Before I started blogging I’d read the odd Young Adult novel here and there but generally wouldn’t go out of my way to pick one up. That all changed when I started Rabid Reads. Once I joined the bloggosphere I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of YA blogs and I felt like I had to compete so I started reading more and more YA books. Not only that, but review copies are generally easier to come by too. I know NetGalley has become a haven for Young Adult books and they’re not the only site. Plus, I receive double the number of YA author review requests in my inbox compared to Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance combined. So, it’s hard to say no when these books are everywhere.
After reading one too many stories about either poor parental figures, high school drama or incomplete endings I reached my limit. I actually had an inner conversation with myself when I hit this point. Why oh why do I keep reading YA books when almost 99.99% of the time I feel unsatisfied after finishing one? I’m going to be 30 in a week; do I really need to reminisce about high school? Probably not. Also, it’s hard to connect with a 15 year old character when you’re twice as old as they are.
Other than the occasional werewolf YA book I decline any and all Young Adult review requests. It took me a while to realize that I was reading books that I didn’t enjoy but once I did there was no going back. There are so many amazing books out there, why waste your time on a genre you can’t stand? For a while, I was so knee deep in YA review commitments that book blogging felt like a chore. When reading starts to no longer be fun it’s time to figure out why. In my case it was due to the Young Adult genre.
What about you?
Are You Still Into YA?
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada