Saturday, April 28, 2012

2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge: Young adult books

I love young adult books. If you'd told me a year ago that the majority of the books I'd be reading now would be YA, I'd have said you were crazy. I was pretty much a romance and cozy mystery girl. The only YA books I'd read in the last few years were the Harry Potter series, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Twilight Saga. I didn't have anything against YA, I guess I just basically thought I was too old to read books 'for teens'.
Then I started book blogging, and a whole new world was opened up to me. I started meeting people who were my age and much older, who devoured young adult literature and couldn't get enough. Being someone with an insatiable curiosity, I had to see what all the fuss was about. And so began my love affair with the young adult book world.
What do I love about YA books? So much I'm not sure I can do it justice. The really good YA books make you think, make you feel, make you want to test your self-imposed boundaries and spread your wings and fly. They make you laugh, they make you cry - sometimes at the same time - they make you fall in love, and learn what love really is. Whether they're serious, silly, romantic, sappy, or scary, I love them, and I can't believe I spent so many years not reading them.
I could go on and on about why I love YA, but I'm trying to keep these A to Z posts short. This is a topic I want to talk more about later anyway, so for now, I'm going to ask you: do you enjoy YA? What are some of your favorite YA books? If you don't read YA, how come?



  1. I do enjoy YA and I love that picture of that sign because I want to tell people the same thing— and do, on occasion.

    I love the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games Trilogy but Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Laurie Halse Anderson and John Green (oh how I love John Green) have written some of my all time favorite books.

  2. The same thing happened to me too! I didn't think YA would interest me, but now I can't get enough!

  3. Me too. I never read YA until I started book blogging. Now I love YA, although I also still love adult books too.

  4. Since I've been an adult, I haven't read young adult. Hold on--I lie. I read and critiqued one from an Australian writer. I must admit, it was full of tension and conflict. Right, from now on, I'll follow your lead and see where it takes me.

  5. YA has been kind of hit and miss for me, but I'm always on the look-out for another excellent title!

  6. Looooveee that sign! I want it just to hang on my bookshelf (which is extremely full of a variety of YA books). Haha. I actually didn't start reading YA until I was about 20 when I picked up Twilight (sadly, wasn't a big fan) and then in turn picked up Vampire Academy--which is one of my favorites. After VA and Hunger Games was when I really got into it and before I knew it, this is pretty much everything I read nowadays. I did read Harry Potter when I was younger, but it wasn't enough to get me hooked into YA to be honest. I still stuck by my adult and classic reads even then in my teenage years.
    I still read other genres, but my majority still stays in the YA. Blogging has become a huge part of my YA reading too. :)

    Sorry I talk a lot. :P
    Hope you're having a great weekend! Awesome post!



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