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Most Popular of 2015 at WCL

On the subject of best books of 2015 we thought we’d crunch some numbers and find out what’s been going out at Wellington City Libraries. Interesting results!

Of the books published this year The Heir by Kiera Cass went out the most (by far) but that’s partly because we have billions of copies. So, we thought, let’s make it interesting and see what went out the most per copy*. Here is an interesting Top 10 list of the hardest-working 2015 books in the YA fiction collection:

1. All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
2. I Was Here, Gayle Forman
3. Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
4. Frostfire, Amanda Hocking
5. All That Glitters, Holly Smale
6=. Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman
6= . Mind Games, Teri Terry
8. Love Hurts (short stories)
9. The Orphan Queen, Jodi Meadows
10=. Mosquitoland, David Arnold
10=. Love, Lucy, April Lindner

For people who like statistics, All the Bright Places went out an average of 13.2 times per copy which is a top effort considering books are issued for up to 3 weeks!

*And see what we need to get more of 🙂

Top 10: Spring flower girls

In the name of Spring (again), I bring you books featuring girls with flowery and botanical names. Violets, Daisys and Lilys, you’ll find them right here.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow I Live Now, Meg Rosoff

Fifteen-year-old Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she’s never even met. There she’ll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful. There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces. How will Daisy live then?'” (adapted from Syndetics)

Featuring awesome protagonist Daisy. We also have the movie version on DVD, but it is R16 so you may have trouble reserving it with a young adult library card. Give us a call if you get stuck!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCinder, Marissa Meyer

“Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.” (Syndetics)

Cinder has one horrible step-sister, but her other, lovely step-sister is named Peony. We also have this book on CD, and Rebecca Soler does an incredible job of narrating all the unique characters.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsEmbrace, Jessica Shirvington

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend? Nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori, part angel and part human, and Violet is his eternal partner. Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…” (adapted from Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMarcelo In The Real World, Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear–part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify–and he’s always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm’s mailroom in order to experience “the real world.” There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file — a picture of a girl with half a face — that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?” (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSoulmates, Holly Bourne

Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems. After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, they are left with an impossible choice: the end of the world, or a life without love?” (Syndetics)

This one doubly wins because the author (Holly) has a botanical name too!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsVampire Academy, Richelle Mead

“St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger… Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.” (Goodreads)

If one’s not enough, we have the whole series here in our collection!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsOn a Clear Day, Walter Dean Meyers

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources–and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?” (Syndetics)

This one’s actually not out just yet, but you can still reserve it before its release in a couple of weeks.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFlora Segunda, Ysabeau Wilce

Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever.” (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Fault In Our Stars, John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.” (Syndetics)

I couldn’t make this list and NOT include Hazel Grace! It just couldn’t be done. We also have this as an audiobook on CD.

There are plenty more books that could have made it onto this list – have you got any suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

Best YA Novels?

Rolling Stone magazine has published a list of 40 best YA novels. Their list includes classics like The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton; some not quite old enough to be classics like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; and some recently published future-classics like Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

Some Lots of these picks we totally agree with – browse our librarians’ choice list on Easyfind here.

If you’re interested in reading Rolling Stone, we’ve got it in print, or also on Zinio, a wondrous online magazine collection which lets you download issues and keep them, for free!

Cover courtesy of Zinio

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.

Amazon’s Best of 2013

Amazon.com has announced that their best YA book of this year was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: well done that book! Their top 10 (not in favourite order) is:

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Champion, Marie Lu

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey

The Lord of Opium, Nancy Farmer

Scarlet, Marissa Meyer

Requiem, Lauren Oliver

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black

We’ve got lots of these on book on CD also, if you prefer listening (we find audiobooks are great if you run, bike, have insomnia, or do anything for a long time that isn’t already reading).

The 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project

Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, the brain child of the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Round Table (phew!), puts out a list of books published that are “the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18”. The 2013 list is here.

Thanks to Fiona for keeping up to date with the fabulous Amelia Bloomer!

If you’re interested in feminist literature, there’s also the 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader.

New year, new you?

Or so the saying goes. Have you made a list of resolutions yet? You know, that list that you start with such energy, but then sometime in March you take a day, a week, a month off from that exercise plan and suddenly it’s November and you’re struggling to remember what you wrote the year before. Ahem. Only I do that? Well, moving on then. This collection of gems is all about resolutions. These protagonists are on a mission of some sort or another, they have a goal and we get to watch as they achieve it (or don’t).

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brasharesbook cover courtesy of Syndetics

We start with a lighthearted resolution. These four friends are on a mission to stay best friends as they each go their separate ways over the summer. And they’ve got a unique way of doing it. As the title rather hints at, they share a pair of pants. Each week, the pants pass from girl to girl with an accompanying letter of the adventures they had while wearing them. In this way the girls maintain their friendship throughout the events of their four very different summers. Spoiler alert: they complete their mission to stay friends (although there are three more books with the same mission and it gets harder as they get older) but more importantly, this is a beautiful coming of age story and well worth a read.

First lines: ‘Once upon a time there was a pair of pants. They were an essential kind of pants – jeans, naturally, blue but not that stiff, new blue that you see so often on the first day of school.

