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 teenreads.com 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.
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?