I Read YA Week – Sunday Challenge

It’s Sunday! And today’s challenge is :  Acknowledge a YA book you believe should be taught in high schools

I think I’d have to suggest The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

I think this really needs to be taught in English classes. The writing is so beautiful and it’s just a great story about what makes us human and the darkness within all of us. I really appreciated this book when I read it, and I would LOVE to see this book taught in schools.

I Read YA Week – Saturday Challenge

Hello all! It’s Saturday! Here’s today’s challenge : Choose a YA book and share 3 important life lessons you took away from reading it.

This is such a hard challenge because there’s so many things I’ve learned from books! I guess it’s hard to pin all the three important life lessons to ONE book. And I don’t want to use anything I have before in this week. I think I’m going to go with a recent read… Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

Three important life lessons I got from this book are as follows :

1. Cherish your family/Love your siblings
Although none of the characters dislike their siblings, there’s a strong sibling bond between some characters in this book. And it’s great and it reminded me to cherish my three siblings and make sure I always let them know I’d do anything for them

2. Push yourself /Stand up for yourself if you deserve more
This one is pretty self explanatory, but making sure you push yourself for a better result and or standing up for yourself because you deserve more is something that comes up a few times in this book and it was a nice life reminder

3. Adventure is out there, go chase it
I find myself sitting on the couch at weeks at a time, and totally forget that there’s a whole world outside with awesome things to do. Take advantage of it and really let your imagination run while you’re on these adventures.

I Read YA – Thursday Challenge

Hello! Today’s Thursday challenge is the following : Swap a YA book about the positive power of friendship with your bestie

So I had a hard time figuring this one out because I don’t tend to read a lot of books that really focus on the power of friendship, I usually read fantasy where there can be these elements in the book but they’re not always prominent like they are in contemporary writing. So, There’s four books that I would suggest/swap for to my bestie gal Taylor.

Seeing as I can’t physically swap them…I’ll just write about them here!

I would swap The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer with her. A great series about usually a heroine and hero who meet, tend to have a romance feature but in the end of the series they’re a massive group of friends and work together to help Cinder, and each other.

I Read YA Week – Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!
This week if you’ve been seeing our twitter and instagram you’ve noticed that we’ve been participating in I Read YA Week with Scholastic.  And today we’ll start the daily challenges, and today’s challenge is to talk about what we believe #YAStandsFor means to us, and that’s what I’ll be talking about today.

I never thought I’d get sucked back into the world of reading, I absolutely hated reading through middle school and high school, but as I hit college I realized I was more lonely, and my friends went from many to few. I turned to books to fill my time and help me get away from my problems. And the first book I picked up was The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I very much enjoyed this book and with that, I began reading more and more. Eventually I met Taylor through instagram and asked her if she’d like to start a blog with me, where our first Book of the Month was by Victoria Schwab ( also known as V.E. Schwab, another YA Author)

With these few tid btis of memories, I guess I’ll dive into what #YAStandsFor to me. All in all it stands for friendship, support, diversity, escape, love and new beginnings for me. I would never have the friendship of Taylor, the support of this community, the wonderful diversity in books and characters and the escape of getting to visit a new world, story, character with every page I read.

#YAStandsFor me.