Nah, I’m not talking about 50 Shades of Grey or other mommy porn stuff. I’m talking about Young Adult (YA) books. I love to read YA. Who knew? I didn’t realize it until one day it was sitting there on my bedside table staring me in the face. Yup. That’s right. I’m a 40-year-old woman who likes to read YA books and I’m not ashamed to tell you that.
It all started back in the day with Harry Potter. I was a 20-something single gal living in the city and I overheard grown women on the subway discussing the merits of Harry Potter. Are you kidding me? I thought to myself. How weird are they? And I went back to reading my very mature and grown up Vanity Fair Magazine.
In those days all I read were magazines and newspapers. Tablets and e-readers didn’t exist yet and when I rode the subway I needed something lightweight and portable so that I could stand and read. Magazines and newspapers were ideal. A book was just too heavy – or so I thought.
Soon after that fateful subway ride I saw the first Harry Potter book was out in paperback. I took a closer look and saw that it didn’t look too heavy. I read the blurb on the back and the premise sounded…interesting. Hmm…I thought. I think I’ll just read this one so the next time I’m on the subway and I hear women talking about the book I can say, “What a stupid book.”
Yeah, I finished Harry Potter in two days. I was hooked after that. Suddenly, a new world was opened for me. Who knew there were so many fun, interesting and well-written YA books out there? I wanted to read more.
Once I had kids, my uninterrupted weekends and nights disappeared and so did my time for reading. For many years I only read Knuffle Bunny and How I Became a Pirate. I carved out a bit of free time to read every time a new Harry Potter novel came out, but other than that, my days of reading were over.
A couple of years ago my kids started sleeping through the night and I was ecstatic to find that the YA market had exploded. I got on Goodreads started looking for YA books I would enjoy. Here are some of my current favorite authors:
Check them out!
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