Google+ Reading Teen: Reading Vacation

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Reading Vacation

Don't cry!  I'll be back!  
I'm going on vacation with my family for a couple of weeks, so I thought this would be a fantastic time to introduce you to one of my new favorite blogging friends, Melina.  Melina is a ten year old girl who reads more than anyone I've ever met!  Plus, she's on Twitter, talking with the authors she loves all the time, which I think is awesome!  Melina's blog is called Reading Vacation where she reviews Middle Grade and YA books, but she's agreed to write a guest post for us today about what she's doing this summer.  Check it out, then be sure to go check out her blog!

Summer is the perfect time to get your reading on!  If you are a student like me, it’s hard to find free time during the school year, but summer opens up so many more reading opportunities.  I am taking full advantage of this break from school to FEED MY NEED TO READ!
A lot of adults think that tweens hate reading.  They think that we would rather be playing video games or texting our friends.  Yeah, those are popular activities, but I will let you in on a little secret – most of us LOVE to read.  It’s true!  The problem is, most tweens don’t look past the most popular titles.  You know, they think it wouldn’t be cool to read an unpopular book.
Ahh, but that is where book review blogs come into play.
Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have found out about (and read) a huge stack of books that I would never have known about otherwise.  Not only that, but I have also been able to narrow down my book choices by reading the reviews of bloggers who share my taste.  In case you are wondering, I prefer girlie books, mysteries, historical fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, fantasy …. Woops, got a little off track there. 
The point is, tweens enjoy reading as long as the books capture their attention and win their hearts.  They just need a little nudge to get them looking at the right bookshelf so-to-speak.
I put together a little list of some favorite books that I have recently read and LOVED.  These books are either middle grade or “younger” YA, so they are perfect for tweens.

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society

The Red Blazer Girls – The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil

The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour

The Mackenzie Blue Series by Tina Wells

Mackenzie Blue

The Snipesville Chronicles Series by Annette Laing

Don't Know Where, Don't Know When (The Snipesville Chronicles)

Faery Rebels Series by R. J. Anderson

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

 Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
(releases August 16)

Karma Bites

If are looking to read something a little different, then check out some other book review blogs for recommendations.  There are plenty of tween and teen book bloggers out there who would just love to tell you about a great book.
Enjoy your summer of reading!

Melina's has reviews for all these books on her blog here so go check them out!  
Thanks Melina!!


  1. That is so awesome I am wanting my nine year old to read more...what would you say was your first favorite book that might get her interest?

  2. Great suggestions, Melina! I have a nine year old with a love for reading as well, I'll be sure to show her your list.

  3. Fabulous post, Melina! We are always reading blogs about Young Adult books that we should recommend to our kids, but it's nice to see the other side - for you to tell us what YOU like.

  4. Hi there!

    Thank you for the sweet comments. Have a great summer reading.

    Melina *returns to her book*

  5. Lovely post Melina! I would if my two younger brothers could get the reading buzz like you have.


  6. Have fun & rest up on these vacations Andye :) I'll be going on a vacation myself next week to the US :)!

    Melina, I LOVED Karma Bites :)! Great recs!


  7. I've had a chance to review "Reading Teen" and would like to let you know how much I've enjoyed your blog. Your post are entertaining and the flow of your blog is clean and smooth.

    I'd like to congratulate you by adding your blog to our Blogging Women directory. Be proud of yourself for doing such a wonderful job!

    Make sure you watch for the monthly contest on Blogging Women to have your blog listed in the Featured Blogs section.

    Thanks for the fine work and keep up the wonderful post.

  8. Melina, Thank You so much for posting on Reading Teen. Andye and I love to have a tween's viewpoint on all things concerning books.

    I'm missing Andye already. Reading your post makes it easier for me while she's gone.

    Thanks again.

    Amy ~ ReadingTeen2


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