**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.
Hello lovely readers,
It’s already the second week of the New Year. Can you believe how fast the days are coming and going? Since it is Friday, I have a new post to share with everyone. I’d say that this will be a weekly thing, from now on. Instead of doing a ‘Currently Ready’ blog post every time I start reading a new book; I have come to the decision that a weekly update will be much better (?)
How has your week been?
Mine consisted of a lot of tears…
Moving on to the books I have been reading this week!
HonestlyJ, I haven’t had the time to read this week at all! It’s the worst when you just want to sit down and relax for a couple of hours, just reading a book. But life gets in the way. From 5.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening, I get ready for work and will be at work the whole day. There’s simply no room for reading. When I get home, I have to cook dinner – take a short nap and then its time to sleep.
How do you guys do it?!!!
I have been wanting to finish this book for the past two weeks, and I have had no such luck. It is such a great book, in my opinion, and it has its funny moments (which I love). So, if you have not heard of this wonderful novel, yet! Then I am recommending it to you now! It’s about this girl who has agoraphobia, and she wants to become part of the world again. But her irrational fear of the world outside, simply does not allow her to do what she wants.
I bought this book at YALC, as a recommendation from the publisher’s stall. I haven’t really read past the first paragraph. However, I am sure that I am going to like it. I have only read one other work by Em Bailey – which is Shift, and I really enjoyed reading that.
I am so happy that my request to receive an eARC for this book was approved in NetGalley!
So far, it has been great. It follows on the events that happened in the first book – immediately after the ending! So, I suggest re-reading the first book again before diving into this one.
I really should give you more information about these books, and I promise I will – this blog post will be reposted in a couple of days (most likely, this Sunday) to give you a better synopsis of what I have been reading!
Pages | 400 pages
Genre | YA, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary
Publisher | Orion Children’s Book
Publication | July 2016
Format | Paperback
There’s a man in the trees,
a man with no eyes, but still he watches,
that’s the surprise. Stay away from the woods,
it couldn’t be clearer, but the trees are creeping
nearer and nearer…
Beware the creeper man.
When sisters Silla and Nori escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel. Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing. Every day the forbidden surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house. A mysterious boy appears, offering friendship. And Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest – a man with no eyes, who creeps ever closer…
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.
Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC
From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.
A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack.
My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.
Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.
A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.
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.