Small Steps, Louis Sacharbook cover courtesy of Syndetics

Have you read Holes? If you loved it, or even vaguely enjoyed it, then you’re sure to love Small Steps which follows Armpit (real name: Theodore) after his return from Camp Green Lake. He sets five goals for himself: 1. Graduate High School, 2. Get a job, 3. Save his money, 4. Avoid situations that might turn violent, and 5. Lose the name Armpit. In completing what he thought were five small steps, he finds himself in a situation he could never have imagined. With new friends and old, Armpit Theodore is on a mission to improve his life.

First line: ‘Once again Armpit was holding a shovel, only now he was getting paid for it, seven dollars and sixty-five cents an hour.

Recovery Road, Blake Nelsonbook cover courtesy of Syndetics

And on to the much more serious resolutions. Recovery Road is a teenage girl’s mission to get sober after her drinking and anger problems land her in rehab. So many books that take on these kind of massive issues have deeply unlikeable (read: whiny) protagonists. Maddie however is powerful and engaging, her story heartbreaking. Her mission to stay sober after she leaves rehab is constantly under threat, her world seems constantly on the point of unravelling but always, always I was wholeheartedly rooting for her. Also, Blake Nelson appears to like alliteration almost as much as we do. If you like this one then check out Paranoid Park as well.

First lines: ‘You can’t tell what Spring Meadow is from the road. The sign, nestled beneath a large oak tree, could be for a retirement village. It could be a bed-and-breakfast.

Before I Die, Jenny Downhambook cover courtesy of Syndetics

This one continues down the path of serious subject matter. Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

First lines: ‘I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out and he’d look at me the way boys do in films, as if I’m beautiful.

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbonsbook cover courtesy of Syndetics

For curiosity’s sake we’ve included this ‘historical’ novel in case anyone would like to give the very British humour a go. The sensible, sophisticated heroine Flora Poste is on a mission to help her eccentric relatives from, essentially, themselves. She descends upon them at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm after she is left penniless by the death of her parents. Armed with common sense and a strong will, Flora resolves to take each family member in hand. She’s vivacious and witty making her quest and the story as a whole very funny to read. 

First lines: ‘The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of the influenza or Spanish Plague which occurred in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living.

Take Me There, Susane Colasantibook cover courtesy of Syndetics

Based on the first line I would say this book is very much about improving oneself. With a (relatively, compared to the others on this list) lighthearted mission involved; to take a mean girl down a notch. It’s told from the perspective of three teenagers brought together by their mission and by all their respective break-ups. Cue three burgeoning love stories. The story takes place in one week, where many things will happen to the three friends including confessed secrets, messages on sidewalks, delivered flowers, a ton of photocopied notes, one awesome speech, and lots and lots of karma. It’s a quick and easy read about the trials of high school and growing up.

First line: ‘My life could not possibly suck more than it does right now.

An Abundance of Katherines, John Greenbook cover courtesy of Syndetics

More than anything, I picked up this book because of its cover. The story is pretty awesome as well. Colin’s on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl. Unfortunately, all he’s got so far is nineteen exes named Katherine. He’s also a washed-up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

First line: ‘The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.

So now that you have some literary inspiration, go forth into the new year, confident in your own list of New Years resolutions! Whether you stick to them or not, 2013 is going to be awesome! Personally, we can’t wait for the New Zealand release of the film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Let us know what you’re looking forward to this year in the comments section!

Kirkus Reviews Supplies a Mammoth List of Reading Suggestions

There have been some excellent Best of 2012 suggestions, but none of them have come near Kirkus Reviews for comprehensiveness – reading through this list will take you through summer and well into the rugby season. There’s some excellent stuff here.

Something to read this summer

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not read a book? We have here a list of suggestions, plus our book lists, and some recommendations from library staff. Here are also some highlights of 2012.

You can also vote for your favourite popular book of 2012 on our poll.

Happy reading!

Amazon’s Top Ten Books for Teens in 2012

Terrifyingly it’s already that time of year when Amazon produces its best books of the year lists. The Top 20 list for teens is here. It’s an interesting, varied collection, with some of our favourites of 2012.

  1. Reached, Ally Condie – we’re still waiting patiently for this. You can reserve it though!
  2. The Fault in our Stars, John Green
  3. Son, Lois Lowry – we’ve just ordered this one.
  4. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  5. Days of Blood & Starlight, Laini Taylor – again, we’re waiting patiently (join the queue!).
  6. The Kill Order, James Dashner – The Maze Runner prequel.
  7. Dodger, Terry Pratchett
  8. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater – one of our favourites of the year. Perfect for after-exam recovery (you can suspend your reserve until after you’ve finished).
  9. Every Day, David Levithan
  10. The Diviners, Libba Bray – Grimm is half way through (it’s quite epic).
  11. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  12. Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver
  13. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  14. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas
  15. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
  16. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein – loved this book. One of our favourites of the year also.
  17. Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler – who is also Lemony Snicket.
  18. Grave Mercy, R L LaFevers – again, this was a great read.
  19. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth
  20. For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund – we’ve just ordered this one too.

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