Adele of Persnickety Snark wrote an excellent YA Community Thanksgiving post listing her reasons for loving the YA community. She ended the post with a request to spread the goodwill. I’m fairly new at this but I really love the YA community so I thought I should join in.
I love the YA community because everyone is just so nice and friendly! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I don’t have a lot of friends who read the same kind of books that I do. So for me, it’s great that I could “meet” a lot of book friends online and discuss the books that I love. It makes me so happy that there are people out there who understand why I get crazy about a certain book/author/series. I love talking about my favorite books and I love getting recommendations. At first, I was just a lurker. I think it started with my LJ communities Sounis and Athanarel. I was shy at first because I didn’t know if I had anything worth contributing. But people were so friendly that you can’t help but participate and join in the fun. This goes for the entire YA community – book bloggers, Goodreads groups, LJ communities and everything else that I’m not even a part of.
I love that the authors are so approachable. They have their own blogs, twitter accounts and whatnot. Authors are the equivalent of celebrities for me. You know the type of people who you can admire from afar but you know that you’ll never be close enough to touch them, let alone talk to them. YA authors aren’t like that. Yes, they are still rock stars but they’re rock stars that you can talk to. There are a lot of interviews out there conducted by book bloggers and a lot of authors reply to comments in their blogs or even have their email addresses in their website and they read fan mail!
I love book bloggers! I love how they have different ways of reviewing books and how they all have a specific genre that they concentrate on. It’s real interesting to see one book reviewed in so many ways. And they’re all such great writers! I’m envious. I wish I could write like them. I’ll have to settle for reading their reviews and buying the books that they recommend. I’ve added so many books to my TBR pile because of book bloggers. Also, I like that people respect other people’s opinions. It’s okay to dislike a book that another person loved because it’s a known fact that we all have different tastes. Even if we all love YA, we’re bound to react in different ways to the same book.
I love how the internet brings everyone together! I never would’ve found out so much about the lovely YA community if I didn’t spend a lot of time online. I live in the Philippines but I’ve been able to connect with other people from all over the globe. It’s really amazing. I also love Goodreads because I was able to meet fellow Filipino book lovers and have discussions about books with them. I’m sure there’s another Filipino YA book blogger out there, who loves the same books that I do, but I haven’t had a chance to meet that person. If you’re reading this, please leave a comment and let’s be BFFs. 🙂
It goes without saying that I love the books, right? Or maybe I should also mention it. I love YA books! YA is such an incredible genre and I love that it’s getting more attention nowadays.
So that’s it. How about you, what do you love about the YA community? Feel free to leave links to your own YA lovin’ posts so I can check them out.