As YALC is less than a week away I thought it was about time I released an update on my reading so far. If you couldn’t already tell from my lack of YALC posts, compared to last year’s never-ending posts, I have been in a major reading slump. However, I am slowly recovering from this devasting turn of events. So, to prepare I got 18 books out of the library, I think I have a problem, and read 50 pages of most of them. Then I had to decide whether to continue, stop and have some initial thoughts. An initial note despite wishing to continue some I have decided to prioritise some over others.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This one I managed to get my hands on last year and when I saw Mellissa Albert was attending it rose to the top of my TBR. After 50 pages I continued the book- I was intrigued by the dark and twisty fairy tale plot and intrigued to understand who the true culprit was. And as of posting this I have about 20 pages left, and I feel it is unlikely that I will finish them. For some reason despite the fact this book has all the components to be my perfect book halfway through I didn’t like it. I kept going and the more I read honestly the more I hated it. But I am very much looking forward to the film adaption!
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
I have always heard of Alice Oseman’s books and wanted to read them but never had much of an interest in the premise. However, when I heard about I was Born For This it went straight to my TBR; I just love books surrounding music. Initially I was unsure of the book, however, when I reached the 50 page mark I definitely wanted to read till the end. I really love the diversity and how its used. Rather than it being the token characters of sexuality or race to appear diverse they are characters who happen to be Muslim and happen to be Transgender. The characters express real concerns and issues which are very relatable but not in a ‘how do young people act, how can we help them’ fashion. Instead Oseman, creates very authentic voices which are very exact and honest. I really hope to finish this before next week!
Editing Emma by Chole Seager
I remember the popularity surrounding this book at YALC last year. The I added it onto the liberal reserve list and after 50 pages I had no interest in continuing. I read it and thought: I like the style, I can see why its funny, its different. But I feel like for me it was just not my sense of humour.
The Revolution Handbook by Alice Skinner
Now this isn’t a book you read so I was actually just giving it a flick through. However, I felt like it deserved a mention because I really loved the simplistic drawings. The bold black lines went through a simple narrative of starting a revolution in fact its just about evoking change and inspiring the reader to be involved. And during this political climate I think books like this are an interesting idea and perhaps necessary in stirring young people into having an interest in social and political issues.
Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David
When I found this book, whilst searching for books by…., I was honestly gagging to read it because if you didn’t know last year due to YALC, I read my first contemporary novel. Windfall- all about the lottery. So, this seemed right up my street. But after 50 pages I wasn’t gripped in the same way. I think it just came down to me comparing it to my love for Windfall and just having other books which interested me more.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I had heard about this months ago and it instantly, when the YALC line up was announced, rose in my TBR. After 50 pages, I’m loving it! The perspective of an Asian individual is rarely shown, and I like that her race is not the sole focus of the book. Instead the narrative following her relationship with her family and her difficulties became the focus. Will I continue? Yes! I really hope to finish this before I attend the convention.
Unboxed by Non Pratt
Like Alice Oseman I had heard of her work but never picked it up. I thought this year was the time for this to change. I chose this simply because it was short and thought if I love it I will pick up one of her longer books. Since it was short I finished the little book and yes, I enjoyed it but I wasn’t gagging to read more by the author and decided this short taster was enough.
Misfit by Charli Howard
When I reserved this book, I had no idea what it was about and when I started I was surprised when I realised it was non-fiction. Rather than read 50 pages I chose to read a couple of chapters which interested me. I really think this book is brilliant it has a humorous undertone where Howard reflects back on the hilarity of her embarrassing actions as a child or she emphasises the stupidity. It is a raw perspective I really enjoyed, and I plan to read more in the future; perhaps not before the convention.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
I bought this last year and never got around to reading it but I did create a nail art look. Then came the time to read it I read 50 pages and well I didn’t put it down. It just had this addictive quality where I had to know what would happen. I absolutely loved this and thought it was a very fun read!
There is my YALC reading with less than a week to go! How has your preparation been going? And what are your thoughts on the addition of more graphics and art to my posts ?