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December 2, 2015

Celebrate YA with Vinspire Publishing and a Giveaway

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Love YA?  So do we!

Vinspire Publishing is celebrating their YA books with
31 Days of Blogging featuring various bloggers all over the globe!

Today, we welcome author, J.K. Bovi,
where she shares her confessions of a closet YA Book Read.

There’s also a giveaway available to you!
All you have to do is comment on this post.
Everyone who comments will be entered for a chance to win 5 young adult titles from
Vinspire Publishing’s catalog as well as a $5.00 gift card to Amazon.

 

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Confessions Of A Closet Young Adult Book Reader by J.K. Bovi

 

It started innocently enough in high school with reading The Hobbit between chapters of Anna Karenina. I was, after all, a young teen, and my reading selections were age appropriate, but something must’ve happened when I grew up because I remained interested in young adult books.

Perhaps I did not want to leave The Secret Garden or My Friend Flicka behind. My adult friends read books with political messages or heavy handled social issues, but I wanted to fly with dragons, sweetly kiss a new love, or go vampire hunting.

In college I learned to be discreet and carry my YA books hidden between books on philosophy, sociology, and art history. After graduation, I sneaked around in book stores looking for books classified Young Adult. When I found one I wanted to buy, I would hide my secret interest and say, “Oh my niece will love this one,” or “My nephew likes this type of stuff so I’ll pick up this for him.” Of course, I kept the books for myself.

For the most part I kept my reading interest hidden, and I must confess: I was a Closet Young Adult Book Reader.

It was safe in my closet. I had my romance, paranormal, sci-fi, mystical worlds, action, and fantasy books. I had my coffee cup, my chocolate, my puffy pillow, and my pet dragon (cat).

I would have stayed there quite content except that I started writing my own YA book, and when I finished writing I realized the message conveyed in my story was: It’s all in what you believe.

“What do I believe?” I asked myself.

“I believe young adult books are not just for the young, but for the young-at-heart!” I answered.

And with that sudden bolt of enlightenment, I kicked open the closet door and stepped out!

I boldly placed my book collection on my shelves for all my friends to see. They could accept me for my interest or walk away. (Apparently I had a few friends who had YA libraries in their own closets because many of them borrowed some of my books.)

Now I go blissfully into the book store and make my captivating selections from the young adult section. I openly discuss titles with other like-minded readers, and I enjoy the freedom to be young-at-heart once again.

I suspect there are a few readers out there who are afraid to confess how much they love books written for young adults. To them I say, “Go forth bravely, slay the dragon, and get out of the darn closet!”

 

About J.K. Bovi

J.K. Bovi is a a professional Graphic Designer and lives in Savannah Georgia with her husband. She enjoys exploring the city's hidden haunts, immersing herself in the low country and writing about its unique people and lifestyle with a humorous touch. Learn more about her stories at www.wickedhaints.com.

 

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  1. Nora-Adrienne
    12/2/2015

    I grew up reading sci-fi. I have a ton of YA books by Asimov, Heinlein and others. I still read them and so do my grown up kids. Nothing wrong with easy fun reads.
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    JK Bovi Reply:

    I’ve saved many of my favorite books also and I love a light easy read so my mind can relax. Thank you for your comment. JK Bovi

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Yes! I have saved many of my favorite books also. I enjoy a light easy read to escape into. Lots of fun. Thank you for your comment. JK Bovi

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  2. Linda Romer
    12/2/2015

    I truly love YA Novels ♡ I have found so many great reads and fabulous YA Authors this past year. Thank you

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Yes Linda! There are so many great YA authors and many of them are writing about some very difficult topics. Great stuff. Thanks for your comment. JK Bovi

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  3. Leah
    12/2/2015

    I say read what you like and enjoy! :) I even like reading middle grade fantasy/sci-fi once in a while. :)

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    I agree Leah, but unlike you, it took me awhile to realize that. I read a lot of books that bored me, so now… I’m back to reading what my heart wants. Love the sci-fi too! Thank you for your comment. JK Bovi

