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After Uprooted by Naomi Novik won its bracket to become the first adult finalist in the #PSBookof2015 contest, Josh asked me if I wouldn’t mind writing a blog post in support of the book’s candidacy. The answer was a huge no-brainer of a YES.
The first round of voting has come to a close and we have now have our finalists for the 2015 Porter Square Book of the Year. You will be able to vote for your favorite from February 8 to February 15, on Twitter, Facebook, and in the store. We’ll be sharing more about the finalists this week, but here are their original picks.
Yesterday we announced “Betwixt & Be Teen”, PSB’s new young adult book club for readers of all ages. Today I’m delighted to share more information about “The Bookavores,” a new young adult book club for teen readers only.
Are you between the ages of 12 and 19? Do you have a book on you at all times? Have you collided with (or narrowly avoided colliding with) a physical object because you were walking while reading? Are you always on the lookout for your next fantastic read? Then you might be a Bookavore!
Happy New Year! We’re thrilled to announce that this year Porter Square Books is launching not one, but TWO new book clubs for readers of young adult literature. Tomorrow on the blog there will be more information on "The Bookavores," a new young adult book club for teens only. Today I’m very excited to tell you about "Betwixt & Be Teen," our new young adult book club for readers of all ages.
Every January the booksellers at Porter Square Books look back on their staff picks from the past twelve months and select one to be their pick of the year. Sometimes the right book jumps right out and other times it’s an agonizing decision that we can fret over for weeks. The result is something like one of those Best of the Year lists that swarm through social media in December, but one that includes books in all genres, for all different types of readers and moods, and often, forgotten or overlooked gems from the past.
The Porter Square Books reading challenge is back for 2016, with twenty-six broad categories designed to push us out of our reading comfort zones. (PSB regulars might remember last year’s challenge with forty-three categories, inspired by Pop Sugar… we’ve gotten slightly more realistic.)
We all had a lot of fun coming up with silly rhymes or trying to match the themes of the books that were ordered or handing and emailing poems back and forth, but for me, the real joy came from slowing down. It’s easy, especially at holiday shopping pace, for order processing to become a kind of data entry. As I’m typing in ISBNs and contact information, it’s easy to forget that the ISBN is a book and the contact information is a person.
We are starting to get down to the wire for our holiday shopping. Here is some more information about our online inventory statuses and important dates if you’re shopping for Christmas. So if the inventory says:
On Our Shelves Now and there are More Than 10 Copies