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poetx · 17 hours ago
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the world will tell you otherwise because you’re a girl and you’re not white and you’re softhearted, but you’re allowed to keep things for yourself, and—and to say something isn’t good enough for you. you’re allowed to want more. you’re allowed to be angry.
kelly loy gilbert, when we were infinite
(read my review)
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kingsbridgelibraryteens · 17 hours ago
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Our new summer reading list is ready, and the extra-special thing about it is that these are books chosen for teens, by teens!
Here are the books that our Teen Advisory Group recommended for this summer's book list:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined ed. by Dahlia Adler
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Manga Classics series (adaptations by Crystal S. Chan)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
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Stop by our YA section to pick up a copy of the list, and find some awesome books to read this summer!
p.s. - If you need even MORE great reading ideas, be sure to check out our Middle School Monday, Teen Review Tuesday, and Reluctant Reader Wednesday posts!
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qrbteen · 17 hours ago
Blog: What TAB Has Taught Me (So Far)
In the beginning of seventh grade I made a reading list. I had always made reading lists. They gave me comfort, something to look forward to, and made me feel like I had options. This reading list was a little bit different from the past though. This time I opened up my mom’s laptop and typed, 
“Best classic books to Read.” 
“Classic Literature to read in Middle School.”
“Diverse classics.” 
I decided that the way to be a good reader was to read quote unquote, “classics.” I thought that was what separated a “normal” reader, from a “good” reader. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because when we are young we don’t really understand the nuance of what makes a book truly a masterpiece, and so we rely on others. Mostly it was because I loved reading and learning, and I heard this was the best way to do it. I did read some fantastic books: A Tale of Two Cities, The Good Earth, Black Boy, Sense and Sensibility, to name a few. And I thought for a long time that this was the only thing that mattered about reading: picking “hard” books. 
Fast forward. Somewhere around mid-January my podcast buddies and I interviewed an author named Phil Stamper. The book he wrote was firmly YA. It was a true bildungsroman romance, complete with running away from home, friend drama, social media commentary, and young love. It was a short, easy summer read. In seventh grade, I would have read this book as a guilty pleasure, and then returned to Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou and the like. But as I interviewed this author and sat on Zoom with my new found friends talking about the intersection of the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health, the nuance between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and the effect of community and connection on one’s sense of belonging, I discovered anew something that I had already been feeling all year with TAB; YA is a huge genre with room for hundreds of thousands of unique stories that address heavy, nuanced issues. Through the podcast we have discussed YA books about the Holocaust and World War Two, Black Lives Matter and Juneteenth books, literature about Mental Health, and so much more. 
Here is how TAB has opened my eyes to a fresh respect for YA lit, and reading in general: 
It is incredibly Expansive: within the TAB book club we have read an apocalyptic fantasy, a mystery about lynching, a magical realism about Native American mythology, and a fluffy summer read about romance during prom season, to name a few. YA is not limited to fantasies about dragons, cheesy vampire books, or summer romances. Within this genre is anything that relates to the experience of growing up, finding oneself, and navigating a world meant for adults when you’re not quite a kid anymore. That can lead to vastly creative and unique stories told through fascinating lenses. 
It is urgent that we Support YA: I don’t think I truly grasped the need for focus and resources in publishing to center on YA until the TAB podcast discussed Concrete Rose. Within the conversation we had enlightening revelations on the importance of showing young fatherhood, the way that postpartum depression is often left out of teen pregnancy stories, and the way that race and economics change every aspect of raising children. I realized that these are messages teens need to hear, in a format that is just for them. YA provides a relatable form of media that is no less nuanced, just more tailored to a teen’s experience. It is not enough for YA books to just exist about global issues. They need to be promoted in general media and treated with respect, because the more people who give them a platform, the more likely that the next generation will be an informed one. 
