April 17, 2015

Idle Chat: YA Withdrawal

My lack of interest with YA


Idle Chit-Chats is where @ Jules Bookshelf talks about bookish and non-bookish topics that is related to a bibliophile

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I have a confession.

I have not been reading YA for a long time. The only YA novels that I have read for the start of 2015 is the first two books of the Legend Trilogy, after that? All NA books.




Its not really bad per se, but to me, I quickly became tired of the usual NA, and if this continues, I’m sure that I will be ending up with a reading slump, or a rereading slump as I would like to call it. First let me explain to you guys how I started to not read YA so much.

You see after seeing all of the books I reviewed, I noticed that for almost the whole part of 2013, most of the books that I’ve read were all YA. There wasn’t a big variation of books that I read (much to my dismay and disappointment with myself), and for the next year, it has become a mix of YA and NA, and now I think I am having the same problem as 2013. Almost all of the books I read lately are NA, and honestly I am getting frustrated by it.

Dont know what to dooooo

Truth is, I have grown tired of some YA novels, I guess its because I read books that are almost always the same, I seem to always miss the good ones, if you check out my ratings almost all of them are in the middle ground. My most favourites were very few, and I wanted to remedy that this year. I need help guys, I need to be able to motivate my reading spirit to love and crave YA again. Because reading too much NA is getting into my head, and I think I am more emotional lately because of it haha.

perfect illustration of my situation
Jess and the guy in the back are my friends


Do you have a YA novel you would love to recommend to me? Something that just wowed you? Something that made you speechless? Something that made you cry? Something that made you swwooooned so much? Give to me!! I need these suggestions! :D

28 comments:

  1. Aw, Jules! If you feel like just reading NA, then that's totally fine. But since you're fabulous, here are some of my personal recs (that I think you'll enjoy):
    - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Girl, the FEELS.
    - Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby: TEARS EVERYWHERE.
    - Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: I can already see which 'team' you'll be on, haha!

    Some books I recently loved but am not sure if you will:
    - Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: Not sure if the writing will be your thing...
    - 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger: Same for this. Plus no romance, haha!
    - All the Rage by Courtney Summers: I think there's a bigger chance you'll like this compared to the first two I mentioned.

    Good luck, Jules! :)

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    1. THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART UGH. I think I need it in my life! From the reviews it feels so full of feels. ugh <3

      Snow Like Ashes, hmm it sounds like high fantasy? hmm and OH GOD ALL THE RAGE.

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  2. I absolutely recommend the Red Rising series and Half a King by Joe Abercrombie if you want the WOW factor. These books really amazed me and everything. Also give a try Anatomy of a Misfit (YA Contemporary with the funniest narrator everrr), Dreamfire by Kit Alloway (Awesome Paranormal YA with a romance that took the back seat but developed so beautifully anyway), and pretty much every Brandon Sanderson YA book out there - The Rithmatist, Steelheart, etc ;) You need to branch out your genres and see what the other fields have to offer! :)

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I think I actually need to starting checking on Brandon Sanderson. His books have I have seen a lot and I am getting curious. Red Rising I've seen before, but never really checked out, but I think I added it to my TBR on GR because a lot of people said that its good ;D But I think I'll check out Anatomy of a Misfit sooner because a fun book is never wrong! :D Thanks for the recs Faye! I hope I get rid of this genre slump :D

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  3. Why don't you try some adult fantasy instead? Personally I am burnt on much YA as well because too much of it is just the same. While adult fantasy books are great and I never get burned on that genre.

    But since you asked for YA recs. These are ones I loved

    - Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    - Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
    - A Breath of Frost by Alexandra Harvey

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    1. I'm actually reading some adult fantasies right now, but I really really miss YA lately haha

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  4. I agree, YA can get a wee bit tiring after sometime. Come to think of it, I think most YA books that I've read were rated ~just okay~ because, as you've mentioned, they have a strong similarity with one another. Don't force yourself too much on reading other books. Just read what you feel like it! I don't know if that's okay, especially considering that you're a book blogger, but I guess it's fine to enjoy what you love the most. :)

    Don't be too hard on yourself!


    www.jhanzey.net

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    1. Hahahaha, I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, but I really really miss YA. Really!. But the problem is I feel like I've read a lot of YA in my life and they all seem the same now. I need my ALLTIMEFAVE YA soon haha

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  5. Oh,I am so sorry to hear this.But I think you should switch up genres.That's what I normally do.After I read a YA contemporary realistic fiction,I go for an adult epic fantasy.That way,I never get tired of a particular genre or concept.
    I hope you'll renew your love for YA soon!

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    1. Thanks Mishma! :D I actually read a different kind of sub genres lately, fantasy, contemporary, urban fantasy, but almost all of them are either NA or Adult.

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  6. Anything by Maggie Stiefvater or Marissa Meyer should rock your socks right off!

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    1. I actually have Cinder now and I can't wait to read it eeeeep :D

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  7. I get like this sometimes, but with sub-genres rather than the YA genre as a whole. Sometimes if I'm reading too much paranormal, or fantasy, or dystopian, or contemporary books I will get this itch to stop reading them and spice up my reading life a bit XD I think its because even if they are really different, they will start to bleed into each other, and I will get sick of the main tropes and arcs I read.

