December Goodreads Book Group: Young Adult

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December Goodreads Book Group: Young Adult

DivergentWant to join a book group, but don't have time for meetings? Are you an avid social media user as well as an avid reader? Just want to read some good books and discuss them with others?

Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads!

Goodreads is an online community of more than 7 million readers. On the site, people share, rate, review, tag, recommend and organize their books. Goodreads also allows users to form groups. Each group has a virtual bookshelf for listing books of interest to the group and a space for forum-style discussions. As part of our group, we'll host monthly book discussions. Each month we’ll announce the theme (i.e. mystery, short stories, celebrity memoir) and then you choose the book you want to read and discuss.

Starting in 2005 with Twilight, books marketed to teenagers have become a staple of many adults' reading. And teens have always been reading books marketed towards adults, as the Alex Awards -- given to adult books with a special appeal for teens -- show. This month we'll be reading books that have successfully crossed genre lines, and we'll discuss what makes them so universally appealing.

Pick a book from our YA/Crossover shelf or the suggestions below and join the discussion!

The one that started the madness
TwilightTwilight by Stephanie Meyer

2012 Alex Award Winners
The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

Dystopias
PureUnwind by Neal Shusterman
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Pure by Julianna Baggott
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Real Life Problems
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
If I Stay by Gayle Forman