Countdown to City of Lost Souls!


…Okay, Mortal Instruments fans, we’re getting veeeerrrrrrryyyyy close to the the next book in the series, City of Lost Souls.

The last book, City of Fallen Angels, ended on a bit of a cliffhanger–and that’s a bit of an understatement. I mean, I don’t want to spoil anything, but it was more of a jaw-dropping, game-changing, OMG-what’s-going-to-happen-NOW kind of a cliffhanger (and I think we can all agree that those are the BEST KIND.)

I mean…what’s going to happen to Jace? And Clary? And Simon? And Magnus and Alec and Isabel and Maya and…well…what’s going to happen to all our favorite characters? We’ll find out when City of Lost Souls is released on May 8th.

While we wait, you can always reread (or just…read them, if you haven’t already. Why haven’t you read them? Do you not know they’re made of awesome?!) Aaaanyway, the first four books in the series are City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels.

And you can also check out this brand new book trailer (and from the looks of it, City of Lost Souls will have some jaw-dropping, game-changing, OMG moments itself.)
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READ THIS NOW: The Last Little Blue Envelope


So, Bits and Bramblers…remember awhile back when I told you that you had to drop everything and read Maureen Johnson’s book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes RIGHT NOW?!

Well, now that you’ve read it (…wait, you have read it, right? Well, if you haven’t…why not? Didn’t I tell you to drop everything and read it? What are you waiting for?) Okay, assuming that you’ve read it, now I’m telling you to drop everything and read the sequel right now, The Last Little Blue Envelope.

Seriously, NOW. Read it NOW. Well, maybe not right now. First, watch this book trailer for The Last Little Blue Envelope. And THEN read it. READ IT VERY SOON!
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Read This Now: Born to Rock


We’re getting down to the wire, Bits and Bramblers! You have exactly…ten days, eight hours, and thirty-nine minutes to finishing reading your 1000 pages for the Teen Summer Reading Program (actually it’s less than that, really—the Teen Zone Countdown should help you figure out the exact amount of time.)

Seriously, though…you’d better get moving if you want to win fabulous prizes, like a Target Gift Card. And remember, you’ll be automatically entered in our Grand Prize Drawing to win an iPod Shuffle. But if you’re…oh, let’s say 261 pages short, head to your faaaavorite library, grab a copy of Born to Rock by Gordon Korman, and READ IT NOW. But first, check out this book trailer…
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…Okay, so NOW you can head to your faaaaaaavorite library, grab a copy of Born to Rock, and READ IT NOW! Get moving Bits and Bramblers…the clock is ticking!



READ THIS NOW: The Truth About Forever


Ahhhhhh…summer is great, isn’t it Bits and Bramblers? By now you’ve finished reading your 1000 pages in our Teen Summer Library Program, claimed by your prizes and—what’s that, Bits and Bramblers? Some of you aren’t done reading your 1000 pages? Some of you haven’t even registered for the program?!

…It’s okay. I swear, it is. It’s still possible to register for the program at your faaaaaavorite M/RCPL location. And you have until July 30th to read 1000 pages—which might seem like a lot, but it’s also totally doable.

In fact, I can help you knock 374 pages off that total, because you should totally read The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen, RIGHT NOW. Check out our book trailer…
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…and now, head to your faaaaavorite library, register for the Teen Summer Reading Program (if you haven’t already,) grab a copy of The Truth About Forever, and READ IT NOW!



READ THIS NOW: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares


Okay, Bits and Bramblers…at this point, I’m just going to assume that you’re all registered for our Teen Summer Library Program, and that you’re nearly done reading 1000 pages, and that you’re keeping your fingers crossed that when your name is entered in our grand prize drawing, that you’ll be the lucky winner of a brand new shiny iPod Shuffle.

‘Cause after all…why wouldn’t you be?

But if you still need some pages, I can help you out…I can help you out 260 times, to be exact. Because that’s the exact number of pages in Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (who, if you’ll remember, are the same people that brought you Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which is not only a made-of-awesome book, it’s a made-of-awesome movie, too.) And know what else is kind of fun? Reading a book about Chrstimastime in New York when it’s 90 degrees outside. Seriously.

