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Over on the Tumblr: New Mockingjay trailer!

Yes, the first trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has appeared, guest-starring on the library tumblr. Note also the truly amazing print ads for each district – you can see them on the official Capitol website.

More Divergent countdown trivia

In anticipation of the Divergent movie coming out, there’s also the Divergent soundtrack to look forward to. It’s available a couple of weeks before the movie, and the tracklisting is:

1 ‘Find you’, Zedd, ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
2 ‘Beating Heart’, Ellie Goulding
3 ‘Fight for You’, Pia Mia, ft. Chance the Rapper
4 ‘Hanging On’ (I See MONSTAS remix), Ellie Goulding
5 ‘I Won’t Let You Go’, Snow Patrol
6 ‘Run Boy Run’, Woodkid
7 ‘Backwards’, Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar
8 ‘I need you’, M83
9 ‘In Distress’, A$AP Rocky, ft. Gesaffelstein
10 ‘Lost and Found’ (ODESZA remix), Pretty Lights
11 ‘Stranger’, Skrillex, ft. KillaGraham From Milo & Otis & Sam Dew
12 ‘Dream machines’, Big Deal
13 ‘Dead in the water’, Ellie Goulding

The big winner is Ellie Goulding!

We will be getting this! We have other movie soundtracks in the Young Adult collection also: The Great Gatsby, Catching Fire, City of Bones, Avengers, Glee (lots of Glee, lots and lots of Glee) and much more.

The In Crowd

Here at the library we keep tabs on which books and authors are most popular and we also create lists. So, here’s a couple:

Most Issued YA Titles, 2013

  1. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  2. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  4. Guardian Angel, Robert Muchamore
  5. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  6. The Fault in our Stars, John Green
  7. Shadow Wave, Robert Muchamore
  8. People’s Republic, Robert Muchamore
  9. Brigands M.C., Robert Muchamore
  10. City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare

Most Issued YA Authors, 2013

  1. Robert Muchamore
  2. Cassandra Clare
  3. Sara Shepard
  4. James Patterson
  5. Suzanne Collins
  6. Anthony Horowitz
  7. Tamora Pierce
  8. John Marsden
  9. Michael Grant
  10. Meg Cabot

Obviously the more books you’ve published the better your chance of featuring on this list (hello James Patterson), so Suzanne Collins has done well to be at number 5 with only 3 young adult books! The Hunger Games trilogy was borrowed 902 times last year, which is amazing really.

Most Wanted: January 2014

The Book Thief has raced up the reserves list since New Year’s. It’s got staying power: first published in 2006, it was on our most wanted list in 2009 – 2010, and has been on the New York Times bestsellers list continually for a very long time. It’s also one of 5 movie books on our list this month.

1. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [no change]
2. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
3. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [no change]
4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [back after 4 years]
5. Divergent,Veronica Roth [up 4]
6=. The Fall of Five, Pittacus Lore [down 2]
6=. Black Friday, Robert Muchamore [down 1]
6=. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [no change]
9=. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
9=. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [down 3]

Best of 2013: Bridget’s Picks

Mortal Fire, Elizabeth Knox

“Sixteen-year-old Canny Mochrie’s vacation takes a turn when she stumbles upon a mysterious and enchanting valley, occupied almost entirely by children who can perform a special type of magic that tells things how to be stronger and better than they already are. As Canny studies the magic more carefully, she realizes that she not only understands it–she can perform the magic, too, so well that it feels like it has always been a part of her. With the help of an alluring seventeen-year-old boy who is held hostage by a spell that is now more powerful than the people who first placed it, Canny figures out the secrets of this valley and of her own past.” (goodreads.com)

This is another highly original fantasy story featuring a strong and unique female hero, from New Zealander Elizabeth Knox.

I also really liked:

Dark Triumph, Robin LaFevers

Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater

Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff

Best of 2013: Vanessa’s Picks Part 2

Curse Workers trilogy, Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe’s family are curse workers, who can use magic to change others, manipulate memories and feelings just by touch. Cassel, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have the gift. Or does he? A supernatural series set in a mob/magic world of gangsters and con artists.

And also (some older goodies):

Free as a Bird, Gina McMurchy-Barber

Jolt, Bernard Beckett

Mockingbird, Katherine Erskine

Best of 2013: Rebecca’s Pick

Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

“When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.” (catalogue description)

This is the companion novel to Code Name Verity

Also intriguing:

Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas

Best of 2013: Julie’s Pick

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, John Boyne

“The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name – on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by – a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place…” (catalogue description)

“John Boyne (best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) shows huge skill at showing us how Alfie thinks and feels,” says Julie. If you loved TBITSP then make sure you read this!

Best of 2013: Simon’s Pick

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

“…the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record – all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

“While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites – all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.” (goodreads.com)

Goodreads’ Best Reads for 2013

The goodreads.com Best Books of 2013 have been decided. Rainbow Rowell wins again! It is the year of Rainbow Rowell.

Young Adult Fiction Category Top 5

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Dare You To, Katie McGarry

United We Spy, Ally Carter

The Moon & More, Sarah Dessen

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Category Top 5

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare

The Indigo Spell, Richelle Mead

Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout

Scarlet, Marissa Meyer

You can see them all here.

We at Wellington City Libraries read a fair quantity of books, so we’ll be letting you know what our favourites were over the next few weeks also!

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