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You might like….fairy tale edition and first in a series!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHere is a new feature on the blog! In this series of posts, I will examine various new releases and Librarian’s Choice books and suggest other items in our collection that are related – whether as inspiration or as first examples in the genre. This week, something that’s close to my heart and very popular in YA fiction at the moment: fairy tales.

Holly Black is one of the best YA authors writing today and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of her books and am especially keen to read her latest book (the first in a series, yay!) called The Cruel Prince. Like many of her other books, it deals with the fae. This time a young woman must navigate the capricious and cruel fae court – politics and fairy tales, excellent!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is another book I’m really interested in; it’s currently ninth on the New York Times’ YA bestseller list and had a glowing review in the Guardian. It’s rather more controversial on Goodreads, but that just makes me all the more eager to give it a look. It tells the story of Alice, who lives with her mother is chased by constant bad luck; they make their way to Alice’s Grandmother’s (an author of a cult collection of fairy takes) house, in the Hazel Wood of the book’s title.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsShaun Tan’s The Singing Bones is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking to start investigating the “original” Grimm Brothers’ fairytales. It’s a deceptively simple collection featuring a fragment of text from the original Grimm brother’s story and then an image depicting a central moment within that narrative. If you want to read the original stories, we also have the uncensored translation. We also have books about fairy tales and their significance. My favourite and one of the most well known authors on this subject is Jack Zipes: start with Fairy tales and the art of subversion. If you’re more visually inclined, check out Fairy tale fashion by Colleen Hill.

I’ve hope you pick some of these books up – they’re all wonderful and weird, just like faerie/fairy tales themselves.

Recently on Tumblr…

The first trailer for The Legend of Korra Book 4 is out! Check out the trailer below (if you’re up to date with Book 3):

We learned the science behind why old books smell so awesome:

Image via Tumblr

And we talked a bit about the strange things that get returned in library books…

Image property of ednawelthorpe

You can follow us over on Tumblr at wellingtoncitylibraries.tumblr.com!

Rookie Yearbook

Tavi Gevinson is hardly what you’d call a rookie now: she’s been blogging on fashion since she was eleven (a whole five years ago), she’s editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, a website for teen girls, and Lady Gaga called her “the future of fashion journalism”. Library fashionistas kind of like her too.

Not to be outdone by herself (since there aren’t that many other fashion publishing whirlwinds out there), she’s recently published Rookie Yearbook One, celebrating one year of Rookie magazine: “A 352 page collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from Rookie’s first year – now in print. Included: stickers created by Rookie illustrators, a paper crown designed by Meadham Kirchoff, and a flexidisc with songs by Supercute! and Dum Dum Girls” (rookiemag.com).

You can reserve a copy now!

Be a blogger

Hey so you thought, “I should keep a blog. I have a lot to say/pictures to upload about life/fashion/people/cute animals/politics?/interests/poetry/etc“. What are your blogging options? Here are some that I can recommend! They are free also!

Tumblr.com – this is pretty great; you can very easily upload files, write posts, follow other Tumblr users, and like and reblog (you don’t need to write anything ever!) their content. You can change the appearance of your site with mimimum fuss. I can also recommend the Tumblr app for your iPod or whatever.

¶  Blogger.com – this has been around for a long time, and is now owned by Google. So you can log in with your Google account if you have one and in no. time. flat. you can have your own blog. 

WordPress.com – similar to the last one, insofar as the mechanics go; you register and pretty soon have your own blog, freely hosted online. We use WordPress to update this blog, and I can tell you it’s very easy to use and manage, especially if you have multiple people posting. “It’s very easy to use”, I said, officiously. “And manage,” I added.

LiveJournal.com – This has been around for a long long time now, and has devoted users. It is also now very popular in Russia, where it is called Живой Журнал.

So! If you have a blog or a Живой Журнал, or start one, send us an email and we might link to it. You can blog here as well, if you like. Electronically mail us.

Katherine stalks Stefan through the centuries.

It is true! This only makes sense if you’re a Vampire Diaries fan, actually.

Product placement

Borders (the bookshop) has a Facebook page for teens and teen-books called Borders Ink. It’s has lots of updates and links about all things YA-book-related. You will (of course) need to be a member of Facebook to read it.

Borders also has a blog devoted to science fiction, and it’s really rather good. Read it here, sci-fi fans! They also have some YA booklists; even one called Banned Books You’ve Gotta Read, many of which we have at the library (I’ll add it to our fantastic booklists at some stage).

Authors Who Blog: Part Three

Further to this post, and this one, here are some more author blogs that might interest you:

Meg’s Diary. Meg Cabot’s blog (after crashing my IE, for which she is basically forgiven) is updated regularly. She sticks incidental-life photos up, plus she includes some YouTube clips she’s done that are amusing and enlightening.

This is My Secret (Kristin Cashore). The author of Graceling and the soon-to-be-published Fire keeps her readers up to date about her life as a writer. She’s also included some advice on writing and publishing recently. Her blog’s got a Margaret Mahy quote, which is a good start.

Cassandra Clare’s Blog. Oh my. Being a fan fiction person it’s hardly surprising that Cassandra Clare is so Web 2.0 savvy. Her blog’s a cornucopia of information, competitions, prizes, chapters of upcoming books, clips of upcoming books, photos of people who are in love with Jace wearing tshirts and much more. She is now promoting her new trilogy (Infernal Devices) rather heavily, so if you want to know about that then visit her blog.

Do you Tweet? If you’re a Twitter user then you could follow some of these (from Mashable plus a couple of extras):

@stephenfry. Ever since he got stuck in a lift (but probably before then) Stephen Fry’s been one of the most popular people on Twitter.

@doctorow. Cory Doctorow wrote Little Brother.

@megcabot. Meg Cabot, who is rather attached to her cat, tweets very regularly, so you’ll get a very good idea about what she’s up to.

@sarahdessen. Sarah Dessen keeps people up to date when she’s out and about. Makes you feel like she’s your friend.

@sockington. Sockington isn’t an author but a cat, but his tweets are an excellent example of good writing in 140 characters or less.

Plus there’s heaps more. But note the following from Stephenie Meyer’s website (dated 4 June 2009): “I do not have a facebook page, and I have never had one. I don’t do twitter. So if you’re communicating with someone online that you think is me, it’s not.” So there you go.

Really simple

If you read loads of websites and blogs that update regularly (like this one), and you think, “gosh, if only all these sites’ contents could be stuck onto one handy page,” then consider using an RSS reader. Rather than opening many websites at once, an RSS reader grabs the newest content from them for you. So handy!

There are several RSS readers available. If you’ve a Google account then Google Reader is good and reliable. Bloglines is another of the more well-known ones.

(RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, which sounds simple but probably is quite complex.)

Anyway, the Teen Blog’s RSS feed is here.

NZMM09 – Where can I find out more?

nzmm-2009-logo-smallest1We’ve got a blog running for New Zealand Music Month here. Check out the reviews, the music news, and get info on the events we’ve got happening. Take a look!

ps: If you’re interested in music don’t forget the NZMM events at the Central Library – there’s ‘Dr’ Lee Prebble on the 26th of May and The Phoenix Foundation on the 28th (find out more).

Liveblogging the Almost Amazing Race

5.06 – and the winners were… Team AXD! Well done! (Sorry, we’ve been too busy trying to tally scores!) We’ll be sticking up some more photos next week. Second place went to The Bananaramas. We’re going to check out now and go clean up.

3:37 – If you’ll notice this next video only took 20 minutes to edit and upload. I like technology again. This is from the compulsory stop.

More later.

– Jack

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