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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

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Getting past the easy reach As I’ve been working on writing my book and hitting these mental milestones (40,000 words felt like a lot, then it felt like a lot to rework my outline, then it felt like I’d hit a mountaintop at 55,000 words and counting), I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we talk about and promote books to readers. Then in today’s Shelf Awareness, I saw this about the “book grapevine.” Click through and read it because it isn’t long. Underrated books: Overlooked fiction, nonfiction, and comics of 2014. Illustration by Jen Wang Slate’s Best Books of 2014 coverage: Monday: Slate staff picks. Tuesday: The best lines of 2014. Wednesday: Overlooked books of 2014. Thursday: The Slate Book Review Top 10.Friday: Dan Kois’ favorite books of the year.

Spring into Action! - Reading Australia To make your 2017 teaching year the most organised, stress-free and fulfilling year yet we have done the hard work for you. Below you will find lists of resources curated around key dates, themes and year levels. We’ve even created lists to help you target cross-curriculum priorities. Plus you get a sneak-peek into future resources, so you can be fully prepared for the months to come. Click on a book cover to be taken to a full teacher resource designed to make your time in the classroom – and out of it – as valuable as possible.

If you like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. See our other Book Matches. Here are some other action/adventure books you may enjoy: Kidzone:writing/books Show them off There will be many occasions when these books can be shown to school visitors. School foyer... set up a display in the entrance. If you have time, this could be themed with a title-board made by the children, or something quick printed in colour from a school computer.

Five Ways Libraries Can Offer Readers’ Advisory on Tumblr by Molly Wetta *This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of RA News.* Libraries are interacting with patrons in digital spaces. Virtually all libraries have a Facebook page, and over half are on Twitter, but as the social media landscape continues to evolve, so must libraries' digital presence. World of Westfahl Reference: Series Fiction Today, to say the least, there exists no clear consensus as to how to define the genre of series fiction: one study of the subject may focus on texts which are entirely ignored in other studies, while authors of reference entries on the subject may announce, in the calm tones of an authority proffering settled wisdom, definitions of series fiction which are totally at odds with the definitions of series fiction presented in other references. Only two assertions, it seems, cannot be challenged. First, there are some bodies of works displaying certain specific features which absolutely must be regarded as series fiction, since no alternative characterization is possible; such works cannot be reasonably described as trilogies or tetralogies, or as a single text followed by several sequels, or as a number of novels that happen to share the same characters and settings.

What happens when you finish reading a book Have you ever felt like having a terrible hangover when you’ve finished reading the last sentence of the book? Probably yes, and probably several times, right. The team from Epic Reads, an online community of young adult fiction fans, has prepared a video that, well, visualizes the damage done to you when “the words stop”. The best cure? Reach for the next book. And the next, and the next…

Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers' The Winner: The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris beat out two other serial killer books -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Kiss the Girls by James Patterson -- for the No. 1 spot. hide caption toggle caption It's been a cliffhanger, but now the final page can be turned. The NPR audience nominated some 600 novels to our "Killer Thrillers" poll and cast more than 17,000 ballots. The final roster of winners is a diverse one to say the least, ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code, Presumed Innocent to Pet Sematary. What these top 100 titles share, however, is that all of them are fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure. jolting junior fiction These are new books which we recommend! John's Picks The Art of Neil Gaiman, by Hayley Campbell, published by ilexField Punishment No. 1, by David Grant, published by Steele Roberts & AssociatesThe Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, published by PenguinMy Two Blankets, by Irena Kobald, illustrated by Freya Blackwood, published by Little Hare Ruth's Picks Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, by Rebecca James, published by Allen & UnwinSkink No Surrender, by Carl Hiaasen, published by OrionNight Sky Dragons, by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham, published by Walker BooksOnce a Shepherd, by Glenda Millard & Phil Lesne, published by Walker Books Sasha's Picks

Readers’ Advisory with Style: KLA 2013 Presentation I presented with Scott Rader from Hays Public Library at the Kansas Library Association this week. Our program was Readers’ Advisory with Style. We shared ways that we promote books in our libraries through passive RA materials like displays or graphics and through social media. Scott also discussed fanmixes for YA novels. Then we talked about some of our favorite under the radar or debut author releases from 2013-2014. The PowerPoint from our session is below. Bildungsroman - Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens One afternoon in the bookstore, a young woman in her late teens approached me and said, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I want some books like . . . " She named a few teen fiction titles that dealt with drug abuse and anorexia. She looked slightly uncomfortable but mostly excited. I told her that I could recommend many good books.

Australian LGBTQ YA auslgbtqya: Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie(2015)From the Publisher:In a dead-end town like Barwen a girl only to be a little different to feel like a freak. And Clancy, a typical sixteen-year-old misfit with a moderately dysfunctional family, a genuine interest in Nature Club and a major crush on the local hot girl, is packing a capital F.As the summer begins, Clancy’s dad is involved in a road smash that kills two local teenagers. While the family is dealing with the reaction of a hostile town, Clancy meets someone who could possibly—at last—become a friend. Not only that, the unattainable Sasha starts to show what may be a romantic interest.In short, this is the summer when Clancy has to figure out who the hell she is.Goodreads Now that I’ve read it…

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