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Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes You Continue to Read YA?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

WHAT MAKES YOU CONTINUE PICKING UP YA/MIDDLE GRADE? OR WHY DON’T YOU? (SUGGESTED BY SAM @ RIVER MOOSE BOOKS)

Prompts: As adults some of us leave YA/Middle Grade behind and some of us continue to revel in it…but what separates us as readers? If you still pick up YA/Middle Grade, what draws you to them instead of Adult Fiction? If you’ve “grown out” of those genres, why do they no longer spark joy in you? If you’re a teen, do you think you’ll still read YA/Middle Grade when you’re in your 20s/30s? 

Welcome to May and our first LTB for the month! A very fun topic to begin with, and something I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing from all the other responses. After all, most of us are no longer the “target age” of the audiences for which the books we love are written. Yet here we all are!

As most of you probably know by now, I do tend to read mostly thrillers and mysteries if I were just to pick up a book randomly to read for enjoyment. That being said, Andge often has great suggestions for YAs as that is her specialty, and rarely do I regret reading anything she suggests! I loved YA novels and series (Deltora Quest, anyone?) as a child, but I did grow out of some of them.

When the language is just too easy and/or repetitive, or plotlines very very basic, I find it hard to enjoy them as I once did. I am always left wishing for more character development here, or an increase in tension there, something I would not have appreciated as a young child. That being said, some stories feel truly timeless (e.g. Harry Potter), and especially such series that have also “grown” with their audience – and I never tire of those.

As I continue to grow older (so, so old…), I believe there’s always something that draws me back to YAs. YA novels often use the coming-of-age or loss-of-innocence tropes, and generally have a lot of influence of finding yourself and growing up, or young romance as well. These are the kind of idealistic things that I believe most people never truly leave behind. I obviously don’t speak for everybody, but I am guessing that many of us relate to those YA topics in some way, which draws us back time and time again.

One last thing is that YAs are usually less serious or at least most lighthearted. Something to detract from my cynicism of aging or to lessen how jaded I might be feeling. Adult fiction can just sometimes be so heavy, and depending on my mood, I just may not be up for it. For me, I feel like I can read a YA anytime as an escape, or just a light read. The contrast of the average YA from my usual suspense/thrillers are usually quite stark, and I think that adds to the fun as well.

I want to know what you all think! Why do you all read YAs (if you do)? And what keeps you reading them?


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