Being A Y.A. Returner: Being Y.A. Returned

A while back I talked a bit about Being An Adult In Y.A./Being A Y.A. Returner so today I want to talk further into some observations about my y.a. reading.

Here are a couple of things that I have noticed about my young adult reading.

  • Own Voices/diverse books are the majority

A. Young adult is more diverse (or at least there is a community to push up the diversity happening)

B. Young adult that talks about so many different things that past y.a. did not

This could be a post in itself but I just enjoy so much about reading diverse books.

  • #1 Genre Read = Realistic Contemporary

Diverse books are mostly in the realistic contemporary genre (what I would give for a good fluffy contemporary). It will be interesting in 2018 with more genre expansion and particularly sff for diverse books how that will affect my reading.

  • Unknowns are my favorites

Most of the books I liked/loved I did not plan to read. On the opposite end some of the books I got really excited about I did not like or finish.

  • Mainstream ≠ me

A. Diverse books do not necessarily become mainstream (which actually sucks now that I am thinking on it).

B. It is a weird thing where I am into y.a. but not extremely into it. In the past I have described it as being a guest, coming into y.a. to read certain books then leaving out.

  • Nothing later than 2010’s or Future/Present YA is my realm

Anything not between 2015-17 seems to not be for me. Sometimes this can be awesome because everything I am reading is pretty new. On the other hand it can be annoying waiting on the newest book to come out.

Overall, I am just excited about being back. I did not expect after everything that I would be back but I am enjoying it.

Since it has been troublesome deciding what post to do next in this series I need your help.


Being An Adult In Y.A./Being A Y.A. Returner

  • Being conscious of that adultness.

There are a lot of discussions about how adults are taking over the young adult category. I am not going to get deep into my thoughts because it is a loaded conversation that needs its own entire post that I may write one day. Overall, it is a valid and needed conversation.

  • Adult listening to adults

A. I do not want to invade teens reading spaces.

I believe that I mostly follow adult y.a. readers which is probably because as a y.a. returner I have different expectations for the genre. Also, I feel kind of uncomfortable coming into a teens space.

B. Criticalness/Critique/Discussion

Part of the reason I am able to be a part of  the category is because of the discussions. I’m connected to people who discuss all the issues I have had with category since I left back in the day. Not to say that teens are not  part of these discussions but I think adults are mostly part of these discussions.

  • Past y.a. reader me

A. grew up with y.a.

Archie comics and Fear Street were the first books I really read.

B. having a blog/goodreads footprint of me with y.a.

I can look when I first read certain books and let go of y.a.

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  • Changes in y.a. then and now

A. Mass market paperback to mostly hardcover or trade paperback

B. Y.A. novels are bigger

C. More diversity

D. More voices hitting mainstream publishing  than before


If you are someone who has been around y.a. for a long time what are some things you have noticed change about the genre? How do you feel about the whole adults in y.a. discussion? What are some things you have noticed since more adults have come into the category?

308: Ever After High: Once Upon A Time



 Read these exclusive introductions to all your favorite characters to find out what their lives are like at home! A new chapter is about to begin at Ever After High, and all the students are preparing to start their Legacy Year. In just a few weeks it will be Legacy Day when they will sign the Storybook of Legends and commit to live out their fairy-tale destiny, repeating the famous stories of their parents.

This volume collects together for the first time 12 short tales, including five BRAND-NEW stories. For the first time, find out what Dexter and Darling Charming, Cedar Wood, Lizzie Hearts and Kitty Cheshire were doing just before school started. This collection also includes the stories of Apple White, Raven Queen, Madeline Hatter, Briar Beauty, Ashlynn Ella and Hunter Huntsman, and the fairy tale The Tale of Two Sisters, which were previously only available online.

The Good, The Bad & The Meh (My Thoughts For Each Story)

I definitely started 2015 better than how I ended it. The first book I finished this managed to be good. Usually, the first book I read every year is a dud so this is awesome. I decided to reread all the stories in this book I already read for free last year. I wanted to refresh my memory and see how I felt about them now. I did not regret and feel the rereading was a waste because everyone’s stories was interesting to follow.

Overall, I like I really really liked them. The Storybook of Legends  was focused mostly on Raven Queen and Apple White, mostly Raven Queen though. So it was nice to go beyond these two. I like how Shannon Hale added little quirks to the characters who have to live out these legends. Each character has an internal struggle and personality that fits them. One thing you will not see in the webisodes is the love for their families  that is shown in almost all of these stories.

Cedar Wood

This gets a thumbs up for not only having Cedar have her own story but it was interesting. This got me more excited than the introductory chapter for her in A Wonderlandiful World. Me reading her introductory chapter on my phone while I was bored is the entire reason I decided to continue reading this book. You get to see her family relationship with Pinocchio. You get to see her inner turmoil being who she is. I got to see her in a way that the show does not show her.

