Today I'm very pleased to welcome Colleen Mondor, book blogger at Chasing Ray and Bookslut, whose candid reviews and opinions always provide food for thought. She's the gal who bravely says what others might be thinking, and we stand up and cheer for her honesty.
The second annual Kidlit Blogger Conference in Portland a couple of years ago was a vortex for meeting amazing blogging people, including Colleen. I have quite a lot of admiration for her, so I hope you enjoy what she has to say.
For my column at Bookslut I am constantly looking for more YA with broad appeal. The overwhelming number of books I receive have Caucasian female protagonists and I'd love to see something different. I want more books with male protags, more multi ethnic casts and more GBLTQ characters (of any gender or ethnicity). I'd also love - LOVE - if there were more teen mysteries. I have no idea why this genre falls off the face of the earth for YA as MG mysteries are so popular. I'd also like to know when SF meant dystopian only and pine - absolutely pine - for some good space opera.
And don't even get me started about vamp titles. The less said about the black & purple covers, the better.
My top faves?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
All of them took chances with these books and I think they accomplished wonderful things. (And boo on you for only letting me choose 5!!!)
Can't get enough of Colleen? Check out her fabulous blog series, What a Girl Wants: on bad girls, books we can't forget, telling the truth and more.
Thank you, Colleen!
Readers, what kind of diversity would you like to see in YA lit?
Each comment is a chance to win this week's prizes, plus the mondo What YA Bloggers Want prize pack at the end. Hooray for books!
(US addresses only, one comment/day)