Christie Burke's Infinite Booklist

where I’m getting this stuff June 10, 2009

Filed under: nuts and bolts,recommendations — Christie @ 9:56 pm

Just thought I would take a minute to talk about my sources.  There’s a lot out there to read, obviously.  While I’m a longtime devotee of the highly scientific “this looks interesting” school of book selection (not to mention the word “devotee”), I do recognize that part of my job is bringing good books to people who aren’t me.  Like, you know, boys.  And comic-book people.  And people like my husband, who refers to fantasy novels as “talking goat books.”  So here’s a little rundown of the places I’m getting recommendations for this summer’s reading:

My local library offers some flyers with recommendations for middle school and high school students, as well as a comprehensive teen space online.  On top of that, they run Bookspace, which is a robust online community where people can create booklists and connect with each other.

The Ultimate Reading List from is a long, long reading list (300+ titles) that are supposed to be essential.  Just reading the list itself, I see a bit of a bias toward English class… but maybe that’s what essential means?  (Link to PDF in left sidebar.)

Flashlight Worthy Books is a site that does nothing but booklists.  Not all of them are relevant to what I’m trying to do; they’re not all my personal cup of tea either.  They are, however, briefly annotated and generally interesting.

YALSA sent me to, Guys Lit Wire, and readergirlz.  These are three distinct voices for particular audiences (and they *may* be actual YALSA blogs), good for various reasons.

I also have a big stack of booklists created by my colleagues in our YA Lit course last fall, and I’m working my way through those as well.  (Sorry, no links – but I’ll let you know when I pull something directly from one of those lists.)

I don’t expect to exhaust these any time soon, but I’d love to hear your thoughts about where to find good YA books.  Can you suggest additional resources?


the beginning June 7, 2009

Filed under: nuts and bolts — Christie @ 9:24 pm
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In the beginning, I got a job.  It was a librarian job (for which, thankfully, I had the necessary educational background), and lo, it was very good to have the job.  The job is slightly outside the area of my greatest expertise; it’s a high school library position, and since most of my prior work has been at the elementary levels, I have a lot of reading to do this summer.

We’re here in the Infinite Booklist because librarians can’t just read books; we have to talk about them and recommend them and relate them to each other.  And in order to do that, I’m going to have to remember what I’m reading.  So we’re here, gentle readers, because we can help each other.  You give me a space in which to keep a record of my YA reading, and I give you… well, a record of my YA reading.  You can expect basic, brief booktalks, quick summaries and sometimes reviews, as well as links to publishers and to related works.  That list may grow as time passes, but that’s what I plan to do as of now.  (Please note: Because I have an elementary background and young children, it’s likely that some children’s lit will sneak in here sometimes.  I promise to categorize and tag faithfully.)

I’d like your feedback whenever you want to offer it.  Let me know whether my writing is useful or not.  Recommend good stuff to read or listen to.  Drop me a note if you’d like to write a guest post. 🙂  Let’s begin…