We Love YA: Celina

Yay for a new blog feature: We love YA! This is the first time that I’ve ever done a blog feature and I hope I’m doing this the right way. I decided to come up with a feature about YA books because I’m such a fan of the genre. I’d love to know what you guys think of this feature. Or if you’d like to be featured, feel free to leave a comment.

In We love YA!, a fellow YA-lover is featured and is asked to answer the following questions: Why do you love YA? What are some of your favorite YA books? What can you say to encourage other people to read YA? At end of which, readers are requested to recommend books based on the featured person’s answers.

Let’s welcome Celina, the wonderful person behind the online bookstore Celina’s Books and Magazines, for the first ever We love YA! feature. Celina likes books from different genres but she’s been reading a lot of YA lately. I first met Celina when I bought copies of the first two volumes of Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series from her. She’s so nice and friendly and we ended up exchanging messages since then. I met her once, during the Neil Gaiman book signing and as expected, she’s an awesome person! I’m glad to feature her here. So on to the questions.

Why do you love YA?

For me, reading is all about being entertained – I love that YA books allow me to just get lost in the story and be part of the world the character is in. They are vibrant and fun and honest. I never seem to tire of reading YA books because I feel like I am reading various genres – Mystery, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Romance, etc. – all in one book.

And one big plus factor – YA books are cheaper than those from other genres.:D

What are some of your favorite books/series/authors?

I’m fairly new to YA, so I haven’t really been able to try a lot of authors yet. So far, the books/series that have stood out for me are:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner
The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty (although when I read this, I didn’t know it was classified as YA)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What can you say to encourage other people to read YA?

The most important point is to not let the YA classification stop a person from reading a book. There are just so many misconceptions about the genre, and it would be good if people just let go of their pre-conceived notions and give it a try.

I think also that parents of teenagers would benefit a lot from reading YA. There are a lot of complex characters and relevant issues in YA books, and I think it would help a parent to understand their kids and how to relate to them. Aside from that, I believe that discussing a book would be a great way to bond with kids.

Besides, I think that YA books helps us adults to stay young at heart. 😀


Thank you, Celina, for answering these questions! Those are some insightful answers. I agree that reading YA is like reading all sorts of genres rolled into one. It’s one of the reasons why I like YA fantasy – it has adventure, worldbuilding and usually romance in it. I hope you get to encourage more of your buyers to read YA. 🙂 You certainly gave good reasons to read the genre. I’ve given you several recommendations already (Hello Queen’s Thief series!) so I think it’s time to let others recommend books for you. To those who’ve read this post, what are your recommendations for Celina? Based on her answers, what are some of the books that you think she’d like?

7 thoughts on “We Love YA: Celina

  1. Thanks for inviting me for your feature.:) Thank you also for all your wonderful recommendations…I hope you will keep them coming!:)

    I’m working hard at “promoting” YA to my family and friends and I’m glad to see more adults browsing the Teen/YA section in bookstores here.

    • Thanks for being willing to do this feature! 🙂 Don’t you worry, I will keep the recommendations coming. I’m actually amazed that you take into consideration that books that I recommend.

      I know, I’m glad that more people are becoming interested in YA and even the bookstores are promoting YA books.

  2. Celina, it seems like you and I are very similar on why we like YA and the type of genres that interest us. I’d love to recommend some reads if you haven’t already read these:

    Birthmarked by Caragh M O’Brien
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    Paranormalcy by Kiersten White **coming out soon
    Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    I could list more but since I don’t know what general preferences you have, I’ll leave it at those. Let me know how you like them when you get the chance. I’d love to hear what you think.

    Also, I would love to be a part of this meme whenever there is a chance :).

    • Hi Maria! I just realized I didn’t get to reply to your message. Anyway, thank you so much for the recommendations! A couple of those books are already in my TBR, but I’ll check the others too.:) Thank you!

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