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Our YA Lit Resolutions for 2013

2012 December 31
by Gretchen Kolderup
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Last year, a bunch of us here at The Hub made new year’s resolutions having to do with YA lit. Some of us were successful; others weren’t. But in a time-honored tradition, as we bid 2012 adieu and welcome in 2013, we’re making resolutions again! Here’s how we did and what we want to do this year.

Ariel Cummins: My literary New Year’s resolution is to read more younger YA and older children’s fiction so I can do better reader’s advisory for tweens.

Annie Schutte: My resolution is to read more “adult” books with young adult protagonists to think about where we draw the line between the two, and whether we should.

Faythe Arredondo: I failed at my resolution (“to read the classics I said I would read in 2011″) so hard! I did not touch one of those classics! I am making the same resolution for 2013. I am so determined this year that I sent the list to a friend so someone will hold me accountable!

Laura C. Perenic: In 2011, I made New Year’s reading resolutions. I did and still do enjoy finding books that the teens at my library have ignored for some reason. I enjoyed Karma by Cathy Ostlere, There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff and The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgewick, all of which were great but have flaws like covers or titles that aren’t compelling. I also resolved to take the time to write to authors, letting them know how much I enjoyed their books. Despite reading lots of wonderful novels, I only emailed Cecil Castellucci about First Day On Earth and Arthur Slade about Dust.

For 2013 I resolve to read with a more varied palate: I definitely have things that I like, things that I don’t like, and things that I avoid like the plague (I’m still burned out on paranormal romance). I am going to read more middle school/junior high/tween novels. I have been reading more juvenile chapter books and realizing how detrimental it can for a book to get labeled sometimes, as if once its either juvenile or young adult, no one else can read it. I just read A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean, and while it’s geared to elementary kids, I felt better after I read it, so I think it has broad appeal. I guess my resolution for 2013 is just to be more opened minded about covers, genres, authors I’ve tried before, and basically any excuses I use not to read or enjoy something.

Jessica Miller: My reading resolutions for 2013 are to continue to push myself to read outside my favorite genres and to finally clear some of the books that I bought like, two years ago off of my imaginary “To Be Read” shelf!

Maria Kramer: My 2012 resolution in 2012 was “to actually read the excellent YA books currently languishing on my bookshelf, instead of reading so much fanfiction!” Well, I certainly failed. Although, thanks to all the fanfic love at YALSA’s YA Literature Symposium, I feel better about it.

Erin Daly: Last year I resolved to read more manga. I read some manga. I fell in love with Dengeki Daisy; I shared in the teens’ affection for I Am Here; and I read the first books in several series: Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Bakuman, Sand Chronicles, and Love*Com. I posted about the first two of these on The Hub. I bought a lot of manga for our collection, inspired by teen recommendations and reviews from No Flying, No Tights. But my manga reading petered out after a few months. So I guess I’m going to have to pick it up again. Anyone got a good suggestion?

Jessica Pryde: I resolve to read more of the books I own. I frequently find great YA titles, both new and from years past; I give them a good home on the to-read bookshelf in my living room. In 2013, I will read more of these books, as well as the ones sitting in various reading applications on my iPad. To do this, I’ll have to make a better balance of reading the books already in my possession and going to the library to find even more books to read — particularly brand new ones.

Gretchen Kolderup: In a few weeks I’ll be starting a new job working with a very different community than the one my current library serves. At the end of January, I’ll also be finishing my term on Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, so my resolution this year is to spend more time with print books (or ebooks or graphic novels — I just need a break from listening!) and to read with more diversity. I’m also resolving to take lots of recommendations from my new patrons so I can get to know them and their tastes!

Molly Wetta: I only set a very vague goal for 2012 of reading one book a week, and I more than met it at a total of 79 (so far … I might make it to 82 by the end of the year).

My reading resolutions for 2013 are:

  1. to try out some graphic novels and audiobooks,
  2. not to start so many new series! I always want to go back and re-read the first installment before moving on, so I much prefer to read them all back-to-back once they’ve been released, and
  3. finally check off some titles I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t read yet (hello, Book Thief!)

Emily Calkins Charyk: Last year I resolved to read one title every month that was recommended to me by a teen at my library. I didn’t keep my resolution. In fact, I failed pretty miserably. I failed partially because I didn’t prioritize reading books recommended by teens. Between reading challenges, trying to keep up with new titles, and reading the occasional adult novel, I had a lot on my bookshelf, and teen-approved books didn’t always come first! On the other hand, I did manage to squeeze in a few things that my teens liked, including Ready Player One, The Lost Hero, and Burnout. Getting through just those three was an invaluable experience. It helped my understand three individual readers better, it added to my reader’s advisory repertoire, and it pushed me out of my reading bubble.

I’m going to make a reading resolution for 2013 even though I didn’t keep my 2012 resolution, and although last year’s resolution was a great one and I could probably learn a lot by just doing it again, I’m going to try something different this year, inspired by a conversation I had with some teens in my Teen Advisory Group early this month. We were talking about a trivia game we’d played and how the anime and manga questions weren’t very good. I confessed that they were the hardest questions for me to write, because I don’t really read manga or watch anime. “How come you run anime club, then?” asked one of the teens. Uh, good point. I run it because there’s interest and because there’s no one else at the library to run it, but I’m sure the club would be better if I knew more than the bare minimum of anime and manga. So that’s my 2013 resolution: read more manga!

What about you, dear reader? What’s your reading resolution for next year?

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3 Responses
  1. December 31, 2012

    I’m resolving to post more on my blog – a weekly review at least and other such items. It’s so easy to do – and so easy not to do!

  2. Sara Ray permalink
    December 31, 2012

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with these intentions (read books I own, read the classics, go outside my preferences to genres I never try, read adult books). Thanks to the BotB challenge, I was able to hit that last goal last year and hope this year’s challenge brings the same. I actually made a list of books/genres/authors to read for the new year but life is too crazy to commit to that right now. I am determined to do as I’ve always try to do (and succeed only minimally): read more adult books, read a classic or two, read the books I own, and continue to challenge myself with different genres. Happy New Year!

  3. Carla Land permalink
    January 2, 2013

    My goal this year is to get through the two stacks of books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for the last two months before I add too many more stacks to my “to read” list.

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