-nine, forty-eight, forty-seven… seconds, this year’s biggest movie (in my completely unofficial and totally biased opinion) will be starting at theaters across the Central Daylight Time zone. Can you believe it?