What a Super Bowl, huh?
No reviews from me in the near future, even though the reading slump is over. I went booktalking on Friday (5 periods, 10 classes, 250 kids), so the slump ended because I knew I had to read to prepare for it. But now I’ve got a K-drama and a bunch of adult books to finish before I can go back to the YA books, so here are some random links to keep you entertained.
Over at the YALSA blog, the post “Dear Teens, It’s Okay to Ask for Things” struck a chord with me.
I’ve noticed a particular phenomenon among teens that I don’t see as much in children or adults. Actually, it’s two things.
1. Often, when I see a teen searching for a book on the shelves, and I approach her and ask if I can help her find what she’s looking for, she says no–even though it’s pretty obvious that she’s having trouble locating the title she wants.
2. When a teen asks if I have a particular book and we don’t own it, I always offer to buy it for him. Many times, he will decline. The same goes for offering to put an item on hold–he will say “no, it’s no big deal, don’t worry about it” very politely, but very definitively.
I notice this, too. Of course, there are teens who have no problem asking for help or saying yes when you offer to request something for them. But it does seem like whenever a person declines, the person is often a teen. There’s a nice discussion in the comments, so if this is a problem for you, too, read the full post.
HRH Mia Thermopolis tells the story of her first sale, for Ransom My Heart, at Dear Author.
Liviania asks, “What words in a blurb will increase your chances of buying and/or reading a book?” This changes depending on the genre of the book, but for me, when it comes to YA books, it’s probably the phrase teen spy or something that implies teen spy. What about you?