Happy Thanksgiving, American readers! While our pies are baking and our turkeys (or tofurkeys) are roasting, we here at The Hub are taking a moment to pause and express what we’re thankful for in the world of YA lit, just like we did in last year’s post and the year before that.
- Laura Perenic: I am thankful for all the readers, writers and librarians I have met on Twitter. They are a constant source of inspiration and motivation for me in terms of book choices and programing ideas.
- Jennifer Rummel: I’m thankful for having the coolest job in the world – talking about books and reading with teens, adults, authors, publishers, librarians, and bloggers. It’s great to have so many people to talk with about all the fantastic books that come out in each year.
- Colleen Seisser: I am thankful for Rainbow Rowell, and her fantastic novels Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. They made me want to read realistic fiction again after I had decided that I only enjoy supernatural reads. I am also thankful to Holly Black for writing a fantastic vampire novel (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), that put a new spin on one of my favorite supernatural creatures.
- Sharon Rawlins:
*Steampunk- even if it’s not popular with many teen readers, it’s one of my favorite types of fantasy, especially Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and her Etiquette & Espionage Finishing School Series.*More stand alone books by fantastic authors such as Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races.*On the other hand, I’m grateful there’s one more Mortal Instruments book coming out by Cassandra Clare, and that authors are creating e-novellas and e-short stories for some of my favorite series (Sarah Maas’s Throne of Glass being a favorite).*I’m really grateful for Rainbow Rowell! I adored Eleanor and Park and can’t wait to read Fangirl.
*I’m also happy that Gene Luen Yang continues to amaze with his graphic novels on subjects I wouldn’t expect to even want to read about but find irresistible in a graphic novel format, like Boxers and Saints.*For the collaborations of various authors and illustrators that are producing such amazing works such as the graphic novel March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and David Levithan with anyone else!*Dan Kraus for his twisted characters and totally unpredictable, creepy plotting (Rotters, Scowler)*And, lastly for Jennifer Nielsen for taking a familiar plot (impostors) and making it so fresh and fun to read in her Ascendance Trilogy (The False Prince, The Runaway King and the upcoming The Shadow Throne).
- Amanda Margis: I’m thankful for the bold and unique work that came out this year from some of my favorite authors; Kendare Blake’s Antigoddess, A.S. King’s Reality Boy, Patrick Ness’ More Than This, Meg Rosoff’s Picture Me Gone and Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the Easy. Every year YA gets more diverse and exciting and I can’t wait for what’s to come in 2014!
- Geri Diorio: I am thankful for author Daniel Kraus. Horror is a genre that does not get a lot of press, but it is important to me, and it can be difficult to find a good YA horror novel. Mr. Kraus is giving me plenty to be thankful for: gripping stories, well-told, with gorgeous language, and horrific elements to the tales that leave me unable to sleep – exactly what I want from a horror novel! I am recommending him to all the teens in my library who want a good scare in a good book.
- Jessica Lind: I am thankful for all of the bloggers and tweeters who help me to discover awesome new YA books for my personal reading and for our library’s collection. The contributions of this online community have made it far easier to make successful recommendations. My “to read” list will never be too short thanks to you all!
- Diane Colson: I am thankful for the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at Midwinter Conference. It’s so fun to guess who will win ahead of time. The actual, Oscar-ish presentation of the awards is almost too exciting to bear. And finally, after the announcements, we all scramble to find the books we haven’t read, and possibly never even heard of! Counting the days!
- Emily Calkins: I’m thankful for my online community of smart, thoughtful readers of YA lit! There’s no way I can read everything on my my list, but thanks to great bloggers, Goodreads friends, and librarians on Twitter, I can still stay on top of what’s new and great in YA lit.
- Wendy Daughdrill: I am thankful for Maggie Stiefvater’s blog and also for the other amazing YA authors out there who are so accessible to their readers on social media and generous with writing advice.
- Brandi Smits: I am thankful for engaging series. I’ve just finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth and I’m impatiently waiting for Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I feel like a long-lost friend grants me a visit when the next book in a series arrives. I am also thankful for authors who are willing to take the envelope, tear it into pieces, and reassemble them into something new and unexpected, particularly Ransom Riggs, Libba Bray, and David Levithan.
- Jessica Miller: I’m so thankful to have a community of other people who are as passionate as I am about reading YA lit. I love getting and sharing recommendations and talking about trends and important developments in the field!
- Carla Land: I think what I am most grateful for this year are Young Adult books that are fun and engaging and stand on their own- books that aren’t part of a series but still have well developed characters and satisfying plots, like This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. When you try to read as much as I do you don’t always have time to finish a series, and being able to get to the end of a well crafted storyline is so incredibly satisfying!
- Allison Tran: This year, I’m thankful for the amazing community of bloggers who contribute to The Hub, and our fantastic readers. I am so inspired by the great content and conversations generated here; always adding new titles to my to-read list, and looking at issues and trends in a new way. Thank you all for making The Hub such a great resource for YA lit.
Readers, what tops your list of things to be thankful for in the world of reading and YA lit?
-Allison Tran, currently reading Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
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