Monday, May 10, 2010

Review: Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens

Summary: Perfect for teens who love to read and those who need a companion for school assignments or summer reading programs, Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens offers more than 2400 award-winning and notable reading suggestions in many genres, cross-referenced to help parents and teens chose the right books for them. This unique journal sold out its first print run, attracting readers with recommended lists for fiction, manga, historical fiction, romance, westerns, crime novels, and poetry, as well as nonfiction sections focusing on biography/ autobiography. College-bound readers will find a section to help guide their reading selections. The journal also provides room to record books read, jot down thoughts and ideas, and keep track of recommendations, books to read next, and works by favorite authors. -- Sourcebooks

A few weeks ago, I reviewed READ, REMEMBER, RECOMMEND: A READING JOURNAL FOR BOOK LOVERS created by Rachelle Rogers Knight (aka Bibliobabe.) I thought this journal was a terrific idea and I've already started tracking my reading progress! Plus, I've looked through the book, as well as the index, many times as a resource for the Read, Remember, Recommend Fiction Reading Challenge.

I was so excited to learn that there is also a READ, REMEMBER, RECOMMEND FOR TEENS. As a mom (and a book blogger), I do read my fair share of Middle Grade and Young Adult books. Plus, I have a daughter who is almost ready for YA books. I was extremely curious to see if I liked the teen version of READ, REMEMBER, RECOMMEND as much as the adult one.

The answer is: I do like it just as much! The format of both journals is basically the same. There are six sections with cute, colorful tabs: Awards and Notable Lists, To Read, Journal Pages, Recommendations, Loaner Lists, and Resources. There are also blank pages in each section so the owner can update the lists as well as keep track of their books. I found the entire journal to be very user-friendly.

As was the case with the "adult" version of READ, REMEMBER, RECOMMEND, my favorite part was the Awards and Notable Lists. I know everyone is not like me and a huge fan of lists, but I just love having all of these award winners in one place. With all of the lists as well as the resource section in the back of the journal, I think READ, REMEMBER, RECOMMEND FOR TEENS is a fantastic addition to any bookshelf! I can't think of a better overall book resource for young adult readers.

I definitely intend to share this journal with my daughter in a few years; however, in the mean time, I think I'll just hold onto it. I know she will eventually love these lists as much as I do, and I think she'll have a great time recording her reading progress. But for now... I just like keeping track of what teen books I've read!

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this journal.


bermudaonion said...

I just got this journal and haven't had a chance to look through it yet. I'm glad to see it's as good as the "adult" version.

Tara said...

Wow! These look like awesome resources for myself and my homeschooling daughter. I'm off to check them out! Thank you.

Alee said...

This is such a cool idea! I will be an English teacher in 7 months, and may have to do something similar with my students. This sounds like an awesome tool. Thanks for sharing!