Reading

I am a sucker for a good young adult novel. Be it fantasy, fiction, romance; I’m going to probably read it. There is something about them, maybe because a good portion of them are easy to read, maybe because it brings me back to my younger days, maybe it’s because they’re just plain awesome. It doesn’t really matter, all that does is that I am constantly looking forward to reading, something I had lost at one point in my life. The Twilight series is what brought me back from the “reading” dead, so it holds a special place in my heart and I try and read those books at least once a year to get my YA juices flowing.

I have been asked why I read so much of these books (seeming as at the end of 2011 I celebrated my 30th birthday and am nowhere close to being a young adult) and why I don’t read things “my own age”.

Simple answer: Because I want to!

More complex answer: I have always wanted to get a book published. Back in high school my friends and I used to write story after story about certain boy bands (who shall remain nameless) in copy book after copy book. I became immersed in writing and would choose that over school work in a heart beat. I posted fan-fiction on the internet for everyone to read, I wrote more fiction on my spare time than I could keep up with!

Then one day I met a real boy, fell in real love, and slowly stopped writing about boys and love and all the things I had never experienced. I lost my passion for writing because I gave everything I had – my time, my love, my emotions – to this boy. And when my first love turned into first heartbreak, my writing couldn’t find its way back to me.

It wasn’t until I read Twilight that something inside me started to stir again. I felt a connection to the book. Not only could I understand Bella’s undying want and need for Edward, but the style of writing helped to resurface my words. My writing voice was starting to talk again and since then I have penned some words to paper. I am still hesitant because writing brings back memories – not all good – and I worry about acceptance and fear rejection.

So for now, to keep my passion alive and stop it from being dormant again, I read YA books. If I plan on writing a YA book, I should do as much “research” as possible. Here is a list of all (as many as I could remember) the YA books I’ve read – along with my ratings, the book(s) I’m currently reading, and all the ones I have waiting for me to read. Let me know if you read any of these or have read any. I’d love to discuss!!

YA Books I’ve read:

Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer
Entire series gets a 5 out of 5 for bringing my back to my passion

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn

Uglies series – Scott Westerfeld – 4.5 out of 5

  • Uglies
  • Pretties
  • Specials
  • Extras

The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins – 5 out of 5

  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

Gossip Girl I will admit I read a couple of these books because I have a little thing for the show, but the books were dreadful to me and we all about sex, drugs, drinking, partying… it just wasnt really for me at all… I wont even bother rating the ones I read.

Perfect Chemistry Series – Simone Eckles – 3.75 out of 4

  • Perfect Chemistry
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Chain Reaction

Leaving Paradise Series – Simone Eckles – 3.5 out of 5

  • Leaving Paradise
  • Return to Paradise

The Vampire Diaries series – L. J. Smith – (before the show came out) – 4 out of 5

  • The Awakening
  • The Struggle
  • The Fury
  • Dark Reunion
  • The Return: Nightfall
  • The Return: Shadow Souls
  • The Return: Midnight

The Secret Circle series – L. J. Smith – (WAY before the show came out) – 4 out of 5

  • The Initiation
  • The Captive
  • The Power

The Mortal Instruments series – Cassandra Clare

  • City of Bones – This book was weird for me because the writing seemed a bit “simple” (for my likings, super easy to read though) and the storyline went from girl meets boy, falls for boy, finds out he’s her brother and then it just continues to get weird… I might need to give it another shot as people seem to like it…)

Blue Bloods series – Melissa de la Cruz – 4 out of 4

  • Blue Bloods

Going too Far – Jennifer Echols

The Chemical Gardens series – Lauren DeStefano

  • Wither
  • Fever

The Divergent Triology – Veronica Roth

  • Divergent – 4.75 out of 5
  • Insurgent – 4.75 out of 5

Matched Trilogy – Ally Condie

  • Matched – 4.5 out of 5
  • Crossed – 4.5 out of 5

YA Books I’m currently reading

Gone – Michael Grant

YA Books to Read – brace yourselves, there are a ton

Gone series – Michael Grant

  • Hunger
  • Lies
  • Plague
  • Fear

Unwholly – Neil Shusterman (Unwind sequel – mid to late 2012)

The Vampire Diaries series – L. J. Smith

  • The Hunters: Phantom
  • The Hunters: Moonsong

Fallen series – Lauren Kate

  • Fallen
  • Torment
  • Passion
  • Fallen in Love
  • Rapture

Delirium series – Laren Oliver

  • Delirium
  • Pandemonium

Inside Out – Maria V. Snyder
Outside In – Maria V. Snyder
Shattered Souls – Mary Lindsay

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

The Mortal Instrument series – Cassandra Clare (if I give it another go…)

  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls (May 2012)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (September 2013)

Levianthan – Scott Westerfeld

Halo series – Alexandra Adornetto

  • Halo
  • Hades

Hush, Hush series – Becca Fitzpatrick

  • Hush, Hush
  • Cresendo
  • Silence

Blue Bloods series – Melissa de la Cruz

  • Masquerade
  • Revelations
  • The Van Alen Legacy
  • Misguided Angel
  • Lost in Time

Because of Low – Abbi Glines started it, didn’t enjoy it
Arcadia Awakens – Kai Meyer
Becoming – Raine Thomas
Caleb + Kate – Cindy Martinusen-Coloma started it, didn’t enjoy it
Crave – Melissa Darnel
Dreaming Awake – Gwen Hayes
Kiss Crush Colide – Christina Meredith started it, didn’t enjoy it
New Girl – Paige Harbison
Partials – Dan Wells
Pure – Julianna Baggott
Tempest – Julie Cross
Tomorrow Land – Mari Mancusi
Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi
The one that I Want – Jennifer Echols

I think that’s a decent start to my list for now. There are actually more, but I don’t have copies of those (or most of these) just yet. So until I make a dent in these, I will refrain (or at least try) from adding more.

If you choose to read any of the above mentioned books, let me know and send me a review if you have one!

Happy Reading!!

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One thought on “Reading

  1. I would recommend continuing with City of Bones and the rest of the books. I had the same weird feeling when reading it at first but believe me, it gets better! I have yet to read the latest one, but it is on my to read pile. 😀

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