September 4, 2009

Get ready, get set and RECOMMEND!

Posted by at 9:54 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Recommend_130 Now that the summer is coming to an end (darn!), I want to know what our Stacks' users (I mean YOU!) read this summer. Don't worry, this isn't an assignment. I just want to know which books you enjoyed so that I can build my own arsenal of books to read this fall.

So here's what I want you to do:

1) Name the book or books (because I'm sure you read tons) that you read this summer and just LOVED.
2) Provide the author's name of each book you can't get enough of.
3) Jot down a couple reasons why I should choose your book/books to read.
4) Give each book that you’re recommending a star rating between 1-5.

In a couple weeks I'll tell you which of the top three books I'm choosing to read. If your book makes the top three then you'll want to watch for the book's review right here on Ink Splot 26 because I'll be sending a special shout out to the Stacks user/users who recommended the book.

Get ready, get set and RECOMMEND!

—Carly M., STACKS Staffer

  1. Rachel

    I agree with Emii!I’m on the 4th Caitlin book in the DOATG series and I have 2 more True Colors books to read.Another book I enjoyed this summer was Schooled by Gordon Korman.It’s kind of like Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (young adult) in a way because both of them have unusual kids who have to survive in regular school.

  2. Mollie

    This summer, one of the favorite books that I read, was The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. I picked up this book, because I had read portions of it and my students all seemed to really enjoy it. I read it so quickly and got so into it on a cruise ship that everyone around me totally disappeared.
    This story about the City of Ember, an underground community that seems to have been created during some sort of catastrophic event for the world, takes the reader to a place where children have never even seen the sun. This idea, as well as the possibility that they could imagine what the sun would be like, is totally intriguing. The author really leaves you hanging at the end of the book, wanting more from the series and leaving you wanting to find out if the main characters will be able to survive outside of the city once they escape the only place that they have ever known. It is a book that I can confidently recommend to adults and children alike.

  3. lucca4

    Oh, I also forgot one:
    Breathe, A Ghost Story, by Cliff McNish.
    I don’t like ghost stories that much. I’ve always been too cynical to believe in the supernatural. But with Breathe, I was scared. I was terrified for characters I had barely been introduced to, characters that were ghosts. McNish humanizes some of the ghosts as they try to help a human boy not fall prey to the most evil ghost of all. This is a book that will literally make you shiver, despair, and want to fight alongside the ghosts and the woefully ignorant human who can see them.

  4. Kristina101

    omg this summer read French kisssmas (young adult) I recommended this book because it takes place in Paris and it is filled with romance and heartwarming moments

  5. Emii

    Hey! The awesomest books right now? By Melody Carlson. From the Diary of a Teenage Girl series (DOATG), to the True Colours series — they’re awesome! The Diary series is a lot of fun, where as the True Colors series focuses on some deeper topics. (both series are young adult)
    I reccommend you read either the Chloe or Kim diaries in the DOATG series — in my opinion, they’re the most fun to read :)
    I rate all these books 5/5… :)
    Luv,Emii

  6. lucca4

    1. The Luxe series (The Luxe, Rumors, Envy), by Anna Godberson (young adult). This series is amazing! It combines an interesting outlook at the social era in the late 1800s with a captivating, page-turning plot. After the first few chapters, your hands (almost literally) become glued to the book. 5/5.
    2. Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (young adult). This book is absolutely, drop-dead outstanding. It tells the dramatic story of three young women and their journeys to following their hearts. It is especially captivating because you know from the beginning that two of the three women will die. It would be easy to say this book tells about worker’s struggles to gain their rights at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, but it is so much more than that. It’s one of those rare books that are set in history, yet you can relate to each character as if they were alive in this era. 5/5, definitely!!

  7. QuidditchGirl

    The title is Stargirl (young adult) it’s really small but it’s really cool it’s about agirl who is an outcast name stargirl but she has had many diffrent names but if you do choose it I dont want to ruin it so you have to read to find out by the way it’s by Jerry Spinellie

  8. Abby

    I read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, a YA novel by James Patterson. It’s about a fourteen-year-old girl named Maximum Ride who is a human-avian (bird) hybrid (she has wings!). It takes place four years after she escaped from the School where she was created. She and her five best friends in the world go on a journey to discover their pasts at the Institute in New York. It’s action-packed and awesomely funny and realistic. It’s the first book in the Maximum Ride series, which is set to be made into a movie this year.

  9. manga eyes

    1.the doll people-by ann m. martin
    2.the wednesday wars-by gary d. schmidt (young adult)
    3.lydia queeen of palestine-by uri orlev

  10. readingstar5

    I nominate Twelve By Lauren Myrical. This book is very fun and exciting, with lots of laughs. It is the best book I have ever read! Five stars!

  11. Abby

    This summer, I started reading the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson (young adult). I’d have to say, these books get five stars each! They’re packed with awesome action right out of the best movies ever. They deal with a fourteen-year-old girl named Maximum Ride who is a human-avian (bird) hybrid. She and her five “siblings” go on a quest to discover their pasts four years after escaping from the School where they were created. I can’t say everything that happened, but I can say this: Maximum Ride-The Angel Experiment (young adult) was full of suspense and twists, not to mention humor. Definitely a five-star rating from me!

