Deep Thoughts

Day’s YA – THE HAZEL WOOD

Yay! It’s YA Day!

Welcome to Day’s YA, where I, Emily Day, share some of my thoughts on an upcoming title from Wednesday Books or Flatiron Books YA. If you’d like to learn a little more about me, check out this post, where I introduce myself and tell you all my deep, dark secrets (just kidding . . . or am I?)

What you are about to read is my very first Day’s YA review (which can also be found in the Books for Teens 2018 post), so dive in and enjoy!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Also available in audio

Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way. readmoreremove

Introducing Day’s YA!!

Hi there, fellow readers! Welcome to Day’s YA!

Before we get down to business, I want to introduce myself and share a little bit about me. My name is Emily Day and I’m Macmillan’s new Library Marketing Assistant / YA Specialist. About a month ago, I moved to NYC from Boston, where I worked as a bookseller/publishing intern/grad student combo. While I was working towards my Masters in Children’s Literature, I spent my free time running along the Charles River and reading in the Public Garden. My preferred genre of music is Broadway musical soundtracks (even though I’ve only ever seen one show), I love and collect maps (I even have a world map tattoo), and I look forward to winter all year long (give me all the cozy, cloudy, snowy days).

I read YA almost exclusively, and I am so excited to use this space to share some of my favorites with you. Be on the lookout for posts from me (labeled “Day’s YA” and stamped with this logo), where I will share my candid reviews of upcoming YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. The first post (coming VERY soon) will be for Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD and I can’t wait to tell you all what I thought!

Until next time, have a YA-tastic day and happy reading!

Oh Happy Day—Meet Emily!

My name is Emily Day and I’ve just joined the Macmillan Library Marketing team as the Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist! Here are some fun facts about me:

1) I’m always reading. I have a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, so I tend to gravitate more towards books for kids and teens, but I also like reading autobiographies and adult fiction.

2) I’m originally from Michigan, but I’ve also lived in Indiana, Singapore, Boston, and now NYC!

3) I worked at an independent bookstore in Boston called Trident Booksellers and Cafe, where I spent my days surrounded by books and tea and the best French toast you’ve ever had.

4) My preferred form of exercise is running. I will often listen to books or podcasts during longer, more grueling, runs.

5) I love travel! I studied abroad in Ireland during college and I used to be a fourth grade teacher at an international school in Singapore.

I’m so excited to be working with Talia and Anne! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and I look forward to meet you all in the near future!

Happy reading!
Emily

Banned Books Week 2017

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell was the 10th most challenged book of 2016? It’s true! Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers.

Good thing librarians fight for our FREADOM! Banned Books Week (Sept 24-30) is happening now and it’s the perfect time to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

Here are resources for librarians and free downloadable art from Banned Books Week to help spread the word. The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged books, banned/challenged classics, top 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #ireadbannedbooks. If you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.

Check out BannedBooksWeek.org for more live and online events to learn how you can help support authors whose books have been banned or challenged.

ANNE’S BACK!!!

Dearest Librarians,
Once again, I’m baaaaack!! My maternity leave flew by and while it was bittersweet to leave baby Martin and big brother Daniel this morning, I’m so excited to be back and working with all of you again.

Now you might think I spent the last 3 months in a haze of snuggly cuddles and making fun family memories with trips to the beach, the zoo, and going apple picking (and you’d be right), but I also read a LOT:

EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
CLASS MOM by Laurie Gelman
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan (a LibraryReads pick!)
DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence (another LR pick you loved!)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE ESSENCE OF MALICE by Ashley Weaver
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
A DANGEROUS CROSSING by Ausma Zehanat Khan
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
THE HUSH by John Hart
GLIMPSE by Jonathan Maberry
BROKEN ICE by Matt Goldman
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier

And while we didn’t publish them, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas and YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott (currently reading) are so, SO good. Happy reading, friends.

Cheers,
Anne

Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2017 shortlist and and our very own 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster was included! The judges will announce the winners on October 17.

 

Movie Tie-Ins 09/08

It’s a book! It’s a movie! It’s a book and a movie! DISCUSS!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The acclaimed bestseller, now a major motion picture from Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), starring Natalie Portman

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Now a major motion picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and written by three time Academy Award nominee James Ivory

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

“A stunning, moving, subdued masterpiece of a book” (The Christian Science Monitor), now a major motion picture starring Amy Schumer and Miles Teller

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo appears in Ken Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour PBS series “The Vietnam War,” premiering September 17

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Vanessa Redgrave

#bookbday (07/25/17)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth, this timely book will publish in time for the premiere of Vice President Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth 2. This new book will be a daring call to action, exposing the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and groundbreaking information on what you can do now.

Vice President Al Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

This new book will also show an impassioned Vice President Gore traveling around the globe to tell a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we’ve lived through in the last 10+ years – and much more. Where Gore’s first film took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second film is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves the audience filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately.

The book will capture that same essence and will be a must-have for anybody who cares deeply about our planet.

Al Gore in action

CBS Sunday Morning 
The Late Show w/ Colbert
The Today Show

CRAFTS (7/19/17)

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CATS!!! #meow

350 + Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets: How to Be Better at What You Do by Betty Barnden

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking knits, suitable for all skill levels!

350 + Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking crochet, suitable for all skill levels!

40 Colorful Afghans: A Collection of Eye-Popping Stitch Patterns, Blocks & Projects by Leonie Morgan

The latest from bestselling author and crochet designer Leonie Morgan: all you need to know to crochet your own colorful afghans!

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar

The right book can be just the thing to make your book-group discussions come alive. Join Talia Sherer (and her beloved dog, Kugel the Corgi) for this free, one-hour webinar where she will discuss forthcoming and backlist titles that are sure-to-be hits with book groups around the country. This webinar features mostly adult books with a few YA titles as well. Moderated by Annie Bostrom, Associate Editor, Adult Books at Booklist.

Tuesday, August 1 | 1:00 PM Central 

Register here.

 

 

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