To kick off the What YA Bloggers Want series (plus prizes!!!), I have veteran book blogger Kristi from The Story Siren here to chat about the genres she adores...as long as they leave a lasting impression.
I'm especially excited to welcome Kristi because she was one of the very first bloggers to talk about TELL ME A SECRET in her 2010 Debut Author Challenge, so I'm not only grateful, but I'm very happy to turn the spotlight over to her and her amazing book blog. And I was so lucky to get to meet Kristi in person at the 2010 Teen Author Carnival.
I love all genres. I’m still firmly riding the paranormal train, choooo-chooo! It seems like the majority of titles hitting the shelves are paranormal these days, but... I. LOVE. IT. And the genre has especially exploded in Young Adult literature after the popularity of Twilight. (I guess that’s one good thing that sparkly vampire book has made happen, perhaps the only good thing.)
Although my bookshelves and reading piles may be packed with those paranormal titles, I enjoy reading other genres. In fact, the majority of my top favorites aren’t the paranormal genre at all......
Top five favorite YA novels:
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
2. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
3. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
4. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
5. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Honestly.... these probably change periodically, but usually contemporary fiction always tops my list. I’m not sure exactly why that is. A book that leaves a lasting emotional impression on me, is something that I find hard to forget, and all of the books listed above did that.
A genre/subject that I would love to see more in Yound Adult listerature is historical fiction with elements of magic. Two great examples that I can think of off the top of my head are The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray and the Leland Sisters series by Marissa Doyle. I love both of those series and I would love to have more of those types of novels.
Thank you, Kristi!
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