Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday! A year of suggestions from Booklist magazine

Booklist Online just published a list of reading suggestions that I loved and wanted to share. These aren’t suggestions about particular titles or even specific genres; they’re ideas that provide a framework while leaving plenty of room for choice.
The list as published suggests one of these idea for each month, but there’s no need to do them in order, or even to read one a month: you could take much longer to do this project, or, if you’re ambitious and have the time, read all twelve books in one month. (If you do that, please come back and leave a comment telling us which you liked best!)
  • Read a book published the same year you were born.
  • Read a book recommended on a blog. Like our very own Teen blog for example!
  • Read a book that has been made into a movie. There are so many to choose from these days…Psst! - The Fault in Our Stars hits theatres in June, and Gayle Forman's If I Stay hits theaters August 22, 2014.  Watch the trailer HERE.
  • Reread your favorite book from childhood.  I just read Edith the Lonely Doll, and plan on reading The Witch Family.
  • Read a book from another country. Check out the display of international books in the fiction room.
  • Read that classic you never read.  I plan on reading The Count of Monte Christo by Dumas this year. 
  • Read a book you found via a library database, website, or social reading account.  Books and Authors or NoveList for good reading suggestions. Several Greece Public librarians also contribute to a Goodreads account, where you can see what we’ve read and what we thought of it. There are more reading suggestions and links on our page. 
  • Read a genre or format you don’t usually read. Mystery, memoir, romance, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novel or graphic memoir…
  • Read a book from an opposing viewpoint. 
  • Read a selection from a local book club. 
  • Read an award winner. Remember to check the blog for links to several awards, including the Printz award. 
  • Read someone else’s favorite book. Organized book clubs are great, but a book club of two can also be fun. Ask a grandparent, parent, kid, sibling, cousin, friend, teacher…or librarian.
What do you think? Are any of these ideas exciting or inspiring? Let me know if you embark on this reading project – I know I am going to try it!

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