Discussion: Am I getting sick of reading YA? & How I Choose My Books tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Instead of a review, I decided to write a discussion post for this week. I’ve been thinking about this discussion idea for a few weeks now and I decided to run with it. It’s truly been on my mind for a while and I wanted to put my thoughts down on paper. Well my blog, but same difference.

When I first started this blog, I was strictly reading YA books. I was just getting back into reading and that’s a good start. It’s a genre within a genre honestly as there’s plenty of different versions of YA like YA fantasy, YA romance, contemporary YA and so on. In the past month or so, I really haven’t been reading much YA and the YA I have been reading hasn’t blown me away.

It poses an interesting question: Am I getting sick of reading YA? Similar to the question, the answer isn’t simple. For me, the answer is both yes and no. I’m going to start about why I’m getting sick of YA. The main reason I’m getting sick of YA is because of the bratty teenage characters.

Once again, maybe I’m just getting a little older but I have no patience for teens who act like brats. Every time they complain about something small or act like an asshole to their parents, I want to scream. It’s just frustrating to read someone who has such privilege and just take it for granted.

Another reason I’m sick of reading YA is that their problems seem so trivial to me. In addition, their actions have no real consequences. I know it’s fiction, but you have to have a little bit of realism. Maybe I’m just falling into a reading slump and I need to branch away from YA. Currently, I’m not in the mood to read YA but there are some exceptions to the rule as I liked Sadie. 

On the flip side, YA has surprised me in the last few months. At the moment, I’ve really been loving hard-hitting contemporaries. Maybe it’s because of the seasons changing but I love the intense subject matter. In October, I read Sadie and The Way I Used To Be and loved them. Both are hard-hitting contemporaries so I’m not surprised.

As much as I love YA, I think I need to take a break from it. I’m sure I’ll still read some YA but I think I’m in a genre slump if that makes sense. I need to have a little break from the genre so I can fully appreciate it again. Maybe a change will be what I need to fall back in love with the genre! Hopefully, that all made sense and I’m not just spewing random sentences together.

Since I’ve been acquiring more books this year, I’ve decided to include a tag because why the heck not? Plus I have a good mix of YA and adult books on my shelf so it goes along with my discussion!

Thank you so much to Ellyn for tagging me!! I know you probably already know Ellyn but I love her and we’re besties. I actually just messaged her to tell her that I’m doing this tag 😛

How I Choose My Books Tag

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?


When I first started getting into romance, this book was coming up everywhere. I knew I had to pick it up and I ended up buddy-reading it. The Kiss Quotient is such a refreshing romance novel because it features an MC on the autism spectrum and it’s super steamy if you’re into that.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


The book I’m going with is Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas. I’ve never read anything by Sarah J Maas so I had no clue if I’d enjoy it. I ended up reading it because it’s part of my favorite series, DC Icons and it was such a delight. I loved Maas’s take on Catwoman and the romance was probably my favorite part 🙂

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?


Oops, I just pointed at a book and the one I landed on was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I asked one of my blogging besties, Lysette and she said I found it on Youtube and we buddy read it together. So there you have it lol

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


Since I’m doing a post from Ellyn, I figured why not feature a book she recommended to me? I’m pretty sure she commented on one of my older posts and recommended this entire series to me. I’ve only read Cinder but I enjoyed it so I’m going to continue the series. Personally, I love the unique take on the fairytales. 🙂

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


I saw this book being recommended on Youtube and book blogs. As soon as I looked up at my shelf, I knew my answer for this prompt. For me, this book absolutely lived up to the hype. It was everything I’ve heard about and more plus it was hilarious!

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?


The hype has struck again! Everyone and their brother/sister/mother/cousin has been hyping this book up and rightfully so. It’s an incredibly powerful read and I can’t recommend the audiobook enough. If you have the chance, definitely listen to Sadie.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?


At first, I wanted to go with an old-school answer but then I remembered this. Quick story time: My boyfriend and I watched the film version of this and it’s not what I’d call an excellent date night movie. I read the graphic novel in September and felt kind of meh about it so maybe it’s just not for me.

Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?


I had to include two of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Weirdly, these two are beside each other on my shelf lol. I read If You Come Softly in September and I picked it up because someone mentioned it was an interracial romance plus the cover is just beautiful.


As for Foolish Hearts, I read this in May and then reread in it in September. I picked this up after I read all of Emma Mills’ other books and via Jane from ItsJaneLindsey on booktube. Plus the cover is just goals ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to do this tag, please do! I hope you enjoyed this two-part discussion and tag post 🙂

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21 thoughts on “Discussion: Am I getting sick of reading YA? & How I Choose My Books tag

  1. Lovely post! I definitely find that as I grow older, I’m looking more towards books featuring college age protagonists over younger high schoolers because their problems just seem so trivial to me too lol.

