Quick Picks for Reluctant Teen Readers

The Quick Picks list for 2012 was announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association) on Monday, January 23, 2012. Below is a selection of fiction and nonfiction from the Quick Picks list that the Cold Spring Harbor Library has available for patrons to borrow.

Nonfiction

Barton, Chris; Hoppe, Paul (Illustrator). Can I See Your I.D.? True stories of false identities. 2011. Spies, robbers, runaways … could you get away with it?

Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life: A Memoir. 2011. Eighteen years in captivity – in her own words.

Conrad, Lauren. Lauren Conrad Style. 2010. Exceptional style for every day.

Snider, Brandon T. DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide. 2011. Aquaman to Wonder Woman.

Tebow, Tim. Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey. 2011. Up-close and personal with a Heisman Trophy winner.

Fiction

Beam, Cris. I am J. 2011. J was born a girl but feels like a boy.

Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed in Blood. 2011. Cas kills the dead, it’s his job.

Brooks, Kevin. iBoy. 2011. After Tom’s head-on collision with an iPhone, he’s out for revenge.

Brosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. 2011. Anya’s new best friend is a ghost with a secret!

Gidwitz, Adam. A Tale Dark & Grimm. 2010. Hansel goes to hell and Gretel slays a demon.

Harris, Carrie. Bad Taste in Boys. 2011. Can Kate save her town from a zombie virus AND land the hot boy?

Hopkins, Ellen. Perfect. 2011. What is the price of perfection?

Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1). 2010. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are dead. Now they are coming for number 4.

Mlynowski, Sarah. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have). 2011. April’s crazy junior year starts with one big lie.

Patterson, James and Chris Tebbetts. Middle School: the worst years of my life. 2011. It all started going wrong in middle school…

Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate on a Roll. 2011. Antics of a funny kid.

Reed, Amy. Clean. 2011. Five teenagers in rehab.

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. 2011. In a perfect world, being different can be deadly.

Schreiber, Joe. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. 2011. 1 exchange student + 1 borrowed Jaguar + 5 assassinations = 1 epic prom night.

Shepard, Sara. The Lying Game. 2010. Your best friends just may be your enemies.

Wells, Robison E. Variant. 2011. Playing by the rules can be deadly.

Wilkerson, Lili. Pink. 2011. New school, new friends, new look.

NPR 10 Best Novels of 2011

Another year-end “best” list! NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011:

Another year-end “best” list! NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011:

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Open City by Teju Cole

The Submission by Amy Waldman

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace

New York Times Notable Crime Books of 2011

Enjoy reading mysteries? Try one of the New York Times Notable Crime Books of 2011.

Enjoy reading mysteries? Try one of the New York Times Notable Crime Books of 2011.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey

The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell

The Cut by George Pelecanos

Triple Crossing by Sebastian Rotella

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

Shock Wave by John Sandford

So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

Bent Road by Lori Roy

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

The Killer is Dying by James Sallis

The Adjustment by Scott Phillps

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

The Ridge by Michael Koryta

Field Gray by Philip Kerr

Potsdam Station by David Downing

Heartstone by C.J. Sansom

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke

The Informant by Thomas Perry

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011

The 10 Best Books of 2011, chosen by the New York Times from their annual list of 100 Notable Books.

The 10 Best Books of 2011, chosen by the New York Times from their annual list of 100 Notable Books.

FICTION

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

NONFICTION

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman

Best Books of 2011

It’s the end of the year, and we all know what that means! The Best Books (as determined by grownups) are being released. The Teens Top Ten Books list can be found here, and in January, the Printz award books will be released.

But,the Cold Spring Harbor Library has 29 of the Best Teen Books of 2011, according to Kirkus!

Curious as to which ones we have? There’s a handy-dandy guide below. Also, ALL of these titles are eligible for our Read A Book, Write a Review Program (which ends December 31st). Don’t you just *want* community service hours for reading a cool book, and writing a review that will most likely wind up on our website?

 

Time Magazine Best Fiction of 2010

The top ten fiction books of the year from Time magazine.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Lord of Misrule: A Novel by Jaimy Gordon

Wilson by Daniel Clowes

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin

Faithful Place by Tana French

Time Magazine Best Nonfiction of 2010

The top ten nonfiction books of the year from Time magazine.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox

War by Sebastian Junger

Life by Keith Richards

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

The 10 Best Books of 2010, as chosen by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.

Fiction

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie

Room by Emma Donoghue

Selected Stories by William Trevor

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Nonfiction

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson