Okay, so this came out of my brain after I decided that I didn’t love the TTT post this week. I was thinking about book lists and what I have loved so far this year and I realized… there is a lot less YA on there than I would expect. I mean… YA fantasy is my favorite right? So I got to thinking…
am I growing out of it?
I want to disclaimer really quick that I think everyone should read whatever the hell they want and not be shamed by it. Crack open that bodice ripper on the train or plane. You want to read a Dr. Seuss book? Read it all the places you will go. And please, PLEASE, please, don’t shame someone else.
This article on Bustle.com is skewed toward Americans because that is what I found quickly. And I’m not claiming to be a researcher here. It says that the average American reads 12 books per year. That is counting those of us who read 100-200, so let’s look at median, which is 4 books per year. That’s awesome, but think about how this NewYorkTimes.com article says Americans are on their phones, watching TV, on social etc. over 10 hours per day. WHOA. I believe it, but think about that.
These are the people shaming you for reading your bodice ripper. So don’t let them get you down!
Okay, so that was the long way for me to tell you that I am a 31 year old who reads YA and I refuse to be shamed. I display my books proudly.
But lately, I feel like I am getting more from the adult books. Red Rising and The Song of Achilles were my two favorites this year. Yes, I have YA in that list, but they are what I consider older YA. Kingsbane, while YA, is a lot rougher than A Sorcery of Thorns. Yes, I enjoyed them both, but A Sorcery of Thorns felt closer to middle grade for me, while Kingsbane was 100% the most mind-bendy thing that I loved. And *gasp* KB is borderline adult.
I think this is why we all want the New Adult categorization to be utilized more by authors. There wouldn’t need to be this “is ACOTAR really YA?” conversation. I think they are NA, but have been forced into the YA category because publishing thinks that there is no market for NA.
Obviously, me wanting that category to expand isn’t going to make it happen and I don’t expect it to. So I think the answer to my question is yes and no. I have grown out of the YA books that lean toward middle grade. They are fantastic, but I just do not enjoy them as much. And guess what? My 30 something year old friends still do and that is fantastic!
Again, read what you love.
Moving forward, I will be more picky about the books I choose because these are the books that I just can’t fangirl with people about. That’s half the fun right? I need to live by my “read what you want” motto and move on from the younger YA books.
It’s a sad, sad day folks.
What do you think? Are you growing out of a genre or are you in it for life?