Why I Read YA

Today I am here with an article maybe a little different from what I usually post, but I thought it might be interesting as well, and I just wanted to share my love for the YA genre in general. I am 22, going 23 and about to start an internship in a publishing house, as I have graduated back in June. And yet I find myself still reading – and loving – YA. And there is nothing wrong with that, obviously. I just found myself wondering why and I wanted to share it on here.

When I was a kid, I used to read a lot. I went to the library every week and borrowed as many books as I could. When I reached high school, I tuned down my love for books as I became completely obsessed with Korean Dramas and spend most of my free time watching them. Around the end of senior year, I got back into reading, but as college started I basically stopped reading for leisure, as all the books I read were for my classes, and recommended by my professors. However, at the turn between Year 2 and Year 3, I got back into reading with books like Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Around that time, I made my bookstagram account, and a bit later, my blog. The rest is history.

But I guess what I’m trying to say is that when I needed YA the most, I wasn’t an avid reader anymore. So now I’m just, in a way, catching up with lost time. But that’s obviously not the only reason I still read and love YA!

Here are some reasons I enjoy it so much:

  • It’s such a broad genre and is providing readers with more and more diverse books which I live for
  • There is something for every mood from contemporary to high fantasy or sci-fi or really anything
  • They are usually fast paced and quick to read, something I always enjoy
  • I can usually relate to at least a few characters, and I’m not going to lie, I love that feeling

Some of my latest YA reads include Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (review), New World Inferno by Jennifer Wilson, Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (review), and To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han, which I all really recommend.

I also wanted to mention some YA books that I consider important, such as Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard and Turtles all the way down by John Green, among others obviously. And I couldn’t write this blog post without mentioning how relatable Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl was. It was honestly one of my favourite reading experiences ever.

I love how the YA genre keeps renewing itself, and getting more and more diverse, including wonderful LGBTQIAP+ books (by Becky Albertalli, Patrick Ness, Adam Silvera and many others, I just realised I haven’t mentioned them yet in this post so, you know, I had to), including diversity of origins and skin colour, mental illness (something that really matters to me in case you didn’t know) and so much more. So I guess my point is, I will never grow too old to read YA, as long as it keeps being that satisfying.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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6 thoughts on “Why I Read YA

  1. Congrats on graduating!! I think YA is SO important, and it should be OK for anyone at any age to read!! I also think YA tends to be the most inclusive genre, like you said, in terms of diversity. I’ve learnt so much from YA that I haven’t seen in ordinary/adult fiction, so we definitely shouldn’t just push it to the side because ‘it’s for kids.’ YA IS IMPORTANT! And really fun to read too lol
    Amazing post!! Really really enjoyed reading (:

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  2. Congratulations on graduating, Clem, that’s fantastic – and I did not know you are interning at a publishing house, that’s so cool! Best of luck for everything, I’m sure you will be fantastic 🙂
    This is such a great post and I am so happy you turned to YA books at some point in your life, otherwise we wouldn’t have met at all 😀 and I love your list of books that are important, I can’t believe I haven’t read Fangirl just yet!

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  3. Congratulation on graduating! 😀 Best of luck for your internship.
    YA is amazing when it comes to inclusivity, especially in recent times. I’m really happy to see more cultures, sexualities and mental illnesses represented. And I agree that YA is for everyone, not just younger readers. Amazing post! 🙂

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