Drifting Away from YA

Posted July 2, 2017 by Michelle in Discussions / 4 Comments

If  you were to go to my goodreads account and click on my 2017 reading challenge you may be in for a surprise, there is a shocking lack of Young Adult there for someone that frames herself as a (mostly) YA book blogger.  In fact of the 48 books I have read so far this year only 14 have been YA….let’s discuss.

This year I’ve been on  somewhat of a self-discovery kind of journey, learning who I am, what I like and where I want to be in the world, naturally I have turned to books to help me with this. I have never really been interested in non-fiction before because I thought it was all going to be dry and boring, but I was oh so wrong and really learnt what it is to enjoy soaking up the knowledge of these books.

If we were to go back to the numbers of my goodreads challenge we would find that I have read 13 non-fiction books which as you can see is still less then the amount of YA I have read, however this for me is a dramatic increase in non-fiction and a dramatic decrease in YA and that isn’t even including all the poetry  and graphic novels I have read.

Many of you may be aware of my efforts to obtain a zero TBR this year, lowering the amount of books on my shelf that are unread to around 10-0. Unfortunately by drifting away from YA I have turned away from reading about 85% of the books I own and this has not been a fun experience for me.

This is where my plea for help comes in a little bit, I want you to recommend me a YA book that you think will draw me back into the world of writing I have previously loved. What is that one book that you think will help bring me out of my YA funk.

Of course maybe the answer is simple and I am just growing up a little bit and my reading tastes are changing with me, only time will tell. Until then I still hope for that zero TBR goal and will persevere until the love for YA strikes upon me.


Thanks guys for reading and I hope you enjoyed, as I asked above please let me know one YA book that I must read to help me get back into the swing of things.


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4 responses to “Drifting Away from YA

  1. Michelle, I’m fairly certain you wrote this post about me. I’ve been discovering so many different genres this year, and I love that. But, the books on my shelf go unread. Okay, YA books that will get you back in the genre? Let’s think…

    As for contemporary, I adore The Upside of Unrequited and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I also love The Game of Love and Death (historical fiction) and The Song of Achilles. I don’t know whether The Song is YA though. It’s about teenagers! I also adore The Girl of Fire and Thorns (fantasy), and it’s so underrated it makes me sad.

  2. I’ve been on the exact same track! While I am still in the young adult demographic, taking literature as one of my electives has really opened my eyes to the world of reading possibilities out there. I’ve started to appreciate that the themes or ideas that I’m a fan of can also be found in adult or new adult books. My love for graphic novels is also on the rise.

    Having said that, my last read was an amazing young adult book titled: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay. It might not be for everyone, but I think it had a suitable amount of ‘dark/realistic’ sections in it as well as good familial and friendly relationship rep. I would definitely recommend it – I got sucked in from the first page!

  3. This speaks to me, YA has been less frequent on my GR challenge this year, I don’t know if it’s me or YA books but something’s happened this year so I totally get it! The last YA I absolutely loved this year was YA and Historical Fiction, Now I Rise by Kiersten White and last year, the previous book in her series, And I Darken. Hope they help!