Resolution for 2014: Read all 50 United States of YA—January 3, 2014
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon.” That’s right, 2013 is over and 2014 is another year full of possibilities. I love the new year, it’s like a fresh start. It’s only one more day, but it brings a whole world of possibilities. Think about all that has happened in a year, and all that could happen…both good and bad. The new year is a hope for all the good things that will come.
With that hope come the resolutions. This is the year I’m going to lose weight and start eating healthier! Sound familiar? A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to watch the American Film Institute’s top 100 movies. Nothing life changing, nor very difficult…but when the year was over and as I sat down to watch the final movie (Citizen Kane), I realized it was very fulfilling to have achieved a goal that was a lot harder than I had anticipated. It made me realize that while it’s important to better yourself with your goals, it’s also fun to pick goals a little out of the ordinary and boost your self esteem. Let’s face it, not everybody loses that weight…but making a list of movies you’ve never seen, or books you’ve never read, that can be done and enjoyable!
This year, I have come across another challenge. It’s called the United States of YA. A website took suggestions from teens and adults looking for books that are set in all 50 states. In the end they compiled a list of 50 books deemed to be the best. I saw that and instantly knew I had to conquer the list. I talked to our Collections Librarian and we own all 50 of the books here at the library, many of which you have heard of already; Beautiful Creatures, Julie of the Wolves, Pretty Little Liars, and Legion just to name a few.
I have to admit, I got excited and have a head start on the new year. I have already read three of the books on the list. Of course I wanted to start with Nebraska’s book, Revive. It’s about a girl who was in a horrible accident as a child and was given some secret government medicine that makes it so she can’t die as long as she takes the drug. I was hooked, and I found it really neat that she moved to Omaha and went to the zoo. It’s fun to read about places you’ve been. Next I read Hourglass which is the book from Tennessee. I fell in love with this book! It is the first book in a trilogy and I had to read all of them it. It’s about a girl who can essentially see ghosts, and she meets a guy who can also see them…but then it gets more complicated as it turns out they're not ghosts but time ripples and she can travel through time. It sounds crazy, but it’s really good. Last, I ready the book from Utah called Everneath. I liked this book, but it didn’t pull me in like the other two did. It’s a modern day tale of Persephone, an old Greek myth. It’s kind of romantic, but I found myself also kind of rooting for the bad guy.
I have taken on the challenge. I will be reporting in throughout the year on my progress, and also to recommend which books are worth your time. Should you decide to take the challenge, search “The United States of YA” online for the full list. No matter what you decide, try to find something fun to do this year as a resolution. We have a wide variety of books, movies, and yes…work out videos to suit your every resolution need. Good luck, and have fun! Bring on 2014!