Friday, March 29, 2013

A Question For You

My exams are coming up in the month of April so I will pretty much be away then with only occasional posts for blog tours and some of the reviews written a million years ago which are hibernating in my archive.

I won't be around much at all, especially since some pretty big life-changing things have happened in the past month and I'm pausing from a lot of things to take a breather :)

But, don't worry, books are still the only things that keep me sane nowadays. As long as I keep on reading, there is no way I will ever stop blogging. And quoting my mother who thinks that "[I] read more than [I] eat", I will be blogging for a long long time to come.

Now, onto the main point of today's post. I have this huge question weighing on my mind lately that's been causing me quite some dilemma. I'm almost afraid to say it but...


It's just that I've been in this reading slump as of late and it has been ages since I even finished reading a YA novel. Here's a peek at my recent selections:

Life After Theft
Legacy of the Clockwork Key

I'm not saying that these are bad books per se, but they are only entertaining me aloofly at this point in my life when I feel like I need serious engagement. I need books that can be an immersive experience, one that can probe at my thoughts, reshape and redefine certain things in my life and most importantly, make me feel something more than just a reader.

And I don't like feeling this way about Young Adult books, which indisputably holds the title of having been my favourite genre ever since I was eleven. 

So, right now, I need some help from you-- bloggers, authors or just book-lovers, in short. 

Have you experienced this "reading slump" before?
                      Have you ever had this sudden change in attitude towards Young Adult Novels?

And the biggest question:

What are some Young Adult books which rekindled your interest in reading or even made you fall in love with reading?

Thank you so much for sticking with me through my whole book blogging journey so far. It's been full of ups and downs and I will be the first to admit that I haven't exactly been the most regular blogger. I love book blogging because for the first time in my life, I realized that there was a group of people out there who valued my writing and was always there to listen to what I had to say (which were sometimes random strings of words that jumped out after being mind-blown by a book). I was doing something more than reading, I was furthering that interest by helping people discover that one book that will change their life or make them see the magic in words

So, thank you!

I'll be back :)



  1. Book slumps suck. I was in a small one in February. I just usually take a break and come back with a book I really want to read. Something fast paced or with a lot of romance so I am really engaged. Nothing with a plot too complicated. I haven't had a change of thought on YA BUT sometimes I need something a little different, more adult. As someone who used to read tons of fanfiction, I sometimes will still turn here.

    The Sea of Tranquility is a great read that I loved. On the Island was very different and I honestly had a hard time putting it down. I love survival stories, plus it has romance (not right away because there is an age gap preventing that).

    I hope you find something to help!

  2. I always go in and out of reading slumps, so don't worry! You're not alone, girl. As to what got me into reading again, it just depends on what I need at the moment. Sometimes a cutesy contemporary with easy and fluid writing gets me going, but sometimes something that makes me think does the trick; usually non-YA like game of thrones, conspiracy theories/thrillers, historical fiction, or heavier YA packed with heavy topics and emotions and some new adult books.

    I read Dare You To by Katy McGarry and it definitely got me going because it's such an emotional roller coaster. You could also try Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Another thing that works is grabbing one of your DNF books and giving it another go.

    I hope it all works out, Sel! I miss you c:

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  3. You're definitely not alone, Sel! I guess we all have different cravings for books - when I feel I can't stand another paranormal fantasy, I'd find and pick up a realistic fiction. If my mood is down, I'll find something light and funny. If you want something that is not just entertaining but make you think, maybe try The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, or an upcoming April release called My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi? There will always be something in the YA genre that will help to brighten your day, or maybe you're craving to write a story of your own?

    Good luck with your exam and Happy Easter :)

  4. Everyone gets stuck once in awhile. When that happens to me I always start a new book in a totally different genre. But in a way I can't relate regarding the YA genre as I am still discovering this genre. Maybe just stick to romance and more non-YA books?

    All the best with it. Happy Easter!


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