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I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.

Resources for Young Adults - Materials List


As most of you know, I'm currently in grad school studying library science so I can be a children and youth services librarian - that's why my activity on here has tapered off, although with the end of the semester coming, I've been able to find a little more time this week to be on here, thank goodness! 


At this point in the semester, I'm not only rejoicing that my classes are almost over and December break is almost here, but I'm also eagerly anticipating the start of my new classes in January. One of those classes will be Resources for Young Adults, and yesterday I received my  course materials list. In library school, the materials sometimes are a bit different from those required for other classes. We do have to read the admittedly dry journal articles and academic texts that can be expected in most other academic studies, but we also are able to get some hands-on experience with the materials that our patrons will want to access - which means that my materials list for this class, though extensive, is SO fun! I had to share it on here with the rest of you: 


  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Leun Yang
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper 
  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis and film adaptation
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and the film adaptation
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth and the film adaptation
  • "The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns"
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and the film adaptation 
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson 
  • Forever by Judy Blume 
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry and the film adaptation
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Wall
  • Graceling by Kristen Cashore 
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein and the film adaptations
  • The Hunger Games and its sequels by Suzanne Collins and the film adaptations
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman and the film adaptation 
  • It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd
  • Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowels
  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel and the film adaptation
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Maus I and Maus II by Art Spiegelman
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner and the film adaptation 
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 
  • My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and its sequels by Rick Riordan
  • Pretty Little Liars, vol. 1 by Sara Shepard and season 5 of the TV series
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and the film adaptation
  • Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daley
  • "Shaken: A Mother's Conviction; a Son's Doubts" by Victor Zapana (article in The New Yorker)
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi 
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and its sequels
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Teen Mom 2 season 5
  • Twilight and its sequels by Stephanie Meyer and the film adaptations
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • Vampire Diaries season 6
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
  • Winter's Bone film adaptation
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio 
  • Yaqui del Gado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
  • 16 and Pregnant TV series


Those that are bolded are books/movies that I have already read/viewed. I'm very much looking forward to starting this list! Obviously I'll be doing a TON of reading next semester, not only for this class, but also for the four other courses that I'll be taking. But I know that this class, at the very least, will feel like reading for fun, which is something that I have needed desperately!