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Review: Read, Remember, Recommend For Teens

May 22, 2010

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to review the reading journal Read, Remember, Recommend and I just loved it, so I was really excited when Rachelle Rogers Knight sent me Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens.  Don’t let the title make you think this reading journal is just for teens – there’s a lot in here for adults, even those without children.  This journal is divided into 6 parts:

  • Awards and Notable Lists – This includes everything from The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature to topic specific lists compiled by libraries.   I think my favorite list is 101 Great Books: Recommended for College-Bound Readers which was compiled by the sponsors of SAT Test and AP Program.  One of the great things about these lists is that they’re coded as juvenile nonfiction, juvenile fiction, fiction and nonfiction and the recommended age is also included.  Readers can keep track of the books they own here.
  • To Read – Use this section of the book to keep track of books you hope to read and why.
  • Journal Pages – There are pages to write about anything you want in this section.  Also included are areas to keep track of your reading.  This section is great, although I think prolific writers will want more blank pages.
  • Recommendations – This is where you keep track of the books you plan to recommend to others.
  • Loaner Lists – Exactly what it sounds like – a great place to keep track of who’s borrowing your books.
  • Resources – The final section of the journal includes web sites (including author sites and blogs) to peruse as well as a list of literary terms and two great indexes – one lists book by author and the other by title.

I love this journal and hope to explore some of the books in it soon!  I would have been in heaven if I’d had something like this as a teen!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2010 6:22 am

    Oooh – as a big fan of YA, I bet I’d find this very useful.

  2. Clara permalink
    May 22, 2010 7:17 am

    Me, too! Bookwork me would have loved this when I was a teen.

  3. May 22, 2010 9:24 am

    I saw these (the teens and adult version) in a bookstore recently, and they really look wonderful!

  4. May 22, 2010 9:35 am

    I keep seeing these on blogs, and I really want one! This is exactly the type of journal I would love.

  5. May 22, 2010 10:21 am

    Totally agree. I would have loved this book — who am I kidding? I still love it!

    Thanks for sharing on Kid Konnection!

  6. May 22, 2010 12:01 pm

    I remember your review of the adult version. I like this idea for everyone but this one for teens is going to be the next purchase for my oldest granddaughter. Why didn’t I think of this idea before?

  7. May 22, 2010 12:18 pm

    I love YA books, too, and agree–great resource!

  8. May 22, 2010 12:20 pm

    wow..i have to read this!

  9. May 22, 2010 12:24 pm

    These journals are such a great idea. And a special one for teens might help them to plan and organize their thoughts and their writing. Great review!

  10. Julie333w permalink
    May 22, 2010 1:12 pm

    Hey I just got two copies of this today. One for my daughter and one for my niece, both are having birthdays soon. I hope they like it, because I think it is really great!

  11. May 22, 2010 1:44 pm

    I could really use this!

  12. May 22, 2010 1:58 pm

    I know this journal is fun. Thanks for writing about it.

  13. May 22, 2010 2:34 pm

    The journals sound like so much fun. I haven’t had the occasion to see them in real life yet, but if I do I will definitely take a better look at them!

  14. May 22, 2010 3:28 pm

    I wish there was a journal like this when I was younger too, especially during the phase where I might have thought of myself more as a reluctant reader. It’s the journal great? =)

    I will see you on Thursday! =)

  15. May 22, 2010 7:14 pm

    What a cool idea. I like anything that encourages teens to read!

  16. May 22, 2010 10:22 pm

    I’m sure this is just as wonderful as the one for adults! I would love to peek into those award lists!

  17. May 23, 2010 6:12 pm


    Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for posting it on Julie’s site. I’m so glad you like the teen one as well. I hadn’t read much YA before I set out to create this – but now I’m hooked.

    Happy reading!

  18. May 24, 2010 9:06 am

    I bet my daughter would just love this. I am thinking about grabbing a copy of each version; one for her, and one for me. Great review, Kathy, this looks like a wonderful resource!!

  19. May 29, 2010 3:12 am

    What a great book to have in one’s collection! A very organized way of reading. Thanks for sharing!

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