Music Sundays: TEEN TOP (틴탑) _ ah-ah (아침부터 아침까지) M/V

I’m pretty sure I mentioned this group on here before, but in the context of liking their lead singer, Niel. In fact, if you click on that link, I will say that I’m not interested in the group, just Niel. Guess what? That was wrong. It was so wrong! What changed my mind? Well, their news album, but especially the single from that album and the MV that goes along with it. It’s weirdly cute and amusing. Also, the song is pretty great.

And, if you want to see their fancy footwork (which you do, it’s 56 seconds in), here’s their comeback stage video:

The Wednesday Four (08/26/15)

After nearly a month long hiatus, the Wednesday Four are back! Let’s get to it.

bad weather on the Serengeti plains

 bad weather on the Serengeti plains (photo (c) Anna)

We Read To Know That We Are Not Alone

Originally posted on Saturday, 22 August 2015 at

Find yourself in one of these LGBTQIA novels. Regardless of how you identify, you just might find a book, or two, that speaks to you. Choose from the list below, most of them are on display in the YA Series and Graphic Novel room, or ask a librarian for other suggestions!


Two Boys Kissing
By Levithan, David
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

When Love Comes to Town
By Lennon, Tom
Introduction by Klise, James
The year is 1990, and in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Neil Byrne plays rugby, keeps up with the in-crowd at his school, and is just a regular guy. A guy who’s gay. It’s a secret he keeps from the wider world as he explores the city at night and struggles to figure out how to reveal his real self–and to whom.

One Man Guy
By Barakiva, Michael
When Alek’s high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets free-spirited Ethan. Alek can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
By Danforth, Emily M.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Marco Impossible
By Moskowitz, Hannah
Stephen and Marco, two best friends and junior high students, attempt to break into the high school prom so that Marco can confess his love for Benji, the adorable bass player of the prom band.

Gone, Gone, Gone
By Moskowitz, Hannah
In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of ‘Break’ and ‘Invincible Summer.’

Far from You
By Sharpe, Tess
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must proveshe is free of her past addiction and is in no way to blame for Mina’s death.

The Difference Between You and Me
By George, Madeleine
School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.

Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story
By Wittlinger, Ellen
In this companion to the Printz Honor Book ‘Hard Love,’ Marisol Guzman falls head-over-heels for her writing class teacher. However, as Marisol’s newly out friend Lee becomes attracted to her, Marisol begins to wonder if she’s too blinded by love to see the truth.

Empress of the World
By Ryan, Sara
This groundbreaking novel tackles teen sexuality head on. Nicola Lancaster spends a summer at a program for gifted youths who live like college students for eight weeks. During that time, Nic becomes friends with beautiful blonde Battle Hall Davies. She’s everything that Nic isn’t, but startlingly, the two soon become more than friends.

Everything Leads to You
By LaCour, Nina
A talented young set designer, Emi is finding her way in competitive Hollywood. Emi is a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. But a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend introduces some intrigue, in this new novel by the award-winning author of ‘Hold Still.’

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
By Cronn-Mills, Kirstin
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parentsNall while trying to come out as transgendered.

Fan Art
By Tregay, Sarah
From the author of ‘Love and Leftovers’ comes a sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend, and the girls who help them get together.

By Peters, Julie Anne
From as early as she can remember, Regan O’Neill has known that her brother,Liam, was different. That he was, in fact, a girl. Transgender.Having a transgender brother has never been a problem for Regan until now. Liam (or Luna, as she prefers to be called by her chosen name) is about to transition. What does it mean, transitioning? Dressing like a girl?

More Happy Than Not
By Silvera, Adam
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut called mandatory reading by the ‘New York Times’ Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx. In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it.

By Moore, Perry
The executive producer of Disney and Walden Media’s film adaptation of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ tells an unforgettable story about the coming of age of a young superhero, in a groundbreaking novel of love, loss, and redemption.

Tale of Two Summers
By Sloan, Brian
Hal and Chuck have been best friends since kindergarten, so it doesn’t really matter that Chuck is straight and Hal is gay. But this is the first summer they’ll be apart, so the boys decide to keep a private blog where they can share their experiences with each other.

Guardian of the Dead
By Healey, Karen
A debut author introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot
By Standiford, Natalie
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the girls conspire to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn’t made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone
By Taylor, Laini
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
By Cameron, Peter
.’Not since The Catcher in the Rye has a novel captured the deep and almost physical ache of adolescent existential sadness as trenchantly as the perfectly titled Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. You don’t have to be eighteen to relate to James Dunfour Sveck and his sense of alienation from a world he doesn’t understand.

