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The Readers’ Choice Award – A Vote Equals a Voice!

Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are among the best of the best, but the winning book will need your vote!

Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
  • You do not have to read every book to participate
  • Vote for your favorite book by March 1, 2011! (Voting forms are available in the library)

That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! We have a whole display and extra copies of most of the books. And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:

  • Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
  • Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?

So far some of the most popular titles are Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, Matched by Ally Condie, and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Or maybe you’d enjoy a quirky book like Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (see below for an intriguing book trailer). Remember, just like on American Idol, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!

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14 thoughts on “The Readers’ Choice Award – A Vote Equals a Voice!

  1. Rot and Ruin is a book that I think deserves to win the award. It has a mixture of humor, horror, suspense and mystery. The fact that it is about a zombie apocalypse makes very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes zombies.

  2. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, was a tremendous book and by far one of the greatest in its’ series. It kept me in suspense throughout the story with its’ tension between the main character,Katniss Everdeen, and the malicious capitol.

  3. Rot and Ruin is a great mix of suspense and mystery, and humor.It was the first book that I wanted to read on my own and was excited to read the sequel. It deserves to win the award.

  4. This author has stormed the scene of popular Zombie books, and this author has caught the attentions of teenagers across the nation. Rot and Ruin by John Maberry has gotten teens hooked on this book from the very first page! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the zombie apocalypse and a great suspense novel.

  5. Black Hole Sun consisted of the future of the human race after earth has been abandoned. Every chapter left you wanting more and trying to piece together the reason why this war is going on the planet Mars. I would highly recommend this book to a friend.

  6. I read both books, Rot & Ruin along with Dust & Decay.
    I liked his first book because it was not only realistic but it was entertaining. There was never a dull moment in both books, it always kept me wanting more and wanting to know what was going to happen with any of the characters. Before I read Dust & Decay, I was at a skype session with Jonathon Mayberry & I have to admit it made me want to read the second book more because he was very nice & welcoming. The books were a series that I hope has many more books to come after, I watch the walking dead because of Jonathon’s books. I love the books and the author is one of my favorite authors. I hope my comment makes you want to read the books, there really good. So pick them up you wont regret it.

  7. Rot and Ruin is one of the best books I have ever read. The book starts of slow but eventually grabs the readers interest; i recommend this book to any and everyone not just people who like zombies. I never really was interest in reading but even so i read this whole book and now i am in the process of the sequel. Jonathan Maberry is a great author and if you haven’t ready any of his books, you should.

  8. Matched, by Ally Condie, would absolutely have my vote for Readers’ Choice Awards. This book is a page turner. Match will keep you wondering so many things, and catch your attention about how the world is. Its even better then I thought it would be. I’ve actually already recommended it to a friend who thinks its as good as I do. This book is is in my top three books other then Unwind and Reality Check. Anyone that reads Matched can’t go wrong, and anyone who reads this book would vote for it in Readers Choice Awards.

  9. The book Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry is a great novel especially for teens and young adults. Its like a great action movie but in words. For people who are interested in books with action and mystery, this is a great book to read. The novel is about two siblings with a rough past, who struggle with a zombie infection. With Tom, the older sibling has to teach his younger brother Benny how to hunt zombies and to survive in the Rot & Ruin (Zombie Zone). The mystery of the novel is finding a Lost Girl; she is lost somewhere in the Rot & Ruin, defending off zombies. But there are mysterious deaths in the Rot & Ruin, maybe the Lost Girl doesn’t want to be found…

  10. The book The Sky is Everywhere sounded like a great book but when i began to read it I was not very interested so i decided to abandoned the book. Anyone who likes a book that starts off slow and get better slowly should read this book.

  11. The Sky is Everywhere was not really interesting. When I read the first couple of pages I liked the book. After a while it just got really boring so I abandoned the book. Someone who likes romance may like this book, but if they do not I suggest that they do not read it.

  12. I’m in the middle of reading Rot and Ruin an amazing book. The characters are well done and interesting. Johnathan Mayberry is a great writer, I can’t wait to see what happens next in this novel. It was great that he took the time to skype with our school.

  13. Thank you for all your support of ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY! You guys rock!

    Benny Imura and his friends will return in FLESH & BONE (September 11, 2012) and FIRE & ASH (2013)

    In the meantime, there are thirteen pages of free prequel scenes for ROT & RUIN available on the Simon & Schuster webpage for the book. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rot-Ruin/Jonathan-Maberry/9781442402324

    And there are twenty-five pages of free scenes set between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY. Here’s a link to the main page; access the scenes by clicking on the banner that reads: READ BONUS MATERIAL BY JONATHAN MABERRY: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Dust-Decay/Jonathan-Maberry/9781442402355

    Additional free bonus scenes will be posed in 2012 prior to the release of FLESH & BONE.

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