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Teen Board Question - January 2017, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - January 2017, Part 2

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.


Last year, I read close to 100 books, and explored a lot of new genres, including fantasy. However, this year I don’t think I will be reaching that many books. I am both graduating high school and starting college in 2017, and schoolwork has already taken over my reading schedule. But, of the books I have read this year, I have enjoyed all of them. The first book I read this year was I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A.S., which I absolutely loved, and is now one of my all time favorites. --- Reanna H.

My New Year's "Read-solution" for 2017 is to branch out in terms of genres. I generally tend to stick to contemporary realistic fiction or fantasy/science fiction, but I don't want to limit myself to what I know I like when there are new things to try! My first read of the year proved that hunch --- WUTHERING HEIGHTS is a classic for a reason, and I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try it. 2017 is going to be a whole new year for my literary life, and I can't wait to read everything from horror to memoirs to mystery! --- Laura T.

This year my goal is to read at least half of the Reading Olympics books. So far I have read four out of the possible 50 so I still have a long way to go. I'm looking forward to reading more books that I wouldn't normally read if I was just randomly browsing. The first book I have read in the new year was THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles. It was a surprisingly quick read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys philosophy or psychology. --- Emily G.

I'm not a big fan of bookish goals such as: reading a certain amount books a year or planning out all the novels you'll be read in the coming month.  I just find the pressure and limitations of such goals to be stressful and unnecessary, and it ends up taking the fun out of reading for me. As for the first book I completed this year, it was actually my KidsReads review book THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS: The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau which I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone. --- Rachel A.

I plan to read at least 100 books this year. According to my handy-dandy spreadsheet, I only read about 70 books last year, and I feel as if that isn't enough books. I know I can do better. My first book this year was one I wanted to read last year but didn't have time to. I started GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff a few days ago. I loved ILLUMINAE because of its unique look, dynamic characters, and gut-busting humor, so I decided to try GEMINA. So far so good. --- Wren L.

This year I have many read-solutions. For starters, I need to get out of my reading slump. I've only read two books this month, which is three or four books less than what I usually read! This year my goal is to read 40 books which should be manageable. I also want to read a larger variety of genres because I tend to only read realistic fiction, fantasy, and some sci-fi. The first book I read this year was actually one I reviewed, LIFE IN A FISHBOWL by Len Vlahos. This book was unlike anything I have ever read and was definitely worthy of being the first read of the New Year. The only other book I will finish this month is BLOOD OF WONDERLAND by Colleen Oakes and is another book I am reviewing. So far, I love BLOOD OF WONDERLAND, I think it will be the book to bring me out of my slump! Happy 2017 and happy reading!! --- Mikenzie R.