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Teen Board Question - January 2017, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - January 2017, Part 1

New year, new books, same amazing Teen Board! To kick off the new year, we asked our Teen Board members about some of their read-solutions, whether they involve reading a certain number of books, finishing a series or trying out a new genre or author.  As a bonus, some members also shared the title of the first book they read this year.

One of my biggest reading goals this year is to read more nonfiction books. I read a lot of fiction for fun and for school so I really want to branch out more! I also want to read before I go to bed; I want to break my habit of going on my phone before bed. If I read a fiction book, I find that I can't put it down because I keep wanting to know what happens. With a nonfiction book, I hope that I am able to read and still go to bed at at a decent time! --- Pranshu A.

This year I made a few resolutions, including one related to my book selections. I have decided to branch out and try different young adult genres. I typically read young adult contemporary or historical fiction novels, but I would love to try a mystery or dystopian book. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth was one of my favorite books, and my goal this year is to find a dystopian series as complex and amazing as that. I am not sure what book I will read for pleasure in 2017, but I look forward to trying to find a novel that fits into my resolution. --- Ryan H.

I have a couple of read-solutions for 2017, and my biggest is to read 75 books this year. I know I'm going to have more time on my hands, so I'm going to try and dedicate more time to reading. Another goal is to read some mysteries because I have barely picked up any in the past few years, and I feel like I need to at least give the genre a chance since there seem to be so many good mysteries out there. So far I have continued to read the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, which I also hope to finish this year, and I read THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa. I'm excited for a new year of reading because it almost seems like a fresh start. --- Harleen K.

My one read-solution is to simply read more. In the last few months of 2016, I maybe read five books --- total. I know, how can I still call myself a book nerd? Hopefully, my first read of the year, CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES by Natalie C. Anderson, will get me out of my terrible reading slump. --- Bryn D.

My main New Year’s read-solution is to not read as many sci-fi or fantasy novels, because in 2016, 75% of the books that I read were sci-fi or fantasy. As a result, I need to add more variety to my reading genres throughout 2017! One of my biggest reading goals of the year is to read 100 books and, already, I have read 11 books --- which has been insane! The first book that I started my year off with was AIR AWAKENS by Elise Kova. I absolutely loved it and I continued on to binge the entire series in just a few days. --- Makayla H.

The first book I read in 2017 is ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews! The book is very good! My read-solution is to stop having so many book hangovers. I get them all the time, and I'm planning on stopping that this year! Happy 2017! --- Rebecca D.

The New Year has arrived and I have made many resolutions which I will hopefully achieve. One of them is based on reading. My read-solution for 2017 is to make more time to read in order to de-stress. Thus, I plan on reading a book a week! I have already kicked off this goal by finishing SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison. --- Nikita V.

For this New Year my read-solution is to find a new favorite author. Last year I fell in love with Dan Brown's books and I hope to expand to more interesting authors who have different writing styles. I also have the goal to try out new genres. I normally find myself reading realistic fictions and I hope to broaden my reading selections. The first book I have read, actually re-read, this year was IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini. I have read this novel so many times. It's one of my favorite books and it has the tendency to make time fly by. --- McKenzie S.

Every year, I set a reading goal on Goodreads. I failed last year's, but this year I'm aiming for 150. The first book I read this year was FREEKS by Amanda Hocking! --- Isabel C.

For 2017 I am downgrading my yearly reading goal to 25 books. HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer is going to be my first book. --- Kaela N.
One of my read-solutions for 2017 is to read more memoirs/historical books! Towards the end of 2016, I read SETTLE FOR MORE by Megyn Kelly and I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai. Both books were amazing and made me thing deeper into what is currently going on in our world. Therefore, I thought it was the perfect time of year to make an effort to read more books similar to those two. The first book I read in 2017 was WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard, and it was a perfect way to begin my new year! --- Kate F.

One of my reading solutions this year is to read 15 books. I know that may not seem like a lot to some people, but I am trying to keep a healthy balance of everything in my life and I am trying not to push myself too hard. I wanted to set a goal I knew I could achieve and if I read more than 15 books then that’s even better! I would love to start many new series in 2017 including reading SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard, MATCHED by Ally Condie, SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo and UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld, just to name a few. However, reading many series at once is stressful so I would also like to focus on continuing to read many of the series I already started, including The Mortal Instruments series, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Legend series by Marie Lu. I would also like to reread some of the Harry Potter books, specifically the illustrated versions. I am really looking forward to discovering new and exciting books and series this year, but also learning more about the characters and worlds that I already know and love. --- Shannon C.

