It’s day three and today, I’m get to introduce a site that is new to me. When I sent out the call to see if anyone wanted to guest post this week, Rachael from Enchanted by Books pointed me towards Wendy over at the The Book Lush. Wendy’s site is one I’ve definitely been getting to know since and I hope everyone else gets a chance to head over there too.
The YA Novel
When Jackie first invited me to guest blog, I was honestly stumped. I’ve never done it before and I’m fairly a boring person so what could I blog about? My nursing career? My unhealthy caffeine addiction? But at the end, I settled on what I love the most: Books.
I fully admit that I was never really interested in reading young adult books for as long as I have been reading. Sure, I read them in middle school but once my love of books really grew and I grew as well, I quickly moved on to “adult” books and never looked back. I had read Tithe and Valiant by Holly Black a few years back and while I enjoyed them, it wasn’t enough to really get me into reading more YA until I read Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. I can’t tell you how this book made me feel, because there are honestly no words for it. All I can say is that I absolutely loved it and it was the one book that finally made me take a second look at this quickly-booming genre. And by the way, I definitely recommend you read Going Too Far! It’s awesome.
That was only about four months ago and since then, I’ve found great young adult books that I’ve read and every day I get more recommendations, like Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow which I definitely enjoyed and can’t wait to read the next book, Betrayals! And I’m absolutely dying to read Fallen by Lauren Kate and Need by Carrie Jones, and wow, there are just so much more that I could keep listing but I won’t bore you (further, haha). I only regret that my rapidly growing love for young adult books didn’t start sooner. But that’s okay, because I’m more than happy to make up for time lost.
So, what about you? Do you read YA books? And if so, what are your favorites? Recommendations are more than welcome!
Thanks Wendy for a great article! For me, I’m no a big fan of the YA genre, but I’ll read it. The ones I tend to steer clear of are the ones who find it necessary to constantly remind the reader how old their characters are. Their age doesn’t matter to me, they could 14 or 50, I would still read it if the story is good. A couple of YA series I particularly enjoy are the Vampire Academy novels by Richelle Mead and the Fae series by Melissa Marr.
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