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I’m so excited that Melissa at i swim for oceans likes discussion posts because sometimes I get chatty and have things to say. Melissa has opened her Let’s Talk event up to the rest of us and I’m excited to be a part of it. Thanks, Melissa!
According to Melissa:
“Let’s Talk will feature questions or prompts, which I will answer too. Love it or hate it, weigh in or don’t, it’s my hope that Let’s Talk will at least get you thinking…and maybe even get you discussing with the rest of us!”
This week’s question:
What do you want to see MORE of
in YA books?
Hmmm…where to start.
Cause this COULD get long.
No, I’ll keep it short…
cause I really DO love YA
the way it is.
Links in book titles take you to my
blog posts/reviews for each book.
1. World-Building. I love it when a world is built for me. That’s what world-building means, right? Creating a world….Anyway, I want to be able to visualize where my characters are, what things look like, the smell of the air, the way things sound. I read a ton of Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Dystopian/Apocalyptic books, so a great world is key. I can get by without a great world if I have to but man-oh-man if an author has built something spectacular for me to feast on, it just elevates the book exponentially to me. I can think of a ton of great examples of world-building, but here are a few that I’ve read lately that I’ve loved:
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
2. The Freshy-Freshy. I love it when an author takes a central idea – something already popular – and gives it his or her own spin. I don’t mind reading similar elements across a genre, but I really want to see something with an author’s own unique stamp. I think we all do, right? These aren’t all of them, but here are a few examples of recent books I’ve read with what I’m calling The Freshy-Freshy:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – awesome reincarnation story
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – super fun genre mash-up
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – incredible use of writing style to illustrate a fragile mind: run-ons,
strikethroughs, no commas, repetitive phrases, poetic prose
Pure by Julianna Baggott – the most unique & disturbing
& thought-provoking apocalyptic story I’ve ever read
3. Illustrations. Just, more please! No explanations required.
** I want to see more people reading Indie/Self-Published Titles. **
I know, I know – everyone has their own opinions about why they will/will not read them. But you guys, some of the Indie stuff is AMAZING. Some of the Indie stuff is as good or better than the Traditionally published stuff. That’s all I’m going to say. There are lots of bad ones, there are lots of good ones. Here are some of the good ones I’ve read lately:
(review coming soon – link is to Goodreads)
(not technically YA, but there’s crossover appeal)
What sorts of things would
you like to see in your favorite genres?
OR…do you have opinions
on the books I have pictured here…
Let’s talk about this!