June 7, 2011

What's in your beach bag?

It's beginning to feel a lot like...summer! I love summer for the warm weather and the chance to catch up on all my reading goals. I'm a librarian, and I love participating in our Summer Reading program and learning about all the great books our staff and patrons are reading. :) 

Kelly at Reading with Martinis and Jennie at Life Is Short, Read Fast are co-hosting a blogger link-up party to celebrate summer and all the books we plan to read. Head over to one of their blogs to get all the details about participating. There are some great prizes involved, too, so don't miss out!

I am planning to catch up on review books and reading challenges this summer. I've made a list of titles I hope to read this summer - who knows if I'll have time to finish them all! 

I received this from VOYA to review. It releases August 2. It's already getting some great feedback from reviewers, so I really look forward to reading it. 

Griffin Rising
Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut
This novel releases June 28, and I'm excited to have a review copy. I've never read urban fantasy, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm counting it for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. 

Nocturne by Christine Johnson
I read and enjoyed Claire de Lune last year and am looking forward to continuing the series. This book releases August 23, but I luckily have a GalleyGrab copy that I plan to read soon. I'm counting it for the Support Your Local Authors and Literary Road Trip challenges since Christine is a local author. 

The Lipstick Laws
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
This one looks like a lot of fun. I'm counting it for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. 

Where She Went
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I really loved If I Stay and can't wait to find out what happens to the characters next. 

The Sky Is Everywhere
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
I've heard great things about this book, so I'm really looking forward to finally reading it.

What Happened to Goodbye
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen's books are perect summer reads. I'm sure I'll enjoy her latest as much as the others I've read. 

XVI by Julia Karr
I've had this one for awhile but haven't had a chance to read it yet (mostly I blame grad school). I think the premise sounds really interesting. I'm counting it for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge and also for the Support Your Local Authors and Literary Road Trip challenges since Julia is an Indiana writer. 

I Am J
I Am J by Cris Beam
This is another title I think sounds really interesting and has been on my radar for awhile. I'm counting it for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. 

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
What a gorgeous cover! This is the first in a planned trilogy. I'm counting it for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. 

The Vespertine
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
Another amazing cover! I'm counting it for the 2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge and the 
Support Your Local Authors and Literary Road Trip challenges. 

by Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why 1st edition
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
How have I not read this one yet? I finally bought a copy! 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
I've never finished the Harry Potter series (I know, what kind of teen librarian AM I?), so I'm determined to do that this summer. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
I'm hoping I get through the entire series so I can see the final movie in theaters. I'm one of those people who hates to be spoiled by movies, so I try to read the books first. I'm counting both of these HP books for the 2011 Harry Potter Reading Challenge. 

Bossypants by Tina Fey
I am a huge fan of Tina Fey and have heard that this book is hilarious. I might even get the audiobook since it's read by Tina herself. 

Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism
I borrowed this from our staff professional collection. I've taken a YA lit class, but we didn't really discuss the history of YA lit, so I think this will be an interesting read for me. 

New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults
As a new teen librarian, I think this book will definitely be a useful and interesting read. 

Well, there you have it - let's see how many of these I can get through this summer! 


Kelly said...

You have so many great picks! I read Claire de Lune, too, and I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Bossypants made my list, as well. I love Tina Fey!

You can't ever go wrong with Harry Potter! I puffy heart love that series.

Sarah Dessen is AMAZING! I have this book on my shelf...I should have made it be one of my picks!!!

The Vespertine - I wish I could say I even remotely liked this book, but I truly didn't. It was not good. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. You can check out my review if you are interested!

Thanks for joining What's In Your Beach Bag!!!

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