Thursday, November 30, 2006

a good read for a snowy day


John Green's Michael L. Printz Award-winning debut novel, Looking for Alaska is the perfect read for a snowy day (and possibly even a snow day). Miles Halter leaves behind his family—and a few quasi-friends—in Florida, for boarding school in Culver Creek, Alabama. Whether its his aging world religions teacher or his new friends: The Colonel, Takumi, and the mysterious (read: love interest) Alaska, the people Miles meets at school constantly bring about new experiences and discoveries. When Alaska fails to show up to assembly one day, Miles learns that its time to put his newfound knowledge into action!

Why is this the perfect snowy day book? Well, one, it's set in a warm place, which is always good, but mostly, it's the kind of book that's perfect to read in one sitting. Mostly because you won't be able to put it down. (It kept me up till past 1:00 AM!)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Top 10 Books of 2006?

Teens from libraries across the country voted on their top 10 books, as part of Teen Read Week. And the results are...

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
3. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
4. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
5. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
7. Poison by Chris Wooding
8. Captain Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart
9. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

What are your top ten books for 2006? Or your top 5?