YRCA 2014 Nominations

In the past few years, I’ve been paying attention to the Young Reader’s Choice Awards books — I’ve found some wonderful books that have been nominated in the past, from Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride to Alexander Gordon Smith’s Lockdown to Reina Telgemeier’s Smile.

What are the YRCA’s, you might ask? This is from the official website:

The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.

The nominations are picked by kids and divided into three categories — Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. The only thing I don’t agree with, that they’ve changed this year around, is including ANY books in a series. I would much prefer the first book in a series being nominated since it could confuse readers who don’t do the research before picking up their next read. Though, I think that the books listed are a great way to choose a book from a different age range — especially if you’re a strict middle grade reader, or a strict YA reader. You can find some great reads from this selection!


1 cabin fever 2 wonderstruck 3 13 gifts 4 the worst years of my life
5 darth paper 6 the last council 7 big nate out loud 0-545-32409-2

Out of the junior nominees, I’ve only read two — Wonderstruck, which is AWESOME (much better than Hugo Cabret, in my opinion) and Darth Paper Strikes Back, the second book in the Origami Yoda series (a great series!). I do really want to try out the Wendy Mass series, and I plan to start trying out the 39 Clues series one of these days, too!


1 the son of neptune 2 between shades of gray 3 the scorpio races 4 okay for now
5 the outcasts 6 legend 7 the prisoner of cell 25 8 this dark endeavor

The only book I’ve read in this category is This Dark Endeavor, which was crazy good — if you love the Frankenstein story, you will love this one! I do have a copy of Legend and Between Shades of Gray, both of which I’ve heard are good. And I do love Rick Riordan, even if I haven’t read the series nominated!


1 divergent 2 miss peregrine 3 angel 4 tiger's curse
5 what happened to goodbye 6 ruby red 7 ready player one 8 karma

Surprise, surprise, this is probably the category where I’ve read the MOST books — and that’s only 4, so not that many! LOVED Divergent, even if I’m on the fence about the second book; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is quite unique with some very spooky pictures; What Happened To Goodbye is wonderful (as are most Sarah Dessen books); and I can’t recommend Ready Player One enough — especially the audiobook! I do have Ruby Red on my shelf to read (and have heard great things about it!) and I’m very intrigued by Tiger’s Curse!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of the nominee selection? 



BOOK NEWS: AKA, The “I’m Sold, But Not On Everything” Edition

Books News is a feature of Reading In Winter where I post just that … book news! This is mainly for authors whom I LOVE, but I just wanted a place to show all of the awesome news in the world of books. 

Newsworthy Item #1: New Book Covers for the ‘Across the Universe’ series

I admit. The first time I saw these covers, I absolutely HATED them. Mind you, I don’t own the books yet, but I was planning to get the original covers in hardback once all three were out because I love the series that much. But then I saw these covers and I was crushed — how could Penguin NOT be releasing a third book in the original cover?

Now, I have seen the light — all thanks to the author, Beth Revis, explaining the goodness behind the covers:  Continue reading

BOOK NEWS: Lauren Oliver, Stephenie Meyer, and author appearances in Edmonton

Books News is a feature of Reading In Winter where I post just that … book news! This is mainly for authors whom I LOVE, but I just wanted a place to show all of the awesome news in the world of books. 

Newsworthy Item #1: Lauren Oliver is writing a book for adults!

I feel a little weird posting this news because I’m so new to the world of Lauren Oliver. I’m just now in the middle of Delirium and LOVING IT beyond words. I find I keep taking breaks because I don’t want it to end, even though I have Pandemonium in my possession and can start on that as soon as I finish.

However, on Twitter today, it was posted that Lauren is writing a book for adults! How awesome is that?

You can read all the news about this over on the New York Times website. So far, the title of this book is ROOMS and it will be published in the Fall of 2014!

Newsworthy Item #2: The teaser trailer for The Host!
I am a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer and really wish that she would release a sequel to my favourite book by her, The Host. However, when that wildly-popular movie The Hunger Games came out, it was revealed that a teaser trailer for the movie The Host was shown during the previews! Continue reading