Why I Read Young Adult Fiction

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 genreYA?

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.

I do want to know why you guys read a certain genre of novels/books?

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Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2016

Hello lovely readers,

I feel like I may have redeemed myself this month in terms of last month’s reading slump – I actually manage to read more than 2 books this month! In this post, I want to catch you guys up with what is happening with my life outside of my books, while also talking about the books that I have read this month (as well as the books that I have bought this month!)

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Book Review | Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Title: Solitaire 

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 400

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Links: Amazon

Overall Rating: 4/5

 

Synopsis

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

*may contain spoilers*

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Blog Challenge | Currently Reading

Day #3

It’s the third day, and I think I am doing quite well that I am on time doing all of these posts in a timely manner… a laughable matter, because most of the time it takes me like a whole day to figure out what to write about!

I am currently reading:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I have heard many great things about this book from the bookstagram community, and I have been curious as to what the novel is about – 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Passage n. 

i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.

ii. A journey by water; a voyage.

iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in the colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them – whether she wants to or not. Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilious journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

This book has such an interesting concept, time travel is always a great story prompt and I am hoping that this book will utilise it well. I have only started reading Passenger and it’sgoing slow for me at the moment, but I do hope that I will get into the story once I am further into the book.

If you have read this book, why don’t you leave a comment below on what you thought about the book!

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt)

“Have you noticed how it’s easier to talk about some medical problems than others?”

Perhaps the hardest of all to talk about are mental illnesses – but we’ve all got a mind, so we’ve all got mental health. Can any of us say we haven’t been stressed, sad, anxious, angry, tired and emotional?

In this clear and supportive guide to young people’s mental health, Juno Dawson, author of This Book is Gay, and clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt discuss a range of issues – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them.

With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll, Juno and Dr Olivia cover topics from anxiety and depressions to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, with dozens of life stories from people just like you, who are living with mental illness.

I’m the type of person who like reading anything that is related to science, and I have always been interested in how the brain works. So, the first thought that I had when I saw the book on the WHSmith bookshelf, was “I need to get this book” and I did.

It is quite informative, and I wouldn’t really call it a self-help book – it is simply a book giving you information and advice on mental health issues. So far, I am enjoying reading the book because it’s giving me an insight to people’s experiences, and the many places you can get help from etc.


I think that is all I have for now, I shall see you guys in tomorrow’s post!

Nielle xxx


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Monthly Wrap-Up | March 2016 + Mini Book Reviews

A lovely day to be staying indoors and being a recluse from the outside world.

But, seriously – it is such a lovely day outside today. The sun is out and I can literally hear birds singing! Like where’s the rain and dreary weather England?!

Anyhow, today is the day that I will do my Monthly Wrap Up, because I forgot to do it last night! I have not written much book reviews lately so this will also serve as a Mini Book Review post.

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eBook Review: The 52nd by Dela


Title: The 52nd

Author: Dela

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Published: October 2014

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Source: NetGalley

Synopsis:

Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived–until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn’t so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

I was quite excited to read the book after reading the synopsis. I have to admit that I was drawn by the cover at first, because of the dia de los muertos theme which I really like and adore. Then the synopsis is what really caught me, because of the fact that it incorporates Mayan and Aztec mythology – which I have never encountered much before in terms of fictional reading. And that is what mainly drawn me to the story – of course, that is not the only thing that made this dark, apocalyptic contemporary young adult book. This aspect of Dela’s debut novel unique.

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Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

  

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises blooms. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

  • Pages: 280
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
  • Publisher: Corgi Children’s 

Rating: 3/5

Likes!

I liked the idea of the characters, they are quite different and I quite liked how they are depicted in the book – and to a certain extent I can relate to them (just a teeny tiny bit).

Changelings! I enjoyed reading about the changelings in the book, they were interesting and I loved how they were described – the way Cara (the main character) talked/described them, actually made me picture these odd creatures – made me think what if something like that actually existed.

It’s a paranormal book, and there is a good sense of creepiness put into it. However, it wasn’t as creepy or scary as I thought it would have been when I’ve read some of the reviews.

Dislikes?

I am not a big fan of the writing style, but I suppose that it goes with the plot of the story. Although, I still don’t quite understand the whole plot of the story, since there are two worlds being described and it’s so random.

It’s great that there are “plot twists”, but they are hardly that (for me anyway) when I could almost see them coming. Then, there’s also the stories which you are told so briefly you aren’t sure whether you’ve read it or it was just your imagination.

The odd relationships in the book, especially one in particular that I found very, very weird.

Overall Thoughts?!

I think that it was an okay book, I can say that it didn’t like any other book that I have read – but there was too much weirdness in one book – and that’s coming from a girl who is quite weird herself.

I enjoyed the reason, although it took me  awhile to really get into the book and enjoy it’s – I was so confused most of the time and when I did manage to trap the whole concept it became predictable. For instance, the whole Elsie thing and her connection with the accident season.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book in all it’s weirdness – and that’s all that matters in the end – I enjoyed reading the book.