May is my favorite month, probably because my birthday is in it and it’s spring and school gets out and everyone just seems more cheerful. I had a really good month. I was a little sad I didn’t get to go to BEA, but my brother flew in from LA to surprise me for my birthday, so that totally made up for it. Also, I finally got my Daughter of Smoke and Bone tattoo!
In other news, I’m taking this really in depth YA lit and programming class this summer, and it’s going to be awesome. I’ll be sharing what I’ve been reading for it so far in my reading recap, and I already have some ideas for posts brewing in response to some of the other readings.
Summer reading has started! We had our kickoff party and Caddy Stacks, an annual fundraiser which involves mini-golf in the library, this weekend. I’m going to share some of our exciting teen programs soon, I promise (And of course all the other posts I currently have sitting in drafts).
I hit a really good blogging stride at the beginning of the month. Here’s a review of the posts you might have missed.
My Blog Posts
These are the top ten authors I want to meet!
I reviewed A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith and I loved it.
I shared the summer reading list Miriam and I put together. I am so proud of how well-rounded and diverse it is! So check out my Every Hero Has a Story Booklist for summer reading.
There was a choose your own topic for Top Ten Tuesday so I went back through old prompts and picked one highlighting some of my favorite posts that tell you a little bit about me.
I wrote about this STEM library program with bonus s’mores, but I’ll actually have a better piece about it in next month’s Library Journal.
I don’t always review books I don’t particularly like, but I thought my reaction to A Court of Thorns and Roses warranted some discussion.
Wondering about the new link in the sidebar? Here’s the origin story for my Find Your Next Book tumblr.
Other Posts Not to Miss
Books and Reading
Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens at School Library Journal
Printz Award and Honor Read-alikes at YALSA’s The Hub
The Worst Kind of Groundhog Day: Let’s Talk About Diversity in Publishing (Again) at NPR’s Code Switch Blog
I Read Princess Books Because I’m a Feminist at Book Riot
Summer Book Preview at Bustle
S.E. Smith Interviews Hilary T. Smith and it is awesome at XOJane
Famous People Who Need a YA Backstory at Book Riot
Ladies in Space: Feminism in Bitch Planet and ODY-C at Hey Panels
Nerd Girl Recruitment Guide at Hey Panels
Manga You Should Know at Teen Services Underground
How to Make Your Library a Safe Space for Queer Teens by Angie Manfredi at GayYA
Whole Person Librarianship (working with social services at the library) at Public Libraries Online
Just for Fun
Star Wars Nails from the Friendly Fig
What Star Wars Taught Me About Social Justice at YALSA’s The Hub
Anything else I missed this month? What’s going on with you? Share in the comments!