October and November Collective Book Haul

I totally forgot to tell you about my book hauls from October and into November! Gosh, I’m horrible. Anyway, I got a bunch of books, so take a seat because this one’s going to be a doozy.

In October I got:

  • Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld. It’s a book that is about a young writer who gets her work published and somehow is transported into the world she created. It sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
  • Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. This is one of Rowell’s most popular and loved books, and after reading the premise of it, I think I’d have to agree. I haven’t read it yet, but it’ll definitely be a contender for when I’m in the mood to read a contemporary!
  • The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I bought all six books in the TMI series and all three in the TID trilogy. I’ve owned the first three on my nook for years, but have been dying to have them all in hard copy, and so I got them all. I love them so much and can’t wait to read all of them! The way I’ll be reading them is in order of publication because I’ve heard there are some instances where there are crossovers with characters.

In case you lost count, that’s eleven books total. Homigosh.

The books I got in November are:

  • Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios. I’m currently reading this book and so far am enjoying it. I enjoyed the premise of it being about “jinnis,” aka genies, and how they operate and about the jinni who’s in the dark caravan as a slave to someone and… well, it’s good and I recommend it so far.
  • Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch. Again, love the premise of this book. It’s about the four seasons and how Winter has lost a battle and has been enslaved and how it has to be saved. It’s high fantasy and sounds really fun and interesting, and I can’t wait to read it.
  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I just couldn’t escape the fantasy element as I grabbed this book. There’s a society in turmoil, political intrigue, romance, fighting, death… Pretty much all things I love in a book. Can’t wait to read this one!
  • The Ice Dragon” by George R.R. Martin. I did a review of this book and I found it quite enjoyable. It’s incredibly short with many illustrations and is a definite must read for any fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

But wait! There’s more. So, if you live in the United States you know that today, November 28th, is Black Friday. If you don’t know what Black Friday is, good. But if you’re wondering it’s the day after Thanksgiving where people trample over each other for the best deals. Well, Barnes and Noble was having a sale and had signed copies of books available and so I couldn’t resist. The two books I got that are signed are:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. It’s a book about a girl who writes loves letters to all the boys she’s ever loved – five in all. But she never sends out these letters, allowing herself to be able to pour her heart out onto paper. But someone mails the letters and chaos ensues shortly after. It sounds fun and funny and serious all at the same time, and it’s definitely for a lighter read.
  • The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan. This was the book I was most anticipating on getting to complete the works of the TMI series. It’s a book that focuses mostly on Magnus the warlock and his life as a warlock before we know him as he is in the TMI series. I can’t wait to read it, but I have so many to read beforehand!

So those are all of the books that I’ve gotten over the last two months; 17 books total! Wow, that’s a lot. But I’m very happy and excited to read them. I’m a slower reader, and my interests change with my mood, but I will finish all of these books eventually!

Accompanying Video: Black Friday Book Haul | NaNoWriMo Day 28

Discussion: Being Shamed for Liking YA

I saw this comment from someone in the BookTube community [The Gwendolyn Reading Method] and it actually really piqued my interest because it is very true. You can view her video and opinions here for more back story.

Pretty much what happened was she read an article that essentially stated that adults who read YA are inarticulate and are outside their realm of what they should be capable of reading, aka you’re stupid if you’re an adult and read YA literature rather than adult literature or the classics.

Gwen made some really great points about how that made her feel, but also something that I totally agreed with: we all have our own likes and dislikes, our own preferences as to what we read. Just because we’re adults doesn’t mean that we’re any less articulate or capable of understanding, and enjoying, adult literature – quite the contrary! Reading outside what is “expected” of us can actually be a good thing because it can broaden our minds and imaginations, allowing us to view the world through a wider scope than just through a small looking glass.

And like I commented on her video: I enjoy many different genres! From young adult, to romance, fantasy, adult literature, classics, even manga and religious, I read many, many different types because those are the ones that interest me the most based on my personality, my interests, etc.

As a 23 year old, yes, when I walk into my local Barnes & Noble, I tend to gravitate right toward the YA/teen section because, in my experience, that is the section where I have found the most joy, most well loved books I have ever read. And yes, sometimes I do feel a little out of placed – even embarrassed – but that doesn’t stop me from getting books that I know that I will personally love. To say that someone is wrong or stupid for liking or not liking something you do/don’t is just plain rude and pointless. We all have our own opinions, our own preferences, so what’s wrong with an adult enjoying young adult literature? It’s just another way to find that escape we need from the harsh truths of reality.

But that’s not all it’s about for many of us. We simply read these books because we love to read. And when we share what books we read with others and they pick it up, it doesn’t matter if they liked it or not, what matters is that they read. Many people don’t like to read, but if something piques their interest enough, then maybe, just maybe, they’ll find that joy of reading.

Isn’t that what we’re here for as fellow readers, anyway? What difference does age make when it comes to reading and enjoying a book?

Accompanying video: Shamed for Liking YA?


Are you an adult and felt shamed or embarrassed to be reading YA? What about if you’re a teen and you enjoy reading adult or different types of books? What are your experiences? Let me know in the comments!