I’ve been in my position as Library Director for a couple of months now. While in library school, I made an effort to keep reading “for fun” books. I blogged about them here! One of the ways I’m getting to know my patrons and my collection better is through reading! And today marks the last day I will allow myself to read YA or Junior Fiction… for a while, at least. I usually read a balance of non-fiction, adult, YA and J fiction, but this summer I’ve been focusing on the last two.
Here’s why: I feel my library’s YA and J fiction collections are somewhat outdated and I wanted to read what my younger patrons are reading to become a better collection manager and readers’ advisor.While I haven’t read *everything* my patrons read this summer, I do have a better understanding of both what I may suggest for them to read next and what type of YA and J fiction I personally enjoy.
Now that the Summer Reading Program is finished at our library, I have decided I need to work on moving back to adult fiction and non-fiction because the majority of my Sept – May patrons are adult (and many are retired). Before I start the beautiful journey of reading what my adult patrons are reading, here’s a list of the top 7 most popular* reads this summer. For everything else I read this summer, check out my GoodReads!
* popular is defined here as MY personal favorites combined with what’s popular amongst my younger patrons at the library
- Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) by Scott Westerfeld
– dystopia fiction with a strong female character is always a hit for me!
- The Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater
– a love story of a werewolf and a human and their desire to live
- Avalon High Coronation graphic novels (The Merlin Prophecy, Homecoming and Hunter’s Moon) by Meg Cabot
– sequel(s) to Avalon High in the format of manga – fantastic novel-to-comix bridge books
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (books 1-5) by Jeff Kinney
– journal complete with laughs, doodles and lessons learned
- Paper Towns by John Green
– highschool crush turned missing person mystery
- Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
– Will Ali and Emma be able to have a good time at the lake cabin this summer or will history come back to haunt them?
- Roscoe Riley Rules series (by Katherine Applegate)
– Short chapters featuring 1st-grader Roscoe Riley’s silly stories of his adventures at school.
And with that, I head into my 5th month as Library Director of Muir Library and a couple months of adult-focused-reading. Look for another update from my bookshelf soon!