BOOKED THIS WEEKEND with Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Any graphic novel/comic book reader knows you can't beat Brian K. Vaughan. I have yet to read a graphic novel of his that I didn't LOVE. So this weekend, we're spotlighting Paper Girls, a Stranger Things-esque trip back to the 1980's.

Paper Girls is part mystery, part sci-fi about four paper girls (as the name of the series would indicate) whose early morning paper route is interrupted by the arrival of space-time warping aliens. Let's be honest... that already sounds awesome, doesn't it?

What's even more awesome, these 12-year-old girls are of the rebellious type. No frilly pink baskets on their bikes, oh no. These are cigarette smoking, hockey stick wielding, walkie-talkie using girls. And I love these characters so much because they're not perfect. They have flaws, just like we all do, and as the story moves on their forced to deal with each other (and their own personal problems).

It's an insane, super fun, inter-dimensional, space-traveling joyride. And I refuse to give you any more info because that'll spoil pretty much the whole storyline.

So basically, JUST READ IT.

If you want some other graphic novels, go to our Instagram and look for our #FandomFriday posts featuring a different GN every Friday. We all love Paper Girls so much, we thought we'd give it a shout out for #FandomFriday ;)



Are you one of those people that's hooked on shows like Making a Murderer or The Killing Season? Do you listen to podcasts like True Crime Garage, My Favorite Murder, or Generation Why? If you do, then this booklist will be right up your alley.

Last week I read The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and now I'm on a serious crime story kick. I've always been interested in crime stories and I know my fellow YA-librarian-BFF-sidekick Ashley is an even bigger fan than I am. So for this weekend, we're spotlighting some of the fantastic YA crime stories, both fictional and true. Naturally, I'm starting with The Darkest Corners.... 

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light.
*Kara Thomas also has a new book coming out in July called Little Monsters and is loosely based on the Skylar Neese case in 2012. Clearly, Kara is a crime story QUEEN.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
When Erin discovers the body of her biology teacher, she begins her own investigation into the murder of her mother when Erin was just a toddler.

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. It soon becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston
A crazy night of partying at a remote cabin leaves two of Mackenzie's friends dead--murdered. Someone among the survivors isn't telling the truth.

The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows's unsettling connection with a serial killer leads her on a potentially deadly manhunt.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.

The Escape by Hannah Jayne
Avery, the police chief's daughter, risks her life to uncover the truth about the murder of a friend, Adam, who disappeared during a hike in the woods with his neighbor, Fletcher, whom she later found covered in blood and with no memory of what happened.

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
The songs Kadence wrote and sang with her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, made them both online sensations. But when Lauren lost her voice, Kady couldn't wait to go solo. It's no secret the two had a major falling-out and were barely speaking to each other. Lauren kept to herself, scribbling song lyrics, while Kady's stardom was rising steadily...until she went missing. Yet Lauren was one of the last people to see Kady the night she disappeared. The only person who seems to believe that Lauren is innocent is Jude Williams, former outcast turned gorgeous bad boy, but he has reasons of his own for wanting to get back at Kady. Still, he's Lauren's only ally, and together they look back on their complicated friendship with Kady as they search for answers. But are they both really looking for the truth? Or is one of them playing an elaborate game to cover up a crime?

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.

The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby
Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones by Bridget Heos
A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between.

Since we're so excited by all these different crime books, we decided to make it the theme of our next Teen Chat & Chew in June. If you're interested in true crime, cold cases, or murder mysteries, join us at the Palmer Branch on Saturday, June 3 @ 2pm. We'll talk crime books and eat. Talk about some other book recommendations and eat. And, honestly, we're hoping you'll come and tell us about your faves too, because Ashley and me want to read ALL THE CRIME BOOKS. And eat.

So book your weekend with some of these awesome and disturbing crime stories, and then talk about them with us on June 3. You won't regret it :)  


BOOKED THIS WEEKEND with The Illuminae Files

It's no secret I LOVE the Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The first book (Illuminae) was one of our Featured Reads last year, and it one of the most fantastic sci-fi space operas you could ever read. Book 2, Gemina, blew a hole in my mind that has still not recovered. So needless to say, I'm pretty eager to have my universe rocked by the next installment.

We're showing it some love this week because THE TITLE FOR BOOK #3 WAS JUST ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY!!!

The third and final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy, straight from Amie Kaufman's official announcement yesterday, is...
Unfortunately, we also have to wait a little longer to read it. Amie and Jay also announced Obsidio will come out in March 2018 instead of October 2017.  *kicks and screams at the idea of being in ultra-frustrating book character limbo for six additional months*

Regardless of the new release date, catch yourselves up on this series, kids. Maybe even more than once. Make it three or four re-reads, just to be on the safe side. Because the countdown to the release of OBSIDIO on March 18, 2018 begins NOW!


BOOKED THIS WEEKEND with Thirteen Reasons Why

In case you haven't noticed, then iconic modern YA classic Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher just became a Netflix series.

I've heard mixed reactions about the series, including people who didn't like major plot twists and deviations from the original story. But honestly, I'm cool with that. Personally I like book-to-movie/series adaptations to be as close to the book as possible, but I'm also okay with some variations to keep it fresh and unpredictable. Even Jay Asher said he didn't mind the changes because the message of the story is the same.

And let me tell you that message will hit you HARD. Like a sucker punch to the heart.

As far as the characters are concerned, if you didn't like the character of Clay Jensen in the book (which is hard to imagine, but you never know), Dylan Minnette will make you fall in love with him, and Katherine Langford (who plays Hannah) is A-MAZ-ING. Langford brings Hannah's character to life in a way I didn't think possible. Like, my heart literally hurt for her as I watched each episode.

If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend you do. Don't worry... the library has plenty of copies.

Needless to say, this librarian's weekend will be booked re-binge watching the entire series.


Presenting... our debut post of BOOKED THIS WEEKEND

As you may have noticed, for the last four months or so we've been doing a lot of Author Spotlights for all the incredible authors who were a part of YA Fest 2017. (We only have about 40 spotlights so if you missed that feature, I highly question your attentiveness.) It was great to showcase all the authors and their books, and it was cool fo rus (the writers of said spotlights) to learn a lot about them too!

So we're starting a new feature on EAPLTeens of similar spotlights called Booked This Weekend. Every Saturday, we'll highlight a book, author, series, genre, or anything that we feel deserves some love.

So what did we choose for our very first post of Booked This Weekend?

(I know... you're just bursting with eager anticipation, AMIRITE?!)

We're celebrating City of Bones by Cassandra Clare!

Believe it or not, the first book of the Mortal Instruments series is 10 FREAKING YEARS OLD this week.

(Not gonna lie... it makes me feel a little old, because I remember when that book first came out and I was SO EXCITED about it.) 

City of Bones was first released on March 27, 2007. Since it's release, it has become a six-book series, followed by a series of prequel novels (The Infernal Devices), a series of a sequels set five years after the events of the Mortal Instruments (The Dark Artifices), three companion/spinoff books (The Bane Chronicles, The Shadowhunters Codex, and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy), manga adaptations, graphic novel versions of the original books, a feature film, and a TV series.

So yea.

This series is clearly worth being Booked.

Props to Cassandra Clare for creating an insanely amazing series that keeps giving us ALL the feels for ten years running.