Happy Thanksgiving, American readers! Like we did last year, today we here at The Hub take some time to reflect on what in YA lit and our reading lives we’re thankful for — and there’s a lot!
Carla Land: I’m thankful for YA books that have crossover appeal to adults, because now adults that don’t work with teens are starting to realize that when I say I read young adult literature, I don’t mean “children’s books.” :)
Diane Colson: I am grateful for the companionship of other readers. Some I meet when they come into the library desperately seeking a new book to read. Some I meet virtually through their book reviews on various web sites. And some are part of the dedicated community of librarians, my go-to source for courage and wisdom.
Laura C. Perenic: I am thankful that the third and final installment of the sci-fi trilogy Across the Universe by Beth Revis will be out in 2013. I’m already on hold for Shades of Earth, which is due out January 15th, and I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens to the crew of the Godspeed.
Mia Cabana: I’m thankful for exciting historic fiction that illuminates events or characters not commonly known.
Michelle Blank: I’m thankful that Cinda Williams Chima has brought out the fourth, and final, book in the Seven Realms series. Also, I’m thankful for the peaceful drives that audio books can provide, even with four children in the car.
Dena Little I am thankful to the teens who give me book suggestions. Without their nudging I would have never read some great reads, such as the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan or The Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart, or been introduced to one of my favorite authors, Brendan Halpin.
Maria Kramer: I’m thankful that The Hobbit is, at last, becoming a movie, and will hopefully interest a whole new generation of readers in J.R.R. Tolkien’s works.
Jennifer Rummel: I’m thankful for all the amazing writers writing books so I am never without a good read. I’m thankful for social media, where it’s easy to talk with your favorite authors and share how much you enjoyed their work. I’m thankful for all the YA librarians who share their ideas and who always help out in a pinch. I’m thankful for having my dream job of working with teens, who brighten my day.
Sharon Rawlins: I’m very thankful that Robert Kirkman wrote the terrific Walking Dead graphic novel series and that he’s also one of the writers and executive producers for the great TV series adapted from them on AMC. I’m grateful that, despite, the fact that Sir Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer’s, he’s still able to continue to write new books, like the wonderful Dodger.
Kate Pickett McNair: I am thankful for the book that helps me forget about the delay in my flight, the long layover, the uncomfortable airline seats, and the guy next to me that smells like he just ate an onion bagel (and obviously doesn’t understand airline armrest ownership principles). I am thankful for books that take me away from wherever I am, whenever I need them.
Kayla, Teen Blogger, 10th grade, Patrick Taylor Sci Tech Academy: In the YA world, I am thankful for great series in the science fiction and fantasy world. Some of my favorite series are in this genre: the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and Birthright series, to name a few. These series combine interesting worlds and exciting adventures that are larger than life. However, the authors of these series still manage to link the extraordinary stories with real life. I thoroughly enjoy reading these novels, and it seems that many other readers do, too.
Emily Calkins Charyk: This year I’m thankful for historical fiction set in Britain in the twentieth century. It sounds specific, but more than a few of my favorite reads this year — Life: An Exploded Diagram, Code Name Verity, The Montmaray Journals — fall into that little niche category. Historical fiction hasn’t been big in YA lately, but I’m hoping twentieth century Brits can help it make a comeback!
Amy Pelman: I’m thankful for the fact that a few years back YALSA helped people catch on to graphic novels and manga by celebrating them. YALSA helped make them accessible, acceptable, and cool for anyone and everyone. And now the same thing is happening with YA literature, and YALSA is at the forefront of this revolution. Cool and acceptable for all!
Summer Hayes: I am truly, deep-down thankful for writers like Melina Marchetta, A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater, John Green, Margo Lanagan, and Blythe Woolston, who write challenging and complex stories that don’t shy away from the difficult and the ugly parts of life, but instead use it to create beauty and truth.
Faythe Arredondo: I am so thankful for YA lit because it has enabled me to strike up conversations with so many different patrons of all ages!
Erin Daly: I’m thankful for narrators who think deeply, like Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars and Astrid in Ask the Passengers. For vivid magical places like Cabeswater in The Raven Boys. And for all the little details that draw the reader so deeply into the story that the whole world falls away.
Jess Pryde: I’m thankful for the existence of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Together or separately, they write books that grasp me in and make me really happy. While Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist are always great to revisit (or visit for the first time like I did this year), I’m also happy for the existence and praise of newer books like Every Day and Beta — neither of which I’ve actually managed to read yet, but both of which are on my shelf, staring at me, waiting for me to love them!
Molly Wetta: I’m thankful for the community in the world of young adult literature. I love how authors are accessible to readers through outreach, social media, events and appearances. I love that so many authors seem to want to promote a love of reading and a wider understanding of the experience of adolescents even more than their own books.
Wendy Daughdrill: I am thankful for cool little indie bookstores staffed by knowledgeable folks who love kids and books as much as I do. Let’s all remember to support a place like that as we do our holiday shopping!
Jessica Miller: I am extremely thankful to live in a country where not only am I allowed to read any book that I want, but that I can discuss that book (and many others, lol) freely with others. There is nothing better than choosing great books and talking about them afterwards!
Gretchen Kolderup: I’m thankful for my community of readers, whether that’s my fellow Hub bloggers, the teens at my library, my friends on Goodreads, my YA-reading coworkers, or random strangers on the Internet who pop into my life with a book recommendation. I’ve discovered so many great stories that I probably never would have tried without a recommendation — but I’m so glad I had the chance to experience them!
What about YA lit or reading are you thankful for this year?
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