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?