Thursday, May 22, 2014

I Read YA

In addition to being National Library and Information Week in Australia, and Literature Week at work, the teen division of Scholastic has declared this to be I Read YA week.

Yes, I'm 31 years old and I read young adult fiction. Of the 110 books I've read so far this year (no, that's not a typo), 50 of them have been young adult books. I'm on number 51 at the moment.

I read YA because it covers all genres. I read YA because it gives me amazing stories in fabulous settings. I read YA because it can give you light and fluffy and deep and serious all in the same book. I read YA because it handles the big topics in ways that everyone can relate to. I read YA because there wasn't really a lot of it around when I was an actual teenager. I read YA because it's constantly surprising. I read YA because it matters.

Twenty YA books that have stayed with me and that I would recommend in a heartbeat:
1. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
2. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
3. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
4. Paper Towns - John Green
5. Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
6. Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
7. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
8. Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
9. The Enemy - Charlie Higson
10. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
11. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - Laini Taylor
12. The Abhorsen trilogy - Garth Nix
13. Croak - Gina Damico
14. The Lunar Chronicles series - Marissa Meyer
15. A Breath of Frost - Alyxandra Harvey
16. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
17. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
18. The Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
19. The Leviathan trilogy - Scott Westerfeld
20. The Chaos Walking trilogy - Patrick Ness

Do you read YA?

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonMay 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    YA is great. I seem to be catching up on all the stuff I was missing as a teen because I didn't know what gems were out there and also felt way above it all. 26 year old me is not so snobbish (only in other regards). I finished E&P last night but I still have to make up my mind about it.

  2. Yeah YA!!!!!

  3. *waves frantically* I READ YA. (That's a big secret, I know.) But I didn't know this was like a dedicated YA week. o.O N'aw. I missed it. But seriously 110 books?!! 110??!! HOW DO YOU DO THAT. I've read 88 and I'm getting a bit tired of reading... haha. x)

  4. Wilhelmina UptonMay 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Like you, I don't care much for the Keira Knightly P&P movie, especially not so after I first saw the BBC version with Jennifer Ehle. I don't think I have seen any of the other movies...

  5. If you liked #8, I suggest "I See London" by Chanel Cleeton! I'm 36 and I also read YA :)

  6. I'm in awe of your reading super powers. I've had people comment on mine, but yours are AMAZING.

    Also, when I read "Code Name Verity" (as well as "Rose Under Fire") I did NOT think of them as YA books. All I thought was "WHOA FEELS."

  7. You should get on that, you really should...

  8. It's funny, all the people I know who like the Keira Knightley P&P are American...

  9. I really wanted to like both the movie versions but they were just so MEH.

  10. That's the problem with turning a 1200 page book into a 2.5 hour movie - you can't include everything. Apparently there's a really great French mini-series of it from like 2002 with Gerard Depardieu as Jean Valjean. I've not seen it though so I can't really judge...

  11. Wilhelmina UptonMay 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I much to do, so little time.


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