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Book Trailer of the Week– Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 27, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 6, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Guys Reads, Horror

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association’s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

Gabi

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

Popular

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

HowitWentDown

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

When I Was The Greatest

When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

GirlsLikeUs

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Book Trailer of the Week– Made for You by Melissa Marr

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 2, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Fairytales Retold

Looking for an interesting spin on a classic fairytale?  Check out some of these novels in the Teen collection!

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Bluebeard

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Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Cinderella

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Ash by Malinda Lo

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Beauty and the Beast

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hedge

 

The Frog Prince

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Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Enchanted by Althea Kontis

 

The Little Mermaid

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Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

September Girls by Bennett Madison

 

Peter Pan

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Wendy by Karen Wallace

 

Rapunzel

Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn

 

Red Riding Hood

Sisters-Red

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

 

Robin Hood

Scarlet

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

 

Rumpelstiltskin

CurseDarkGold

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

 

Sleeping Beauty

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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susan Cokal

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Princess of Thorns by Stacy Jay

 

Snow White

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Nameless by Lili St. Crow

Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Tracy Lynn

 

Snow White and Rose Red

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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

 

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Entwined by Heather Dixon

 

Various Fairytales Retold

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Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Grim edited by Christine Johnson

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Twisted Fairy Tales: 20 Classic Stories With a Dark and Dangerous Heart by Maura McHugh and illustrated by Jane Laurie

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Historical Fiction, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

Novels for Teen Gamers

EpicEpic by Conor Kostick

YA SF KOSTICK, C.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

GamerGirlGamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

YA MANCUSI, M.

Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

DontTurnAroundDon’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

YA GAGNON, M.

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

InsigniaInsignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

HeirApparentHeir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

YA SF VANDE VELDE, V.

While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

HeadGames2Head Games by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICKS, M.

Two teenagers connect online in a role-playing game which leads them into their own face-to-face, half-acknowledged courtship.

feedFeed by M.T. Anderson

YA SF ANDERSON, M.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

evilgeniusEvil Genius by Catherine Jinks

YA SF JINKS, C.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

RushRush by Eve Silver

YA SF SILVER, E.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.

CodaCoda by Emma Trevayne

YA SF TREVAYNE, E.

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

freetofallFree to Fall by Lauren Miller

YA SF MILLER, L.

In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 4, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

This is Halloween!!

Want to watch the whole movie?  Click here to find The Nightmare Before Christmas in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 31, 2014 Categories: Horror, Movies, Music

Book Trailer of the Week– Conversion by Katherine Howe

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Conversion by Katherine Howe.   Conversion is part medical mystery and inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen is in her final semester at St. Joan’s High School, and when some of her fellow classmates begin to fall to a mysterious illness, Colleen researches the similarities between what is happening at her school and what happened back during the Salem Witch Trials.  What Colleen discovers, however, may be more dangerous than her classmates cracking under the pressure of finals.  Click here to find Conversion in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 15, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever picked up! Although, it was a little slow in the beginning, it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last word.
Review by Brayden

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
It was a great book. My favorite part is when they’re in the arena. The book had me reading while the rest of my family was asleep at night.
Review by Emmanuel

lyinggameThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
It might be a lie that I like this book or not, what do you think? It was unknown to Emma that she had a twin sister and now there was a video with her sister being murdered. Emma now has to be Sutton because nobody believes Sutton’s dead. Can Emma put the pieces together or not?
Review by Elizabeth

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
It’s a sort of autobiography about Jiang’s life during the cultural revolution in China. It was very interesting and well written. Highly recommend.
Review by Merrily

KidsofKabulKids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
YA 305.235 ELL
I found this book amazing. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews kids about how they live through a never ending war in Afghanistan. The kids’ stories are phenomenal.
Review by Paula

passionPassion by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
In this story, Luce decides to travel to her past lives to see what went wrong and if she can break the curse between herself and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Review by Neela

bombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
YA 623.4511 SHE
I loved this book so much! It was action packed, surprising, and a cliffhanger. The nonfiction book was packed with info about World War II, and it was written so well! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in World War II. I loved it!
Review by Adam

