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Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: Why I Love TLT

7yearsThere are a lot of reasons I love writing for this blog. The first is the feeling of community I get from it, both from my fellow bloggers and from our readership. We are all really invested in serving the teens in our lives and connecting them with books, information, and our libraries. It’s helpful to know so many people out there care about these things. Also, on a side note, I finally got to meet Karen this year and it was really fun finally hanging out with someone in person with whom I already felt such a connection.

The second reason I love writing for the blog, though, is that it gives me a venue to share all of my favorite books and authors with a wide audience and hopefully turn some new readers on to what I consider to be the best (for me) of what is out there.

One author I love, Gail Carriger, has been mentioned frequently on the blog and I have reviewed two of the books in her YA Finishing School Series, Waistcoats & Weaponry and Manners & Mutiny. For our adult audience, I would also recommend her other series that take place in the same ‘Parasolverse.’

I wrote about another favorite, Libba Bray, for our YA A to Z series. She continues to be a rockstar YA author in my opinion, both for her novels and for her continual openness and support of the YA community. You can read some of my reviews of her books here and here.

Finally, one of my favorite moments for TLT was when we were invited to be a part of the blog tour for Lish McBride’s Firebug. Her answers to my interview questions remain in my memory both for their candor and their humor.

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