**Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley, Quercus Children’s Books and the author, Lara Avery for providing me an electronic review copy of the novel The Memory Book for review purposes.
Reading is a skill we are taught at a young age. Most see it as a necessity or a bore, but some people find pleasure in reading for fun. There are many different reasons why people read, and definitely more reasons as to why a person read a certain genre.
That’s what we’re going to be talking, or I’m going to be talking about today.
Why do I read my chosen genre… YA?
Reading wasn’t a favourite past time in my household when I was growing up, it still isn’t. I am on my own when it comes to the consuming of novels and works of literature, occasionally my younger brother would join the team. However, the one thing that I haven’t really thought about when it comes to reading is the reason why I read a particular genre, that is Young Adult novels… apart from the fact that it is technically the most popular genre of novels amongst the book community, as far as I am aware.
Often times, I just follow the crowd and see where they are heading at. That’s how most things happen for me anyway, go with the flow and see where it leads me, if I like it. Well, I stay. If I don’t? Then I have to follow a different stream. Easy as.
But, that’s the easy answer to the question. The kind of answer I’ll give someone who asks me why I read YA novels. It isn’t, however, the full reason why I read this particular genre of fiction.
Firs of all, Young Adult novels are generally easier for me to read, there aren’t as much complicated language involved, with words I don’t normally use in my everyday vocabulary (of course, there are some authors who likes to add big words – I’m looking at you John Green). Which makes the novel easier to understand and helps with the flow of the story. I tend to find in adult fiction novels that I don’t really understand the story as well as I normally would, and would have to read a dictionary alongside it. So, there’s that.
Secondly, I just find the characters to be more relatable at the moment, especially as I still see myself as a teenager even though I won’t be considered as such in a few weeks’ time. Young Adult novels tend to target teenage experience, and all have very similar themes within them – which makes them easier to read.
But most of all, I believe that YA novels are becoming a bit more out there with their messages. It’s kind of evolving to become more relatable to the real world, and although the situations may be fictional many authors are using these novels as mediums in a way to educate teenagers about what’s happening in the real world. It’s no longer exclusive to teenage angst and romance, as now it kind of also focuses on the political/philosophical aspects of life.
These are just my views however.
Genre | YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Chicken House
Publication Date | 2016
Format | Paperback
I’m Norah, and my life happens
within the walls of my house, where
I live with my mom, and this evil
overlord called Agoraphobia.
Everything’s under control. It’s not rosy –
I’m not going to win any prizes for Most
Exciting Life or anything, but at least I’m
safe from the outside world, right?
Wrong. This new boy, Luke, just moved
in next door, and suddenly staying safe
isn’t enough. If I don’t take risks, how will
I ever get out – or let anyone in?
Pages | 320pages
Genre | YA, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher | Corgi Children’s
Publication | September 2015
Format | Paperback
LIVE LIFE IN A BUBBLE?
OR RISK EVERYTHING FOR LOVE?
Maddy is allergic to the world.
She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.
Olly is the boy next door.
He’s determined to find a way to reach her.
Everything, Everything is about the
crazy risks we take for love.
Series | Kyle Evans
Genre| Middle Grade, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Publisher| Rob H Hunt
Publication| 2 March, 2016
My Format | Paperback
Some kids love adventure, and dream of being a hero. Ten-year-old Kyle Evans is not one of those kids, but when a giant hole appears in his bedroom and swallows his mom, a hero is what Kyle must become. Kyle sets out on the journey of a lifetime and discovers along the way that Battle Droids are scarier than Search Droids, Kranken are more terrifying than eith of these, and you should never stand still near a Burgly Bug. But more important than any of this, Kyle learns that sometimes a cat is not just a cat. Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe is the first book in an exciting adventure trilogy that takes a boy, his cat and his friend Sofia across the universe, gradually revealing their amazing destiny.
I would like to thank that author, Rob H Hunt, for sending me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.
These ballads convey a fantastic vision of the world as it was imagined in medieval Scandinavia, with monsters and magic intermingled with very human concerns of heroism, tragedy, love, and revenge.
The great hero Sigurd is joined in this collection by troll-battling warriors including Holger Dane, Orm the Strong, and others. There are dramatic scenes of romance, betrayal, and loss. Some of the ballads translated here are attested by paintings or maps that date from earlier than when the first full ballad texts were first written down in the 1500s. An adventure ballad relevant to the history of an Eddic poem is also included.
The ballads are storytelling songs that were passed down as part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia. This collection brings many new ballads to the English-speaking reader. The readable verse translations succeed in conveying the rhythm, spirit, and imagery of the originals. The translations are mainly based on Swedish and Norwegian ballads, with some from Danish tradition.
For each ballad, there is also a short introduction with commentary and background information.
The ballads included are:
Åsmund Frægdegjeva; Steinfinn Fefinnson; Esbjörn Proud and Orm the Strong; Sunfair and the Dragon King; Bendik and Årolilja; Sigurd Sven; Sivard Snare Sven; Little Lisa; Sven Norman and Miss Gullborg; Peter Pallebosson; Sir Svedendal; King Speleman; Holger Dane and Burman; Sven Felding; St Olaf’s Sailing Race.
Hello lovely people,
I have been out of action for quite some time now, and since I do not have any book reviews yet to write (I have like a 10 books lined up needing to be read) I have been scrounging my fellow book bloggers’ blogs, and came across this book tag on Emma’s book blog – The Book Crunch Blog. So, I thought I would do it just for fun!
And since, school started like 3 or 4 weeks ago – it’s kind of fitting. Continue reading