Lets Talk bookish: What Makes You Continue Picking Up YA/Middle Grade? Or Why Don’t You?

May 7: What Makes You Continue Picking Up YA/Middle Grade? Or Why Don’t You? (suggested by Sam @ River Moose Books)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


Young Adult or YA is a genre I still read. I have a lot of back reads from the genre which I still need to read. Contemporary YA is the only sub genre I avoid as much as possible. Fantasy YA is sometimes my go to read when I like to read something magical and dystopian. The reading experience between an Adult novel and YA one is very different. Usually, I don’t understand most YA characters. They sometimes rub me in a wrong way. When it comes to its characters, I could say that I have outgrown YA. I don’t tolerate the drama or emotional turmoil in my readings.

Since, I have a lot of YA novels as back reads, I only buy the ones which interest me. They are mostly sold right away or being borrowed by my younger siblings. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy YA but I don’t think I would reread them. My usual book shopping list consists of a romance novel and manga. I have rekindled my love for manga which is what I’m interested at the moment. A lot of interesting ones have come out since I checked them out.

When I was in my teens, I would read adult novels. Sidney Sheldon and John Grisham were my go to authors. I have dived into YA in my late 20s and it just shows that my taste did change with time. Looking back, it would be safe to say that I would still read YA in my 20s and 30s because it was not available before. As for Middle grade, I still like books which have roots from Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. I did enjoy Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. It had some creepy elements which I look in an adult novel.

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Age does not regulate the kind of books which I read. I still read YA as long as its written well. Also, a fantasy one would always be a go to read for me. As for Middlegrade, I could still read stand alone books like Wonder by R.J. Palacio. At my 30s, I have also kindled my love for manga and anime. Age does not defy what I want to consume as a hobby. I could read anything from Adult to YA to Middlegrade, as long as it interests me and the writing is superb.


I was busy as a bee this week and last, so here is my Let’s talk bookish post.

Again thank you for reading and God bless,

– R



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