Friday, August 29, 2014

Sandy Hall

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

A Little Something Different is her first novel.

A couple of weeks ago I asked the author about what she was reading. Hall's reply:
As a young adult librarian, I work really hard to strike a balance between what I need to read and what I want to read. Luckily I genuinely love and enjoy reading young adult literature, so I don’t mind reading that the majority of the time. But there are definitely times when I just need to read a story about my peer group.

When I can get away with it, I try to read one YA book, one adult book, one YA book, one adult book, etc. There are certain times of the year that I can’t squeeze an adult book in the middle, like when I need to read for my book awards committee or when I’m planning summer book club.

Now that you know my extremely scientific technique for reading, I can tell you about what I’ve been reading this summer.

Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline was actually recommended to me by one of the teens at work. She loved it. She kept going on and on about it every time I ran into her and I knew I needed to get a hold of it ASAP. It’s checked out just about everywhere, but I did find it serendipitously at my home library. And it was just as good as the kid said it was!

Since I read an adult book, it was time to pepper in something young adult. I went with Panic by Lauren Oliver because I’d been hearing a lot about it. It also lived up to the hype, definite edge of my seat reading, even if I did get frustrated with the characters here and there.

Other reads I loved this summer have included You Before Me by JoJo Moyes and Far From You by Tess Sharpe.

I’m just about to finish Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been waiting for this book since the moment I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door several years ago and I’m so happy to be reading it.
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--Marshal Zeringue