I belong to a book club where we do a role call to see what everyone is reading. I am always interested to know what other people are reading or waiting to read- but just knowing what is popular in Ohio or the whole United States no longer satisfies my curiosity. I want to know what teens are reading all over the world.
France is a country of 66,000,000 people. Its capital and largest city, Paris, has a population of 2,200,000 who live in the city limits. If you count all the people living in the suburban read around Paris that’s nearly 12 million people. (France) About 19% of the people in living in France are 14 years old or younger so that’s a lot juvenile and teen readers. What’s really amazing is France has a near 99% literacy rate so all these young readers will grow into lifelong book lovers. Which makes me wonder: what are all of them reading?
Thank you to Celeste Rhoads who has the answers.
Where did you work?
The American Library in Paris (Paris, France – a private, non-profit library founded by the ALA in 1920)
I belong to a book club where we do a role call to see what everyone is reading. I am always interested to know what other people are reading or waiting to readâ€“ but just knowing what is popular in Ohio or the whole United States no longer satisfies my curiosity. I want to know what teens are reading all over the world.
Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe. Their nation, like Russia, divides land into provinces they call oblasts. Ukraine is a country of 45,000,000 people. It’s capital and largest city Kiev has a population of 3,000,000 of people. Kiev is home to the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. It houses over 15 million items. (Library) Ukrainian is the main language but they recognize 18 regional languages including a lot I had not heard of like Crimean Tatar, Krymchak and Rusyn. (Ukraine) About 7,000,000 people, or 14.5% of the population are 14 years of age or young. Which makes me wonder: what are all of them reading?
Where do you work?
Greetings From Kiev! My name is Jen Gross. I am the Head Librarian at Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine
What are the most popular titles for teens at your library right now?
I belong to a book club where we do a role call to see what everyone is reading. I am always interested to know what other people are reading or waiting to read– but just knowing what is popular in Ohio or the whole United States no longer satisfies my curiosity. I want to know what teens are reading all over the world.
Russia is a country of 143,500,000 people. Its capital and largest city, Moscow, has a population of 12,000,000. (Russia) About 27% of the people in living in Russia are 24 years old or younger, so that’s a lot juvenile and teen readers. Which makes me wonder, what are all of them reading? Here are some answers provided by Jessica Lind, fellow Hub blogger. You can learn more about her life in Russia from her Hub post, From Russia with YA.
*These views are Jessica’s own and not those of the school, or of any person or organization affiliated or doing business with the school.
Where do you work?
I am working in Moscow, Russia right now. I work at the Anglo-American School of Moscow and this year I am primarily in the library for middle and high school students. My title is Library Assistant. We are a school library, but in many ways we also function as a community library since Russia is not the most English-friendly country. We order materials suited for students, parents, and staff, including a large DVD collection. Continue reading What Are You Reading, Russia?
My sister and I were trying to plan our weekend. After a texting spree that reminded us why we had an unlimited messaging plan, we still had some details to figure out. I suppose we could have just called each other, but personally I love to text and chat, or both simultaneously. I started thinking why text, tweets and IMs aren’t a more common form of communication in books when they are main way I converse in real life. People do so much online these days that we have whole websites like Autocowrecks that revel in the hilarity of auto-correct trying to tell us what we mean. With whole Twitter and tumblr hashtags devoted to texting mistakes, it seems that online conversations are the preferred way to talk. I was inspired by two previous Hub posts about novels that use letters and emails to tell a story. Check out Epistolary Novels, Old and New by Hannah Gomez and Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: A Love Letter to the Un-Epistolary Novel by Wendy Daughdrill– and here’s my list of YA books that tell a story with the help of texts, IMs, and other forms of digital communication.
All my voracious readers are working their way through my young adult fiction collection like they haven’t been allowed to read all year. I’m excited to share that not only are all my young adult patrons reading with gusto, they are also also finding a lot of titles that they liked. These teens were also willing to share their favorite titles. Here are some more Teen Choice Best Books short reviews collected during the summer reading program.
Having just watched the movie Now Is Good, I feel a little wrecked. I only finished the novel Before I Die (2008 Teens’ Top Ten) by Jenny Downham yesterday. Despite the change of title, many aspects of the story are faithfully retold to reach the same devastating end. My quickie review is that I still liked the book better, but the movie made me cry when the book could not.
I had not read Before I Die when I found out about the movie Now Is Good. I resolved to read the book first and then see what changes (for good or ill) were made to the movie version. I listened to the e-audiobook, narrated by Charlotte Parry who either is British or has a very convincing accent.
There are a lot of things I appreciate that I can’t do. I think roller coasters are amazing, but they scare me. I also get wicked sick when I ride them. I love poetry but my attempts at verse are sadly lacking. I love novels written in verse. I actively seek them out to buy, read and share with others. It’s all a good outlet for lack of artistic prowess. To me it seems like books in verse transcend genre; they are their own format like graphic novels. The sparseness of the words allows the reader to get right to the heart of the story and all it’s emotional content.
It’s time for more teen book reviews. I love these Teen Choice Best Books posters; the teens who write them will often pull out a scene or a character to focus on that perhaps I didn’t remember. The Teen Choice Best Books will lead me to new titles I have never tried before, and often these signs encourage me to reread a novel. The suggestions from teens in this round may not be new, but they might be new to you. Previous “What Teens Are Saying” posts:
We’ve all been there: You finish a novel only to discover that unresolved plots necessitate a sequel. Your book ends in a cliffhanger and there is no sequel … yet. Suddenly you are left hanging. The characters you love are in limbo, their world (and yours) is in crisis. How can you deal with your feelings of anger, frustration, and resentment?