In a Nursing class many years ago I noticed a fellow student had a paperback book peeking out of her book bag – a book with a scantily clad man on the cover. I’m unapologetically nosy when it comes to what people around me are reading, because I’m always on the lookout for new books and new authors.
“It’s a Romance,” she leaned over and whispered, making sure no one else overheard. “But I only allow myself to read ones with pirates – I’ve got it under control.”
You’d have thought she was admitting to a drug addiction! I’ve never been picky about genres. If I like the author’s style and the characters appeal to me I read it. My shelves include Maeve Binchy, Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Mary Kay Andrews, Anne Rice, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Jeffrey Deaver, just to name a few. But until recently I really hadn’t read much YA (Young Adult). Unless you count the Harry Potter books, of course.
But some of the best books to hit the shelves in recent years have been YA. The main characters are younger, the emotions are more intense, but other than that a well-written book is a well-written book. The Hunger Games series and the Iron King series are wildly popular, and there are many more excellent books lurking in the YA section of your bookstore. My latest favorite? Nevermore, by Kelly Creagh. I read it a few weeks ago and bits and pieces of it still make their way into my thoughts every few days. That’s a good book. Maybe it’s because of the time of year in which the book is set – the leaves falling and a chill in the air. Maybe it’s because there’s a strong Edgar Allen Poe them running through the book and I’m a huge Poe fan. What ever the reason, it’s lured me over into the land of YA . . . and I suspect I’m going to find more wonderful surprises there.
What have you read and enjoyed lately? Anything outside of your usual genre? I’m linking this up to Share Your Awesome at Momma Made it Look Easy not because I think I wrote such an awesome post, but I DO think this is an awesome book, and I just wanted to share 🙂
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