The prose/argument can be just as Layered and Mind-Blowing: Think of "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt,” from The Fault in Our Stars, or "Things were rough all over but it was better that way. That way, you could tell the other guy was human too,” put so simply in The Outsiders. YA observes the world through the wide-eyed, witty observances of adolescents; it makes clairvoyant arguments about humanity, connection, heartbreak, and loss. 
Finally, It’s not Always about the Book, Sometimes it is About the People: The TAB book club this year read one book per month all year. Out of all those books, only a small handful did we all decide were mind-blowing and impressive. Most were okay, some we downright did not like. But the community was always beautiful. Even when we didn’t enjoy the book, the TAB community used it as a jumping off point for wonderful conversations. If we felt a book dealt insensitively with race, gender, or another matter, we would often end up having an amazing conversation about the problem, why it was such a common trend, and how to be more nuanced. If we loved a book, we could have great conversations about all the little details it got right. No matter the book, I learned something. TAB showed me that community can turn a book into simply a starting point. 
Maybe that is the goal of all reading communities: to teach each person something new about the world and about reading. For me, I learn something new every time I hear the words “We’re back with another episode of On the Shelf.”
-Taylor W.
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westcoastbroadway · 19 hours ago
y'all can say "fanfiction isn't/isn't better than literature" all you want but none of you assholes can tell me what you mean by literature because half of the shit yall propound as this glowing pinnacle of the written word was, in historical context, either considered YA or was just straight fanfic
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inuitsquid · a day ago
You know what. I think it’s okay to sell your artistic integrity and just pump out cheesy ya romance novels. If you do it right, you’ll move some serious fucking product. Fuck advancing literature, get that money instead
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dwellordream · a day ago
I'm kind of glad that I didn't read ya books around the ages of 13-17 I was too busy consuming asoiaf and crying over the young characters
I read a very limited amount of YA because around the age of 15/16 I was sort of repulsed by most romantic stories for a while and actively avoided a lot of popular YA because of it. I also still went to the children’s section to pick out books I knew would not revolve around love triangles and ‘will they won’t they’ until I was like 18 lol.
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Teens! We invite you to Read & Recharge with the New York Public Library this summer. Follow these links to learn more:
If you'd like to be a Teen Volunteer, you're welcome to apply to be part of the Kingsbridge Library's Teen Advisory Group. Earn service credit while giving back to the library! Register at
If you're looking for more reading recommendations, check out our Middle School Monday and Reluctant Reader Wednesday posts. If you'd like to share your own reviews for books you enjoyed, you can submit your own review for one of our Teen Review Tuesday posts!
We've also started giving out Take-Home Activity Kits for kids and teens! Stop by our library during the summer, and see what new activities we have for you to bring home. Here are pictures of some of the kits we've been giving away. But even if we're not your local library, you should visit the branch that's closest to your home or school and ask if they have kits available!
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justalittlelitnerd · a day ago
Queer Recs for Pride Month pt 2 // 40 Queer Books to Read This Year
Queer Recs for Pride Month pt 2 // 40 Queer Books to Read This Year
Hi friends! As a follow-up to my last rec list I wanted to highlight all the queer books on my TBR! Obviously, since these are on my tbr I haven’t read these yet so I only included ones that I am almost certain has queer rep either based on the description or reviews but I am only human and all too capable of mistakes so if there is anything mislabeled (or shouldn’t be on this list at all) or…
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ohmotherwhatsthat · a day ago
My Calamity Jane
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Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows (The Lady Janies #3)
🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎🤎🤍🤍🤍 (7.5/10)
Look, I feel like I need to preface this with the fact that I have one MAJOR pet peeve in life: Getting historical facts wrong
But my issue with this goes a little deeper. The real problem is that moment where someone proclaims something as being “historically accurate” and then its NOT
You know that moment the cast of the Percy Jackson movie said the movies were true to the books? Yeah. That kind of moment
That kind of moment might just be the reason I love the Lady Jane series so much.
In the realm of A Knights Tale and Xena, historical research is done, and then – promptly - thrown completely out the window. My major pet peeve in life can be bypassed simply by someone announcing: we’re going to make this as completely UN historically accurate as we possibly can.
