Thinking Out Loud is my version of a discussion post and/or a place to just get things out of my head and off my chest. I have no plans for it to be a weekly feature, but more of a space that’s here when I have something to say.
Saying Goodbye to YA … Sorta
I’ve been wrestling with the decision on whether or not to continue reading and featuring young adult books for awhile now. It’s not that I don’t still I enjoy YA books. I do. For the most part, anyhow.
For the last few months, I’ve been *very* selective about the YA books I choose for review. As with any genre, there are amazing books out there… and there are others that are just mediocre to me. As a thirty-something woman, I’m finding more and more mediocre YA books and fear part of it is just my inability to any longer relate to characters that are half my age.
So I started thinking. What would I miss if I stopped reading and reviewing YA? The answer is… a lot. I think back to some of the most recent YA I’ve read – The Start of You and Me, I’ll Be There, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things – and some of my “most favoritest” – Eleanor & Park, Anna and the French Kiss (and the others in the series), The Fault in Our Stars, My Life Next Door, Open Road Summer, the Bloodlines, Dark Elements and Shatter Me series, and soooooo many more – and I realize I’m not totally ready to give them up. I thought about just not accepting/requesting them for review any longer, but I knew there would be books that would make me regret that decision, too.
The other thing that’s been running around in the back of my mind as I tried to make this tough decision was the other books I review and promote on my blog. I enjoy a good, dirty romance. I’m not even going to pretend otherwise. There are some pretty explicit teasers and excerpts on my blog. And, honestly, the idea of a teen (or younger) visiting my blog because of a YA book and stumbling across a hot ass Brazen teaser makes me a little uncomfortable. Of course, I’m not naive enough to believe they’re blind to sex in the world around them or that they’ve never used language, but still. I’m trying to do my part. Haha.
With all this in mind, I reached a compromise I’m very comfortable with. I will still review YA books. I’m still going to accept (some) YA books for review and request those I’m most excited about on NetGalley and Edelweiss. I’m still going to review YA books I purchase. I’m still going to talk about YA books in Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts. What I’m not going to do is participate in tours, blitzes and other promotions for YA books. (Ok, ok, there might be times that I break this, but it would have to be a pretty special book by a beloved author for me to consider it.) I figure there’s a much greater chance for someone to stumble upon my blog because they’re following along with a tour schedule than there is that they would find me because of a review I’ve written on a YA book. I’ve already been doing fewer promotional posts this year anyhow, so this will help to that end as well. It gives me more time to write reviews and participate in other non-meme, non-promo things and makes me feel a little better about a new, younger reader maybe finding something they shouldn’t when they drop by.
A shout out to Tonya at After Hours at Lilybloombooks for her post on why she started a second blog to focus on non-YA books. I’d already been contemplating possible solutions for my own dilemma when I read her post and it gave me even more to think about.
Do you review books for multiple age levels? Do you ever worry about a younger reader stumbling across something clearly meant for someone older? Am I just ridiculous? Let me know below. 🙂