Goodreads Choice Awards 2022

2022 Goodreads Choice AwardsThe Goodreads Choice Awards (“the only major book awards decided by readers”) is back for 2022!

The opening round in this year’s awards runs through November 27th — you have until then to vote for your favorite books from the nominated titles in 17 categories, including Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Here are the 20 nominees for Best Young Adult Fiction:

cover_imageAll My Rage by Sabaa Tahir — A family extending from Pakistan to California, deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness. “A knife-sharp narrative with an obliterating impact that will leave readers thinking of it long after turning the last page” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageAnatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz — Hazel Sinnett, a medical student in 19th century Scotland who, after being kicked out because of her gender, works with new attractive acquaintance Jack Currer to procure dead bodies to study, but they soon discover secrets buried in the heart of Edinburgh society. “A suspenseful, intricately plotted gothic romance, perfect for fans of macabre historical fiction” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageAs Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh — Eighteen-year-old Salama Kassab, a pharmacy student volunteering at a hospital in Homs, Syria, is desperate to find passage on a refugee boat for herself and her pregnant best friend, but first she must learn to see the events around her for what they are — not a war, but a revolution. “Harrowing moments are juxtaposed against painfully beautiful memories of peaceful times, and readers will linger over the many exquisite sentences in this memorable novel that honors the stories of countless Syrians” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook

cover_imageFamily of Liars by E. Lockhart — In this prequel to We Were Liars, Carrie Sinclair tells the ghost of her son Johnny about the summer of 1987, when “the boys” arrive on Beechwood Island, setting off events that will haunt her for years to come. “Lush language and a setting full of breezy glamor provide an easy entry point into this layered, atmospherically tense exploration of jealousy, love, and family loyalty” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageThe Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games, Book 3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageThe First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera — It’s the night before Death-Cast goes live, and there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Can Death-Cast actually predict when someone will die, or is it just an elaborate hoax? “This prequel to Silvera’s They Both Die at the End (2017) is an extraordinary — no, make that a brilliant — book with a riveting plot” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

I Fell in Love with Hope by Lancali — Against the unforgiving landscape of a hospital, the narrator falls in love with a mischievous, sun-eyed boy who becomes their only joy in a desolate place.

cover_imageHell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White — Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him — the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with. “A gloriously ferocious and scorching blaze” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageI Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston — After seventeen-year-olds Chloe and Shara, Chloe’s rival for valedictorian, kiss, Shara vanishes leaving Chloe and two boys, who are also enamored with Shara, to follow the trail of clues she left behind. “A must-read for fans of dark academia with a hopeful spin on the premise that students can create real change in their environment” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageI Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys — In a country governed by isolation, fear, and a tyrannical dictator, seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer, but he decides to use his position to try to outwit his handler, undermine the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. “As educational as it is thrilling…it doesn’t just describe the destabilizing effects of being spied on; it will make you experience them too” (New York Times). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageThe Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes — Sixteen-year-old Mexican American Yami Flores starts Catholic school, determined to keep her brother out of trouble and keep herself closeted, but her priorities shift when Yami discovers that her openly gay classmate Bo is also annoyingly cute. “Filled with humor and love, this fast-paced novel will have readers immersed in Yamilet’s world, rooting for her and her loved ones all the way” (School Library Journal).

cover_imageLoveless by Alice Oseman — Georgia has parents who are still in love, two sets of grandparents that are still together, and a brother who married his girlfriend, but at eighteen she has never even kissed someone — or particularly even wanted to. In college she comes to understand herself as asexual/aromantic, and to capture the part of her identity that has always eluded her. “Oseman maintains an energetic pace while offering realistic and wide-ranging takes on identity, from internalized phobia to true self-love” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageMy Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth — High school senior Bel Maier has an aptitude for engineering and teams up with robotics team captain, Mateo Luna, but after a rough start together the nights of after-school work lead to romance. “An engaging story, filled with lessons about believing in yourself when you never thought you could and believing others who might see the shine you never thought was possible” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook

cover_imageNothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus — Brynn Gallagher uses her internship at a new true crime show to investigate the unsolved murder of her favorite teacher, uncovering secrets about her school, her teacher, and her ex-best friend in the process. “A character-driven story with family drama, plenty of buried secrets, and lovely romantic vibes” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageOphelia After All by Racquel Marie — Seventeen-year-old Ophelia Rojas, well known for her rose garden and her dramatic crushes on every boy in sight, begins to question her sexuality and sense of self when she starts to fall for cute, quiet Talia Sanchez in the weeks leading up to their high school prom and graduation. “While there’s plenty of information for teens grappling with sexuality — and inclusive portrayals, including aromantic, asexual, bisexual, and pansexual representation — the book never feels like a manual: Ophelia, Talia, and their friends are fully human creations” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageSee You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon — After reliving the same day for months, eighteen-year-old Barrett reluctantly teams up with her nemesis Miles to escape the time loop, and soon finds herself falling for him, but what she does not know is what they will mean to each other if they finally make it to tomorrow. “Perfect for…readers who enjoy contemporary romance and are open to science fiction and a bit of magic” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook

cover_imageShe Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick — Alex Blackwood is really good at getting the girl she wants, but coming from a broken home with an alcoholic mother she finds committment difficult, even when she thinks she is in love. “Lippincott and Derrick have built characters and relationships that shine with nuance and colorful personality” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageA Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan — Determined to win the student film competition, Mina makes a deal with indie film star Emmitt Ramos, and as they spend time together and NYC starts to feel more like home than ever before, she wonders if winning is worth losing everything. “An endearing story of rediscovery that brings out tears of both laughter and heartbreak” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the Audiobook

cover_imageThe Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson — Bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson tackles America’s history and legacy of racism in this suspenseful YA novel following a biracial teenager as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom. “The non-linear, fast-paced plot also includes true crime podcast elements, news clips, and witness testimonies. Readers will be hooked from page one of Maddy’s intense journey that detonates on prom night” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

cover_imageYou’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus — Estranged friends Ivy, Mateo, and Cal witness a murder while skipping school, and the only way they can solve it is by revealing what they have been hiding from one another–and themselves. “With its fast-paced, twisty narrative and McManus’ hallmark perspective shifts between the three protagonists, this thriller is both a fun homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and an exploration of how secrets and bad choices can escalate and bring harmful consequences” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

Sora Digital Reading Libraries Expanded!

CA students and staff, have you added all the libraries to your Sora digital reading (and listening) account yet?

The OWWL Library System (aka the Pioneer Library System) has teamed up with the Finger Lakes Library System and the Southern Tier Library System to share their digital collections in Sora!

That means after you add those libraries to your Sora account, you’ll have access to:

Library # eBooks # Audiobooks
CA Library 900+ 1,500+
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES 5,000+ (including comics and magazines) 800+
OWWL (Pioneer) Library System) 19,000+ 10,000+
Finger Lakes Library System 10,000+ 6,000+
Southern Tier Library System 17,000+ 5,000+

Adding libraries to your Sora accounts is easy…

  1. Visit the Sora App and login using BravesLink if prompted.
    NOTE: This step is super-important: make sure you sign in to Canandaigua City School District FIRST (not BOCES)! This will make CCSD your “home” school district. 
  2. Go to the menu in the upper-right hand corner.
  3. Tap ‘+ Add Library’.
  4. Search for the library you want to add and tap ‘This is my library’. You can add all the libraries listed above with your CCSD account.
  5. You’ll see the new collection in Sora.
  6. When you tap ‘Borrow’ or ‘Place hold’ on an item, you’ll be prompted to sign in. Choose ‘Canandaigua City School District’.

(This video will walk you through the process, too — The Sora Digital Reading App: Adding Libraries)

That’s it! Once you add a library, you can borrow eBooks or audiobooks that are in that library’s collection!

NOTE: After you login, you won’t see as many titles as you did before you logged in. That’s because the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier library systems don’t allow outside patrons to place items on hold, so you won’t see titles that aren’t currently available. But there are still plenty of eBooks and audiobooks to choose from!

New Audiobooks In Sora!

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

…and more! You can also browse the latest audiobooks in Sora, including these new titles (which are also available — or will be — in print at CA Library):

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah SummersThe 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass — Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far) — though he’s never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love — for real this time. “Sass…fills this sincere romance with teen pining, madcap shenanigans, and earnest first love” (Publishers Weekly).

The Art of InsanityThe Art of Insanity by Christine Webb — High schooler Natalie Cordova has just been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Her mom insists she keep it secret. Written from experience, this heartfelt and candid novel explores the stigma surrounding mental illness and offers an uplifting narrative of resilience. “Achingly truthful, the book sees Natalie through the quagmire of the journey to self-acceptance with humor and insight” (Kirkus Reviews).

The First Thing About YouThe First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden — A high school student with spinal muscular atrophy is determined to reinvent himself in this hilarious and poignant debut. When fifteen-year-old Harris moves with his family from California (home of beautiful-but-inaccessible beaches) to New Jersey (home of some much-hyped pizza and bagels), he’s determined to be known as more than just the kid in the powered wheelchair. “Hayden’s funny, sarcastic, and smart narrator easily reminds the reader that people with disabilities have amazing abilities and, most important, are people first” (Booklist).

Flight 171Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker — In this edge-of-your-seat horror novel, a four-hour flight takes a nightmarish turn when a supernatural creature gives a group of high school students a sinister ultimatum. “Parker’s intense adventure, a treat for horror fans, is chock-full of cinematic action and paranormal elements, combining in a hair-raising flight from hell” (Publishers Weekly).

Friends Like TheseFriends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez — At Tegan Sheffield’s end-of-summer party, a prank backfires with devastating emotional and criminal results for seventeen-year-old Jessica Healy, her boyfriend Jake, and their best friends. “The characters take readers on a journey that interrogates consent, bullying, and, ultimately, friendship. A fast-paced thriller to keep readers on the edges of their seats” (Kirkus Reviews).

How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and BeyondHow to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond by Kwame Christian — Negotiation expert Kwame Christian’s motto is- “The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations.” If we want a more equitable workplace, and a more equitable world, we have to talk to each other about race. “The common-sense, tempered approach establishes a mindset and strategies that will serve all who are engaged in navigating challenging conversations about race or other difficult topics. Ideas are presented in a manner that will be accessible to readers ranging from teen peer helpers to corporate HR teams” (Booklist).

Influenced: The Impact of Social Media on Our PerceptionInfluenced: The Impact of Social Media on Our Perception by Brian Boxer Wachler — This book unpacks what happens to our brains and our behaviors each time we click ‘Like’ or even just scroll for new content on social media. Through interviews with top influencers, the latest studies, and pop-culture anecdotes, and Dr. Boxer Wachler’s own expertise as both a scientist and an influencer himself, he reveals how influence works. “Readers will recognize themselves in Wachler’s descriptions of online behavior and enjoy the behind-the-scenes stories about popular influencers” (Booklist).

Into the Wild: Warriors, Book 1Into The Wild (Warriors, Book 1) by Erin Hunter — In the first book in the best-selling Warriors series about the secret lives of cats, Rusty, a bored house kitten, is apprenticed by the ThunderClan and must struggle to fit in when the group of feral cats is threatened by ShadowClan, the enemy. “For any reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat” (Publisher Weekly).

The Sevenfold HuntersThe Sevenfold Hunters by Rose Egal — When the Nosaru kill one of her squad mates, hijabi alien hunter Abyan gets a sub-par new recruit as her team works to find out what the Nosaru really want and what Carlisle Academy has been hiding from them all. “A must for fans of Ms. Marvel — the comics or the television series.

We Are All We HaveWe Are All We Have by Marina Tamar Budhos — After her mom is taken by ICE, seventeen-year-old Rania’s hopes and dreams for the future are immediatly put on hold as she figures out how take care of her younger brother and survive in a country that seems to be closing around them. “Budhos vividly portrays the fear and confusion many undocumented families experienced after the implementation of Trump-era asylum and immigration policies while also unflinchingly detailing the tensions and secrets within Rania’s family” (Kirkus Reviews).