Or, in the words of the authors themselves: “we adjusted a few ages, combined various historical figures to create our own characters, and generally messed around with things to suit our purposes … a lot”.
And so, we end up at My Calamity Jane – in which the wild west is just as wild, Calamity Jane has no ability to use a door, every moment feels like you’re on a road trip, oh and there’s werewolves.
And, in the way of the Lady Jane series, our authors seem to achieve the perfect balance of:
-        snarky, tired, and semi-informative narrators
-        moral and philosophical criticisms on:
-        who and what are referred to as ‘monsters’ in life
-        and judging people on what they are not who they are
-        Disney references
-        Western references
-        Many other references in general tbh
-        Found FamilyTM
-        Criticism of top hats
-        And romance (of course)
-        (also can i just say how much i love the cover and its little comments!) [ID:            1) “hold onto your hats”, 2) ain’t afraid of the big bad wolf, 3) messy hair,              don’t care, End ID]
All in all – the makings of a fantastic book!
Honestly though – I’d probably rate it something like 7.5/10
GREAT when I was reading it – but I didn’t love it as much as other’s by them, and it didn’t hold my attention quite as much as it could have
Favourite character:
Annie “no one got anywhere without some kind of ambition” Oakley.
Ok she’s fairly well tied with Frank Butler too. And Jane………… ok maybe they’re all kind of my favourite. I do love Annie’s character development though. Also I’m a sucker for Slytherin characters. Even if they’re semi-Gryffindor going to charge into situations because they have a point to prove and an unhealthy need to win. So we’re sticking with Annie.
Favourite quote:
Oh but there’s so MANY. And it depends on why its my favourite quote? Is it the one that made me laugh?
“That’s loads of time. A person could write a whole book in two hours.” (To which we, as the narrators, say no. A person can’t. And now we’re crying a little.) (Also in the running) “Would you please just let me threaten?”
Most relatable?
“This is a horrible idea!” Annie called again. “I don’t even have pockets!”
Most philosophical?
“You’re not as nice a person as you think you are”
So yes – far too many options. So I’ll just stick with the final line, and my appreciation for the general purpose of these books. “But none of them could have ever imagined a happier ending.”
(As with any of the books I read let me know if you have questions re triggers or sensitive topics and I’ll let you know if the book covers any of them)
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ohmotherwhatsthat · 2 days ago
Language is a living thing, you know. It changes all the time. If we want 'terrific' to mean something good, we just have to persuade everyone we ever meet.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (My Calamity Jane)
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ohmotherwhatsthat · 2 days ago
This isn't a room full of people right now. It's a room full of monsters.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (My Calamity Jane)
Honestly good on this book for making half its theme the idea that the only monsters in life are people who hate other people, and people who use the power and status they have for evil. 
It’s not what you are that makes a monster - but what you choose to do
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cruelkoschei · 2 days ago
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Sometimes when he looked at me, I swore I sensed a beast hiding beneath the mask of skin he wore. It was restless, feral. I had a feeling he kept the monster locked away, but it was never far.
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imonehungrypotter · 2 days ago
Anyone have any lgbtq+ book recommendations? My favorite right now are She Drives Me Crazy and Late To The Party, if that gives you any indication of what I'm into.
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con-alas-de-angeles · 2 days ago
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Book dedication from A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
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miss-chevious19 · 2 days ago
Book Review- Reached by Ally Condie
Book Review- Reached by Ally Condie
Please note that this is a repost from my old blog. I will continue to post old posts until I’m done transferring over posts. If you see an error, please let me know, thanks! (From Goodreads) After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in…
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lindsglenne · 3 days ago
Tag Tuesday: Life in Books
Tag Tuesday: Life in Books
Haven’t done a tag in awhile! (more…)
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dkafterdark · 3 days ago
New LGBTQ+ Books
What I’ve been reading and plan to read! 
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