#IReadYA Week Recs

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Hello bookworms!

Obviously, I read a lot of books and I'm very passionate about magical fictional worlds and all the crazy characters that inhabit them but I realised that the majority of books that I have read are YA - Young Adult books. Being seventeen this makes sense and I'm probably still within what is seen as the 'target demographic'.

However, anyone of all ages can read YA books. You don't just have to be a stroppy teen to love the limitless possibilities that these books offer. I mean look at the Harry Potter novels!

So, the folks over at Scholastic have created this amazing week of celebrating YA books and why we love them using the hashtag #IReadYA on Twitter.
Being a big bookworm and YA reader myself, I thought I'd join in the party and do some YA centric blog posts to show appreciation and love to the genre that got me back into reading!

I've been asked several times by people either on Twitter or GoodReads to recommend some books to them. Now this is the hardest thing because everyone loves different genres and writing styles. While some people groan at the thought of first person narrative, others like it because they can immerse themselves into that character. Reading is basically a game of trial and error.

Don't listen to the literary snobs that tell you that because you're past the young teen demographic that you can't pick up a YA book because let me tell you that these books honestly feature some of the most complex, emotional and diverse stories out there. Plus, it's tons of fun to lose yourself in a world which is daring, thrilling and limitless.

You can't go wrong with a little bit of a Cassandra Clare.
Her books are what introduced me to the blogging side of this hobby and confirmed that there were indeed other people out there who were just as in love with Shadowhunter world as me.
Both The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series are my number one recommendations.
The Shadowhunter universe is packed full of mythology and characters who kick some evil demon ass.
I adore everything about Cassandra Clare's books. While the The Infernal Devices series remain my true favourites because Will, Jem and Tessa are the ultimate trio, The Mortal Instruments novels have spanned seven years and the characters begin to feel like a second family.
These are the books I always go back to when I need a pick-me-up. Whether it be Simon's sarcasm or Will Herondale's charm, these stories never get old.
What's really brilliant is that to celebrate ABC Family adapting the beloved series into a television show the publishers have brought out new editions of the books with new, more gender neutral covers.
Find out more about TMI and TID here

Delving into the even darker YA territory, we have the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.
If you've read my blog from the start then you'll know the obsession that I have with these fantasy novels. Not to mention the undying love that burns in my heart for Noah Shaw.
If you're searching for a YA book that has humour, romance but isn't too fluffy and young then look no further.
The Mara Dyer series is one crazy, twisted ride and it definitely encouraged me to pick up for thrilling, paranormal books.
It definitely doesn't shy away from it's dark, sinister supernatural roots and that's what I like about it. It's full of shocking twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Find out more about Mara Dyer here

I'm guessing that most people read Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries while growing up. Or at least saw the Anne Hathaway movie.
If like me you're a sucker for stories about royalty and fulfilling the childhood dream of being a princess, (Prince Harry's still available so there's still a chance, right?) then you must pick up Kiera Cass' The Selection.
I think its concept is quite insightful with the elements of dystopian society, reality TV and the monarchy.
If the promise of a crown doesn't win you over then the swoon inducing Prince Maxon certainly will.
Find out more about The Selection here

I think #IReadYA week is important in celebrating this genre which sometimes has that stigma of them being children's books attached to it. I like how imaginative the plots are, how they transport you to other worlds and how they can take away all the cynicism of reality and make you believe, even for a split second, in the impossible.

Hope you have a great day!
Until next time,


  1. Yesss Cassandra Clare! Anything she writes, I will devour! I have the Mara Dyer trilogy but haven't started it yet, I'm excited~~

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

    1. Cassandra Clare books are THE BOMB. I'm currently reading The Bane Chronicles and as expected I am loving it. The Mara Dyer books are brilliant. I hope you like them!


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