  12. Snaw

    Winter of Peril: The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge- By Jan Andrews. Gets 4.5/5
    Spring Pearl: The Last Flower- By Laurence Yep. Gets 5/5
    Neela: Victory Song- By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Gets 5/5
    Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway- By Kirkpatrick Hill. Gets 5/5
    If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor- By Jean Little. Gets 5/5
    Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Rebellion Diary of Josephine Bouvier- By Maxnine Trottier. Gets 4.5/5
    I love ALL of these book because they’re all my fav genre: Historical fiction. They take me to far away tiems and places, and I get to know allot about different times in history

  13. Mikayla

    My all time favourite book i read during summer was probably
    1.The Overlord Protocol
    Some of you might know this book or u might not.
    2. the author is Mark Walden.
    3. If you like action and adventure then this book is for you! It has chases and ninjas and swords, but i cant tell u everything u will just have to read it!

  14. Rachel

    The Agony Of Alice (young adult) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Why you should read this book:It’s realistic and funny!Summary:Starting sixth grade is tough.But starting sixth grade in a whole new city,with people you’ve never seen before,far from your best friends-that’s even tougher!Meet Alice McKinley.She has an 18-year-old brother named Lester,and a loving dad.Her mom died of cancer when Alice was in kindergarten.She moved from Takoma Park,Maryland to nearby Silver Spring.Embarassing things happen to her all throughout the book,like,for example,opening the wrong dressing room door and seeing a boy in his underwear! Plus,she gets the totally uncool teacher,Mrs.Plotkin.Will Alice survive sixth grade?Read The Agony Of Alice and find out!

  15. harryobsessed (Allison)

    I read lots of books this summer, but my favorites were by Wendy Mass. I read A Mango-Shaped Space (young adult) (I cried at the end- good cry, like at the end of WALL-E), Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall (young adult), Leap Day (young adult), and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
    They are sort of chick-lit, except for Jeremy Fink, which anyone could read. I give all her books around 4.5 stars, except for Mango, which I give 10 bajillion stars to.
    Defy gravity!

  16. Rachel

    My recommended book:Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (young adult).
    Summary:Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society where,on your sixteenth birthday,you get extreme plastic surgery that makes you “pretty”.Tally wants to be pretty more than anything.But her new friend Shay isn’t sure about it.In fact,Shay wants to run away and live in the wild.She asks Tally to run away with her.But Tally declines.On her sixteenth birthday,Tally gets a visit from the sinister Dr. Cable,from Special Circumstances.Dr.Cable tells Tally she has to find Shay-or risk being ugly forever!
    Rating out of 5 stars:500 stars!

  17. Dewdrop208

    I van’t get enough of Cornelia Funke! She writes about soo many things and they are really descriptive! I nominate you, Ink Trilogy!

  18. Candysplash

    The books I would suggest to you to read this fall (they’re countless!)are-
    1.Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
    2.Nancy Drew Girl Detective Dressed to Steal
    3.Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls Moving Day
    I suggest these books because
    they can make you laugh,gasp and at the end of each chapter,you just want to keep reading!

  19. Springlilly17

    This summer I read Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn. I love this book so much. You should read it because it has an eerie feeling that looms over you the whole story.I have read one other book this author. It was called Time For Andrew A Ghost Story. It was such a good book. I never wanted to put these books down.Also these books are those books that make you feel like you are right there in the story watching everything happen.It is amazing.I give both of these books 5 stars.

  20. Katelyn

    The series : Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita (young adult). There are 4 books in the series and there will be a fifth coming in 2010.
    One reason to read these books is the subject. The main character is a movie star and haven’t you always imagined being one. This series gives you an outlook into the world of the main caracter Kaitlyn Burke, who must overcome many challenges.
    Rating: 4
    And (another series): Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
    Reason: Main character goes to an all girls school for spies! Whats not to like. Plus it has just the right amount of action and romance.
    Rating: 5

  21. horsedogwolf

    Um…gee, I read a lot of books this summer…
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Wild at Heart 3: Trickster
    Unicorns of Balinor, Book one: the road to balinor
    The Chronicles of Narnia 1: The Magician’s nephew
    And almost all of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
    And a dozen others besides
    Jk Rowling
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Mary Stanton
    C.S. Lewis
    And Holly Black.
    OK, you’ve probably already read dh, so I won’t say much except that IT ROCKED! Wild at Heart is a series about some kids who volunteer at a animal hospital, and it is awesome. Trickster is the third in the series and it is about a horse. That’s all I’m going to say because any more would ruin it! :)
    Unicorns of Balinor is a series about a herd of unicorns who must be rescued by a princess and her unicorn, but she doesn’t remember. And the two “chronicles” ones are awesome. They are both about magic, but in very different ways.
    I give them all five stars!

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