December 2, 2015
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.
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!”
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