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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?

 

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.

I did “Awesome books for teen girls” in October and got lists after lists of suggestions for girls. Let me just say… it wasn’t as easy for you boys. There was not as many lists out there. I really wanted to have a male perspective on the subject too, so it got drastically harder. I didn’t give up and here for you: 13 gems recommended by guys! There are sports, fantasy, mystery, real life and funny stories… a bit of everything, so assuredly something for you in there.

treasurehunterjamespatterson thebatboymikelupica ashfallmikemullin

  eragonchristopherpaolinilordoftheflieswilliamgolding

     wearetheshipkadirnelson

If you need more suggestions, here are some of the list I got inspiration from:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/11/15/50-best-books-for-boys-and-young-men/ A list of older classics, great picks nonetheless.

https://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/

I know i’m not a guy myself, however I would like to add 2 books that thrilled me. They gave me the feeling it was more for a male audience.