If you know me, you definitely know that I'm a huge bibliophile. When I go to the library, I usually come home with a teetering stack of books in my hands. In fact, the perfect night off from work consists of a large book that forces me to read through the night and well into the early morning. Although I'm no longer a teenager, I prefer the YA genre above all others. I'm so happy that it's become a very popular, ever expanding section of libraries and bookstores. It's a good thing that it's now become normal for mothers to read the same books as their daughters because I don't think I'll ever grow out of reading them.
What do I love about the YA genre? Seeing as teenagers are beings that possess an astounding amount of emotions, the stories are very exciting to read and the possibilities are endless. I won't lie to you. My teen years weren't exactly fraught with rebellion or peril. You may even call them downright boring. I was the good girl who never snuck out, did all my homework, and loved school. Reading YA gives me the chance to experience a different kind of adolescence, while at the same time bringing me back those fundamental teenage emotions without actually having to be a teen again. I shudder to think of that ever being possible.
My love for YA continues onward. I'm always on the search for the next novel that'll give me sleepless nights and an obsession that can only be quelled by another novel that makes me feel the same way. It's because of these books that I want to become an author. My love for writing comes from all of those hours spent reading YA novels.
P.S. There's this cool contest going on HERE. Beth Revis is giving away a ton of books, and I'm totally entering.