YA books are good – My Ity Opinion

Book genres have never really been something that I’ve been interested in paying attention to. I’m a person, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that finds books either because of the cover, the blurb on the back, or the first few paragraphs of the beginning. My walking through Barnes & Nobles isn’t restricted to any particular section beyond fiction.

So for a good long time I was picking up and reading books that are classified as Young Adult, without really even knowing that that was a genre of books. These were fantasy books, books with ghosts, or witches or vampires. These were books that fit the genre of story that I liked and I didn’t care that the main character was a sixteen year old. Because these were good stories.

After reading Twilight, I really learned about Young Adult and started to really seek out those books. Currently I would say that a good portion of my book collection is Young Adult books and I’m not ashamed of that because a good book is a good book. It shouldn’t matter the ages of the characters or if its Young Adult, Adult or anything else. I read books because I like them regardless of all that.

I’m thirty-six, I’m married, I have two kids. My oldest is twelve and she’s already read all of the Harry Potter books. My youngest is seven and is heavily into chapter books. These books they can read when they get older, and we can share our thoughts on them together. I love that I can read a book, and it’s a book that maybe my kids will love too one day. But they don’t have to wait to be able to read it because I wouldn’t want my kinds at twelve reading the adult books I have, just yet.

I don’t understand the stigma that seems to exist for people who read a book outside of the preferred age group. I’m old, but I still find a book about teenagers good if it’s well written. Just like I enjoy books where the characters are my age if it’s well written. Because at the end of the day, a story is a story no matter the age of the characters.

That’s really all that defines Young Adult, it’s books with main characters that are Young Adults. That’s really it, so what’s the big deal? Why is it frowned upon that I, as an adult, read these stories? Because I can’t find them appealing? That’s just silly. Read what you want, read a book because it looks good, read a book because you want to know what happens. If that’s Adult, Young Adult or the newest New Adult. Read a book because you love to read and want to read.

Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve read over the years and really liked:

Eragon by Christopher Paolini: This was a great story, the world was huge and I had zero trouble wanting to follow him along on this journey. The writing was amazing to me and I just loved this book.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Good Reads Description – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: This was a book! I haven’t read the series beyond this but I did love it. The characters were interesting, the story was good, the twists and revelations that come about are well placed. I probably should have read more, but I did love this book.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Good Reads Description – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: This is another book that has pictures to help tell the story, I enjoyed the characters, the adventure, the suspense. It was a fun read and I really loved it.

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Good Reads Description – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I know that I won’t stop reading YA books, I hope that anyone that is an adult that does read YA books, continues to do so. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t read! Happy Reading friends. Let me know your thoughts on this post and on YA books as well!

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14 thoughts on “YA books are good – My Ity Opinion

  1. YA genre is really vast and easy to engage with. Whenever I find myself with a readers block I pick one up and lose myself in it… Beautifully written post Ity!

  2. The who YA concept is badly conceived. It is more a category than a genre that is merely based on the ages of the main characters but if you read the content of many of the books, some of them parents would consider inappropriate for younger children. Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson is a perfect example of this issue. If you took all the “YA” books and just put them with the fiction books by genre most would sit equally side by side and no one would be the wiser.

    Truth is more adults read YA than “YA” do. There are a mound of statistics behind it so neither I at 42, the “ex” sitting next to me at 35 nor you should feel childish for reading YA books.

    People who say you do probably don’t read at all and make assumptions or are just literary snobs that would judge you for reading the latest John Grisham novel (which are structurally written on a 4th grade level.. not the content but the structure) just as harshly.


  3. I totally agree!
    Before I started book blogging I had no idea YA was a thing either!!

    They say that reading something outside of our « age range » can’t have us relate to them?? I dissagree… sure, maybe not the 24-years-old me, but the younger-me can relate!

  4. Yes! You said it so well! YA books are good. Sure, there are some bad books in YA, but that can be said for all age groups? For me, there will always be more to YA than the generalizations that society puts on them. For every terrible and problematic YA book, I’m sure there’s about five more YA books that have merit to them.

  5. Eragon is my all time favourite series, and although I was technically a YA myself when I first read them, I’m still reading them regularly 13 years later. It’s always been my inspiration, what really got me into the genre and even now sweeps me up more than I can express. I’m certainly not going to let my age stop me from going on that journey. Great post!

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