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Monthly Monday Poll – September 2017

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Labor Day, Hub readers!

We’re back after a summer hiatus last month, with results from the last poll as follows: S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong is the debut series Hub readers are most excited about so far this year, with 37% of the vote. Next up is Jeff Giles’ The Edge of Everything, which launches a planned but currently unnamed series, with 26%. Tied with 15% each were the Daughter of the Pirate King series, by Tricia Levenseller, and the Empress of a Thousand Skies series, by Rhoda Belleza, followed by Vic James’ The Gilded Cage series (with my apologies for the typo in the original poll!), with 7% of the vote.

Monthly Monday Poll: Favorite Dual-Market *Nonfiction* Author

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubIt’s time for the monthly poll!

Last month, a reader (and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor writer!) pointed out that while I said the poll was asking about “authors,” based on the options provided, what it was really asking about was fiction authors. So true! My *personal* reading habits are heavily biased towards fiction, and it’s showing in the poll! So this month, I’m taking up the excellent suggestion to run a poll featuring nonfiction authors who write for multiple audiences. I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones; please shout them out in the comments!

Monthly Monday Poll: May – Favorite Dual-Market Author

 

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

Hello, Hub readers, and Happy Spring!

Last month we paid tribute to the explosion of incredible YA that hit shelves in 1999, and the leader of that seriously impressive pack, with 28% of the vote, was Laurie Halse Anderson’s groundbreaking work Speak. In a very close second, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came in with 27%, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was third with 14%. Tied for 4th with 9% each were two series-openers: Tamora Pierce’s First Test (Protector of the Small series) and Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series). Next were Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya with 6%, Lemony Snicket’s (aka Danial Handler’s) The Bad Beginning (the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events) and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen with 3% each, and Walter Dean Myers’ award-winning Monster, with 2%. My mind is still boggled that all of these influential and acclaimed works came out the same year.

Monthly Monday Poll: April 2017 – 1999 Was An Awesome Year for YA

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Spring, Hub readers!

Last month, we got nostalgic about our most-loved YA fantasy from the 90s. In a result that should surprise no one, the opening volume of Harry Potter was the winner, with 34% of results. Runner-up with 26% was Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, so we’ve got a lot readers (myself included!) eager for the May release of the 5th book set in The Thief‘s world, Thick as Thieves. Fully 21% of you called foul on the feasibility of accurately listing and/or choosing actual favorites from the decade of YA fantasy that helped to provide the fertile ground from which grows the vivid genre (and genre-bending) work we enjoy in today’s YA. The next 3 results were quite close, with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at 7%, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy at 6%, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust at 5%. 2% of us chose Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derlock. 

Monthly Monday Poll: March – Favorite 90s Fantasy

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Monday, Hub readers.

Last month, we asked about circulation of books with screen adaptations currently or imminently available for viewing. Leading the pack by a substantial margin with 51% of the vote was Hidden Figures. Next was Wonder with 15% (the movie’s release date was actually just pushed back to Summer 2017, so we’ll be waiting a little longer on that), then the The Handmaid’s Tale at 12%, 13 Reasons Why with 9%, Before I Fall with 7%, a scant 1% for Riverdale/Archie comics, and no circulation boost to speak of for The Circle (I guess Emma Watson’s probably doing enough for book circs playing Belle this month…).

This month, in honor of the recent (utterly delightful) news that Philip Pullman is publishing a new Book of Dust trilogy, we’re looking back to some beloved 90’s YA fantasy gems. Since the term YA has evolved quite a bit in the past three decades, some of the series I included could be/have been considered Children’s, and some serious classics were published in the late 80s and so had to be left off (cough, Sandman, Howl’s Moving Castle, cough). As always, please share in the comments the titles I’ve overlooked!

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Monthly Monday Poll: February – Adaptations + Circulation

Hello Hub Readers, and Happy February!Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

Last month, we asked about your reading goals and priorities for 2017, and a whopping 43% of you responded that your priority this year is to read more content that diversifies your reading list by choosing titles by and/or about people who are different from you in physical or experiential ways. Not far behind, with 38% of the responses, were readers committed to reading more titles in 2017, amassing more options to your arsenal of completed texts. 10% are prioritizing the social connections reading can foster, 5% are focused on reading the most critically-celebrated books on offer, and 4% are focusing their reading efforts beyond the offerings of the Big 5 publishers to seek out indie gems. Just the idea of all these fired up readers applying energy and resolve to the act of absorbing narratives, with all the impacts that can have, makes me more hopeful about the year ahead. If you’re looking to quantify some of these goals, we invite you to join the 2017 Hub Reading Challenge, which offers up titles to fit every one of these priorities!

This month, we’re returning to a favorite theme: page-to-screen adaptations, and their effect on circulation in your library (if your library is anything like mine, it’s considerable!). Have you seen measurable changes in the demand for the book editions of these recent and soon-to-be-released screen adaptations?

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As always, let us know in the comments if we’ve left off a title that’s flying off your library’s shelves!

Monthly Monday Poll: January 2017

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy New Year, Hub readers! Here’s to a 2017 filled with good books and positive impacts for teens in our libraries and communities!

Last month we asked which genre you’ve been reading the most of lately (not which genre you most prefer, but which dominated the last 5 titles you read). The results mirror the YA market pretty closely, I thought, with nearly 2/3 of the pie represented by the first two categories:

Monthly Monday Poll: December

Happy December, Hub readers!

Last month we asked which Symposium-featured titles you had queued up to read asap, and the top five titles from a great group of books were: Caraval by Stephanie Garber, with 36%, Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston with 29%, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, both with 27%, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo with 25%. We hope everyone found a few new-to-them titles to check out from the incredible group of books featured at the Symposium’s Book Blitz in Pittsburgh!Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

This month we’re asking what genre you’re reading the most of right now. Check whatever you use to track your reading for the last five books you finished, then tell us which genre the majority of them were. Notice, this isn’t a question of which genre you prefer, but rather what you’ve most recently completed the most reading in. Did the answer surprise you? Mine did!

Monthly Monday Poll: November Edition

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

Hello, Hub readers!

This month we’re asking which books from the #yalsa16 Symposium’s awesome group of Book Blitz titles you’re hoping to read next. It’s a bigger group of options than our usual slate, so choose up to 5, and be sure to peruse the whole list for some fantastic reads from wonderful authors!

For more coverage of YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, stayed tuned for some highlights up soon here at The Hub, and be sure to peruse #yalsa16 on Twitter; there were lots of folks tweeting out great tips and takeaways.

Update from last month’s poll: a full 73% of us are primarily reading library or personal copies of books that are officially published and out in the world, and the other 27% of us are reading a more even mix of advance/review copies and already-published titles. Literally not even one respondent was reading a majority of advance titles, and I have to say I think that says something *really* impressive about how fast y’all read once a book is out in the world!

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