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.
Yes, as weird as it seems, I’m going to feature myself here today. I know I just posted Angie’s We Love YA feature last Friday but I wanted to participate in The Book Smugglers’ free for all event for their Young Adult Appreciation Month. I emailed them on Friday to ask for suggestions about a post and Ana replied and said it would be a good idea to answer the We Love YA questions myself. What’s funny is, I thought of the exact same thing right after I sent her the email. So here goes.
Why do you love YA?
Recently, my high school barkada (Filipino term for group of friends) and I looked over old letters and pictures. Yes, we all had a good laugh over how we all looked back then and how emotional our letters were. We all noticed that we were all so intense as teenagers. We felt strongly about everything and the smallest things affected us in very big ways. Imagine bottling up all of those feelings and storing them inside a book. That’s what YA books do. A YA book captures a slice of life and serves it up in a compact package.
Why do I read YA? I’d like to quote C.S. Lewis here: “We read to know that we are not alone.” It all boils down to this – I read YA because I can relate to the characters. This doesn’t just mean that I can relate to them because I experienced something similar or because I want to face the same adventures. What I mean is I can just relate, simply because I can understand their thoughts and actions in relation to their situation. You know that feeling that you get after reading a particularly good book, when you feel like you experienced everything with the characters and they’ve become old friends because you went through so much together? Doesn’t that always amaze you? I always find it remarkable when I come across books that I can totally relate to, the ones that can make me say, “This is why I read!”
What are some of your favorite books/series/authors?
I always pimp out my favorites to any who’d care to listen. I even have a list here in the blog, complete with links to the reviews that I have but let me make it easier for you guys and enumerate some of them here.
The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner – The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Sasharia En Garde duology by Sherwood Smith – Once a Princess, Twice a Prince
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
Daughter of the Lioness Duology by Tamora Pierce – Trickster’s Choice, Trickster’s Queen
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, Ptolemy’s Gate
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
Fairy Tale Retellings
Beauty by Robin McKinley
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
YA Contemporary Fiction
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty: Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, Perfect Fifths
The Lion Hunters series by Elizabeth Wein – Sunbird, The Lion Hunters, The Empty Kingdom
A Countess Below Stairs, The Reluctant Heiress and A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
What can you say to encourage other people to read YA?
Most of my friends in real life don’t read my blog. Why? Because most of them don’t read or when they do, they don’t read the same kind of books that I do. Whenever they tell me that they’re not into reading, I always say that it’s just a matter of finding the right books. Maybe you feel like you don’t like reading because the books that you’ve read don’t speak to you and you can’t really relate to them. I follow that up by asking what are the sort of books that they think they’d like. Fortunately, YA has so many genres under it so it’s easy to pick a book that would match the description that they give. I love giving recommendations but it always feels better when you know that a person loved the book that you recommended.
Whew, those were difficult questions! To everyone who did a guest post for me for this feature, I have more respect for you guys. I didn’t expect it to be so hard to answer three measly questions.
So, so, so. Based on my answers, do you have any recommendations for me? 🙂