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I read all different kinds of books, every type, every theme, every style, every genre; if it’s a good book I will read it. That is unless it is a YA Book. In that case the type, theme, style and genre still don’t matter; I’m not going to read it. The last time I read a YA book I was about 12 years old. At least that is what I thought until about a week ago, when I discovered that statement wasn’t quite so true anymore.
(Yes, for those of you keeping score that does mean I have not read the Twilight Series.)
When I was working I sat at a little table outside and read during my lunch break everyday. One morning I was running late and didn’t have any unread books on my e-reader. So, I jumped onto Barnes&Noble.com to download one real quick. Of course, I had one small problem: The only way to download one real quick is to already know what book you want to download
. I however had no idea what book I wanted to read, but after having listened to people on Twitter go on and on about how great the Study Trilogy
by Maria V. Snyder is, it was stuck in my head. So I very innocently typed Study Trilogy
into the B&N search bar, selected the first book, Poison Study
and ran out the door. (I know many of you are laughing already, but wait it gets better…)
I started reading it at lunch that day and by the time I went to sleep that night I had already downloaded book #2, Magic Study
, just in case I finished Poison Study
before I finished lunch. I loved it that much! I was absolutely enthralled and completely sucked in by universe, the characters and the plot. I ended up reading all three books in just over a week. Book three, Fire Study
ended up being my favorite of the three.
After finishing the three books, I immediately went looking for more books by the same author. That’s when I discovered that she had started another trilogy with a main character who had been a secondary character in the Study
Trilogy. I was really excited until I remembered that this particular character was a young teenager and alarm bells started ringing in my head, “YA ALERT, YA ALERT!” Just to be sure I did my homework and discovered that Storm Glass
, the first book in the new series was indeed listed as a YA fantasy novel. A lot of things went through my mind at that point, none of them being the obvious. My first thought was, ‘Well that sucks, now I won’t be reading it.’ followed by ‘I guess everybody really is jumping on the YA bandwagon.’ Never once did it cross my mind that the previous three might have been YA novels. I shook my head and went on to another series, never looking back.
Until…A little over a week ago when I was browsing around the lists on Goodreads. There I am minding my own business when I see a list of the “Best YA Reads.” I have no idea why I clicked on it, but click on it I did. About halfway down the page I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach, because right there in all it’s glory was the Study Trilogy!!! I couldn’t believe it, couldn’t accept it. So like any self respecting woman who is in denial I asked some of my friends who do read YA to tell me that it wasn’t a YA novel. Unfortunately none of them were kind enough to lie to me and I had to face the fact, that I love not one but three YA novels. I felt betrayed!
I have spent the past several years talking about how there was nothing for me in YA reads, and about how annoyed I am that more than half of my local Barnes & Noble is now taken up with shelf after shelf of YA books. If anyone had told me that Poison Study was a YA novel, I would have turned my nose up at it and gone the other way. If they’d told me though then I would have missed out on some great writing and stories. In the end I am glad I didn’t know before hand because I realize now that I wasn’t being fair to myself or the authors by cutting out such a large segment of the book world.
And that’s how I became an accidental YA Reader!
Starting with today’s post and going forward for a while, I will be doing a post here on ALL YA LOVE to talk about my journey deeper into the YA realm. Each month I will read at least one YA book and discuss it with all of you.
To get me started I need some help from more experienced YA readers. At the end of this post I have listed six YA Books and I ask you dear readers to help me choose which one I should read as my first YA book (where I know going it is YA). The book with the most votes will be one I read.
YA Book Options:
1) Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
2) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4) Marked (House of Night Book #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
5) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6) A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
Which book should I read first?
One (1) commenter will win the book of their choice (up to $10 USD) from the Book Depository
All you have to do is vote for the book you think Heather should read first
or just leave a meaningful comment about the post to be entered
Please leave us a way to contact you
(email in blogger profile or twitter name- no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open everywhere Book Depository ships!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 23th, we will announce the winner on Sunday.