Wednesday, May 2, 2012

YA Loner

Today for Blog Me Maybe, I'm supposed to ask you something about you. Well, since I usually do Road Trip Wednesday's hosted by YA Highway, I'll just use their question, answer it myself, and ask you too. Look at me, such a genius (haha).

So this week's question:

What IRL people can you talk to about YA?

The internet is a smiling sea of writers, editors, book bloggers and other people who spend blog post after tweet espousing YA knowledge. But who can you call in your family to recommend the newest Sara Zarr? Anyone around the watercooler psyched that Bitterblue is finally out? Who are your in-real-life YA buddies?

It took me a few seconds to figure out what IRL meant (in real life, right?).

*This is me, the YA loner*

So, in real life... I've got no one. Okay, that's not quite true. My sister Coralie and my sister-in-law Emily both read YA books. Coralie was the one who suggested Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. And if I remember right, Emily suggested The House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. But Coralie reads mostly adult, and Emily doesn't read that much.

Mostly though, I get my recommendations from fellow bloggers. Or- I just pick up a book that looks interesting to me based on the cover and/or the blurb. And the fact that I read so much, I rarely have someone to talk to about ALL those books. I recommend books to my hubbie but he rarely wants to talk about them after the fact. This is our usual convo:

Me: Did you like the book?
Him: It was okay.

There have been some books that I've been dying to talk to people about, but I know NO ONE IRL who've read them. Sniff. But I survive.

Who are your in-real-life YA buddies? Got any? Or are you a loner like me?


  1. I have no-one either! My friends are all too busy reading textbooks or "serious literature", haha. Lately I've been making my mum read YA, pretty much just so I can talk at her about it :)

  2. I'm also a loner. I'm not even sure that all of my friends read. *gasp* I get most of my recommendations online.

  3. This is so sad - we're all the same - YA loners :/

  4. Me: Friend, read this book! Here are my reasons! *shares reasons*

    Friend: Huh, sounds good. I'll read it.


    Me: Didja read it?

    Friend: ...No.

    Me: *losing the will to continue friendship*


  5. SCBWI regional conferences are great places to hook up with local YA people--some I had started out with as online friends, and then I got to meet them in person.

  6. Does anyone in the world read as much as you? I borrow most of the books I read from Amanda. So it's safe to say I can talk about any book I've read with you and her. Most of my other friends read YA contemporary fantasy, but not necessarily the same books.

  7. Hi! I am also a loner, but I don't really mind. (It would be nice though, if my husband read YA.)