Tropes, Trends, and Thoughts on YA

I love Young Adult literature. It’s what got me into reading and what has kept me up at night, and I will forever be indebted for making me into a reader. Without YA I might have never turned to the online book communities like WordPress, Instagram, and YouTube. BUT, (you had to know a but was coming) in a previous post, I talked about how I’m growing out of YA but, I realized two things. 1) I never talked about the parts that YA has upset me and 2) I would have to dedicate a whole blog post to it. And now, here it is. Continue reading

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Am I Growing Out of YA?

The YA genre is what reignited my love for reading when I was in middle school. Realizing that I could suddenly read about people my age was an amazing discovery for me at that age. I had grown out of kids books like Junie B. Jones and Charlotte’s Web and entered the world of teenagers with their complicated lives of first loves,  friendship drama, and high school. I fell in love with the genre because I found some part of me in them whether it was those pesky butterflies in my stomach or feeling like an outcast, I didn’t feel completely alone.

As a 22 year old, things have changed, I have changed, my interests have changed. When I go to a bookstore, or when I browse for new reads, YA isn’t a huge part of my browsing history anymore. This is weird for me because for the vast majority of my life I’ve read YA books, and now I see myself paying attention to books outside that genre. Not only that, but I’m annoyed by some of these books!

I’ve tried branching out to the New Adult genre because it caters to people in their early 20s, i.e. me, but I can’t stand it either save Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas. Most of my annoyance with this genre comes from how all the books are the same and full of sex. Honestly, I think NA was created by YA authors who wanted to writer steamier romance scenes. It’s not what I’m looking for or what I was hoping for.

I know it’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure where this leaves me. Because I was so invested in the YA genre, I knew what to look for, what authors to read, what books to read, and so on. But, now I’m in some sort of reading limbo. I don’t know where to start, what books to read, what authors to look out for, or even what book to movie adaptations to keep an eye out for.

So what does this mean? I’m not sure at all. I do know, this has been bugging me lately, and I needed to let it out in some way.

Please let me know what are your thoughts? What books should I read next to help me through this limbo? Have you experienced the same thing?

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Ship It or Rip It #1

I’ve been seeing this game online especially in the BookTube community, and I wanted to give it a try. The rules are simple.

  1. Write down an even number of character names from books, movies, tv shows, on pieces of paper or on an online randomized generator (I guess you can include real life people too).
  2. Fold the pieces of paper if you’re using paper.
  3. Scramble them or shuffle the pieces of paper.
  4. Pick out two names.
  5. Decide if you SHIP the chosen pairing or RIP the pairing.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’re all out of names.

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Popular Characters I Don’t Like

There are a lot of things in pop culture I don’t care for or I just don’t understand the hype surrounding it. That includes some characters from popular shows and books. Before I continue, I want to say these are just my opinions. If you think differently, please let me know, I’d love to know why you do love these characters, maybe you’ll help me change my mind about them.

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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I’ve never heard any one say something bad about this book or its characters, and I for the most part loved this book… except for Lola. In the book she spends the majority of her time making outrageous outfits to wear every day. I have no problem with that, but it always felt like she was hiding something and she was. I never felt like I knew who was the real Lola, and that really bugged me. In some ways it felt like she never once let her guard down, and from a reader’s standpoint, I would have liked to see some vulnerability from her. No make-up no big outfit, just her.

 

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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I’m sure I’m going to get crucified for this but, it’s true I don’t like Rory Gilmore. Why? She’s too perfect in an annoying sort of way. Even when she makes mistakes it’s not the type of mistake that is fun to watch on screen. She is beautiful, very smart, mostly rich, and everyone she ever meets loves her. Doesn’t that sound annoying? Maybe I am wrong, after all it feels like the entire world is in love with Rory and the show, but me. If you like Rory (or don’t) please let me know. I honestly don’t know why I’ve kept watching the show if I keep cringing all the way through.

 

Mako from Legend of Korra

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I’ll be honest, I once liked Mako in the beginning of the show. I especially loved him in the later seasons, but I did not like him in the first two seasons. Why? Because he was a horrible boyfriend to Asami and later again with Korra. He never officially broke up with Asami before he started seeing Korra. He then lied to Korra about ever breaking up after he had kissed Asami during their break! That love triangle was just one big clusterf&*@, and clearly Mako didn’t handle it well. I much prefer his awkward self in books 3 and 4 than his complicated relationship self from books 1 and 2.

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Recap

I am going to give myself a pat on the back this week for almost completing all the challenges this week for booktube-a-thon 2017.

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Reading Challenges

Out of the 7 challenges announced at the beginning of the readathon I finished 5 of them. I would call that an accomplishment and I’m very proud of that.

Read a book with a person on the cover.

This was the easiest challenge to do because all of the books I had in my TBR had people on the cover. ALL OF THEM. In other words, I only read books with people on the cover this week.

Read a hyped book.

For this challenge I FINALLY read the very hyped A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m happy I finally read it and I can see why so many people loved it so much. I, myself, really liked it and immediately bought the next two books in the series and I hope to read them this upcoming week.

I should also mention, I went to sleep 4 nights in a row to read this. Yup, this readathon was not good for my beauty sleep.

Finish a book in one day.

I had 4 graphic novels in my TBR (and I don’t care if that’s cheating) so this one was also easy to complete. I read both FablesSnow White (Volume 19) and Paper Girls (Volume 1) in one day.

Read about a character that is very different from you.

