The Burrow, Ottery-St-Catchpole, England (Book: Harry Potter).
Come on, how could this not be anyone’s first choice? The Weasleys’ are such a warm, welcoming family, with a breadth of personalities and experiences between them so you’re bound to find SOMEONE you can talk with. Plus, SO, MUCH, GOOD, FOOD. And low-key magic just going on in the background! The higgedly-piggedly high up house is awesome, and so’s the fact that Luna Lovegood doesn’t live that far away.
I think (I know) some people will probably disagree with me on this, but a fundamental assumption made in this post is that first and foremost, YA’s audience are teens ages 13-18.
This isn’t supposed to be a “adults can’t read YA!!!” post, nor is it supposed to argue who YA is for. I’m telling you straight out that I think YA is first & foremost for teens, and if you can’t at least understand (not necessarily agree, but understand) this assumption for the rest of this post, then it’s probably best to stop reading while you’re ahead.
Because I’m not here to talk about who YA is for–I believe it’s for teens. I’m here to talk about how given the fact that it’s for teens, the YA book community canstill . . . have a lack of thought towards teenagers.
An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Worlds
The Three W’s are…
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week (Spoilers for Fairy Loot’s October box).
Books featured here include all the SFF, short story collections, some non-fiction and one awesome queer YA.
Yeaaaaaah. Yeaaaaaaaaah. Some lil’ updates on where I’m at with… all of these, and/or why I’m stalled.
GOOD OMENS – PRATCHETT & GAIMAN
Re-reading this for my NaNoWrimo, which is a Charmed/Good Omens crossover.
Pretty sure that’s straight up why I’m stalled on it because I’m like ‘I NEED TO MAKE NOTES’ and… just reading, and then reading & making notes are two entirely different animals.
SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS, AN ANTHOLOGY
I’m not stalled on this one so much as dipping in and out of it b/c I need more short stories in my life if I’m going to be writing them.
Nova Ren Suma’s ‘The Birds of Azalea Street’ is SO DAMN GOOD, and ‘In the Forrest Dark and Deep’ is also really quite absorbing.
A BLADE SO BLACK – L. L. McKINNEY
Been stalled on this one for about… a month, lol. I was SUPER INTO IT and then.. .I just.. wasn’t. Determined to finish it, but god knows when.
THE PASSAGE (#1) – JUSTIN CRONIN
I… haven’t touched this one is well over two months. Honestly not sure when this’ll change. It’s downright BIZARRE, since the first time I read this book, I went through the whole 900+ monster of it in a couple of days.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: SHORT FICTION & DISTURBANCES- GAIMAN
My tiny book club book! Reading this one with my friend in Germany (I told you it was a tinyass book club), and I’m definitely enjoying it so far. Read about 2/3rds of it so far, and there’s about 4-5 standouts.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE (#1) – LAINI TAYLOR
Uhhh also haven’t touched this one in well over two months, also not sure why??? I need to soon, though, because it’s a library book… and so are the next two in the series.
BIG MAGIC – ELIZABETH GILBERT
… The cover is super pretty?
WHY DOES PATRIARCHY PERSIST? – CAROL GILLIGAN & NAOMI SNIDER
Another one I’m not really sure why I’ve stalled on, as I was enjoying it SO MUCH.
Going off the cuff with this one, because it’s what my brain wanted towrite ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But lookit this definition for ‘creepy’ and tell me it couldn’t stand in for ‘anxiety’: causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.
This is my first time doing a Top 10 Tuesday, AND my first time doing two blog posts IN A ROW, so I’m kind of psyched about that. Blogging is super fun when you’re not holding yourself to ridiculous standards and therefore paralyzed with self-doubt… Who knew?
AUTHOR: L. C. Rosen, AKA Lev Rosen. Not his first book, but it is his YA debut. He’s a white, queer dude so this is arguably #ownvoices. GENRE(S): YA Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTIA. QUICK SUMMARY: Meet Jack Rothman. He’s 17 and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him THE hot topic of high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse.’ He doesn’t actually expect that to come true. But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been
getting take a turn for the creepy (taken from GoodReads). TW: Stalking, Emotional Manipulation, Gaslighting, Homophobia, Blackmail, promiscuity shaming. References to past incidences of questionable consent. AVG. GOODREADS RATING: 3.95 ★ over 186 Ratings. MY RATING: ★★★★★ (5) PUBLICATION DATE: 30 October, 2018 (that’s Tuesday!!)
Read on for a full review! Also, question for those of you who regularly review ARCs on their blog and GoodReads: do you do the same review for both, or not?
An ARC I got from NetGalley! It’s expected publication is October 15 November 14 (oops), so not long now 🙂 I’m only 29 per cent in so far, but here we go:
3 Thoughts so far:
Absorbing. I can really see myself enjoying this all the way through.
I love that, right away, it recognises and addresses that patriarchal culture negatively effects both boys and girls.
This seems like it’s a short book, so I’ll be interested to see how it manages to deal with such a huge topic in a relatively short amount of words.
Come to a (temporary, gdi) standstill with: Good Omens — Pratchett & Gaiman, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone — Laini Taylor. My brain is just rejecting fiction right now. Does that ever happen to anyone else?
A reread! This one I’m rereading because it fits the ‘Birth Year’ challenge, and… because I’m working on a Good Omens fanfic /shrug. Which… I’m pretty sure is two different kinds of nerd.
3 Thoughts so far:
The humour kind of reminds me of Douglas Adams, a little.
Adam Young is still my favourite character in this book.
I recently read something… somewhere, about how Crowley & Aziraphale are the ‘decoy protagonists’ in this book, in the sense that you think it’ll be them that save the day, when actually it’s nothing to do with them at all, really, and they’re more the comic foils. I wish I remember where I read that, because it sounds fun, and makes me think about how layered this book is.
So I’m a sucker for ‘famous people in YA’ tropes, especially when it’s offering me an outside perspective on that (aka, the protagonist being the best friend of a famous teenager who is definitely based on a young Taylor Swift). Also, Emery Lord is one of those names I’ve seen around enough to be intrigued about.
3 Thoughts so far:
Wildly misogynistic, thy name is the (female) protagonist. Seriously. I’m about 2/3 in, and this chick slut shames and judges the hell out of literally every female character in her age range, with the sole exception of her best friend (the Taylor Swift like character). It’s… disgusting enough that I’m genuinely thinking of DNFing, even though that’s not something I ever like to do for a book I’ve paid full price for.
Taylor Swift character (Lilah, known to her friends as Dee) is what makes this book, TBH. Girl is sweet as pie, and it really goes into how difficult the fame is for her, even though she genuinely loves what she does and is grateful for it. The protagonist’s ‘ride or die’ friendship with her is basically her only redeeming quality for me, so I’m hanging on to that.
The romance is just… mildly annoying? Which… I think stems from my dislike of the protagonist. Since her love interest ranges from ‘he’s mostly fine’ to ‘yeah, he’s a good dude’. But yeah, I’m skimming their love scenes right now because I VERY strongly get the sense that Reagan (MC) is going to be that ex of his he’s just like ‘what was I THINKING?’ about. Which makes it hard to really care about their romance.
This one happened because ‘Strange the Dreamer’ was awesome, and I wanted more Laini Taylor. I was really digging it and then… life happened, and now I’m putting off settling back into it for reasons I can not put my finger on.
3 Thoughts so far:
Prague! It takes place in Prague! This is exciting to me, because most YA books take place in either the USA or England.
‘Every angel is terrifying’ is EXACTLY my kind of angel trope. I have high standards when it comes to angels, and I’m a little wary of angel style romances because of said high standards, but I’m cautiously optimistic.