Magandang Umaga! It’s a lovely Wednesday because today is the release date of two of my anticipated 2010 reads: The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead. The Demon’s Covenant is the sequel to The Demon’s Lexicon and if you haven’t read it, I suggest you give it a try because it’s awesome. Angie of Angieville just posted an interview with Sarah Rees Brennan with an international giveaway! Head on over there to join. Spirit Bound is the fifth and second to the last Vampire Academy novel and I am curious as to what happens next. Although I have a feeling it will have a cliffhanger ending to set things up for the last book. Both these books are still not available here but I’m hoping to see them around soon. Okay, done with the announcements and moving on to the feature. 🙂
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.
This is just the second time that I’m doing the We love YA! feature. The first time around, Celina was featured. If you haven’t read that post, please head on over there and give recommendations for Celina. I would really appreciate it and I’m sure Celina will too. 🙂 This time, Robby has been kind enough to participate. Robby maintains Once Upon A Book Blog, a blog about books and music and his blog is just about to turn one! Robby is also turning fifteen in a matter of days. He is writing a new version of an old novel and making his way through yet another composition notebook, filling it with angsty poetry. He is almost always reading and can usually be found drinking a cup of coffee. His iPod has over 4,000 songs in it, and he has listened to every single one. He spends way too much time on the internet. Let’s give it up for Robby!
Why do you love YA?
There is a certain spark that YA ignites in me. Maybe it is because I am a teenager or maybe it is because the world of Young Adult literature is such a vast world full of amazing people. I love YA because of the authors, the authors who writes real books about real people fighting real things that I see every day. I love YA because it gives me something to escape to, something to relate to, something to look forward to. I love the bloggers, the people who comment on my posts and the people whose posts I comment on, because this community is so loving. I have been blogging for just about a year and I am so glad I’m still doing this. I hope to always be a part of this.
What are some of your favorite books/series/authors?
This is such a tough question. I think I’m just a positive person, but it is so hard for me to dislike a book. I’m always searching for the positives, and overlooking the negatives. Sometimes I notice little mistakes and just toss them aside. Some books though, for me at least, have no mistakes.
An example of this is Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m so glad that it is on the summer reading list for my school this summer, because I recommend it to everyone I get the chance to. It is a beautiful, haunting, horrifying portrayal of a girl who has fallen apart, and the story of that same girl finally putting herself back together.
Another example of this is Let’s Get Lost by Sarra Manning. I read this book almost a year ago, but I still remember it so well. Sarra Manning is one of my favorite YA writers, and this has been one of my favorite books ever since I read it. I cried on my bedroom floor, reading this. I cried in my kitchen, reading this. I cried at least once every few pages and was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even bother to hide it. This is the story of a girl whose mother is gone, and the process she goes through as her grieving turns to acceptance.
I could go on. Every book is my favorite, in one way or another.
What can you say to encourage other people to read YA?
There are no words. All I can do is thrust a book in their hands and tell them to report back to me in a few days and tell me what they think. They always fall in love, just as I know they will.
How can you not?
Thank you, Robby for those wonderful answers! I find it awesome when I discover proof that teenagers do love YA. I’m already in my mid-twenties and I never got tired of the genre. 🙂 As for recommendations, I recently read and loved both Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and I have a feeling that you will too! I also suggest that you try branching out to YA fantasy because that’s my favorite sub-genre. 🙂 For the readers of this blog, what recommendations can you suggest for Robby? Based on his answers, what are some of the books that you think he’ll enjoy?