174. Books & Beyond: Hot Authors & Read-a-likes

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Books & Beyond with the Barrington Area Library

I’m excited to share this first post from our newest contributor at 365Barrington.com.  She is Adult Services Librarian, Lizzy Klinnert, at the Barrington Area Library and she’ll be writing posts for us to publish in our Books & Beyond series.  Today, she’s talking about “read-a-likes” and the “king and queen” of young adult lit.

Hot Authors & Read-a-likes

by Lizzy Klinnert, Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library

It’s my favorite time at the library – Summer.  Why?  Because, in the Young Adult area especially, summer brings out the readers.  Nothing’s better than walking through the area and seeing huge gaps on the shelves.  I see the empty spots and I just know that someone is going to have a good reading week.

Books & Beyond with the Barrington Area Library
Books & Beyond with the Barrington Area Library

It’s pretty rare to see super-popular authors like John Green or Sarah Dessen on the shelves at all during this season. For a look at some of the most popular books for young adults, CLICK HERE to see an explanation of this image, a map of the hottest books by state according to EpicReads.com.

United States of YA - Courtesy of EpicReads.com

So, while you’re on hold waiting for a book for the king and queen of YA (young adult) lit, why not try some read-a-likes? (Read-a-likes are books by different authors with a similar style or subject matter.) …

Second Chance Summer Cover

Second Chance Summer

If you’re looking for something similar to Dessen, try Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

When Taylor’s father gets devastating health news, her family decides to spend one last summer together at their old lake house.

As her family draws closer, Taylor realizes that old friends (and crushes) that she thought had been left behind are not so far away after all.







Ask the Passengers Cover

Ask the Passengers

If you like John Green, read A. S. King’s Ask the Passengers.

Astrid feels like she has no one to talk to, so her life becomes a series of secrets.  But there is no such thing as a secret in a small town.

As Astrid’s life begins to unravel, she must figure out how to stay true to herself while breaking her small town’s expectations.

Remember, we have a Summer Library Club program just for high school students.  Sign up today and share what your summer reading list looks like, but time is running out: the club ends on August 16.

You can even win prizes for reading!  In the mean time, keep clearing our shelves!

If you happen upon an amazing read, don’t forget to share it with me, YA librarian Lizzy :).


About the Author

Post 264 - Barrington Area Librarian Lizzy KlinnertMeet your librarian, Lizzy Klinnert, at the Barrington Area Library.

Lizzy loves trivia and playing volleyball.

In her free time she reads lots of romance and young adult fiction.

Check out what Lizzy is reading right now at http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1651441-lizzy/.

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