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  4. Anubha
    12/2/2015

    I am also a huge fan of Young-Adult but at times I like my kick of middle-grade books similar to Enid Blyton or those kid comics like Mickey Mouse. I try keep that hidden from my peers that I read books which might be suitable for kids almost 10 years younger than me but my really close friends know that I need those little books to keep the kid in my heart happy and what’s better is that once I read them I try to pass them to my younger siblings and give them little nudge towards developing interest in reading :P

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Anubha, Good for you for keeping Young-Adult books close in your heart and sharing them to encourage young readers. Thank you for your comment. JK Bovi

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  5. Dawn Carrington
    12/2/2015

    I got into reading young adult a couple of years ago, and now I’m addicted. I cannot imagine not reading it!
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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Thank you Dawn. Yes, It can be addictive, but it’s oh so much fun to drift into the wonderful worlds available to young adults… like us! Thank you for sharing your comment. JK Bovi

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  6. Jess
    12/2/2015

    Thanks for sharing! I recently came out of the closet, as well!

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Jess welcome out of the closet! I wish I had done it sooner, but I guarantee you, it’s much better out here. (not so stuffy and confined) Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  7. Deb P
    12/2/2015

    Yes I have family that would love to read young adult books, thanks for the giveaway.

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Deb, Wonderful! I hope you enjoy our giveaway. Thank you. JK Bovi

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  8. Jo Anne V
    12/2/2015

    I love to read and lose myself in ya stories — started as a little girl and am a grandmother now and still love reading them.

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Jo Anne I can’t wait to be a grandma and pass down some of my books. Hummm, let me rethink that because some are going to be hard to give up. Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  9. Melanie McFarlane
    12/2/2015

    It’s wonderful you’ve always stayed in love with YA. I have been the same way and refuse to give it up no matter what age I am! I look forward to being a great grandmother one day sharing tales with my little ones :)

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Melanie, thank you for stopping by. Keep reading YA and stay young at heart forever!!!! JK Bovi

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  10. Haley Scully
    12/2/2015

    YA books are actually my favorite type of books to read. I started reading them in fourth grade, and I’ve loved them ever since. I’m still an avid reader of YA fiction today, and I think it’s a great genre that people of all ages can enjoy. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Melanie! It’s so great to discover how many adult YA readers are out there! I’m in good company. Thank you for coming by! JK Bovi

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Haley. Sorry I messed up my reply. I’m using my iPod and it’s rather small. I actually use my iPod to write my YA books. It helps me keep things light and I’m slow with typing which helps me use less words. Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  11. Mary Preston
    12/3/2015

    YA is for everybody. A lot of great YA books around.

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Yes Mary. I agree. There are a lot of great authors and books to read. Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  12. Mai T.
    12/3/2015

    Question to the author: If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Thank you for the Mind-blowing question Mia. As my do-over I would acknowledge and accept my love for reading and writing young adult books and gotten out of the darn closet sooner. There are so many stories I want to share with the world that I wish I had found the courage earlier to… as Joseph Campbell said, “Follow my Bliss”. Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  13. Holly B
    12/3/2015

    I have always been drawn to Young Adult Fiction, as opposed to Adult or Non-fiction. I find most youth novels to focus primarily on characters and I love that. You get to know this person, in and out, and come to feel what they might be feeling throughout the story. It’s amazing!! My all-time favorite book is a teen novel titled, “Bloody Jack” by L.A. Meyer! That young adult series is beyond kind words!!!! :)

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Holly, I’ve never read the Bloody Jack series. I see that it is available in audio book, so I’m going to put it on my “listen while I work” list because some days a person needs to raise the black flag and go on an adventure. Thank you for stopping by. JK Bovi

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  14. Vicki Wurgler
    12/5/2015

    there is alot of great YA books out there. my sister and I buy and then exchange them.

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    JK Bovi Reply:

    Yes, there are many good books to read and they are offer all sorts of fun adventures. Thank you for your comment.

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