Whenever I need inspiration for that book to read next or what to suggest to a teen patron, I often look to our library’s Teen Choice Best Books display, where teens post reviews of their favorite books. (If you are curious about how the display works or what other books the young adult reviewers have written about, check out my previous post, “What Teens are Saying About What They Are Reading.”) When I looked at the display recently, of course I had a ton of reviews for The Hunger Games, but since most of you already know the series well, I only included the best review. As a visual learner, I love this display because I often recognize a cover before I can think of the title or the author. I also find that even if I’ve read the book the reviewer likes too, there may be another title in the series about to come out. Seeing the cover of The Maze Runner reminded me to look for James Dashner’s new book, The Kill Order, which is due out August 14th.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (The Ultimate YA Bookshelf)
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod : Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer (2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2011 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults – What If?)
The Lost Saint : a Dark Divine novel by Bree Despain
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (2000 Audiobooks for Young Adults)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults – Forbidden Romance)
Stickman Odyssey. Book Two, The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
How do you decide what to read next? Do you ask a friend? Talk to the librarian? Maybe you have a favorite website, wink wink, like The Hub. Hopefully sharing my library’s display has encouraged you to try something old and something new this summer.
— Laura C. Perenic, currently reading Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (1998 Best Books for Young Adults)