I don’t know if I would ever claim to be an expert in anything, but if there is one thing I know I have done my fair share of, it’s reading. I have read fiction and non fiction. I have read many classics, adult, romance, young adult, and even a good amount of children’s books. One genre that has always seemed to stick with me, and I think it’s like this for many readers, is young adult literature. Specifically, fictional young adult literature. For some reason, especially when I was in high school, I absolutely adored young adult literature. Honestly, I think it’s because of how easy it is to relate to the junk. Not the magic and falling in love with weird creatures part (Although there is question to what kind of monsters I liked in high school…), but the teen angst and the growth that happened throughout the novels. You got to see these young characters develop into something bigger and it was easy to relate to because you were developing as well.
This weeks readings were very helpful for where we are at in the semester. Classes are just starting and many students look for some form of guidance. These articles provide that guidance in my opinion. Not only do they give you a history of young adult literature, but they also give relevance to young adult literature as well as a few lists to help guide your TBR list.
You can access this weeks assigned readings here!
This semester I want to take my knowledge of young adult literature and really expand it. I want to cover a good chunk of this young adult literature: fiction, non fiction, romance, paranormal, dystopian! You name it! My goal for this semester is to read at least one book from each of these categories and any other categories I may stumble upon. Part of the reason I even took this class this semester is to have fun and to get a few new and interesting books under my literary belt.