Summer reading is over, and most of you are about to dive back in to reading for classes. But before we forget all about reading for fun, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate our summer reading winners and summer reading top readers! In our drawing for two $200 Ticketmaster gift certificates, the winners were Rebekah (pictured left) and Jana. Although it was a random drawing based on one entry for every five books read, Rebekah and Jana both managed multiple entries – Rebekah read 25 books this summer, and Jana read 16!
I also wanted to acknowledge our biggest readers, even if they didn’t luck out on the drawing. Noelle (pictured below right) read 37 books this summer – more than I did! And Sabrina was our second biggest reader this summer with 31 books, but she was so involved in tweeting about what she read and writing books reviews that her grand total at the end of the summer came out to an equivalent of 51 books read!
I was so impressed with how much Noelle (a senior at St. Francis) and Sabrina (a sophomore at Glenbard West) read this summer that I sat down and asked them a few questions about themselves. Turns out big readers have quite a bit in common – but a quite a few differences too. Both Sabrina and Noelle said that they usually binge read in the summer, since they are too busy during the school year to read as much. And both of them said their favorite place to read is curled up in bed in their own rooms.
But this summer’s biggest readers differed on what their favorite things to read were. Noelle couldn’t decide on just one favorite type of book, but said she loves dystopias. And Sabrina though that realistic fiction was her favorite type of book to read. Interestingly enough though, when asked about their favorite book of the summer, they both went outside these genres. Sabrina didn’t want to pick a favorite, but said that if she had to choose, probably What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, a novel that falls more into the dystopia or sci-fi categories than realistic. And Noelle was a big fan of the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout (starting with Obsidian), which features an alien love interest that puts it more into the sci-fi or paranormal category than her beloved dystopias. It just goes to show that it’s always worth reading outside your preferred genre – you never know when you might find a new favorite. Sabrina also said that tweeting and writing reviews made her really think about and engage more with what she read – which wasn’t necessarily better than reading on its own, but certainly affected her reading and made the experience different.
So now you know a little more about our top readers, and can congratulate Jana, Noelle, Rebekah or Sabrina if you ever see them in the library. As for me, I want to congratulate everyone who participated in summer reading! You read a lot of great books this summer, and I bet you had fun doing it. Here at GEPL, we’re already looking forward to next summer’s reading challenge, and I hope you are too!