Ashlynn Ella & Hunter Huntsman

I like the romance that is a part of the stories. The great thing about the romance is that the characters do not have to do all these graphic things to make me feel their relationship. Each character separately deal with their own struggles so the story is not just about the beginning of their romance. It is also about them as people.

 Briar Beauty

I like that you get a sense of how dangerous falling asleep randomly can be.  I just realized Briar Beauty has a condition that mirrors if not straight up is narcolepsy. The family thing I mentioned earlier applies here. I forgot about the inner turmoil of Briar Beauty since watching the webisodes. I attribute this forgetfulness in how the writers deal with Briar Beauty. She is very much put to the background in the show and all the books in the ever after high series that are not this one. This oversight of the characters is very much a reason that I am getting annoyed with certain characters (Raven Queen, Apple White, and Dexter).

Apple White

You may possibly be annoyed by this story. If you are this is not the story you need to read to see Apple White get checked. Read The Storybook of Legends. The show checks her a bit but not like I feel that the book does. I feel that this story is good at showing how naïve, oblivious, and how much Apple White needs to grow. I think the creators and Shannon Hale are conscious of her faults. The showing that they are conscious of her faults helps me to be okay and when she is really annoying tolerate her. All her growth is in the first two books in the series.

Raven Queen

I’m falling a bit out of being into her because she feels like a average rebel (and how the writers keep trying to say her and Cedar are friends but they never truly feel like it. This friendship aspect bugs me to a possibly absurd degree. Also, it may be because the two first books were about her.) I don’t have as much love for Raven Queen as when I first started this series so overall this story was a ugh to me. Thinking about it she is not a bad character but I’m more into everyone else than her.

Dexter & Darling Charming

Dexter is such an average dude loner guy. This simple fact at first made me a bit eh to his story at first. Then as I read further the adventure and quiet moments of depth came in. It showed moments that I could empathize with. Darling is the opposite of her brother but is a princess. Her story gave insight into one of the characters from Dexters story (speaking of characters from Dexter’s story there is one other character who I kind of think would make a good character/doll). I got a sense of why Darling would feel the way she does about her destiny. I think she is an interesting character but I don’t know if I’m completely into her as a character. The thing is that her type of character is done a lot like Dexter so she suffers like he does in my esteem. As contradictory as it may sound they are still good characters. I did enjoy their stories. One thing that bothered me a bit is the timeline between the Charming siblings. They should not be signing the storybook of legends at the same time, right?

Maddeline Hatter, Kitty Chesire, and Lizzie Hearts

I like that they are showing what the wonderlandians have to deal with their home not being livable.

I don’t have a lot to say about Maddeline Hatter and Lizzie Hearts except I liked their stories.

Kitty Chesire part was interesting because of a specific reasons I don’t want to give away. I will say that it is kind of difficult in my eyes to get into her head because the Cheshire cat has been very much known for its questionable motives. The story showed this which I liked a lot.

A Tale of Two Sisters

It didn’t go in depth or as far as I thought it would. This story has something to do with The Storybook of Legends. I think the length and mystery the series needs to keep kept this from being as good as I thought it would be. There are some points that the story contradicted itself. I can’t tell if it was on purpose or not but yeah.

The Meh

There is some things that don’t add up such as signing of The Storybook of Legends by Darling and Daring around the same time. One of them has to be younger so they would not be signing the book at the same time. Also, there are stories that happen around the same event but the stories  have minor  errors. I am putting this here because it is neither good or bad. It is just something that bothered me a little bit.


Things You Have To Know About How I Read:19%

(I wanted to put an awesome picture but could not find one so yeah it is bare)
In the process of looking up people deciding not to finish a book a couple of years ago, I found something. I found an article on Nancy Pearl’s stance on when to decide to stop reading a book you do not like. She created the “rule of fifty” which is in her own words “… based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books. If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit. Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!”
Somehow, I made my own rule about when to actively commit to reading a book. This is number when I add it to goodreads as currently reading. I somehow came up with using my age as a percentage which was 19. I was supposed to lower it one year the older I became but that did not happen. I still use this to this day. I multiply the number of pages by 19 and then divide it by 100. The result is the amount of pages I read before I stop reading a book I am not into. There is a exception though.
-I really do not like the book and can already tell it is going to be terrible

My Ultimate Reading Plan


This image is how my books look except worse. I am thinking of doing a two-year reading plan to finish the 347 books I own.

Books On my Que
Pope Joan
Vampire Lestat(literally been reading for more than a year now)
The Thorn Birds
The observations
Sugar Queen
World Without End
Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Rockstar In Seat 3A
Pentacle Pendant
Before I go To Sleep
Moon Called