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One Tweet – Twenty Five Recommendations

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

@mlbrackmartin – Suzanne Collins’ earlier series, starting with Gregor the Overlander; Gone by Mike Grant

@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

@theEVENTgelical – Hat Full of Sky, Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett

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!

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3 thoughts on “One Tweet – Twenty Five Recommendations

  1. Hey! I’m the tweepster behind the @uo_quidditch account – social media is so cool that way. I was in Chapters the other day and none of the books on the ‘if you read The Hunger Games you’ll love these!’ table were books someone would actually like if they had loved the Hunger Games, and yet I would second almost every other recommendation that you got!

    By crowdsourcing suggestions you can also get books that aren’t as well-known or as widely publicized, but are books that people loved – a lot of people know about Artemis Fowl, so your kids might have found them anyway, but not a lot of people know about Sarah Rees Brennan’s books, so this way you get a recommendation for a book you might not have otherwise found.

    Happy reading!

    (Oh, and to add another one – Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ or ‘The Graveyard Book’)
    -c

  2. Love this post! I am always on the hunt for good books to encourage my high school students to read! I find that many assigned books in classes are out of touch for the interests of today’s youth. The library has always been such a magical place for me…and still is! My goal: inspire a love of reading/learning/discovering in my students….Any and all suggestions are greatly appreiciated!

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