September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and Happy October, friends! We’re finally to my favorite time of the year, Halloween! September was a difficult month reading-wise. I only read and finished three books, started some others, and set them aside because I just didn’t have the focus to read. Going back to work in the beginning of the month, and all of the responsibilities associated with that put a cramp in my reading style.

But I did read some awesome books this past month, so check out my September 2018 Wrap-Up.

Books I read last month

1.The Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

Keep an eye out for my review of The Casquette Girls coming next Monday!

September 2018 Wrap Up2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin sister Taryn were stolen from the mortal lands when they were young, after their mother’s former husband (and father to their sister) killed their parents and stole them away to the faerie lands. Having grown up with the faeries, Jude wants to be just like them, brutal and beautiful. She dreams of being a knight in the king’s court. But the youngest prince, Cardan has it out for Jude, and will stop at nothing to make sure she never achieves her goal.

Might you be interested in reading my thoughts on this title? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

 

3. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa PalomboSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

Want to read my thoughts of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel? Check out my review on Creating Herstory before this book is released tomorrow!

These three books bring my total books read for 2018 to 42 so far. I only need to read 8 more to reach my goal (which shouldn’t be a problem).  
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What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

whatimreadingandwritingwednesdayHappy Wednesday! Sorry that this is posted a little late in the day, but I figured since I didn’t post last week that I should fill all of you in on what I’ve been up to! What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday my take on WWW Wednesday, brought to us by Taking on a World of Words.

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Confessions of a Book Blogger: I have no shame for my love of YA.

bloggraphicNo. Shame.

I-have-no-shameAnd I don’t think I really should either.

(And neither should you.)

 

So yes, like many of you I read that condescending article. I had many, many choice words to say about the author, and then I thought— this person is embarrassed of what they like to read and is trying to pass that embarrassment on to all of us.tumblr_lq2jwtE5SV1qht847I am 27 years old and I read YA. Sure, I read some books written for adults, I read some books that are considered cross-over books, but I mainly read YA.

Let me explain. When I was in high school, I didn’t even know what YA really was, but I read and devoured it at a voracious pace. My love of reading and writing lead me to go to college to be a middle and high school English teacher and further my education to be a reading and literacy teacher. It was there in my education classes and working with students that I truly discovered the power of YA lit and I finally saw it from the other side— how a wonderful YA book can turn teens reluctant to read into readers. I began buying YA books and reading them, intending to put them in my future classroom. And even after I graduated, I kept buying and reading YA (even when the idea of me teaching seemed like a far-off dream.)

I might not ever teach teens and I still read (and love) YA!

I have teaching to credit for my love of YA, but wonderful books and authors to credit for my continued love of YA.

 

Why I’m not ashamed (and you shouldn’t be either).

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  1. Universal Themes– Yes, the characters in these books are usually mostly teenagers, but the things that they face and the themes in these books can be found in books written for adults as well (and sometimes not written as well or realistically). These themes transcend the audience that the book was originally written for. They make it so that teens and adults alike can read, enjoy, and benefit from reading a YA book. Messages of love, loss, friendship, family, good vs. evil, etc. can be applicable to all readers.
  2. These books are actually good Sure there are some YA books out there that aren’t the greatest, but there are some equally bad adult books out there as well. YA authors work hard to make sure that teens (and adults) can actually relate to these books. So many are beautifully written with strong characters and great themes and story arcs. Some of these books can change or even save the lives of those who read them. If that’s not powerful, I don’t know what is.
  3. Imagination. Some of the imagination that it takes to write these books and create the amazing world within them takes some impressive talent. Few books written for adults have swept me away into fantastical worlds like YA books have.
  4. You’re reading, that is good in and of itself. In an age where so many people are proud to say that they “don’t read” it’s amazing to see people who read and enjoy books, no matter what books they may be.
  5. Marketing and publishing companies generally determine if a book is YA or not. Yes, some authors write books with an audience in mind, but many don’t. They just want to tell a good story. Did you know that the US is one of the only countries that markets The Book Thief as a YA book?

Overall, just because you don’t like a genre, author, or even the audience a book is written for doesn’t mean that the people who read them are stupid or that they should be ashamed for reading something that they enjoy. Leave them alone.

Read, and let read.

I don’t judge anyone for what they read or don’t read. If people want to judge you for liking YA, let them.

SOPVrMy message to them: thanks friend— but you are the one missing out on some amazing books.

 

 

My Top 10 Favorite YA books (and honorable mentions)

Of course the screen cap for the video has me making the most ridiculous face haha. Sorry for the technical difficulties. This will hopefully be the last video that I have to make on my laptop. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can use the Mac from now on.

What are your favorite books? Do you have a top 10?