Our fifth issue explored the nature of friendships and how they can be found anywhere — at school, a hotel, or living right next door to you Click here if you missed it.
Our fourth issue focused on books with family themes. Families can be loving or flawed or in crisis. But, no matter what a family looks like, one thing is certain—it is the thread that binds us all together. Click here if you missed it.
Did you know that laughing — much like yawning — is contagious? It is! And who doesn’t love to laugh? Seriously! You can bet that we had a blast finding books (and our first hilarious YouTube video) to add to our humor issue. Click here if you missed it.
Love – The Beatles say it’s all you need, and we agree. That’s why we focused an entire WRN? issue on books with themes of love. We talked about all kinds of love. Genuine love in the beautiful BEFORE I FALL. Magical, funny love in STUPID CUPID. The love of a companion in EVERYTHING FOR A DOG. And tiny-fingered, make-your-heart-melt toddler love in the delectable picture book SUGAR COOKIES: Sweet Little Lessons on Love. Click here if you missed it.
In our launch issue, we brought intense dystopian novels to our members including James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and Pam Bachorz’s Candor.
WRN? gave away (yes – that’s absolutely free!) a dozen novels and then went on to make friends and reach people all around the world. (Can anyone tell us where The Seychelles are?)
If you missed this issue, click here to check it out.
If you wanna go waaaaaay back, the idea for Whatcha’ Reading Now? came about three years ago in a small critique group meeting between two writer friends. The concept marinated for quite some time before things really took off. In September of 2009, our group picked a name, had a really awesome local teen design our logo, and we began putting reviews of our fav books up on Amazon — we currently have over 80.
On November 5, Whatcha’ Reading Now? officially leapt into history with an interactive Facebook page. We started with a dream of one place where kids could go to post about books they love. Never did we imagine how quickly the site would take off. We averaged over 100 new members per day for the first few weeks. Authors were engaging with readers…it was ridiculously good! Currently we host over 1,200 crazy-fun readers on our page.
Our weekly contests quickly became a hit. Readers were answering the question of the week on our Facebook wall in hopes of winning one of over 20 autographed books. We featured books and interviews by Alex Flinn, Joyce Sweeney, Dorian Cirrone, and Gaby Triana, Our most exciting discovery in the weekly contests…that WRN? had gone international. We were astounded to be shipping books to winners overseas in places like Singapore, Australia, England, and even India. Too cool!
On November 14, 2009 the Whatcha Reading Now? girls headed to Miami for the Miami Bookfair International. What an amazing day! We were fortunate to spend time with Meg Cabot, Arhtur Slade, Reade Scott Whinnem, Danielle Joseph, Debbie Reed Fischer, and more. We collected books for our giveaways and scored contacts for future interviews. Stay tuned for those to come…soon!
December 20 brought an early holiday gift for us when we were featured in a Ft. Lauderdale newspaper, The Sun Sentinel. Check out the article at http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/results.html?st=basic&QryTxt=whatcha+reading+now
Finally, after months of hard—but totally fun, I mean this is kids lit, right?—work the official Whatcha’ Reading Now? website launched on January 13. (insert tears of pride here!) And, as you can see from our site, the rest is…well, history. And epically so!