Just had to share the power of Social Media…in this case, TWITTER!
My children go to the Sump Memorial Library faithfully every week. Each week my three children check out anywhere from two to four books on average. They all three read every book they check out. My sixteen year olds choose their books based on extremely gripping or intriguing plots. My 12 year old son looks for books that have action, good characters and are a fast-paced read.
The current book series my kids are reading are the Hunger Games. Due to the speed at which they devour books, I thought I’d ask Twitter land what recommendations they might have for my kids when they finished Hunger Games. One astute Tweepster @uo_quidditch (http://uottawaquibbler.wordpress.com/) forwarded their recommendation and included @Scholastic in their tweet to me.
Here’s a list of the individuals who tweeted their recommendations:
@SamEveKennedy – Harry Potter; Chronicles of Narnia; Wrinkle in Time; Little House on the Prairie
@KyleWKerr – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
@mirandahakim – Maze Runner Trilogy
@BennyAlano – Hand Puppet Horror by me!
@What_the_Tim – Blood Red Road by Moira Young and Legend by Marie Lu
@_Lana15 – Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
@letaylor82 – City of Bones
@Vikkivansickle – Divergent by Veronica Roth and Maze Runner by James Dashner
@KariBradley7 – The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
@NathanDunbar – Garth Nix’s Sabriel
@KahlanAla – Delirium by Laren Oliver
@Lit_Explorer – Maze Runner
@KPSimmon – Legend by Marie Lu and Divegent by Veronica Roth
@Goody1505 – Warriors
@uo_quidditch – @sarahresbreena’s The Demon’s Lexicon series or @justinelavaworm’s Liar
@CaptAdjective – Artemis Fowl books
@parchmentgirl37 – Wither (Book 1 in the Chemical Garden Trilogy)
@tordotcom – post-Hunger Games recommendations here in article & comments: bit.ly/caNxRd
@chooseadventure – Choose Your Own Adventure
@spencerpanger – Maze Runner
@laurendonovan – The Maze Runer series
@lizzy9rule – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
@taralazar – Beth Revis’ Across the Universe and A Million Suns
As you can see, 25 people tweeted these recommendations over the course of the next two hours. Amazon might have “recommended” a few choices in the same genre if I searched for Hunger Games. But nothing is quite as personal and targeted as people who enjoy the same books…a crowd-sourced recommendation like Tweepsters provide is unmatched because there are live people on the other end of my question instead of an algorithm! Don’t get me wrong, but the idea of several other people across the globe sitting in their pajamas, sipping coffee and sharing their thoughts is much more appealing and personal than lines of code.
My hats off to these Twitter users and especially to Scholastic for playing such a satisfying role in my search for books to add to my children’s reading list!
- Hunger Games + Maze Runner (bindingthemain.wordpress.com)
- The Maze Runner (mikeralston2323.wordpress.com)
- The New Hunger Games Trailer (wired.com)
- ‘The Hunger Games’ quiz: Test your knowledge! (csmonitor.com)
- Book Review: “Gregor The Overlander” (thecheapreader.wordpress.com)
- Book 6: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (cogitoergoblawg.wordpress.com)
- Reading Machine (hearttreehome.com)
- 95: “The Hunger Games… Again.” (bronzefish.wordpress.com)
- Twenty Thousand Tweets (timmybrister.com)