Weekly Round Up (#13)

A little bit of news…

So, this pass week has been crazy. I hosted my very first book fair from Oct. 15-18th, which went really well, but the calculation of funds was completely screwed up. Which is mostly my fault since I forgot to do a few things before starting. Next time I will know better. Fortunately, I took notes of my income, so I’m hoping it all balanced out well.

My good stuff…

Sensational…

Blogger bookish: Rants & Raves…

  • Read an Indie Bookstore love story. It’ll definitely make you look closer at those bookstores you walk into a regular basis and question why you visit them more than others.
  • Have you seen the librarian tattoo calender?
  • Which books have you read that have become the finalists with the National Book Award?:
The National Book Foundation named finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The winners will be named November 20. This year’s shortlisted titles are:

Fiction
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (Scribner)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf)
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Riverhead)
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Penguin)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (Random House)

Nonfiction
The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore (Knopf)
Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer (FSG)
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (Norton)
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

Poetry
Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart (FSG)
Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido (Knopf)
The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin Poets)
Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen (Louisiana State University Press)
Incarnadine by Mary Szybist (Graywolf Press)

Young People’s Literature
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Knopf)
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Putnam)
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)

Well, that’s the smallest list without giving you a headache. I’m sorry that most are BookRiot links, but to be honest, can you blame me? These are fantastic things. Next week zero BookRiot links, deal?

My thoughts…

So, since I’ve started working in the school library I’ve been kicking the walls every time I find something that is totally out of place, or has been mislabelled. Needless to say, I question the motives of the last librarian. Not to say she wasn’t terrible, obviously she did a good job at keeping things together, but seriously?

However, because the library is still fairly new, the way it was launched without a hitch was local libraries cleaned out their collections and gave them to me. This isn’t so bad, but we’re talking old books. Books that pre-teens wouldn’t even read! Or there’s the part where they weren’t even in the system. They were just put on the shelf. This is a big frustration, especially when a student wants to check-out a book and I have to hand-write a note to myself so that I remember to attach a school barcode to the book when it gets back.

All those things aside, I have a question for librarians, parents, and book lovers alike, because I’m trying to weed out the really bad, terrible books that I know won’t be received well by the students I need suggestions…

Does anybody have any great titles or even websites that offer recommendations per age/grade group?

Just post up a link to either the website, or if you’ve reviewed a great book that would be appropriate for teens between the grades of 7 to 9 (jr. high). I will look at everything! HELP!!

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I'm a junior high librarian finding her way into the lives of her students through the art of literature.
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