Monday, September 19, 2011

Five Sites Every Young Bibliophile Should See

Monday, September 19, 2011
(These are listed in no particular order.)

1. Huffington Post Books Section
-Why it's Great: Whether you get the newspaper itself, read it online, or check it via iPhone app, this Books section is one of the best. (At least, I think it is, but I honestly haven't read that many.) It has a mix of stuff, from writing tips to a list of the best last words of writers, with new articles coming out frequently.
-Warning: There are days where new articles come out every 5 minutes, and then dry spells where days will go by without any updates. This isn't necessarily an issue, unless you anticipate the articles as much as I do!
2. InkPop
-Why it's Great :It's a site where teen writers can share their work and move up in the ranks as an author, editor, or trendsetter. If your writing gets onto enough pick lists to make it into the top 5, a Harper Collins editor will read it and critique it. Who knows, if it's good enough, you might just get a publishing deal. (:
-Warning: Some people are dead set on getting into the top 5, so beware of spammers. It can be hard to remember that you're on there because you love writing, not recognition.
3. Random Buzzers:
-Why it's Great: This is probably one of my favorite websites *ever*. Not only is this a place where you can talk to other young adult readers about your favorite series and have questions answered by actual Random House authors, but you can do so while earning "Buzz Bucks". Get enough, and you can get a book (or a lot of books) for free. And there's giveaways every week. How awesome is that?
-Warning: Nothing. I love, love, love this site!!

4. The "ThisIsTeen" Facebook Page
-Why it's Great: The actual site is pretty cool, too, but the reason the Facebook page is so awesome is it's YA Book Matchmaker. Pick six things you like, your gender, your age, and voila! A list with books that suit your interests!
-Warning: All the books, I believe, are published by Scholastic (since Scholastic runs the site, this makes sense), so that's the selection you're limited to. Still, it was accurate every time I used it and Scholastic has some great books!
5. EpicReads:
-Why it's Great: Contests, chances to connect with YA authors, sneak peeks!
-Warning: It doesn't exist. It *is* coming soon, so in the mean time, check out their cool Facebook page! Currently, they have polls and discussions on awesome books and a chance to win books!

P.S. Also check out readit1st.com, a site by Hank Green (with a newsletter written by John)!
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