Reading for your pleasure will make other reading tasks easier. Here is how to find books you enjoy.
What do you like? Sports, travels or scary films? Enter a keyword in the library catalogue and explore the results list.
Ask your friends to suggest books they enjoyed or even to come with you to the library to help you choose a book. You know how easier it is to find nice clothes when shopping with your BF. Same for a good book.
Find a book like the one you enjoyed. How to do that? Find the book in the library catalog. Then click on See Also then on Related subject. Choose a subject and explore the results.
Online, you can explore Read Alike lists on GoodReads for example.
Use book lists and posters in the library: There is a green Book lists folder on the trolley, genre posters and book suggestions posters. Also check the Book lists page.
Browse the shelves, look for a title, a colour, a cover that you like. Read the blurb at the back. Open the book to see the font size, read the first chapter or a random paragraph.
Ask the librarian. “Can you please recommend a good book on … ?” or “Are there any other books like … ?”
Browse books in a shop: Books covers are usually facing you so they might “talk” to you more than spines. It is the same online, at Wheelers or Amazon. Once you know the book you want, come to the library to borrow it or ask me to buy it for you!
Explore and join a reader’s online community.
- Goodreads to “Meet your next favourite book”: I use it to choose books for our library ;
- Library Thing is a major book lovers site to explore ;
- Shelfari is noteworthy too, more US centered though.
To enjoy reading, read a book you like!
A study published in December 2013 has demonstrated that reading increases brain activity. 17 students were asked to read a novel and had an MRI every morning. “On the days after the reading, significant increases in connectivity were discovered on hubs in the brain…”
Reading is good for school achievement. In 2012, Nick Gibb, the UK School Minister, said that “Reading books for just half an hour a day could be worth up to 12 months’ extra schooling by the age of 15“. In New Zealand, a study carried out in 2006 had linked academic success and reading: “High performers were more likely to read widely, use a library, have access to a range of books in their home, and enjoy reading” (page 158).
Reading is good for social skills. A new research published in October found that “Reading literary fiction improves empathy“. In this study, the choice of book is important. In short, easy reads, whether thrillers or romance, are written to entertain the reader; little thinking is involved. Literary works on the contrary, engages the reader to imagine the unsaid or to elaborate characters, therefore sharpen the ability to understand others’ emotions.
Reading reduces stress levels. In 2009, a research compared the heart rates and muscle tension of participants involved in different ways to relax. Reading was the most effective way to overcome stress, more effective than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or even going for a walk!
Reading is good for your sleep! A study from the National Sleep Foundation conducted in 2004 concludes that reading as part of the bedtime routine will ensure a better sleep.
Studies have also shown that reading throughout life is good for older people, even reduces the Alzheimer risk but I doubt I can convince teenagers to read using this reason!
What to read this summer? Which book to offer to please for sure? Here are lists to help you decide.
Click here for information on where to get them.
Number 1 !
Here are Mount Aspiring College most read books per year level. These lists are a bit rough as they are simply reports from the database, sorry, but they definitely reflect the most popular reads. They are not all good literature and some content is debatable… that’s why kids love them!
Librarian’s choice lists are a mix of classic must-read books, award-winning or unforgettable stories.
Other Top books lists
Leave a comment below to recommend your favourite book!
Where to get these books
- From the town library, it’s free! Here is their online catalogue.
- From the local shop. You can phone to check if they have the book or order it.
- From Wheelers, our main online book provider, who offer book credits to our school when you order (choose Mt Aspiring College at the checkout).
- From Whitcoulls, who provided the excellent list above, have shops in Queenstown and also offer online sales.
- Amazon of course have all the books of the creation, new and used, but the freight is often doubling the price of the book and it only says it at the checkout. Be careful! Amazon also offers the widest range of ebooks, but here again be aware that they cannot be read by many ereaders (Kobo, Sony, Laser), only by Kindle ereaders. They can however be read on any Ipad or computer-like tablet or computer, using a Kindle App or reading on the cloud.
- Finally, Book Depository established in tax-free Guernsey Island has unbeatable prices on new books and freight is free!
Offer a book for Christmas!
New in the library!
Some QR codes are progressively added on the shelves to take you to selected book trailers. Book trailers are a short promotional animation or video that present a book. They are a great 2-ways bridge between the printed and online world.
Explore the library, scan and enjoy! You may need to download a QR code reader App on your phone first.
Here are many book trailer sites:
Here you’ll find more book trailer sites and learn how to make book trailers http://www.insideadog.com.au/teachers/book-trailers
Planning for Christmas, Wheelers, who is our favourite books provider, has prepared a selection of the best books of the year. Click on the image to choose.
At the checkout, you will be invited to select your organisation (Find Mt Aspiring College in the list) and Wheelers we will credit us with 10% of your total order value.
BookCovering4U is a New Zealand online retail store for specialized in book coverings films, tapes and a wide range of products to protect and care for your books. They provide high quality supplies which we use for the college’s library books. You too can protect, preserve and repair your books so that they endure the rigours of modern life and are treasured for years to come.
If you buy from them between 1 Dec 2013 and 28 Feb 2014, our school gets 10% of your order value to spend on library supplies from them! Just enter Mt Aspiring College at the online checkout.