Going Broke at Barnes & Noble / My Mid-life Crisis YA Obsession

Thanks Twitter. As if I didn’t already have a bunch of books on my ‘to read’ list, now that list is growing by the day.

When you follow writers on Twitter, you get to know and like them, so naturally you want to read what they are writing. This has resulted in my being hopelessly addicted to Young Adult novels, which are almost always part of a series.

It didn’t start with Twitter though. It naturally started with Harry Potter, a series I credit with wrestling the youth of America away from their computers and video games and back to the joy of reading. Now we were seeing teens, tweens, college kids, soccer moms, grandmothers, wicked cool aunts, and even businessmen on trains reading the same book. At holiday gatherings, family members of all ages were discussing the same book with equal enthusiasm as if they were discussing the latest blockbuster at the movies. Don’t quote me on this, but I think that was unprecedented. 

I thought that the Harry Potter craze was a stand alone phenomenon, but thankfully, I was mistaken. I called my sister one Saturday morning and apologized for calling so early. She said that she was already up because my niece Jackie was chomping at the bit to get to the bookstore to get the last book in the series she was reading. I asked what series, and when she said Twilight I had never heard of it, but was intrigued.

The very next morning I was watching CBS Sunday Morning, and lo and behold, they did a piece on Stephanie Meyer. I was then painfully aware that, unbeknownst to me, I had been living under a rock. This chick was a ROCK STAR! She walked out onto a stage somewhere, and these college kids were going nuts for her and holding up their cell phones like we held up lighters at concerts when I was their age. I had to read these books.

I borrowed the first one from my boss’ high school aged daughter, and the next three from Jackie. Each one I devoured in about two days. Was it high literature? Heck no, but it was entertaining. I had found my reading niche in YA.

For my *cough* 40th birthday, my husband bought me a book. He spent over an hour in Barnes and Noble trying to find something up my alley. He ended up choosing Evermore by Alyson Noel, and he was right on the money. He didn’t even know that it was the first in a series, and that she would also write a spin-off series from that series. I was going to go broke at the bookstore.

I started passing those onto Jackie, and she in turn passed on The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I was drowning in a sea of books that were feeding my addiction. Then Twitter happened.

First I started talking to @crazyauthorgirl* Jana Oliver, so I had to read her book, The Demon Trapper’s Daughter. It was a great read, and now the second book in the series, The Soul Thief  is out, and I have to read that next.

Next, along came @myramcentire and her debut Hourglass. Loved this one too, and I am anxiously awaiting the follow up.

After about four attempts, I finally was able to figure out how to download to my phone @Dan_DeWitt’s collection of short stories, Underneath, so I could read those and be totally creeped out by his knack for, well, creepiness. Plus he is the Snark Master, so there ya have it!

Next up I HAVE to read The Near Witch by @veschwab because she is funny, wears a witch hat to her appearances, and introduced me to the concept of cake pops, which automatically earns her my fanship. (or would that be fandom? Whatever. You know what I mean…I mean I am a fan for life.)

The book cover art for @GretchenMcNeil’s Possess is burned into my brain now that three or four people that I follow have been using it for their avatar, so that one definitely makes it onto the list.

Paranormalcy and Supernaturally, both by @kierstenwhite have such awesome titles that I jealously wish I had thought of, that I have to get on those also.

If I start reading Zombie books and Romance Novels, (are ya hearing me @clraven, @carrharr and @LaceyWolfe?) I may never leave the house again, except to go to the bookstore! And when would I EVER find time to actually write!

Oh, and @JulieALindsey’s debut, Death by Chocolate, comes out in 2012…of course I have to read anything written be the Twitter Goddess. #sleepisoverratedanyway

p.s. In addition to all this reading, once I finish the novel I am currently writing, I want to write Young Adult novels. Go figure.

* I used their Twitter names so that you can follow them, if you are not already.


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One response to “Going Broke at Barnes & Noble / My Mid-life Crisis YA Obsession

  1. LOL great post. We loved the Twilight Saga too 😀 Have you read Tamsyn Murray? Great YA author of My So-Called Afterlife. It’s brilliant and she’s great on Twitter @TamsynTweetie. Luckily you don’t have to worry about reading our books yet – they’re not published, but one day…we’ll give you time to get through your pile first 🙂

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