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  2. More than once I’ve shouted “oh honestly be realistic!” Only to remember the character is 16 with crazy hormone fluctuations as they try to discover themselves. Meanwhile, I’m plucking grey hairs and going to bed at 9 on Fridays (and I’m not even 30 😩)

    Anyway, I tend to stay away books with young characters so I don’t have to suffer through petty squabbles.

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  3. I totally get what you mean about YA and the bratty teenage characters. I’ve been feeling that way recently ever since I reread Eleanor and Park. I’m only in my early 20s and felt so old reading it because I just hated the characters and their attitude. Genre slumps are a thing and maybe, as you said, you just need to take a break from it to appreciate it again. Life is too short to be reading books that don’t excite you. Great post!
    I also loved reading your tag and it’s given me some more books to add to my TBR.

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  4. I’m in the same boat! This year, I’ve tried branching out in reading some new adult and adult books and mostly reading YA books that feature older main characters or deal with tougher topics. It’s been tough though because I feel like I’m at a really weird age for books. It’s hard for me to read some YA books because I can’t relate to their drama, but I can’t relate to the experiences of characters in adult books either. Even though I’m technically at the same age as new adult characters, I’m not super interested in strictly romance books which seems to occupy most of the new adult category.

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  5. I completely understand about getting sick of reading YA…I read a variety of books so if there are annoying teenager characters, I’ll at least get a break so I don’t hate the whole genre haha.
    Also, I realllllly want to read that Catwoman book. It seems so good! Also, I loved reading Cinder and the rest of the Lunar chronicles! My friend had recommended them to me and they were great

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  6. I get frustrated with YA for those same reasons you mentioned. But I realize I can’t *blame* the category for that — it’s literally for teens, who do act that way. Authors who write up characters who mope around, or yell at their parents, or complain all the time are giving realistic portrayals. Literally, I will read that and be like OMG THIS SO ANNO- Wait. Wait this is my fifteen-year-old sister. Okay.

    And I really do prefer the books where the teens are more mature or where they stop and go, “Wait, what does this behaviour solve?” AND of course, I noticed that sometimes, the bratty behaviour? Adds nothing to the book. Even though I feel like it somehow should? Like when is it poor writing VS just realistic annoying teens. Anyway. That’s when I switch over to 1) fantasy, where characters often act way more mature or 2) some Adult books. The breaks really do help!

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts because it feels goood to commiserate! Haha.

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    1. Lol that’s how I feel, too. I try not to be too hard on them but it’s on the realistic side of things like you said.

      I’m not a huge fantasy reader, but I might give it another try and so far, reading adult books has been really helpful. I also set a goal of reading 10 non-fiction books in 2018 too so I’m not constantly reading fiction either lol.

      Haha no problem 😛


      1. It’s hard when you know the logical reason for something, but your emotional side is like, “Okay but I didn’t like it, sooo.”

        That is a good goal! I might need to steal that. Except I’m so picky with non-fiction. Maybe I’ll just trust your upcoming 2019 non-fiction reviews for some recs?


  7. Ahh I can’t believe I’m only seeing this now! School is kicking my butt and now, I’m missing everybody’s blog posts!

    I totally know how you feel about YA, I wrote a blog posts ages ago because I was feeling much the same way, and honestly just didn’t know what to do about it. since then I’ve pretty much gotten to know my reading tastes a lot better, I mostly just read whatever I want to and borrow from the library. This year I have read some YA, but mostly I’ve been branching out into different genres and reading some middle-grade and trying out some different Adult books. It’s been a really cool experience, I definitely recommend it. (are you a mood or structured reader?)

    Dude, we have to buddy-read the Lunar Chronicles next year I’m so excited about it because I haven’t read it in years!

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    1. I feel the same way because I’ve been relying so much more on the library. I just wish I could find a good audiobook service too since Audible is a little pricey for one book.

      I’m definitely a structured reader but I can be a mood reader sometimes. However, I do like to set a TBR because it’s sort of like setting a goal for myself and I’m a goal-orientated person.

      Yes!!!!!!! Let’s do it!

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  8. I tend to read YA fantasy more than contemporary, so I think the problems are usually more high-stakes than a teen worried about what she’ll wear to prom. However, YA has been very disappointing to me lately because it’s so formulaic. And…bad. It feels like some books aren’t even trying to be good. They just latch onto the latest trend and then we get a few years of mediocre books. There are still gems out there. But they feel increasingly difficult to find.

    I usually end up reading upper middle-grade because they feel more original. And I firmly believe that there are books being marketed as upper MG that could be marketed as YA–except they don’t fit the formula. So maybe I’m just reading good YA under a different marketing label half the time.

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