Since late January, I’ve served on YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee, which means, among other things, that I’ve spent an awful lot of time this year looking for books about ghosts, vampires, zombies, dead classmates, dead relatives, and road trips.
To come up with relevant titles to consider, I’ve used my own knowledge of YA books and gotten suggestions from teens.I’ve also been using reference tools, traditional and non-, to discover new titles or jog my memory.
My favorite reference source so far has been LibraryThing.LibraryThing is a social cataloguing tool that lets users create a virtual library of books, review and rate the books, and describe them with tags.It’s a great way to keep track of your own reading (I maintain a personal reading list on the site), but it’s also a surprisingly effective discovery tool.Go to the search page and enter two keywords in the “tag” box…say “YA” and “vampires.”The search can be slow, but the result is a long list of relevant titles, each of which you can click on for editorial descriptions and user reviews.
Quick reminder:PPYA welcomes field nominations, and May 15 is your last chance to nominate a title for one of the four 2009 lists.(Nominations reopen after ALA’s Annual conference.)If you know a book that belongs on one of these lists, please send in your nomination today!
Member, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults