Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scary Books for People Who Don’t Like Scary Books

Happy Halloween! My favorite part of Halloween is always children and pets in cute costumes. A couple years ago I bought a costume for my cat, but he hates it more than anything in the entire world and wriggled out of it in 30 seconds flat. He’s selfish that way. Anyway. What I don’t like about Halloween are scary, gross things. For example, zombies. Zombies are disgusting. Everyone knows that, right? Does everyone like zombies because they’re disgusting? I don’t get it. The last scary movie I willingly saw was Scream 2, and that’s because, back in my day, Jamie Kennedy was a dreamboat. (He was. I swear. Zac Efron hadn’t been invented yet.)

Jamie Kennedy in Scream. Image source.

That said, despite my general aversion to the horror genre, sometimes I accidentally read scary books. Sometimes I even like them. Here are my favorite scary books. They’re spooktacular!! (They’re not really.)

Feed by M.T. AndersonEating Animals by Jonathan Safran FoerA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonPreludes and Nocturnes by Neil GaimanZeitoun by Dave EggersBirds of America by Lorrie Moore

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Rave: Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I had heard a lot of great reviews of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, but I wasn’t sure if I would want to read it. I don’t often read historical fiction, especially not war fiction. Also, the cover kind of freaked me out. (I know, I know–don’t judge a book by its cover. But everyone does it!) But since I’d heard so much about Code Name Verity (and observed Abby ignoring everybody at lunch so she could read more of it), I decided I might as well jump in and read it myself. And I’m super glad I did!

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October New Teen Books!

What’s new in the Teen Scene this month, you ask? What? You didn’t actually ask? Oh well, I’ve already gone and made this blog post about it, so you’re going to have to read it.

The Earl and the Fairy by AyukoThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max BrooksPirate Cinema by Cory DoctorowEve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine ApplegateBack & Deader Than Ever by Lisi Harrison

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Best Scary Books for Teens

‘Tis the season… for ghosts, zombies, vampires, and more. For October, we have some great scary books on display in the Teen Scene! Here’s a list if you want to read more about them (or request one online if the one you want is checked out.)

World War Z by Max BrooksCoraline by Neil GaimanName of the Star by Maureen JohnsonUnwind by Neil ShustermanHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBrideThe Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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Rave: Akata Witch

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Here is the thing about Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: it is so good that after I read it I just started telling strangers to read it when I was out at bookstores. I know you might think that, as a librarian, I do that all the time, but the thing is… I don’t, at least not outside the library. At least not for books that are as good as Akata Witch.

I guess I also go out of my way to promote Akata Witch because it might not be a book you’d pick up, if it weren’t for a crazy stranger telling you about it at Barnes & Noble. There’s the title. “Akata Witch? What does that even mean?” Then there’s the fact that there’s no movie tie-in. And there’s not even a love triangle or any hot vampires. Why would you even read it?

Well, guys, read it because it’s so so good. It’s a totally unique magic story.

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Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011

Banned Books Week is September 30-October 6 this year. This is a week when libraries, bookstores, and other book-loving places unite to celebrate the freedom to read! We believe that people should have free and open access to information.

To celebrate Banned Books Week, why not read a book that some people don’t think you should be allowed to read? There’s a display of banned books in the Teen Scene this month. Here’s a list the American Library Association (ALA) compiled of last year’s Top 10 most frequently challenged books. (If that’s not enough for you, you can also try the Top 100 Banned Books of 2000-2009.)

TTYL by Lauren MyracleThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieThe Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds NaylorBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyWhat My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
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