Archive for August, 2010

Three recent and fascinating articles about language and how it influences us. I am a giant language nerd, and love anything along these lines; I can’t wait to read the book that the first article was adapted from.

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

A Failure to Communicate

The Politics of Polite

And for the record: I *hate* being called ma’am. Hate.

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Top 100 YA Books

The two giant projects that have been eating my time and my brain are done, more or less, so I will ease back into blogging by doing a listy-meme post and gradually work my way back up to Actual Content. (That’s the plan, anyway; we’ll see how it goes.)

Adele over at Persnickety Snark was querying people on Twitter way back in the spring to help her out with a top YA titles list. I confess, I did not participate in the survey although I did think about it–there were giant projects eating my time and brain, after all–but I’m more than happy to comment on the results.

I’m pleased to see a lot of the titles on the list, as they are favorites. There are, of course, a few titles I disliked, but only #96 truly horrifies me, and is probably the only one I would *refuse* to read. The titles I have read are in bold, and the titles I would like to read are in italics.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

5. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

6. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

10. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

11. Looking for Alaska by John Green

12. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

14. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

15. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

16. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

17. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

20. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

21. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

22. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

23. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

24. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

25. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

26. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

27. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

28. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

30. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

31. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

32. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

34. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

35. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

36. Paper Towns by John Green

37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

38. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

41. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

42. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

43. Evernight by Claudia Gray

44. Sabriel by Garth Nix

45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

46. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

47. Forever by Judy Blume

48. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

49. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

50. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

51. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

52. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

53. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

54. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

55. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

56. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

57. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

58. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

59. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

60. Fire by Kristin Cashore

61. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

62. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

63. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

64. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

65. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

66. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

67. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

68. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

70. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

71. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

72. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

74. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

75. Feed by M.T. Anderson

76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares

77. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

78. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

79. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

80. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

81. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

82. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

83. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

84. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

85. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

87. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

89. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

90. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

91. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

92. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

93. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

94. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

95. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

96. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

97. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

98. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

99. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

100. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

You can see the list and more information here

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The New Librarian

Still not caught up on life, so here’s another video:

(via The Lipstick Librarian)

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