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St. Mary's Learning Commons: Books & Reading

 The Learning CommonsDid you know that reading something you enjoy for just six minutes a day can reduce stress? In a 2009 study, researchers at the University of Sussex found that reading helped to lower stress even more than listening to music, having a cup of tea or coffee, or playing video games. Pick up a book today and reduce your stress!


Find Library Books & More

Book Websites & Blogs

Reading Rants - Book reviews that are written for teens, and organized into lists such as Reality Bites, Historical Fiction for Hipsters, Teen Tearjerkers, Graphic Fantastic and more. 

KPL Teen Website - Discover new titles, find links to book trailers, and information about teen events at the KPL.

Teen Reads - Reviews, author interviews, reading lists, and info about books yet to be published. 

Book Riot - Book reviews that cover a wide variety of genres and tastes, as well as podcasts that talk about various facets of books and reading.


Choosing a Great Read

Award Winning Books

Teens' Top Ten - Best books for teens selected by teens

Great Graphic Novels - Top graphic novels for teens selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

White Pine Award - The Ontario Library Association compiles a list of Canadian books for high school students. Winners are selected by Ontario high school students, who vote for their favourites

Printz Award - Literary excellence in young adult literature

Coretta Scott King Award - Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values

Canada Reads - CBC's annual Battle of the Books where Canadian personalities defend their choice for the book they believe Canadians should read.

Giller Prize - Best in Canadian adult fiction

Book Lists, Reviews and Reading Recommendations

GoodReads - A reader's dream! Find a book, read or post reviews, keep track of the books you've read, and more. Links to GoodReads are also available in NoveList.

GuysRead - A collection of books that guys have said they've enjoyed.

YALSA's Teen Book Finder database - Browse all of the YALSA award lists, or search for a book by genre. For a mobile version the YALSA Teen Book Finder app is free for iOS and Android.

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