Most Popular eBooks For The Week of 4/15

One of the features of the Sora digital reading app is the ability to sort collections by popularity, and not just popularity within our school library, but across all libraries that use Sora. Here are the top 10 most popular YA eBooks available in three library collections:

Canandaigua Academy Library

  1. Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games Prequel)
    by Suzanne Collins
  3. Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood
  4. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder (Book 1) by Holly Jackson
  5. Shatter Me (Book 1) by Tahereh Mafi
  6. One Of Us Is Lying (Book 1) by Karen M. McManus
  7. NEW! Heartstopper, Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
  8. Red Queen (Book 1) by Victoria Aveyard
  9. My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak
  10. NEW! We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES"If He Had Been with Me" (ebook) cover

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
  3. NEW! If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
  4. Shatter Me (Book 1) by Tahereh Mafi
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  6. The Giver (Book 1) by Lois Lowry
  7. One Of Us Is Lying (Book 1) by Karen M. McManus
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Maze Runner (Book 1) by James Dashner
  10. NEW! My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak

OWWL Library System (Wood Library)"Powerless" (ebook) cover

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Divine Rivals (Book 1) by Rebecca Ross
  4. Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood
  5. NEW! Powerless (Book 1) by Lauren Roberts
  6. The Summer I Turned Pretty (Book 1) by Jenny Han
  7. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder (Book 1) by Holly Jackson
  8. The Inheritance Games (Book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  9. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
  10. The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air, Book 1) by Holly Black

NOTE: Only one book from a series is included on the top 10 lists.

A Guide To The Crash Course Series on YouTube!

With over 15 million subscribers and more than 1.8 billion total views, the Crash Course video series is one of the most popular educational channels on YouTube — and for good reason! The various series cover a wide range of topics in an engaging format that is both entertaining and informative:

“Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you computer science, Craig Benzine teaches film history, and Mike Rugnetta is teaching mythology!

Check out the playlists for past courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.”

The latest Crash Course series that is currently in production is Art History

“Welcome to Crash Course Art History! Over the next 22 episodes, Sarah Urist Green will explore the hidden stories behind artworks. We’ll make connections across time and space, unlock the secrets of the past, and look ahead to the art of the future. Episode 1 — Why We Study Art — premiered on April 11.”

There’s something for everyone who would like to get a little bit o’ learnin’ in the following subjects:

The Arts

English & Language Arts

Social Studies



Engineering and Technology


Film Studies

Other Helpful Courses

New Audiobooks In Sora!

Take a look at the CA Library collection in your Sora account — you’ll find thousands of eBooks and audiobooks across many different genres, including:

…and more! You can also browse the latest audiobooks in Sora, including these new titles:

The Darkness RisesThe Darkness Rises by Stacy Stokes — A gripping speculative thriller perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Ginny Myers Sain, about one girl with the power to see death before it happens — and the terrible consequences she faces when saving someone goes wrong.

“A subtle commentary on the aftermath of gun violence” (Kirkus Reviews).

Every Time You Hear That SongEvery Time You Hear That Song by Jenna Voris — Seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist Darren Purchase has been a lifelong fan of country music legend Decklee Cassel, who’s as famous for her classic hits as she is for her partnership with songwriter Mickenlee Hooper. The same Mickenlee who mysteriously backed out of the limelight at the height of their careers, never to be heard from again. Now Decklee’s televised funeral marks the unveiling of her long-awaited time capsule.

“Discoveries of love, legacy, and self take center stage in this musical tapestry of a novel” (Kirkus Reviews).

Hearts Still BeatingHearts Still Beating by Brooke Archer — Two teen girls, Mara and Rory, navigate a complex web of love, infection, and survival as they reunite in an experimental resettlement program, grappling with their pasts and the looming threat of the virus that once transformed Mara into a monster.

“Perfect for fans of The Last of Us looking for a queer take on the classic zombie story” (Booklist).

In Every GenerationIn Every Generation (Buffy, The Next Generation, Book 1) by Kendare Blake — Return to Sunnydale in a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Frankie Rosenberg wasn’t yet alive when her mom, Willow, her aunt Buffy, and the original Scooby Gang destroyed the Hellmouth and saved the world from the First Evil. Frankie is just trying to survive her sophomore year at the rebuilt high school and use her budding magical powers to make the world a better place. But that world is suddenly plunged into danger when the slayer community is the target of a deadly attack.

“A worthy successor to the Slayer stories, and succeeds both as a love letter to existing fans and as a welcoming entry point for new readers” (Booklist).

Made GloriousMade Glorious by Lindsay Eagar — In a vicious, delicious contemporary novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III, the lauded author of The Family Fortuna lifts the curtain on a high school thespian who’ll stop at nothing to land the lead.

“An ominous homage with a morally corrupt lead who puts her own desires above all others” (School Library Journal).

The Misdirection of Fault LinesThe Misdirection of Fault Lines by Anna Gracia — Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants goes to the French Open in an emotionally honest and openhearted novel for fans of Yamile Saied Mendez and Mary HK Choi. Three teen girls compete at an elite tennis tournament for a shot at their dreams — if only they knew what their dreams were.

“Via the trio’s alternating first-person POVs, Gracia — a former D1 collegiate player — imbues the narrative with insider knowledge and traces the competition as the girls move through their draws and navigate romance, racism, and friendship” (Publishers Weekly).

The Night in QuestionThe Night In Question (An Agathas Mystery) by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson — When Iris and Alice’s high school dance at the infamous Levy Castle, the site of starlet Mona Moody’s unsolved death in the 1940s, is interrupted by a violent assault, they pull out their murder boards and get back to work.

“A delight for teen Poirots, chock-full of puzzling clues and swirling tensions” (Kirkus Reviews).

Teenage DirtbagsTeenage Dirtbags by James Acker — A hilarious novel about an unlikely group of teens coming together to exact revenge on the person who wronged them. When Cameron Ellis dumps Phil Reyno and torpedoes his already-iffy reputation in the process, Phil hatches a plot to expose Cameron as the two-faced liar he truly is, recruiting his old pal Jackson Pasternak to help.

“A well-plotted and appealing mash-up of revenge and love stories” (Kirkus Reviews).

Total Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our WorldTotal Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our World by Edward Humes — An investigative narrative that dives into the waste embedded in our daily lives — and shows how individuals and communities are making a real difference for health, prosperity, quality of life and the fight against climate change.

“An engrossing, practical guide to living healthier, less improvident lives and benefiting the planet by doing so” (Kirkus Reviews).

Wild Life: Finding My Purpose in an Untamed WorldWild Life: Finding My Purpose In An Untamed World by Rae Wynn-Grant — Growing up in the diverse and bustling California Bay Area, renowned wildlife ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant always felt worlds away from the white male adventurers she watched explore the wilderness on TV. She dreamed of a future where she could spend sleepless nights under the crowded canopies of the Amazon and the starry skies of the savanna. But as Rae set off on her own expeditions in the wild, she saw natures delicate balance in a new light.

“A must-read for women of color and all who care about the environment and the pursuit of science” (Booklist).