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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
*HEAVY SIGH* I’ve been putting off writing this discussion posts for about two months now and I think I’m finally ready to tackle this discussion. I’ve been avoiding this topic not because of the reactions it might get, but rather I was having a difficult time accepting the fact that I MAY BE OUTGROWING YA….
Saying that sentence out loud leaves somewhat of a bitter taste in my mouth because I really don’t want that statement to be true. Quite frankly, I’m still having a hard time accepting this maybe truth, but in all honestly, me and YA have just not been seeing eye to eye for the past few months now. I’ve tried, really tried, to push through in hopes of finding a YA book that I could “click with”, but it was just NOT HAPPENING for me.
Initially, I thought that this could just be another slump. Maybe I was in a YA slump and I just needed to take a step back from the genre. But after many attempts of trying to pick up a new YA release only to end up putting it back down, I now know that’s not the case for me. Even when it came to the new releases of some of my favorite YA authors, I still could not bring myself to read them. I’ve had Run by Kody Keplinger sitting on my shelf for months and I have yet to actually open the book. If you asked me last year if I was excited for this book, my response would’ve been: “HELL YEAH!”. But now, not so much. I know what a reading slump feels like and THIS IS NOT ONE!
I think my age and where I am right now in life are two major reasons why I feel disconnected with the YA genre. I recently graduated college and I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life and those are NOT topics that YA books focus on. These are topics that you would find in NA and Adult books and it’s why I’ve been reading more books from these two genres lately. It’s ironic because I’ve always been hesitant to pick up Adult fiction, but now, I’ve been actively checking out books in this genre and I’ve been enjoying them. I feel connected to the characters in these books because many of them are going through things I’m currently going through and I can relate to that. I don’t have this same character connection with YA books and it sucks. Connecting with characters is one of the major reasons WHY I READ in the first place, so if I don’t have that connection, I’m not going to like a book. Plain and simple, this feeling sucks!
Personally, I don’t think me outgrowing YA should be a bad thing, but as a blogger who is reviewing books in a community where YA dominates, this could become somewhat of an issue. I am all for “blogging for you”, but at the same time, I don’t want to stop reviewing YA book just because I don’t want to read them. What would happen to the readers who followed my blog because I reviewed upcoming YA releases? What about the other bloggers I’ve met and connected with because we had similar taste in YA books? I don’t want to lose those connections I’ve made with those people and right now I’m kind of stuck and not sure what to do. It’s been a rough few months with YA and it has just left me feeling a disconnected from the community as a whole.
I think I may just take a break from YA for the rest of the year and start fresh in 2017. Maybe things will change and I’ll find that one book that gets me hooked back on the genre, but for now I’m going to read books that I know I’m going to enjoy. Hopefully I can discover some new authors from the Adult genre while taking this break from YA. And hopefully, me and YA can find a way to make up…
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Have you’ve ever outgrown a genre?
Let me know in the comments!