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Topic: YA Roll Call: Can We Jumpstart Some Activity Here?

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Subject: YA Roll Call: Can We Jumpstart Some Activity Here?
Date Posted: 11/13/2008 9:20 PM ET
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Please list how often you read a YA book, identify your favorite YA sub-genres, favorite authors or titles.

Do you enjoy a high success rate of finding the YA books you're looking for at here?

Thought it might be helpful to have a single reference with this kind of data. If this has been done already, my apologies for the duplicate.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 7:19 PM ET
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I like YA books.  The last ones I read were the Harry Potter books (I am up to book 4) and the first three books in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.  I am sure I read a few more this year...........I will have to check my list and get back to you!!  :)

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 7:50 PM ET
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I've read a few YA books (The Twilight series), but I have a few more on my WL and definitely take a second glance at them now, when before I didn't.  So far I've only been interested in Vampire related YA books and they are all pretty much WL on PBS.  I might look into the Meg Cabot ones a bit more, as someone else had them on their WL and they looked interesting.



Date Posted: 11/14/2008 7:54 PM ET
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We can try.

How often do I read YA? Almost constantly. YA is one of my main Genres. My favorite sub-genres are horror/dark fantasy and social interest books (Ex: "Twisted" or "Speak").  Right now I would have to say my favorite YA author is Darren Shan. He's the author of the "Cirque Du Freak" series and the "Demonatta" series, both of which I think are amazing works of horror. Not just for YA but in general. Another author I found recently is Melissa Marr who wrote "Wicked Lovely" and "Ink Exchange." I'm hopeing she's going to come out with another one.

 "Do you enjoy a high success rate of finding the YA books you're looking for at here?"


Maybe I'm just lucky, but it's been my experience that the YA books here move at a pretty decent pace. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 10:17 PM ET
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I pretty much only read YA books (though, this year I tried to diversify my reading a little.). I often find that YA books are more enaging, relevant, and thought provoking than 90% of the "adult" books I've read.   I'm starting library school soon and plan to be a YA librarian.  My ultimate goal is to work in an urban library setting and/or with at risk youth.

I do not read much YA fantasy or horror. 

I adore David Levithan and John Green. 

I've had decent luck finding YA books here, but I am impatient and usually end up buying them.

ETA: I also really like Walter Dean Myers

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Date Posted: 11/15/2008 2:58 AM ET
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Oh, I would love to bend your ear. I already work with at-risk young in the inner city. Why haven't we been talking? :-) I envy your current path. If I could go back to school, library science is one of my dream paths.

I find plenty of adult fiction worthwhile. Then again, I also read almost women exclusively. I belong to Shelfari, a book networking site so there is no shortage of good sources for my next read. I also majored in English and my best job was working in the publishing industry.

My favorite sub-genres for YA literature are realistic fiction, multicultural literature and LBGT themed works. I'm currently exploring graphic novels. I will be reading some vampire books so I am better informed to help readers find what they're interested in. My experience is the community I work with is not big on fantasy though I have read some.

I am reading all the time. I rarely go more than four days without something in my hand or on screen. I read multiple books at once so I'm likely reading a YA book, women's lit and daily dosing on poety in print or online.

I am not having great success with finding books here for YA but I just got here. I am interested in niche books so in general it is harder to find what I'm looking for which is in part why I am so aggressive in finding the members here who read and trade YA.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 3:00 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/15/2008 10:01 AM ET
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I read about 5-10 YA books a year.  There is usually some external reason for me reading them. I don't look for YA books to read but when one comes to my attention because of reviews or is recommended by someone - I'll take a look.

I hadn't thought about my YA reading habits in terms of genre before but it seems that I tend to read fantasy/science fiction.

I love Diana Wynn Jones.  I've been reading her since I was a kid.  Recently read Howl's Moving Castle and loved it.  (The movie was good but the book was way better.  Isn't that always the case.)  Other favorites of hers are the Chrestomanci books.

I also enjoyed Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy and Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty.

If there is a YA book that has made a big splash, I'll read it to see what all the fuss is about.  Like the Harry Potter books and Twilight.

Currently on my wish list I have Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games which I have heard terrific things about.

In my TBR pile I have a book called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I am having trouble starting it because of the subject matter but do want to read it.

I have been successful finding the YA books I want to read at PBS but I don't look for many so I don't know how helpful that is.


Date Posted: 11/15/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I love YA books too.  I often find them deeper and more thought provoking that adult literature, which is kind of sad.  Why can't adult lit be written that way?  Where is the adult equivalent of The Giver, for instance? 

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Since I've gotten into my 20's, I haven't read too much YA.  My sister threw a book in my face one day and told me it was really good, and it happened to be young adult and I loved it.  It was called Rx by Tracy Lynn.  Reminded me a lot of school, and the problems teens face.  It was a great book.  Now I find that I've been putting a lot more YA into my WLs these days rather than Adult, lol. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I read YA about once a month.  I really enjoy it.  My favorite sub-genre is paranormal.  I'm all for vampires & such.  I also like romances though. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 8:29 PM ET
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There is so much good YA out there. Surprised so few here are reading it. Is it that many readers are unaware how YA has exploded in the last 10 years? YA of today is far more diverse, mature and crosses age groups.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 9:09 PM ET
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There is an adult equivalent of The Giver. I need to check another forum I belong to that names them.

I belong to a group called YA Adults Should Read. If anyone is interested, I'll give you the link.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:16 AM ET
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<<<I belong to a group called YA Adults Should Read. If anyone is interested, I'll give you the link.>>>

Black eyed susan, Could you please give us the link? It sounds perfect for me! THANKS!

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:28 AM ET
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YA Adults Should Read is apart of a larger network Shelfari.


Let me know if you need any help at the site.

Subject: Books Similar to The Giver
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 11:30 PM ET
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I've copied this response from a group I belong to, YA Adults Should Read. Howard, the admin, is a very cool guy:

I'll start. I'm a big fan of dystopian literature and I feel that The Giver is at least as good as anything out there. The books that rival it for top spot in my view are:
The Handmaid's Tale
Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451

Happy to share the link to the forum, if you like. I just finished Brave New World. Howard is right in my opinion. I've also read The Handmaid's Tale. I think it is a critical, important social commentary. Farhrenheit 451 is on tbr.