Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith

I’d like to think I’m pretty down with the young people of today (even though I realize that sentence proves quite the opposite, lol). I’ve been teaching teens for over 27 years and I’m a mom of a twenty-two and a nineteen-year-old. I try hard to remember what it was like to be young (reading YA helps quite a bit in that department) and I’m good at viewing circumstances through the lens of a teen. But there’s one thing I just don’t get and I know I’m not alone in this. How is it entertaining to watch other people play video games??? What’s with these kids today watching YouTube for hours on end, just viewing their favorite gamers narrate while they play?? How is that fun? Wouldn’t you jus

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

“I do like fights and it has been a month or two,” is Ryann’s response to Tomas when he asks her to beat someone up for him. It’s a good quote to sum up Ryann. She’s tough and she’ll do anything for her friends. She’s also a leader with the power to attract and connect those that don’t belong anywhere else. She’s the Peter Pan to the Lost Boys. When a teacher specifically asks Ryann to look out for a new girl in school, she vows to do it. Even though this girl looks and acts really, really pissed off. And like she’s not looking for a friend. Turns out, this girl is the infamous Alexandria Macallough, child of SCOUT space traveler, Effie Watts. See, 18-ish years ago, a private company sent

Loki: Where Mischief Lies

Mackenzi Lee is the perfect choice to write Loki’s “origin story”. She writes Loki as fabulous, funny, fashionable, conflicted, tortured, amused, queer, and just highly, highly enjoyable. After a couple of mishaps on Asgard, Loki is sent to Earth (Midgard) to assist a group (the SHARP Society) investigating a series of mysterious deaths in 19th Century London. Why Loki? For starters, punishment. Loki is a Prince of Asgard, after all. An heir to the throne (although unlikely to be crowned thanks to the blonde and muscley and perfect, Thor). What better punishment from his father, King Odin, than to send him to Earth to look after deaths of lowly humans? A better reason is that this group has

We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding

I read A LOT of YA, particularly books that focus on friendship, and I have never read a book quite like this one. The story focuses on two girls - James (yes, she knows it’s a boy’s name) and Kat. The girls have been best friends since Kindergarten. Now it’s their senior year and the drift is beginning. Will their friendship survive high school? If you look at the title again, you can probably figure out the answer to that question. In many ways, We Used to be Friends is typical Contemporary YA - romances, break-ups, college apps, Prom, family issues, etc. But this book is different in two major ways - with dual POVs and opposite timelines, the story focuses on the dissolution of a friend

Happy Bookish New Year

Your Lit Librarians may have slacked on blogging first semester but they did NOT slack on reading. Combined, they read almost 300 books this year. Their New Year's Resolution is to blog more so be on the lookout for more posts. Until then, take a look at their Top Ten Reads of 2019. Wanna see their Top Tens of years' past? Navigate to the Top Ten tab and browse their lists every year since 2013. The book choices really hold up! If you're looking for books to add to your TBR, this is the place to go. You'll find some book trailers, too. Happy reading in 2020!

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