We Love YA: Chachic

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: β€œWe 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

Historical Fiction
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? πŸ™‚

36 thoughts on “We Love YA: Chachic

    • Thanks for the recommendations, Emily! I’ll take note of them. I know I’ve heard of Michelle Moran from somewhere else but I’m not sure where. Also, the Secret Society Girl series is already in my wishlist. That series was my Want Books pick a couple of weeks back.

  1. Excellent answers, Chachic! I, too, liked the His Dark Materials trilogy. And as you’re already well aware of, I also liked Looking for Alaska. Other favorites include The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the Percy Jackson series, and Carl Hiassen’s onomatopoeic trilogy (Hoot, Flush, and Scat), among many others.

    • Hey Aldrin, do you know that Philip Pullman has another series – the Sally Lockhart books? They aren’t fantasy books though like His Dark Materials, these fall under mystery. I remember reading and liking them back when I was in grade school but I need to do a re-read as an adult.

      I should bump up Looking for Alaska in my TBR. Haven’t read any of John Green’s books. Oh and I think I have a copy of Hoot somewhere. Hmm might need to unearth it.

      • Yup, I know of Pullman’s other YA books, but I never really ventured into them. I am, however, set to read his latest non-YA novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

        I really think you should! Looking forward to your review of Alaska. πŸ™‚

      • Oh good that you know about them. Does he have other non-YA books? I’ve never read them. I’ll wait for your review of The Good Man Jesus.

        Have you read John Green’s other books? I’m also curious about The Abundance of Katherines, I hear it’s hilarious.

        Also, have you answered this week’s Filipino Friday question? πŸ˜› LOL, I’m not pushing you to do it, mind you. This is just a friendly reminder.

      • Pullman is actually more prolific as a writer for children and young adults. I believe The Good Man Jesus is his first non-YA book in a really long while.

        I haven’t read Green’s other books. I did browse through An Abundance of Katherines once and thought it was quite funny. But I didn’t buy it on account of my having remembered my formidable TBR pile. There’s always next time — and The Book Depository should someone else buy it before I do. Haha.

        I also haven’t answered last week’s and this week’s Filipino Friday prompts. I am so busy and left behind. 😦 I shall rectify this ASAP. πŸ™‚

      • I’m not even familiar with Pullman’s other works. I only know of His Dark Materials and the Sally Lockhart books.

        LOL it’s good that your formidable TBR beckons and you listen to its call. I find it easy to ignore my TBR. How many books to you have in yours? Don’t worry about An Abundance of Katherines, I’ve seen copies of it in Fully Booked and I’ve heard from people at Goodreads that it’s available in National as well. So no need for you to get it from the Book Depository.

        You can reply to the Filipino Friday comments anytime. πŸ™‚ I know how real life gets in the way of things so it’s okay if you’re late. I haven’t even finished replying to the comments in yesterday’s post.

      • I have around 400 books in my TBR here in Manila, and more than 100 at home in Pangasinan. Then there’s the well over 200 unread e-books in my iBookshelf. A really formidable lot. Haha.

        That’s one less want-book to worry about then. I also intend to get Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson someday.

        Yeah, real life, i.e, work, sucks. LOL I haven’t even updated my blog since Monday. Ugh.

      • You have around 700 books in your TBR?! No wonder it’s stopping you from buying new books! I thought I had it bad at 139 (it was 141 but I’m slowly working on it) but yours is worse. LOL. Although when I get a Kindle, I have a feeling mine will skyrocket. Do you have an iPad? I was just wondering because you mentioned the i Bookshelf.

        I’ve seen Paper Towns in Fully Booked and Will Grayson in National. πŸ™‚

        Yes, boo work! But we have to pay for our addiction so we have to keep on working. It’s hard to find a job around here that you’ll really love. Most of my friends also don’t like their jobs.

      • I probably won’t get around to reading them all, but I find comfort in just having them. And the mere act of buying each of them is already exhilarating.

        I don’t have an iPad — yet. I have an iPhone, though, reading novels on which I find quite convenient especially during my daily commute to and from work.

        Yes, you’re right. I forgot we need a job that pays the bills and supports our vice. Haha.

      • Yes, I know what you mean. It always feels good to buy a book and for some reason, it’s comforting to have all of the books that you want to read with you even if you feel like you don’t have time to read them all.

        Oh so you’re planning to get an iPad? I was thinking it’s harder to read using the iPad or iPhone because of the LCD screen. They don’t use e-ink technology like the e-readers, right? So they can still cause eye strain.

        Haha yes, we need to work to pay for our books! One book blogger friend said that maybe she should just give her paycheck straight to the bookstore because that’s where it ends up anyway.

  2. Funny that you had a hard time coming up with answers to your own questions.:) But great answers!

    You will be happy to know that most of the books in your favorites are already on my TBR. That’s how much you’ve influenced me (and that’s a good thing).