AnythingtoHaveYouAnything to Have You by Paige Harbison
YA HARBISON, P.
Natalie and Brooke are best friends and when Aiden comes to town, Natalie calls dibs, but Brooke ignores it and starts dating Aiden even though she knows how Natalie feels. Fast forward two years to a party with too much alcohol and Natalie wakes up next to Aiden and can’t remember anything, all she knows is she had sex, but with who?
Review by Paige

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.
A disturbing concept, yet fun to follow, with tons of romance. This book was thrilling, horror-filled, and just disturbing. With a twist at the end that I would have never imagined, this was a book that had me read it in one go. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

strangebeautifulsorrowsThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
YA WALTON, L.
This book certainly lives up to its title, being both strange and beautiful. With its lyrical writing and emotional twists and turns, this book is easily the best one I’ve read all year and a book I’d recommend to anyone.
Review by Caitlin

Summer Reads for Teens!

Summer is officially here!  I don’t know about you , but I always enjoy picking up a novel to read in the summer that is actually set in the summertime. Check out this list below, if you are like me, and are look for a good summer read set in the summertime:

Summer Romance

Vast FieldsThe Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

YA BURD, N.

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

GirlfriendMaterialGirlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor

YA KANTOR, M.

Kate has never had a boyfriend. But while crashing at her mother’s wealthy friends’ home at Cape Cod for the summer, Kate meets Adam. But when her breezy summer romance with Adam becomes more complicated, Kate asks herself if she is girlfriend material.

ForeverSummerForever Summer by Alyson Noël

YA NOEL, A.

Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true…What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the familiar and finding new friends.

TwentyBoySummerTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

YA OCKLER, S.

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

Field Guide for HeartbreakersA Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

YA TRACY, K.

When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.

Summer Mystery

Morgue and MeThe Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

AccelerationAcceleration by Graham McNamee

YA MY MCNAMEE, G.

Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Black Rabbit SummerBlack Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

YA BROOKS, K.

When two of sixteen-year-old Pete’s childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening–and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.

ShiftShift by Jennifer Bradbury

YA BRADBURY, J.

After graduating from high school, best friends Win and Chris take a cross-country bicycle trek from West Virginia to Washington state, during which they discover amazingly beautiful places, meet fascinating people…and have a nasty fight. Win abandons Chris in Montana with no explanation, so Chris finishes the trip solo and returns home to start college…and until an FBI agent shows up to question him about the details of their trip, Chris has no idea that Win never made it back. Outdoor types, armchair travelers, and mystery fans won’t be able to flip these pages fast enough

Midsummer night screamA Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

YA STINE, R.

Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site.

Summer Sports

Swim the FlySwim the Fly by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop, the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes to see a live naked girl and with Matt, eager to impress the swim team’s “hot” new girl, agreeing to swim the 100-yard butterfly.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

BigGameEverythingThe Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus’s golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of “The Big Game of Everything.”

LeagueThe League by Thatcher Heldring

YA HELDRING, T.

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Road Trips

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

AsEasyAsFallingAs Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins

YA PERKINS, L.

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck…

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

JerkCaliforniaJerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

YA FRIESEN, J.

Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Midwest town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

RulesoftheRoadRules of the Road by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

Jenna Boller, the star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago, is a very tall sixteen-year-old who really stands out in a crowd, but when Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to drive her cross country to save her business, she learns the rules of the road, as well as the rules of life.

Summer Drama

ViewFromTopThe View from the Top by Hillary Frank

YA FRANK, H.

Anabelle and her fellow high school graduates navigate their way through a disastrous summer of love and friendship in the small coastal town of Normal, Maine.

ProjectSweetLifeProject Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

YA HARTINGER, B.

When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.

ThirteenLittleBlueEnvelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

BoysBearsBoys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

YA MCDONALD, A.

Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.

howtobuildahouseHow to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

When her father divorces her beloved stepmother and leaves her without her stepsister, Tess, Harper decides to join a volunteer organization to build houses for tornado victims, but struggling to figure out her role in the mix upon her arrival, Harper is befriended by Teddy who inspires her to love and trust once again.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Travel