10 Reasons I Prefer YA to Adult Books

Today’s top 10 list consists of the 10 reasons I prefer young adult books to adult books. Please keep in mind, as the title suggest that these are just the reasons that I prefer young adult. You may like adult books better for the opposite reason, and that’s fine, but these are just my thoughts on the topic. I read an infuriating article that shamed adults for reading YA, and then another article that does the exact opposite, so I thought I would weigh in on the topic!
been not goingDisney Future animated GIFThis is probably the biggest reason I enjoy young adult compared to adult books. I would rather read a books that relate to my experiences so far in my life rather than what could happen in the future. There are plenty of young adult books that have characters who experience A LOT more than I have, but at least we have some major life experiences in common. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be a divorcee or a widower or even a mother; it’s not easy for me to read books about milestones I haven’t gotten to yet.. or may never get to. At least with a young adult book (no matter what genre, for the most part) I have been through the basic stages of growing up.
flow styleFangirl Girl animated GIFPeople against YA will argue that it’s not as literary as adult books, which I don’t agree with for a lot of reasons, but I just think the writing is different. Young adult books can be well-written, poorly written, unpredictable, predictable, literary, cliche, suspenseful, boring, mature, immature — just like adult books can. There is just something about the young adult voice that authors use that really works for me. Most adult books I encounter, especially the ones deemed “literary” and “classic” have been difficult to read, and I generally consider myself to be a pretty smart person. I can handle complex books and stories, but I just prefer the way they’re written in young adult. They’re not trying too hard.character ageDid We Just Become Best Friends Skins animated GIFI love reading about characters that I could imagine being friends with. So many books I’ve read recently have the BEST characters and groups of friends. Beyond that, I have already dealt with the intricacies of being a young adult in high school or college. I can look back on my experiences and relate to the ones in the book. I remember how hard friendships could be in high school or maintaining them in college. I remember drama with spending more time with my boyfriend than my friends. I remember it all and I feel like I could give mounds of advice on the topic. Reading books with teen characters makes me simultaneously want to pat them on the head and say “it gets better” while jumping in the pages with them and remembering my life at that point in time.
favorite authorsBexblr Fangirl animated GIFEvery single person out there could name at least 1-5 authors that they consider favorites. You’ll automatically buy their books no matter what, you’ve followed their career and new releases as long as you can remember, and you can’t imagine NOT reading a book by them. The vast majority of these authors for me are young adult authors and really don’t write books outside of that group. As long as they’re putting books out, I’ll be reading them! Continue reading

Book to Movie Review: Gone Girl

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Read my review of the Gone Girl book here.

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True to Book: five stars
Casting: four stars
Enjoyability: four and a half stars
Overall Score: four and a half stars

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?


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Review: Big Little Lies

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesRatingthree and a half stars
First impression: I hope this is as good as The Husband’s Secret!
Last impression: LAME
Format: Audiobook / 15 hrs 55 min
Publishing Info: July 29th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by authorThe Husband’s Secret

 

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Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.  New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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Review: There’s Cake in my Future

the basicsThere’s Cake in my Future by Kim Gruenenfelder

Ratingthree and a half stars
First impression: Let’s dust off the cover…
Last impression: I wish there was a LITTLE more
Format: Paperback on sale from B&N / 360 pages
Publishing Info: December 21, 2010 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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8563495After listening to her closest friends’ latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone’s happiness: a bridal shower “cake pull” in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny.  Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm.  The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can’t seem to make their relationship more than platonic.  And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track.  Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake – as well as the future it represents.  But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests’ fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can’t help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 29

A book that is most like your life

girls in white dressesGirls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Okay so despite not really liking this book that much, it is certainly the closest to my life. It’s about a bunch of 20-somethings who are growing up, getting jobs, and having all of their friends get married. I’m coming to that point in my life where plenty of people are getting engaged or having kids. It’s a weird place to be and this book captured a lot of that awkwardness.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 27

The most surprising plot twist or ending

gone girlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Dang. This book had more plot twists and surprises than I thought were possible. Every time I finished a chapter, something wild happened or was about to happen. The ending was pretty wild (and not what I was hoping for). It’s not easy to give any kind of plot summary because the spoilers and twists start happening within the first few chapters (primarily starting in the second part).

This book was amazing.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 20

Favorite Romance Book

Can You Keep a Secret?Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

I normally don’t read romance books, at least not in the traditional sense. I like YA contemporary romance or sometimes romantic chick lit. This is the closest I’ll come to “romance” books. This is the story of a girl who spills all of her secrets on an airplane, when she thinks they’re all going to die, only to discover that the man in question is her new boss. She’s struggling in her extremely comfortable relationship with her boyfriend and comes to realize what her life could and should be. It was a cute chick lit book, like Sophie Kinsella’s generally are, and I would definitely recommend it.