I have told myself time and time again that this year will be the year I start reading more historical fiction and less sappy romance stories. I actually love historical fiction, it's just that it takes me so long to process what I read that I usually go for those good-old teen romance books; they're just easier to read! I really want to try Ryan Graudin, the author of WOLF BY WOLF, and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (which won a Pullitzer prize!). --- Rachel D.

This year my biggest goal is to read more. Last year was probably the year I read the least ever since I learned how to read. Hopefully this year will be better. The first book I read this year was IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES by Julia Alvarez (a great book guys!). Second, reading more classics and nonfiction books is a must-do this year for the sake of future references. Also, I've been hearing much about the Hush Hush series. My friend has been urging me to read so it's probably worth a read. --- Flor H.

This year, my read-solution would definitely be to devote more time towards reading during the school year because for the past few months, I have not gotten the chance to pick up the books I have been longing to read. I would also like to finish any of the books I did not finish last year.
If it goes well, I hope to read at least 50 books by the end of 2017. --- Kaleigh L.

My goal for this year is to read at least 50 books --- aka more than I read last year. The first book I've read this year was THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett, which I reviewed for Teenreads! --- Maggie L.

My reading resolutions for 2017 include reading as much as I want and expanding on the types of books that I read. I want to be a more diverse reader overall and a better bookstagrammer. I started a bookstagram in 2016, and I want to continue to improve my account and discuss books with more and more readers! The first book that I finished in 2017 was AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White, and I loved it! I am currently reading WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken, and I am really enjoying it as well! --- Grace P.

Some of my resolutions for 2017 include trying to read 100 books by the end of this year and getting through all the books published by some of my favorite authors - Kasie West, Sarah Dessen, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo. The first book I read this year was THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater, and I'm excited to continue on with her wonderful series, The Raven Cycle. --- Niraja S.

In 2017 I'd love to read at least 75 books, but hopefully I'll end up reading even more! I'm also hoping to branch out in terms of what books I read. While I've never been particularly interested in contemporary novels as a whole, I'm going to try and push myself to pick up a few this year and see what I think. Of course, even though I say that, the first book I read this year was SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis, a science-fiction fairy-tale retelling. Overall, though, it was a pretty quick read with fast pacing --- a nice start to 2017, I think! --- Rachel R.

This year, along with the rest of my resolutions, I want to make a list of read-resolutions that I hope I can follow. Unfortunately, with school, I felt as though I was not able to read as many books as I would've wanted to last year. In 2017, my goal is to read at least 24 books --- 2 per month. Even if they're short, I don't want to lose momentum by putting down a book and not picking up a new one for weeks. I also want to try other genres --- I tend to read romantic novels, but this year I want to read more sci-fi and thrillers. The first book I plan to read in 2017 is IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini. --- Juliette G.

My biggest new year read-solution is to read more! School gets in the way of my reading schedule and I'm hoping to manage my time better in 2017. I also really want to get to the books that have been sitting on my shelf for years that I've never picked up. The Raven Cycle is one series I want to get to as soon as possible. The first book I read in 2017 was WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard. It was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes! --- Danielle F.

I have set my reading goal on Goodreads for 30 books --- hopefully, I'll read more. To help facilitate the massive TBR pile, I have split books I want to read into two different shelves: to-read (books I want to read the most) and will-read (books I will read later in an unknown point in the future). I hopefully will finish the to-read books by the end of 2017. A bonus for me would be reading any books of Adam Silvera, Lauren Oliver or Sarah J Maas, popular authors who I have barely dabbled in. --- Hannah C.

New Year, New Books.  This year my goal is to read fifty books.  I also would like to try more fantasy books.  They have intimidated me for long enough, and I cannot wait to let my imagination loose into new worlds.  Mainly, catching up on the Throne of Glass series.  There have been many barriers between that series and me, but I can't wait to sit down and engross myself into Sarah J. Maas' world again.  Not only that, but I wish to expand my perspective by reading more diverse books. It is important to know about the world you live in and the more you know the better. The first book I read this year was BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer.  It was a perfect read to start the year with because it was cute and one of those books you just want to give a hug to when you reach the end.  It took me a while to finish but was the first I wrapped up this year so that made me really happy.  Reading is a great way to relax and we all need to destress nowadays. --- Sabina Z. 

This year, my main read-solution is to read more. Last year, when I started high school, I started to read less and less. So this year, I want to push myself to read more, and to read a wider mix. As much as I love fantasy, I want to read other genres as well, especially the classics. But first, I need to finish Sarah J. Maas’s CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, book two of her Throne of Glass series. I borrowed this book from one of my friends way back in November, and I got distracted and never finished it. Looks like I'm already behind on my reading… --- Rebecca N.