YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
- Raise your hand if you use Goodreads!
- Raise your hand if you love to talk about what you are reading!
- Raise your hand if you sometimes can’t wait to talk about a sentence, or a paragraph, or a chapter you just read!
I would bet that anyone reading this blog post answered “yes” to at least one, if not all three, of those raise-your-hand challenges. Each of the activities, from Goodreads to dying to discuss, are signs that in some way, all of us are social readers, and we crave and appreciate social reading experiences. Before the web, these experiences were centered on face-to-face conversations around a water cooler, in a classroom or meeting, when at a restaurant, before a movie started, or in a formal book discussion group. Today, with the Web 2.0 world and with mobile apps, the social reading experience and the possibilities for social reading experiences have grown in extraordinary ways.