#LR2012 Challenge: Standalone Sorrow

So as I mentioned previously, over the next few weeks I’m participating in the Last Reads of 2012 Challenge.  I shared my reading goals with you in my last post (and you will be happy to know that my list of books has already changed a lot-just chalk it up to perpetual indecision).

ANYWAY. In addition to reading like crazy (or at a leisurely pace), there are also daily blog challenges to partake in, if one is so inclined.  Today’s challenge, hosted by Eileen at Singing and Reading in the Rain, is as follows:

“Standalone Sorrow is about me expressing how much I wish the standalones I loved were really a series, just so I could see more of a few characters, more of a plot, or I just wanted to have my heart ache a little longer!”

Since there are definitely characters I’d love to see more of, as well, I thought I’d share with you a few books that, in my perfect world, would have a sequel (or many).

jkt_9780545334747.indd1. Take a Bow, by Elizabeth Eulberg

This was absolutely one of my favorite books this year.  I loved the characters so much, plus it was set at a performing arts high school in New York City.  I would love to see what happens next for Emme, Ethan, Carter, and the gang.

statistical2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith

Because 24 hours is not nearly enough time to spend with Oliver.  End of story.

secondchancesummer3. Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson

Definitely one of the saddest books I read this year, but I couldn’t help but love it anyway.  I also think that seeing how the characters cope with grief, long distance relationships, trying to go back to their normal lives, etc. would make an interesting story-it’s not JUST because I want more Henry (not gonna lie, though-that is a large part of it).

So there you have it.  Even though the world of YA is filled with sequels and trilogies, sometimes to the point of exasperation, there are some characters who you’d love to have around for more than one book, and these are my picks.  What are yours?  Let me know!

A few notes:

-Readathon progress: 2 books read so far; Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White (actually a re-read)

-It’s not too late to join the readathon yourself! Visit Jen’s, Patrick’s, or Eileen’s blogs to sign up, and follow along on Twitter-#LR2012.

-On Sunday, I’ll be hosting a readathon challenge on books with the most brutal cliffhangers-make sure you stop by to check it out and add your two cents!

-The holidays are upon us!  If you’re in the mood for something more festive to read, head over to InfoSpace and check out my posts on taking advantage of libraries during the holidays and holiday greetings in the digital age.

So it’s been a while…

Hello, friends. I’ve definitely been neglecting this blog recently. I do feel badly about that, and I have many things to tell you, but life has been a little busy.

If you miss me terribly, though, you are more than welcome to go check out my writing elsewhere on the internet!

-Earlier this week, I made my debut at Hack Library School with a post on being an introvert, social media, and library school. You can read all about it here.

-Today I have a new post up on Information Space, on social media tips for libraries, something I learned from one of the sessions I attended at the NYLA conference. You can check that out here.

I have one more class, one more assignment, and one more day of work before Thanksgiving break begins. I anticipate having a little more time to write in the near future, so stay tuned for more about what I learned from NYLA, library responses to Superstorm Sandy, and perhaps just some random thoughts. In the meantime, to hold you over, here is a gratuitous cat picture:

(If you need more cat pictures in your life, check out this Flavorwire post on famous library cats.)

New Post on InfoSpace

Sorry for the lack of updates over here, friends.  Things have been a little busy lately, with schoolwork and hurricanes and whatnot.  However, if you miss reading my inspiring words over here, I DO have a new post on InfoSpace today…

So if you’re a library lover, but don’t feel like you have the time to USE the library, go check out my post over there-it’s all about apps that make using your library easier.

Don’t forget to let me know what you think!

Digital Bookmobile on InfoSpace

Remember yesterday when I promised you an upcoming post on the Digital Bookmobile? Well, the time has come, my friends. Head on over to InfoSpace to check out my thoughts on this giant tractor trailer full of digital resources.

Southern Festival of Books-Digital Bookmobile

Happy reading!