Happy 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. Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll – September 2017
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Last month we explored some Nonfiction authors with works targeted at both Adult and YA readers, and Karen Blumenthal and her prolific backlist took a full 52% of the vote. Next up was Representative John Lewis with 27%, Sy Montgomery with 11%, Kenneth C. Davis with 6%, Jim Ottaviani with 5%, and Neal Bascomb. Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: July 2017 – Debut Series
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. Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: May – Favorite Dual-Market Author
Happy 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!
[poll id=”227″] Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: March – Favorite 90s Fantasy
Hello Hub Readers, and Happy February!
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?
As always, let us know in the comments if we’ve left off a title that’s flying off your library’s shelves! Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: February – Adaptations + Circulation
Happy 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: Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: January 2017
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!
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! Continue reading Monthly Monday Poll: December
Happy first Monday of May, Hub readers!
Last month, we asked which series finale or next installment you’re most looking forward to this spring, and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King was the favorite by a landslide (48% of the vote!). Tied for second were The Crown, Kiera Cass’ final book in the Selection series, and The Last Star, the final book of Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave trilogy, with 16% percent each. A Court of Mist and Fury was a close third, with 14%, and The Rose and the Dagger had 8% of the vote.
Today we’re going to revisit a poll theme from several years ago: your favorite YA siblings, updated with some more recently-published characters. Did we leave out your favorite siblings? Tell us in the comments! Continue reading It’s Your (Monthly) Monday Poll: May
Hub readers, you told us you missed the polls, and we heard you! Reinstated by popular demand, we will be publishing a new poll the first Monday of every month.
This month, we want to hear which upcoming series installment you are most excited for. Several bestselling series have new volumes out in the next few months. If your favorite YA series with a new volume due out in April or May is missing from this list, let us know in the comments!
[poll id=”215″] Continue reading Your (monthly) Monday Poll is BACK!
Good morning! This marks the last Monday Poll feature. Last week, we asked what your favorite boarding school novel was, and it was neck-and-neck between The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter with 29% of the votes and Looking for Alaska by John Green with 27% of the votes.
As always, you can browse the past polls in the archives. These are great fodder for display ideas or even passive programs. While they’ve been fun, we’re going to transition to a new Monday feature here at The Hub, so stay tuned!