Initially, I was going to read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for this challenge, because it’s about black woman traveling back in time when slavery still existed, but I never got around to reading it. I did read about Feyre who is a hunter and is forced to live with a fairie nobleman, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been a hunter or lived with a faerie. I’ve also never been a paper girl from 1980s like the characters from Paper Girls, or a princess like Snow White in Fables. So, I think I pretty much covered this challenge.

Finish a book completely outdoors.

I didn’t have a chance to do this challenge because the heat has been unbearable lately in South Florida. However, I did read 50% Dreamology by Lucy Keating outside.

Read a book you bought because of the cover.

For this challenge, I read Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I should be ashamed for buying the book solely for the cover without really paying attention to the synopsis, but that’s exactly what I did. Thankfully, I really enjoyed this novel and I’m glad I read it finally. If you need a happy book for a mourning period, I recommend this book.

Read seven books.

Nope, I didn’t finish this one and I didn’t expect to. But, I am proud of reading 5 books in one week.

The Books I Read

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Photo Challenges

 

Each day of the readathon there was a photo challenge announced at midnight on Bookstagram aka Instagram. I was able to complete all except for a cosplay challenge. I post at least one picture a day on Instagram @readingturtleduck

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Booktubeathon 2017

If you don’t know what Booktubeathon is, it is a readathon hosted by Ariel Bisset on Booktube aka the bookish side of YouTube. It’s a week long readathon full of giveaways, challenges, and of course reading. This year it begins on July 24 to July 30. For more information check out her videos:

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2017 Reading Challenges

I’m pretty sure I failed last year’s readathon like I’ve failed every readathon I’ve ever done.

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Well, I didn’t fail completely because I did participate in every single photo challenge, which I would say is an accomplishment. This year, I’m planning on doing as many photo challenges but I don’t know how many of them I’ll complete because I don’t have much time to prepare because they are announced at midnight each day.

I might not know what the photo challenges are yet, but I do know what the book challenges are:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
  2. Read a hyped book.
  3. Finish a book in one day.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

As for this year’s TBR I have 7 books that I’m really excited to start. They are:

Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Fables Volumes 19 & 20 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating (Challenge 6)

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Challenge 4)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Challenge 2)

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All of the books have a person on the cover, so the first challenge will be completed no matter what I read. I’ve also chosen 7 books for the last challenge, but I don’t expect to complete it even with four graphic novels on the list.

What will you joining BookTube-A-Thon? What’s on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

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Reread, Rewrite, or Recycle #2

This is the Screw, Marry, Kill game for books. Normally, it is “burn” instead of recycle. I changed it because I thought it sounded better… and recycling is good for the environment too!

Round 1


It’s only the first round and it’s already  is really, really, really, really hard

REREAD We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’ve been meaning to reread this book ever since I read it. I’d like to go back to it to find all the clues I missed the first time.

REWRITE Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh

I REALLY don’t want to change anything about this. The illustrations and the writing is so funny, and therefore one of the few books that made me LOL constantly through my read. The only thing I would change is to add more.

RECYCLE Divergent by Veronica Roth

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, don’t want to do this. Divergent is the last series I binge read, and I loved not sleeping for three consecutive school nights to finish the book, but I have to choose one. Besides, that ending in Allegiant almost made me wish I had never picked up Divergent in the first place. I can’t believe I’m writing this but, I will recycle Divergent.

 

Round 2


REREAD Blankets by Craig Thompson

I really enjoyed this book and compared with the other two books for this round there is nothing I want to change about it.

REWRITE Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

This was an easy pick because I will never forget how unsatisfying that ending was. It’s left open ended and I want it closed. I want to know if she really died, or if she woke up from a coma, or was it all a dream? I must know!

RECYLE Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Maybe I should reread this because it’s been so long since I first read it, but I liked the other two books more than Crank.

Round 3


REREAD Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen 

This is the only Sarah Dessen book that I’ve read and liked it. I especially love how fun this book is with the friendships, the parties, a bit of romance, the small beach town setting, and all in the midst of summer vacation. I can’t possibly change all that.

REWRITE Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I love this book. I’ve read it 3 times maybe 4 times, but there are things that bother me about Tate’s character. I hate that she would give into Miles so easily without a second thought even when it’s a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love Miles, but I wish Tate was stronger than she was.

RECYCLE Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline is not my favorite Rainbow Rowell book and compared to the other two books, I have to set it aside and recycle it.

 

Round 4


REREAD To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is one of the first classics that I fell in love with, it’s still one of my favorites. Obviously, I cannot recycle it or rewrite a masterpiece so I’ll have to read it again. Besides, I’m due for a reread of it.

REWRITE Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This was a hard choice so I got a coin flipped it for this category. Tails for Anna and the French Kiss and Heads for Slammed, and I got Anna so I’m going to rewrite it.

RECYLE Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I don’t want to do this. I honestly love Slammed and all of Colleen Hoover’s books, but I have to recycle one of these books.

 

Round 5


This was an easy round

REREAD Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I loved Eleanor and Park and their romance and I would read it again but I would also demand a second part to it.

REWRITE Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I already have my issues with Thirteen Reasons Why and how it depicts (or lack of) mental health and suicide. If I had the chance, I would change that part of it. If you want to read more about my problem / concerns about TW13, CLICK HERE.

RECYCLE Ten Tiny Reasons by K. A. Tucker

It is no surprise that I despise this book! I would rip it, recycle it, and burn it. It’s that bad and it’s one of the few books I’ve ever given a one star rating, and no one should ever read this book ever.

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