    Sometimes I spice them up with NA, which I actually like! But I still haven't read a lot >.<

    As for recommendations, here are some really good books I think you should read:
    Champion by Marie Lu (!!!) - this is my favourite of the Legend trilogy
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - all the swoons and feels
    The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater - SO GOOD. I cannot believe I waited so long to read them ohmygosh
    None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio - painfully amazing
    The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce - an under-rated YA paranormal that is actually really awesome
    Thin Space by Jody Casella - just all 'round awesome

    I hope you find a nice balance between your YA and NA, Jules! :)

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    1. I will be reading Champion soon once I get the copy haha. The ending from Prodigy is torture, ugh. I cried so hard.

      Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda <<< this had a lot of good reviews, and I really really need to have it now huhuhu

      About Maggie Steifvater. I actually didn't like her other series (about wolves? I really don't remember) and I'm kinda reluctant to try her other books, but seeing you gals recommend her to me, I will brave it and try her other books soon! :D

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  8. Aw I'm sad to see your lack of interest with YA, but WE WILL ALL HELP YOU :D I totally understand, but I have a few rec's here that you might want to give a try:

    - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (lots of plot twists, and it isn't just a typical contemporary story)
    - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (personal favourite!!)
    - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    There's a whole bunch, though :P Also, if you're REALLY that tired of YA, why not try some classics like Pride and Prejudice? They're a little different too. Oh and Wuthering Heights, which I heard is great (and i still have to read that one, though haha) :) Good luck with finding a book to read Jules!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone!!! Yessssss haha, I am actually planning to read my copy soon. But so far I'm still clinging to some books I'm currently reading haha. I'm planning to get Wuthering Heights actually. Just to try it haha

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  9. I haven't read much YA this either Jules so I understand where you're coming from! I've been reading quite a few Urban Fantasy though so you might like those even though they're more adult. I don't think steamy scenes bother you since you read NA though :P So I recommend anything from Ilona Andrews (I heard their - cause they're a husband and wife duo - YA series is also really good). And I second Marissa Meyer! I read Cinder and it was pretty awesome ;)

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    1. Yes to Cinder!!!! I'm contemplating whether I start Cinder or Smoke and Bone, Hmm,

      I never heard of Ilona Andrews yet, but I will check her/them out! :D

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  10. Hmmm have you read the Addicted series, Jules? i'm not sure if you have and while the books are NA they are so so good! They are definitely different than anything else out there in NA right now so i do recommend those ones! A really good YA series i'd recommend is The Winner's Crime. I absolutely love it and Marie Rukoski's writing is beyond beautiful!

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    1. I've actually read all of the twin's books! Kiss the Sky was my fave book for 2014 <3

      I'm actually want to get Winner's Crime soon! I will when I visit the other bookstore I go to :)

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  11. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a must! Aside from that, I don't really know of any other books I can recommend you.. oh wait! The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. ^_^

    I've been the opposite - in fact, I'm pretty much avoiding New Adult unless it's ANYTHING other than contemporary romance. Hope you'll go back to trying out YA books again, Jules! :)

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    1. Thanks Sophia! I am dying to start reading YA again! :D I will try both of the books you suggested Soph! But I'll probably try Winner's Curse sooner :D

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  12. I know exactly how you feel. I love YA and I'm pretty sure I will still love it and always be my favorite genre after 10 more years. However, it's not bad to branch out to other genre too. Right now, I'm reading more adult books - thriller, and suspense. Hopefully, I can finish Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol which had been sitting on my bookshelf for 5 years now.

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  13. Aw, I know this feel so well. Lately I've been really picky about YA, even though I still enjoy it. I just prefer NA contemporary to YA contemporary, but I still love fantasy of all genres!

    Here are some of my all-time favorite YAs:
    - The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (and when I say all-time I mean ALL. TIME.)
    - Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    - The Archived by V. E. Schwab
    - I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
    - I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

    Those are the only ones that come to mind immediately so... ;D

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  14. I feel you, Jules. I read most YA stuff last year and this year I want to try new genres. But if you really miss YA and want to get back, I suggest reading light stuff first, like The DUFF. I read it and I enjoyed it. :) - Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

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  15. Jules, tell me what you like to read and I'll give you some recommendations! I'm just bursting with them hehe. I think if we binge too much in one genre or subgenre, we're going to get sick of it really fast.

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  16. Reading so much NA, you'll get into trouble with your parents. HAHAHA. I kinda understand the feeling really. There are some YA books that I've grown tired of, and I think it's normal because our tastes change and grow as we read more and more books. So don't worry too much about it. Just read whatever you like. I would recommend sampling different books before committing to reading one. For YA recommendations, well I'm not really sure which book to recommend to you because I'm not really sure what you're looking for. But there are lots of great ones out there so don't worry too much.

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  17. Hi Jules! I never expected you to get bored with YA. You're right tho. We read the same all over again. But I guess it's good to read YA and NA alternately. My advice (LOL) for you is that you read the books you are REALLY INTERESTED WITH. Those books that even without the hype of it, you can give the love it deserve after you read it. So in that matter you are not wasting your effort and time to books ending up in a bottom rating. :)

    Yani @ Paper Boulevard

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