Book Tasting

My co-worker and I received awesome feedback from our students about their experience reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So we wanted to let students browse other relevant, engaging, and popular young adult books from the last couple years.

I did this in the form of a book tasting: students got menus, sampled a variety of books, took a few notes about some of the texts, and I even gave them a mint. It was a hit!

Next time, I think I would organize by genres, but I didn’t have the time for that this round. Students had about 10 minutes at each table, and I required them to select one text from each table to read a few pages from and jot some notes. The purpose was just to be exposed to books they may want to read for fun. We’ll probably do this again for book clubs, and then they will actually choose one. Checking one out from this book tasting was optional, although several students did!


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List of books at our tasting:

  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire. Saenz
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • March (Whole Series) by John Lewis
  • Ms. Marvel. 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • Ms. Marvel.2, Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
  • One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. Wilson
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Still Life With Tornado by A.S King
  • Still Waters by Ash Parsons
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
  • This Way Home by Wes Moore
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie Mclemore
  • X by Ilyasah Shabazz
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

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