Not Your Average High School

Originally posted on Saturday, 22 August 2015 at

It’s that time of year again — school’s starting soon. Before you hit the books, check one of these novels set in high schools. Some of these schools are so familiar they might seem like your own but some are, literally, out of this world. Science fiction, mystery, fantasy — you name and we’ve got it! Check out one of these titles — and if you want more? Ask a librarian!

Teen Novels Set in High School

Also Known as
By Benway, Robin
As the active-duty daughter of international spies, 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver never attended high school. When she and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, Maggie is introduced to cliques, school lunches, and maybe even a boyfriend.

The Real Real
By McLaughlin, Emma
Author Kraus, Nicola
This teen debut by the bestselling authors of ‘The Nanny Diaries’ takes a hilarious look at what happens when a regular girl is thrown into a whirlwind of reality TV as a popular television network uses her to find the ‘real’ Hampton Beach.

The Truth Commission
By Juby, Susan
Susan Juby’s ‘The Truth Commission’ knocked my socks off. You should read it Gayle Forman, best-selling author of ‘If I Stay’ Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won’t let go. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it does.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
By Herbach, Geoff
From ‘one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while’ (‘YALSA’) comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Gabe against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school’s soda machine. …More

Buzz Kill
By Fantaskey, Beth
In this fresh and funny mystery from the author of ‘Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, ‘ 17-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery
By Juby, Susan
Part comedy, part mystery, and with of all Juby’s trademark tongue-in-cheek humor, this new novel takes on one of the cruelest aspects of high school: how easy it is for an entire school to turn on someone–and how hard it can be to be the only one willing to fight back.

Hip-Hop High School
By Sitomer, Alan Lawrence
In this funny and inspiring hip-hop-flava’d sequel to ‘The Hoopster,’ Theresa Anderson takes on one of the baddest monsters of high school–the SAT.

By DeWoskin, Rachel
After a horrific fireworks accident on the Fourth of July leaves her blind, 14-year-old Emma eagerly starts high school the following fall as a sophomore. However, Emma finds that nearly everything in her life has changed and some of it is for the better.

The Sound of Letting Go
By Kehoe, Stasia Ward
For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution without consulting her Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad.

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
By Katcher, Brian
Perfect for fans of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a sci-fi convention.

By Waltman, Kevin
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He’s a 6’3′ freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude.

We All Looked Up
By Wallach, Tommy
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
By Quintero, Isabel
Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me
By Zeitlin, Meredith
High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she’s devastated he’must’have anulterior motive.

Hate List
By Brown, Jennifer
After Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opens fire on their school cafeteria, Val is shot trying to stop him, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. Now, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. A ‘School Library Journal’ Best Book of the Year.

The Vault of Dreamers
By O’Brien, Caragh M.
Rosie Sinclair attends an elite arts school where students are contestants on a high-stakes reality TV show. After she skips her sleeping pill one night, she discovers that the school is really a cover-up for the lucrative and sinister practice of dream harvesting.

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials
By Wiseman, Rosalind
Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama, in this first novel for young adults by the author of ‘Queen Bees & Wannabes.’

Falling Into Place
By Zhang, Amy
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life. This riveting debut will appeal to fans of Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, and 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

Silent Alarm
By Banash, Jennifer
Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library.

The Walk on
By Feinstein, John
‘New York Times’-bestselling author Feinstein kicks off a new sports series. High-school freshman Alex Myers wins a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback. However, he may not play for two years since the first-string quarterback is a local heroNand the son of the corrupt head coach as well.

Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very
By Goldman, Arthur Steven
With a wickedly funny voice and a colorful cast of characters, Steven Goldman has written a novel for every reader–even those who ‘like’ high school …

Music Sundays: Dave Matthews Band

I used to love DMB, I was a huge fangirl back in the day (as the kids say). The day being 1996-2000 (mostly while I was in college). I saw DMB a lot and knew all the words to a lot of their songs. I haven’t listened much since then, but a friend of mine really likes them and over the past seven months I’ve been listening on and off. The other day I listened to a whole concert (!) from my time as a DMB fan (I don’t know his stuff post 2000). It was on YT, so I can share it with all of you!

Music Sundays: JONGHYUN 종현_’Crazy (Guilty Pleasure) (feat. 아이언)’ Music Video

For those of you who’ve been following my kpop loves, you noticed that I’ve become a SHINee fan. Well, this now includes their solo stuff. Both Jonghyun and Taemin have released solo albums and I like them both.

Here’s the MV for Crazy, one of Jonghyun’s songs that I really like.