Summer Learning: Hall of Fame

Summer Learning is at it's end and as a community we have read a whole lot! You've also contributed many great book reviews to our Summer Learning platform, Beanstack. This week, we are excited to share with you a few of the reviews you've contributed and to celebrate the most logged books from Summer Learning. Congratulations to everyone that participated to achieve their reading goals!

First up in our Hall of Fame post we wanted to feature some of your fantastic book reviews from 2023. These are the books being read in your community...and what you think of them! You can add your own review for books you like on Beanstack, our Summer Learning platform, but also through our library catalog. Here are some of your reviews:

Reviews by You

American Gods, book cover

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Review by Michael

"This is a good novel to relax with. Nothing suspenseful or intense, I didn't think, anyways. About a journey of one man and the trials and tribulations he is conjured into on the way. A good read."

The Candy House, book cover

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Review by Robin

"Unlike anything I've read in ages. Stories of individuals, and they all tie together. Interesting thoughts about connections in general - online and IRL. How we are inside ourselves and how much of that (the inside thoughts and feelings) we want others to know. This book will stick with me."

The Trackers, book cover

The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Review by Neha

"In this captivating work of historical fiction, the narrative skillfully captures the essence of America...This vivid portrayal offers a rich tapestry of America's diverse experiences. The story is not a simple one, deliberately leaving the ending open to interpretation. The characters are meticulously crafted, and I particularly developed a strong affinity for Faro, who possesses a distinct and unwavering sense of morality. Considering the numerous themes present, this book would be an excellent choice for a book club, offering ample opportunities for exploration and discussion."

Most Logged Books

I am sure it will come as no surprise to many of you to see the Harry Potter series continues to hold it's place in the Summer Learning Hall of Fame. Since 1997 Harry Potter has been spreading magic and whimsy to readers of all ages - it was and still is an unprecedented literary phenomenon, never before in the history of literature have so many people read the same fictitious novel. It is no wonder either, as these books have now been translated into more than 80 different languages (we don't have all 80 but we have a few), illustrated versions, and of course the movies.

Further Favorites

There were a number of other books that captivated our community this summer, The Land of Stories, Wings of Fire, and Keeper of the Lost Cities held their own as popular fantasy titles amongst readers, but not everyone escaped into magical tales this summer. Several graphic novels were in the top read books, especially amongst teens. This included the graphic novel adaption of Jason Reynold's Long Way Down, manga series Assassination Classroom, and new favorite Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. Dog Man remained popular amongst readers and held it's place in the hall of fame. Check below for some additional hall of fame titles logged by different age groups.

Pre-Reader & Reader Most Logged Titles

Dear Zoo, book cover
Goodnight Moon, book cover
 How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, book cover
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, book cover
Dog Man, book cover
Keeper of the Lost Cities, book cover

Pre-Teen/ Teen/Adult Most Logged Titles

Invisible, book cover
Long Way Down, book cover
Dear Martin, book cover
Six of Crows, book cover
Dune, book cover
Book Lovers, book cover
Where the Crawdads Sing, book cover


However you read and participated in Summer Learning this year, we at the San Jose Public Library are proud of your initiative and thankful for the support of our community. We hope that you continue to read throughout the year. Unsure of what to read next? If you're looking for a new book to read you can try our reader's advisory service, 5forU, browse our Staff Picks booklists, and of course keep your eyes peeled for fun virtual programs and new events.

We hope you had fun reading with the library this Summer, and we look forward to reading and learning with you again soon!