Everyone likes to speculate about trends: fashion, sports, video games… But this is a library’s blog, so let’s concentrate on books. Here are a few Young Adult books announced for 2018 that: 1) Are/were impatiently awaited by all the bookish community 2) Belleville Public Library owns copies.

You may choose between: western with a kick-ass female protagonist (Gunslinger girl), historical thriller (Orphan Monster Spy), short romance stories (Meet Cute) or apocalyptic with a side of zombies novel (Dread nation). Maybe you would prefer murder mystery? (Truly devious, People like us, Murdertrending) This is like a literary buffet!

Click on the covers to get more info!

 

Tell us what is your favorite read of 2018!

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The past is fascinating. I like to read about how humanity coped before computers. As a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) the events I like the most are the ones called “Arts & Science”. Basically, people research and try their hands at old techniques of weaving, cooking, woodworking… name it. I learn something new every time. It’s amazing how clever our ancestors were.

History is made of people who, knowingly or not, changed the course of event by their actions. What happened in the past can be interesting. There is so much people that didn’t make it into textbook… What their lives could have been like? That’s where historical fiction comes from.

Yes I did write that much just to get at: here is a list of historical fiction books. I tried to get a lot of different eras and genres here.

If you scroll all the way down, there is two of my favorite Manga series too: A Bride’s story that relates Amir’s life who lives in Turkic Central Asia during the 19th century and Vinland Saga, the story of a Viking named Thorfinn and his efforts to get to Vinland (which is Newfoundland by the way).

 

Are books with a main protagonist having a mental illness a trend? OCDaniel by Wesley King, Bent not broken by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom… Turtles all the way down is a good example of this trend. The main character, Aza is anxious and has obsessive-compulsive behaviors that threaten her social life… well actually it threatens her actual life too. (DAM dam DAM… suspense!)

 

So, my opinion is: it’s a good book, but Paper towns and The fault in our stars are better. So whether you liked Turtles all the way down or not, read the two others they are worth it. Especially Paper towns, in my opinion.

 

 

This said, you may have liked Turtles all the way down so much you want a read-alike. Here are some for you if it is the case!

Enjoy the spring warmth by reading one of them outside!

Maze Runner is a really popular series of YA dystopian fiction. Fast-paced, dark and mysterious, the first book begins as Thomas wakes up in the middle of a gigantic maze with no memories whatsoever. There is three books in the series: The maze runner, The scorch trials and The death cure. The kill order was published afterward but is actually a prequel. You may click on the covers here to get more information.

   

If you liked this excellent thrilling series, some of the titles below might appeal to you as well!

aconfusionofprincesgarthnix  darkestmindsalexndrabracken deliriumlaurenoliver enclaveannaguirre incarceroncatherinefisher jamesdashner lefthandofgodpaulhoffman legendmarielu matchedallysonbraithwaite partialsdanwells supernaturalisteioncolferthe5thwaverichardyancey ugliesscottwesterfeld unwindnealshusterman variantrobisonwells

Let us know which is your favorite fast-paced action book of all time!

Who never asked for a pet? A dog, or a poney, or an iguana or a cat… name it! Authors like pets too and some of them write stories about them…

So, what is your favorite book about an animal?

 

I was pondering, trying to find a subject for a post. I looked at my lists of “already read books” and “books I want to read”. There was “The upside of unrequited by Becky Abertalli”. And “How to save a life by Sara Zarr”. A, B, Z… I decided I would go for and A to Z list of books. Here we go!

A – Abertalli, Becky, The upside of unrequited. Didn’t read it yet but it’s on my list and got really good reviews.

B – Bang, Barry Lyga. Two Bs! I loved I hunt killers, this one is on my “To read list”.

C- Calvin, Martine Leavitt. A dip in a schizophrenic mind, funny and serious at the same time.

D- D.J. MacHale, Bobby Pendragon. Still such a great fantasy read!

E- Eric Walters, Flyboy. Historical fiction about WWII from an awesome auth0r.

F-Fault in our stars, John Green. They made a movie out of it… means it’s an awesome story right?!

G- Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, Mackenzi Lee. An exciting adventure set in 1700s Europe featuring LGBTQ+ and POC characters!

H-Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. I know that everyone knows about Harry Potter! It’s still a good reading suggestion.

I- Iturbe, Antonio, The librarian of Auschwitz. Based on a true story, great book about WWII prisoner camps.

J- John Flanagan, The Outcasts. First book of Brotherband chronicles, a tale of vikings that can become addictive.

K- Kid table, Andrea Seigel. Nice story about a crazy extended family. Nostalgia over your cousins guaranteed.

L-Long Walk to Valhalla, Adam Smith. This one is a Graphic Novel about facing your past. I loved it!

M- Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. It’s a story about body image and dreams. A must read.

N- Nest (the), Kenneth Oppel. An horror story like no others!

O-Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark endeavor. Oppel again… well he’s a great author. This one is about Frankenstein.

P- Prudence Shen, Nothing can possibly go wrong. Really funny graphic novel about a bunch of teens competing against each others and then together against the world.

Q-Quinn, Kate Karyus, Another little piece. It was really hard to find a “Q” one… however it got 3.7 stars on Goodreads and a place in my “To read” list.

R – Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Good story that begins in our reality and slips a bit in a mysterious one.

S- Stiefvater, Maggie. Scorpio Races.

T- They both die at the end, Adam Silvera. “This is sooooo good. Just so good!” someone told me.

U- Under the never sky, Veronica Rossi. Post-apocalyptic romance that got good reviews.

V- Vikki Vansickle, Winnowing. Great sci-fi coming of age story.

W- OCDaniel, Wesley King. Such a good read! It gives a good insight at OCD, the author being OCD himself.

X- X, Ilyasah Shabazz. Vivid, fictionalized account of Malcolm X early life.

Y- Young, Moira. Blood read road. It seems like quite a travel in a post-apocalyptic world. On my “To read” list.

Z- Zarr, Sara, How to save a life. Peculiar tale about two teenage girls, a mom and a baby to be born. It’s not clear who saved who but it’s a happy ending.

What would your alphabet of books would be? Let us know!

Sometimes, life sucks. Sometimes, we have unexpected ordeals thrown at us and  it’s overwhelming. It’s not always easy to talk about it. It may be embarrassing or so overpowering the words won’t come out. Even though other people may have been in the same situation. And sometimes, people wrote about tough times. It can be of help, when you don’t know where to turn.

Librarians can help you find the information you are looking for… however, you may prefer to keep it private, in which case this list of Dewey Call Numbers where you may find books about the subject(s) that interest you may prove useful.

There is also a lots of resources who can help you.

Sexuality/Birth control/STIs/Health:

Sexuality and You: sexandu.ca

HPEC Public Health: hpepublichealth.ca

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

Abuse/Sexual Assault:

Sexual Assault Centre : sacqd.ca

Crisis line 1-877-544-6424

Mental Health/Addiction/Counselling:

kidshelpphone.ca: 1-800-668-6868

Peer Support: psseo.ca/peer-support/     phone: 613-969-1772

Addictions Centre: addictionscentre.ca/  phone: 613-969-0077

COSP : cosp.ca/  phone: 613-966-7410

Housing:

youthab.ca: 613-969-0830

LGBTQ+ Support:

Youthline: youthline.ca/  phone: 1-800-268-9688

And here are a few books you could borrow from the library or read at the library if for any reason you don’t want to check them out.

    

Hope there is something useful for you in there.