🌟 I honestly don’t know how to start this discussion. I feel Like I have a few things to say and I don’t know what to begin with. I may start with the number of books I have read this year: 61 and the number of books out of these that I gave 1 star: 1 book!!! Maybe that’s what made me think and led to this post, so let me explain.
🌟 Reading as any other hobby or skill gets better the more you do it, I am certainly not the same reader I was 4 years ago and that’s a good thing. This community have taught me a lot of things and I am no more a reader who just cares about a good plot twist because books are much more than that.
🌟 I was looking at my last year’s favorite books that I gave 5 stars, you can check them all here. What I noticed while I was writing that post is that most of them were not YA, although it is my most read genre. For example: Kingdom of Ash, The Poppy War, The Well of Ascension, Never Die and others! On my list and out of 15 books there were only 3 YA books and that made me think what if I am reading the wrong genre?!
🌟 Also a conversation with some of my reader friends made me realize another thing: The YA books I read and enjoyed read mostly like adult books, examples include: Six of Crows and Strange the Dreamer!
🌟 I enjoyed YA books before very much and I still do occasionally but this June and coincidentally, I read mostly adult fantasy and contemporary books and when I wrote my June Wrap-Up, I noticed that my average rating was the highest in a while, I noticed that I gave most books 4 stars and that I finally found a 5 stars book! Furthermore, The books I rated least were YA!!
🌟 Now I don’t want this post to be interpreted the wrong way, I don’t think YA books are bad, I don’t think adults shouldn’t read them because that would be stupid! I just have read enough that most new books I read are a copy or a mix of something that I have read before! I used to get excited about all the YA releases and all the beautiful covers they have but now, I really skip most of them. Sometimes I read the synopsis and I swear I know what is going to happen in the book.
🌟 I started by reading MG books like most of us do and then I read less and less until I was not reading them anymore and this is kind of happening again now! That’s why I was excited about the New Adults hashtag that was used earlier this year and that some of my favorite authors are writing adults books: Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Jay Kristoff and CC!
🌟 So will I stop reading YA books? Probably not happening soon. I am reading more and more adult fantasy and my love for reading has been reignited! I will be reading more of those but will also read some YA books that I am interested in. Once again, YA is important and have many great books but I think it is a me not the books kind of things! I have always been good at recognizing patterns and learning things and so I am losing much of enjoyment when I read these books!