So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Read your way to fabulous prizes by READING DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES TODAY!!!!
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READ THIS NOW: The Things A Brother Knows


Alllllll right, Bits and Bramblers, we’re officially HALFWAY through our Teen Summer Library Program. All of you are well on your way to reading your 1000 pages and getting your Target Gift Card. I mean, you’ve probably already spent your Barnes and Noble Gift Card, which you get for reading 500 pages. Right? Right?!

Okay, so…if you haven’t registered yet, you still have time. All you have to do is head to your faaaaaavorite M/RCPL location, and they can help you. You’ll just have to get reading, is all…and you can totally start with The Things a Brother Knows, which will knock 242 pages off that grand total. So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Check out our book trailer, and then READ THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS TODAY!!
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READ THIS NOW: THE SWEETNESS OF SALT


You guys are reading like crazy, aren’t you? Trying to finish those 1000 pages by July 30th, huh? Because you’re all signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program (you are, right?! RIGHT?! If not, you’ve still got time. Register at your faaaavorite M/RCPL location. All you have to do is read, and we’ll give you prizes. You’ll even have a chance to win an iPod, remember? What’s not to love?!)

And if you’re in a reading mood, be sure to check out The Sweetness of Salt. It’s all about Julia, who just graduated from high school, and has big plans. Only sometimes…even the biggest plans change. Find out more by watching our book trailer…and READ THE SWEETNESS OF SALT NOW! It’ll knock 320 pages off that 1000 page total! So get moving, Bits and Bramblers!
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READ THIS NOW: An Abundance of Katherines


Okay, so you’ve registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, and you—wait, you’ve registered for the program, haven’t you?

Don’t worry, I won’t make fun of you if you haven’t—at least not too much. Because…I mean…you still have time to register at your faaaaavorite M/RCPL Location. All you have to do is read 1000 pages by July 30th.

And this book—John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines—will knock 227 pages off that total. This book has everything. Heartbreak. Road trips. Monster Thickburgers. Ferrel Pig Hunts. Love. And determining the course of love with using complex mathematical equations. Oh, and fistfights. And then there’s…wait, you know what? Why don’t you just watch the book trailer?
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…See? Everything. So get moving Bits and Bramblers! Register for the Teen Summer Library Program, grab a copy of An Abundance of Katherines, and READ IT NOW!



Read This Now: Girl at Sea


Ahhhhhh, summer vacation. It’s the best time of the year, right? You go to bed when you want, you get up whenever you want, and you get to have fun with your friends and flirt with your crush. But what if you planned out your entire summer…and suddenly everything changed?

That’s what happens to Clio, the main character of Maureen Johnson’s Girl at Sea. After that, things get a little crazy. Airplanes! Italy! Boats! Oceans! Jellyfish! Secret plans! Other things that require exclamation points! So check out our book trailer, and READ GIRL AT SEA NOW!

After all, it’ll knock 323 pages off that 1000 page total! What’s that? You’re not registered for Teen Summer Library Program? Don’t you know you can register at any M/RCPL location? Get moving, Bits and Bramblers!
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READ THIS NOW: MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR


You know what, Bits and Bramblers? I don’t think I can explain how much I love My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins. I love it so much, I’m sad that more people haven’t read it. Which is why I keep telling people to read it, ever since it was published in 2008. I mean, I’ve tried. A lot. But the thing is…for some reason, I’m not good at explaining why I love it so much.

In fact, I just end up babbling like a…crazy person. Yelling out things like, “Okay, so…the three main characters have to write about their most excellent year!” and, “So they use journals from their Freshman year, which was their most excellent year!” And that’s before I mention Fenway Park. And Mary Poppins.

That’s I decided to let our book trailer do most of the work for me. So watch, and then check out My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins, and READ IT NOW! (Did I mention I love the book? Because I do. I really, really do…)
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