I plan to update this (and only this) post with the titles I read each month, so I don't bombard you because I know no one really cares. I am just going to list titles and perhaps a few notes here. Longer reviews can be found on my GoodReads page. I'm looking for titles you think I should read, given that the intent is to find books I can recommend to the kids in my town. We are using these booklists but if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment!
2013 Reader's Advisory Challenge
January - Mystery
- Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs Great read-alike for Hiassen fans. My only quibble is there are a few minor references to someone smelling like marijuana and a few minor curses. Nothing you wouldn't hear at recess, but the kind of thing that can make you hesitant to recommend a book to certain families. Very much enjoyed this one and looking forward to reading more from Gibbs. For tweens.
- Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat Actually moved these out of J Fiction after reading this one and am going to try them in our Easy Reader section. For early elementary students.
- All 3 books in Gordon Korman's Titanic series. From an adult perspective, there is a lot going on here (gangsters, Jack the Ripper, gambling addicted parents, women's rights advocacy, plus some boat you've never heard of). This is the series that kept me entertained mid-month when our power went out at home for 27 hours and we had to stay in a hotel. Not for your more sensitive patrons. Upper elementary.
I've already read 2013's winner, The One and Only Ivan, so I'm going to try and get through the Honor books. If there's time left in the month,I'll take a stab at previous winners.
- Three Times Lucky We didn't own this book prior to the awards being announced, so it probably won't arrive in time for this month. I put an ILL request in for it, but was unable to get it.
- Splenders and Grooms
- Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon It was awesome.
March - Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure
- The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson
April - Reluctant Readers
May - Realistic Fiction
June - Historical Fiction
July - Graphic Novels
August - Classics
September- Teen Realistic Fiction
October- Teen Historical Fiction
November - Clean Reads for Tweens
December - Teen Chick Lit