Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 What's on Reader's Minds?

Hey, everyone – this is Becca, with a new post we are doing here on Adventures in YA Publishing, called What's on Reader's Minds?Once a month, I send an email out to bloggers, asking them to tell me what's been on their mind lately. Sometimes they even post a segment from a discussion they've had on their blog recently, and then I post their answers right here! Want to be a part of our book blogger panel? Leave your blog name and contact details in the comments below! We’d love to have you! 

Through the summer I found myself stuck over and over again in a reading slump. It would take me
ages to read a book and I found it hard to be 'wowed' by much of anything. After months of this I finally decided to grab a book off my shelf that I had for years (seriously, it was at least 6 years) and when I started reading it I suddenly had that wonderful feeling again, that feeling of not wanting to put the book down. That warm and fuzzy feeling of loving absolutely everything about it. The book was something totally outside my normal genre (cozy mystery) and I immediately ordered more of the series as well as several others in the genre. I found that my taste has changed quite a lot and while I still love YA and read more of it than anything, I'm absolutely devouring these cozy mysteries. Particularly the ones with psychics, ghosts or that take place in England in the 20's and 30's. I feel like I'm a different person, as everyone of them I read I DEVOUR. Like in a day. I can't get enough. Sometimes we all just need to remember to venture out of our comfort zones and to try something new, you never know how it might change your life!

--- Candace @ Candace's Book Blog, Twitter: @candacemom2two


I did a discussion post recently on chapter samplers

"I personally try to pretend like chapter samplers don’t exist. Don’t get me wrong, they do all the things they’re supposed to do. I can read a chapter sampler and figure out whether or not I’ll jive with an author’s style, become obsessed over the story, wail over the ending, and vow to read the rest when the book comes out. However, I have noticed that I tend to do better gelling with the book in the long term if my reading experience is consistent."


"Something that's been on my mind lately is this: How much responsibility does an author have to be respectful of religion, or race, or sexism or a myriad of other issues?

I talked about it on Reading Teen this week and got some very interesting responses."

Read more here:

--Andye @ Reading Teen, Twitter: @ReadingTeen


"Is YA really written for young adults anymore?
Let's face a huge majority of those who read YA are not in fact the publishers point of view I mean.The typical YA age group is said to be in the teens yet _________% of readers are actually older (couldn't find the exact number). The topics of these titles also have become increasingly more risque' dealing with issues such as rape, drug use, and a whole slew of other things that used to intended for strictly adult books. I enjoy it since I am in fact quite older than the teens these days but with the ever exploding boom of readers are YA book actually becoming more geared to the Adults who read them?"

--Britt @ Please Feed the Bookworm, Twitter: @kalebsmome


Sound off below! What's been on YOUR mind lately?


  1. I hate that feeling, when I can't quite get so deep into a book that I cannot put it down. It took me a while, but I finally found the Divergent series. A few days later I am back to being bookless...

  2. I'm new to blogging (as of this year) however I'd love to join the book blogger panel. My latest post was about the deep questioning we do as authors/artists/creative types about our path in life, and the value of staying the course. My blog is called Yvette Carol, Children's Writer. I believe my audience stretches up to YA. My latest blog post was entitled, 'Are You Sure You're Doing the Wrong Thing?'

  3. I can't remember ever being in a reading slump, but I sure have been in a writing slump. I think Britt makes a good point about YA. Times they are a-changin'.

  4. I've been in a reading slump myself, and am trying very hard to get out of it.

    I'd love to be added to the list. Here's my info:

    Andrea Buginsky, Author


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