    I went over your Goodreads bookshelf and would suggest you read The Book Thief. Have you ever tried reading The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin? I love that book, although it’s probably more middle-grade.

    • I really had a hard time answering the questions! I didn’t expect it to be so hard. LOL. When I came up with the questions, I thought they were fairly easy. Thanks for doing the first ever We Love YA feature. πŸ™‚

      Yay, that makes me happy indeed. The ones listed are my favorites that fall under YA. I have more non-YA books in my list. I’m so glad you’re reading (and buying) my recommendations!

      I know, I really should bump The Book Thief up my TBR. I think I’ve had it since 2007/2008 and I remember being so excited to get it. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to read it. Yes, I’ve read The Westing Game back in grade school. I should do I re-read. If I could find my copy, that is.

  3. If you haven’t read any of Ellen Hopkins’ books, you should. They are really good. They are thick and long books(400-700 pages) but you can read them pretty quickly because they are in verse form .

    • I know you’ve recommended her books before on Goodreads. I’ll try to check them out soon. πŸ™‚ Verse form seems pretty interesting since it’s something new.

  4. Here’s an idea for a new feature. “We Love Reading” … similar to this feature except you ask why people love to read, how much do they read? , etc. Im sure the answers would be different.

    • That’s a great idea, Ashley. Maybe I could do it later. The We Love YA feature is still pretty new. I decided to concentrate on YA because that’s mostly what I review here on the blog.

  5. Great answers! It’s funny that it can be so hard to articulate the answers to questions that seem to be so simple on the surface. I especially enjoyed your list of favorite books, I now have a bunch of new titles to explore!

    • I know, it really is funny that I had a hard time answering the questions. If I could’ve come up with a better YA-related post, I think I wouldn’t have done this one. LOL. Are you familiar with some of the titles in the list? I do hope you’ll be able to read these books because they are all wonderful. πŸ™‚

  6. I like that CS Lewis quote. πŸ™‚

    I read somewhere in Forever YA, they read YA because of the same reasons you had. Plus, there’s something about reading something that you used to feel and knowing better about them, like you want to give advice to the characters on how they could have done it better. Something like that. I’m not sure if what I said made sense, but it’s kind of like having younger brothers/sisters who don’t know what they’re doing and you’re hoping they come out well, even if they make really bad choices along the way. πŸ˜›

    Oh and I finally have The Thief! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read it. πŸ˜€

    • I saw that C.S. Lewis quote from Goodreads. πŸ™‚ I love how we can add the quotes that we like in our profile.

      Oh I understand what you mean. Something like reading YA because you already went through your teenage years and you know how hard it is for the characters to experience those turbulent years, right?

      Yay, so glad you finally have a copy of The Thief! Can’t wait to see what you think of it and I hope you’ll also read the other books in the series. πŸ™‚

  7. As I was scrolling through the comments I noticed that you haven’t read THE BOOK THIEF! Why not? Seriously, you will love it. I recommend that one and I AM THE MESSENGER. Both are amazingly wonderful. There are some images from both books that I swear I’ll never forget.

    And of course, you know I want you to read a Jaclyn Moriarty book πŸ˜‰

    So fun – I’m glad to see you participating in your own feature.

    • Michelle, I seriously don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. It’s in my “bumped up my TBR” list already! I guess someone told me that it’s a book about war and I think I felt like it’s a hard book to read. I need to read it soon though.

      Jaclyn Moriarty’s books are already in my wishlist. I already inquired about Ghosts of Ashbury High and it’s not available here. I need to ask about the others.

  8. OK so I love all the books you recommend that I’ve read. So I’m really going to pay attention to the books I haven’t. Saving this post.

    • Yay, so glad to hear that, Janice! I felt the same way when Angie did her We Love YA post. I loved all of the books that I’ve read in her list and I added the ones that I haven’t read in my wishlist.

  9. Completely agree with you on relating to the characters. We all have some of the same insecurities as YA characters, and different strengths. I connect to teenaged characters more than adults sometimes. Great list, I will be going back to it. πŸ˜€

  10. What a great post Chachic! I haven’t read a lot of the books on your rec list so I’m going to have to check some of those out. I just finished reading Graceling yesterday and holy goodness I loved it! I also really enjoyed Going too Far by Jennifer Echols.

    Thanks for the lovely post sweetie!

    • Thanks for dropping by, Rowena! So happy to see that you’re interested in my list of favorites. πŸ™‚ Graceling is indeed awesome and I liked Fire even better so I hope you get to pick that up soon. I’ve read all of Jennifer Echols’ books except for Forget You, which I’m waiting for. It’s still not available over here. 😦

      Let me know what you end up reading from my list! Although I subscribe to your blog anyway so I’ll see if you post reviews.

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