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August 7th, 2014

Spinebreaker Emily writes about her love for reading, but admits that she hasn’t always been a book worm…

I love reading but I haven’t always felt this way. Before I reached my 9th Birthday I thought that reading was the single most boring act that had ever made presence on this earth. It took a girl in my class handing me ‘Nelly the Monster Sitter’ by Kes Grey for me to see that reading was supposed to be like watching TV or listening to music, not like doing homework or revising.

Jacqueline Wilson has said that the problem is that children don’t see enough people reading, and key to getting future generations to read is reading to them as children. But I would like to provide a different theory and solution.

One of the problems I had with reading was all of the books they gave us at school. They came with brown pages, oil paintings on the covers and content that was totally unrelatable.

My brother, at the age of 11 is in the same situation, he cannot see the joy in the world of books because he is transfixed in this stereotype they instill at school.

My solution? Take reading out of schools. It’s controversial, but I think that for too long we have been ‘torturing’ our children with reading when they should be enjoying it. It may result in children not reading, but as long as we make reading a chore and not a pleasure it is going to result in a less well-educated society. And a society where people neglect reading at a young age is not a society I want to live in.

What about you? What do you think the problem is, and how would you solve it?


July 31st, 2014

Giving books a new lease of life, or better left on the shelf? Spinebreaker Kamara writes about the rising phenomena of book tubers.

Youtube has always been a community in which people with different interests and passion have been able to come together in one place. You have the fashion vloggers, the makeup vloggers the vloggers who just talk into the camera about what ever they feel like talking about, and now the book related vloggers or BookTubers. Now don’t get me wrong, the booktuber isnt exactly a new species of vlogger, some accounts such as booksandquills have been running since as far back as 2008.

With the growth of the internet, reading of actual books seems to be becoming rarer and rarer but this group of young book enthusiasts including shoutame,  SableCaught, polandbananasBOOKS and Benjaminoftomes to name a few have given books a new voice and a new lease of life.

I have only recently been introduced into the world of the BookTuber but i’m already hooked. With book reviews, favourites and other great book related features the entertainment choice is endless. While its great to just read books and ponder on them by yourself, it’s always good to see what other people think and the BookTubing community has a lot of interesting opinions on all things book related. So, the next time your on Youtube take a look at a few BookTuber accounts and let us know who your favourites are.

Booktuber Benjamin of Tomes


July 21st, 2014

This summer, Penguin is hosting the first ever Penguin YA Summer Readathon – 6 weeks, 6 Penguin YA titles, and 6 of the most influential young BookTubers online! Here’s how it works:

What’s more, we have 6 amazing prize packages to give away – one per week – each of which contains the 6 titles below, a Penguin passport case and some suncream, so you’ll be fully prepared for you hols, whether at home or away!

Readathon titles:

21st July – Anywhere by Jon Robinson hosted by Benjamin of Tomes
28th July – Winger by Andrew Smith hosted by SableCaught
4th August – Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid hosted by Charley Reads
11th August – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan hosted by Shoutame
18th August – Half Bad by Sally Green hosted by TheBitterProductions
25th August – Dangerous Creaturesby Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl hosted by bumblingbibliophile

This week, watch Booktuber bumblingbibliophile review Dangerous Creatures here, and then answer the following question as a post underneath the video on YouTube (to get to YouTube please click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right of the video):

In Dangerous Creatures, Link travels to New York to start a music career. If you could escape to anywhere in the world to start afresh, where would it be? (Please keep your answer to a maximum 150 characters)

 

 

 


July 17th, 2014

When we decided to run a competition with Keri Smith, we were expecting good entries, but not the masses of fantastic ones that flooded in! We had colourful ones, ones with words, 3D ones, ones that had clearly taken hours to complete. They were all truly unique and beautiful, and every single person who entered our competition should be proud of the work that they produced.

However, we did have the difficult task of picking not one, not two, but THREE brilliant entries to win the entire Keri Smith backlist. Congratulations to our winners, who will be receiving their prizes shortly. Check out their fantastic entries below, and to see the rest of the entries, have a look at our facebook page.

Well done competition winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 16th, 2014

Here at Spinebreakers HQ, we love a good quiz. Can you match the quotes to the books that they come from? Answers at the bottom – no peeking! Let us know in the comments how many you got right!

1. ” I didn’t know that idiocy caused people to start spontaneously bleeding from the nose.”

A – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

B – Allegiant by Veronica Roth

C – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

 

2. “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 

A – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

B – Paper Towns by John Green

C – If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

 

3. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

A – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

B – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

C – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

4. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

A – Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

B – Matched by Ally Condie

C – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

 

5. “Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well it’s actually a deadly projectile, right up there with cannonballs and grenades.” 

A – Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

B – Holes by Louis Sachar

C – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 

6. “Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just…programmed?” 

A – Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

B – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

C – Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 

7. “It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered – so many locks, not enough keys.” 

A – Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen

B – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

C – Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

 

8. “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” 

A – Gone by Michael Grant

B – The Selection by Kiera Cass

C – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

9. “Nothing like passing an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.” 

A – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

B – Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

C – Control by Lydia Kang

 

10. “Be a little kinder than you have to.”

A – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

B – We Were Liars by E. Lockheart

C – DUFF by Kody Keplinger

 

 

Answers! 

1. “I didn’t know that idiocy caused people to just start spontaneously bleeding from the nose.”  B – Allegiant by Veronica Roth 

2.  “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”  A – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 

3. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” B – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

4. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”  C – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

5. “Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well, it’s a deadly projectile, right up there with cannonballs and grenades.” A – Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 

6. “Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just… programmed?”  B – Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

7. “It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered–so many locks not enough keys.”  C – Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen 

8. “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”  C – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

9. “Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”  A – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

10.  “Be a little kinder than you have to” B – We Were Liars by E.Lockheart.