Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Blog Birthday to me! (reflective)

Wow - BooksYALove is a year old today!
Nearly 200 no-spoiler book recommendations posted,
Multiple blog challenges completed,
Now it's time for the 2012 version of WordCount Blogathon, the challenge that got me finally started in blogging and the community that kept me going the whole year 'round.

I write the recommendations on BooksYALove for readers who seek something a bit different, who want to read interesting books that aren't just the usual bestsellers piled in stacks at the front of the bookstore or screaming from ads. And no spoilers - ever! If you want to know the exact ending of a book or whodunit or who winds up with whom, you'll need to read reviews somewhere else.

Young adult books are not only for teenagers, of course, as today's YA authors skillfully navigate their characters through the perils of love and loss, identity and community, dreams and disasters that folks of all ages share. While some YA books are brief reads, others go well over 400 pages in hardback. If you like historical fiction or mysteries or paranormal intrigue or science fiction, you'll find great YA books to enjoy.

So here's a toast to authors and to readers - may we share many memories together through young adult books for many years to come!

Birthday cake clipart courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/birthday.shtml. Photograph of reader statue (c)Katy Manck 2011.


  1. I used to read YA books all the time when my daughter still lived at home. I haven't in a while. But it's fun to keep up with what's going on in that world at your blog.

  2. Congrats on the blog birthday, and glad to see you back again this year. I'm an avid reader - I dabble in adult fiction and YA books when they catch my eye, so I'm excited to read your recommendations this year. ;)

  3. Happy birthday! It's hard to believe it's been a year (I had a blog, but really kicked it in with Blogathon last year). Glad I've known you since the beginning. I love this blog!! Hugs.

  4. Happy blog birthday to you. I'm glad to see you return to the Blogathon. You've introduced me to a couple of YA books I've really enjoyed. I would say now that all of my fiction reading now is YA. Can't quite say why except the theme of "coming of age" attracts me more and more as I approach the big 6-0.

    1. Thanks for visiting, y'all! YA books have such wide appeal - I'm glad to have the chance to share some great ones that might get missed if you depend on store displays & bestseller lists for recommendations.

      Happy Blogathonning!


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