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Jenny is the outstanding and gracious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the very entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book reviews, lists, and interviews! She is also a responsible global citizen and loves Black Sails (which you should definitely watch).


The Return of the Thief did not come out last month. For a few emotionally complicated months, I believed that it would, but its author, Megan Whalen Turner, ended up kicking the can down the road to Summer 2020. I knew I was supposed to be sad about this news, and I am, but I’m also—kind of relieved? I have been in love with this series for most of my adult life, and I am disinclined to accept the end of its era. Read more... )

Anticipated YA Releases )
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Jenny is the outstanding and percipient co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the very entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion citizen and loves a good order of cheese fries.


February can be a tough month for ace and aro friends, and I’d like to take a quick sec to say that I see and love y’all. And so for this February, I wanted to share a rec list of YA books that don’t have any sex or romance in them at all. Consider it a companion piece to my February 2018 column in which I made a list of YA novels where the youths bang and it still works out okay. Read more... )

Anticipated February YA Releases )
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Jenny is the magnificent and discerning co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the very entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion goal-setter and loves a good library book sale.


In the first month of 2019, I have elected to address one of my major regrets about this column: I do not talk enough about sequels. In part, this is because I want to introduce people to books, and sequels are a harder sell—which as I’m writing this seems like a flimsy excuse. In another part, it’s because I am often behind the times on first books, which makes it harder to recommend second ones. Standalones or firsts-in-a-series are easy recs, by comparison.

But that does leave a bunch of amazing sequels out in the cold, YA Agenda–wise, and I’ve chosen to start 2019 off by talking about a few of the ones I loved this year. Read more... )

Anticipated January YA Releases )
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Jenny is the splendid and prodigious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the funny and entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion library patron and is kind to all librarians.


We have reached the spookiest of months, and I have brought you an old/new pairing of the fluffiest Halloweeny books imaginable. If we’re being honest, I must admit that these are middle grade, but it’s been a rough month, and next month’s going to be rough too. If ever there were a time for this column to skew younger, now is that time.

I read Ursula Vernon’s Castle Hangnail this year and immediately raved about it on my own blog. Not satisfied with a single medium for my enthusiasm about Castle Hangnail, I have elected to share it in this column too, as a pairing for my favorite Eva Ibbotson book, Which Witch? (1979)

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Which Witch?, by Eva Ibbotson, hits many of the same notes, with a cast of characters who ostensibly serve Evil yet are delightful and strange and kind. The wizard Arriman has no prospects of finding another dark wizard to replace him, and so he resolves to make one: He establishes a contest to find a dark witch for a wife, with the intention of having a baby with her who can become the next great sorcerer of evil. Belladonna desperately loves him—but unfortunately, she is the whitest of witches and can’t blight anything. She mostly makes flowers and takes care of animals.

Cover of Which Witch?


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Anticipated October Releases



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Get at me in the comments for the YA books you’re anticipating this month!
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Jenny is the splendid and prodigious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the funny and entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion library patron and is kind to all librarians.


Did y’all enjoy that inadvertent summer break from my YA recs? Summer is a quiet time for American YA releases, so I improved the shining hour by staying inside and sulking about the heat that makes it impossible for me to walk anywhere and the humidity that turns my hair into a tumbleweed. But now it’s September, which means it’s still hot as hell but I at least have college football and the prospect of coolish weather someday. As such, I am now able to return to YA excitement—and just in time, because L. L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black deserves to be screamed about!

Cover of A Blade So Black


A Blade So Black is a black Alice in Wonderland, which is probably enough to bring you in on it, but in case not: Alice’s father has just died when she stumbles across a Nightmare from another world. She’s saved in the nick of time by the sexy, mysterious Addison Hatta, who trains her as a warrior and defender of Atlanta (and like, all of earth!); she’s brilliant at it, but being a Nightmare warrior doesn’t mean she’s not on the hook for schoolwork, supporting her friends, and keeping to her protective mom’s early curfew.

And now, Five Questions for YA Authors (and one just for L. L. McKinney!)

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Exciting releases! )

Get at me in the comments for the YA books you’re anticipating this month!
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Jenny is the splendid and prodigious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the funny and entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion library patron and is kind to all librarians.


Let me begin by saying that if you have not yet read any of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances, you are missing a trick. I recommend beginning with The Grand Sophy, which features a spirited girl sorting out messes a la Flora Post. And if Georgette Heyer’s books give you the same feeling of joy and satisfaction that they give me, then you will be in the perfect mindset for this month’s frontlist/backlist pairing of books about gifted girls in gowns. Read more... )
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Jenny is the splendid and prodigious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the funny and entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion library patron and is kind to all librarians.


Happy spring, my YA-loving friends. I hope that you are in locations that experience pleasant spring weather, and that April is not bringing you too many showers or too many of those caterpillars that fall from trees in your hair and sting your hands when you scream and try to remove them. This month, we’re welcoming the fabulous Tomi Adeyemi to talk about her debut novel, the fantasy epic Children of Blood and Bone.

cover of The Children of Blood and Bone with a black girl wearing a headband with her long white hair flowing into the air behind her


And now: Five Questions for YA Authors (and one just for Tomi Adeyemi)

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Exciting release! )

Please hit me up in the comments to scream about that cliffhanger in Children of Blood and Bone, or hit me up on Twitter if you want the Lady Business readers to live spoiler-free lives.
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Jenny is the splendid and prodigious co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the funny and entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also excellent at setting realistic and measurable goals.


Happy Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Purim, YA lovers! I have eaten a certain quantity of king cake this Carnival season and feel very satisfied with the many eateries that have provided me with delicious doughy accompaniments to my reading. This month I've decided to terrify Trump voters by writing a Valentine's Day rec list of YA books in which the protagonists bang without experiencing the dire consequences that would have befallen them had they inhabited YA books written in the 80s and 90s.

(If you are aware of older YA books in which the protagonists bang and things work out okay for them, please drop a line in the comments. I read almost no contemporary YA fiction when I was myself a young adult, on account of I did not want to learn about how dead I would become if I had sex or used a drug.) YA recs: TEENS BANGING )

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Happy 2018, YA lovers! I hope that everybody has made an assortment of manageable resolutions for the New Year, and that one of them is "be kind to myself." 2017 was very hard, and 2018 promises to be hard as well, although hopefully we’ve all gotten stronger and will be better equipped to handle it.

In honor of the New Year, I’ve made you a rec list of YA (and YA-ish) books about new beginnings. Some of these belong to my perennial favorite subgenre, “goes-off-to-live-with,” while others are about characters launching themselves into the unknown, or endeavoring to reclaim lost versions of their lives.

YA recs: New Beginning )

new releases )
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It’s December, the season for me to badger all my friends into letting me pick out gifts for them to buy their friends. To break up the tedium of me shoving Starfish at everybody this holiday season, I’ve asked some brilliant YA people to tell me what one YA (or YA-ish) book they’re giving as a gift this year. Let the gift ideas commence!

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What's out in December? )

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