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I Think Young Adult Books Are Not Just for Teens

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love to read. I think the secret is what I like to read.

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:

Holly Black

Libba Bray

Meg Cabot

Cinda Williams Chima

Cassandra Clare

Suzanne Collins

Ally Condie

Sarah Dessen

K.D. McEntire

Veronica Roth

Check them out!

Be sure to read my daily rants at People I Want to Punch in the Throat where you’re sure to laugh and/or might be offended (it’s where you can find my R-rated rants).

Follow Jen at PIWTPITT on Facebook and Twitter.

Read more of Jen at PIWTPITT — Do You Ask Your Child or Tell Your Child?and I Think My Kids Could Be Future Nudists and Am I Raising a Mini Hoarder?

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