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Featured Reader

Teen Council Edition

This month we are pleased to feature Jadzia, Charlotte, May and Sheryl, members of our Teen Council. The Teen Council “strives to make the library and the services it offers important and relevant to teens in the community.” To learn more about the Teen Council, please see the Teen Council Page

What are you reading now? What’s next on your “to read” list?

Jadzia: Right now I’m reading the Kill Order by James Dashner and it’s the prequel to the Maze Runner series. On my to-read list, there are two, well, actually a lot more, but two: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie.

Charlotte: Cuentos de Eva Luna by Isabel Allende and The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr. What I’m planning on reading next is Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

May: I’m reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. For the next book I want to read, I have one my cousin gave me called Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

Sheryl: I’m actually re-reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien right now. I first read it quite a few years ago, and I couldn’t understand half of what I read. Now it gives me the most peculiar feeling—a plot eerily familiar yet new at the same time. Next on my to-read list, would probably be 1984 by George Orwell, a book my friends have been nagging me to read.


When/where do you like to read? Do you prefer print books, ebooks or audiobooks?

Jadzia: I like to read while I’m eating and also in bed in the morning or at night – whenever I get the chance, really. I like print and audiobooks; I like to download audiobooks from the library’s site.

Charlotte: Anywhere, anytime but I very much like reading in hammocks if they present themselves and during boring classes at school, in bed, at bus stops … I like print best and audiobooks are good on a long trip.

May: I like to read whenever I have time and anywhere; I prefer print books.

Sheryl: I like to read anywhere quiet. I can’t read with noise around, and the only way I can get into a book is when I’m alone … Print books and e-books are both great for me, but I’ve never really delved into the realm of audio yet.


What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Jadzia: I have two and they’re actually by the same author: Something from Nothing and The Gypsy Princess by Pheobe Gilman.

Charlotte: As an older child I loved the Guests of War trilogy by Kit Pearson; they might still be some of my favourite books.

May: I read a lot of poetry books as a child.

Sheryl: I loved the Chrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones. It was a wonderful fiction fantasy story, linking different characters from the normal world with the magic world.


How do you find your next book to read?

Jadzia: Recommendations from friends and family; I also like going to a big book sale like the Times Colonist’s and just getting a bunch of books from there.

Charlotte: I love browsing the aisles of the library and also booklists online, especially by genre.

May: Wandering around the library and sometimes I see stuff online or my friends will all be reading a book so then I want to read it, too.

Sheryl: When I was younger, I read for fun. Now, I find myself reading for homework.  But when some part of homework starts resonating with my inner book-craving soul, I start to branch out from a certain topic. We’re studying WWII a while ago, and I found myself reading quite a few non-fiction books, something I wouldn’t normally do.


What was the last book that made you laugh? What was the last book that made you cry?

Jadzia: The Death Cure by James Dashner, the third book in the Maze Runner trilogy, made me cry and then the last one that made me laugh is called F in Exams by Richard Benson which includes answers people have given on tests – some of them are hilarious.

Charlotte: The last book that made me laugh was also a collection, No Sailing Waits and Other Ferry Tales by Adrian Raeside. The last book that made me cry was the Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder.

May: Probably In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – any of his books make me laugh, they’re really funny; also Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane. The last book that made me cry was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Sheryl: The last books that made me laugh were the Archie comic series, and the last book that made me cry was Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I admit, it wasn’t all that mind-blowingly heart-achingly fantastic, but it was the first paperback I’d read since ages, and that alone made tears well up in my eyes.


Is there a book that you’re dying to see made into a movie?

Jadzia: I have two: The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and also The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Charlotte: The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau and, I think this one is being made into a movie, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth.

May: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I think they are making it into a movie actually.

Sheryl: Oh, tough questions. I don’t know, reading a book and watching a movie always give me completely different feelings. If I watch the movie first, I feel biased about the book, if I read the book first, I often find myself scoffing at the movie (not a good habit of course) so in truth, I don’t really fancy books being made into movies, because that just takes away some of the imagination behind words. But that’s just my personal opinion.