Welcome to the YA Corner! This is an ongoing feature in which Caroline and Jenna, two AAR reviewers who love their YA fiction, discuss a set of YA novels related by genre or theme.
How do we choose our books? First, because this is All About Romance, these novels are all romances or books with strong romantic elements. They are books at least one of us has already read and given a grade above a B. All things being equal, we’ll choose a more obscure book or non-AAR reviewed book over a more recent, buzzed-about one, in the hopes of showing something you haven’t seen before. Within our grade range, we also prioritize books which do something original, like show an unusual setting or feature under-represented characters. We’ll avoid spoilers whenever possible.
Our first YA Corner features American contemporaries. The books we chose this time around are: Continue reading
Sometimes behind the scenes some of us at AAR like to compare notes on books we’ve read or urge our friends to read some of the books we’ve enjoyed the most. Leigh and Maggie started chatting about their shared love of YA and of women’s fiction recently and this is what they had to say about it:
Leigh:The series of blogs on diversity lately had me wondering about why I am drawn to a certain type of book. While I enjoy contemporary romances, I am also drawn to Chick Lit and Women’s Fiction. Continue reading
Romance reading challenges are not new to AAR. And then there’s also the Annual TBR Challenge that has people participating from various sites around the internet, including here. Most folks, like me, participate in challenges because they have too many books and want to see a dent made in their darn TBR. But this year I added a challenge – the YA debut authors reading challenge that tasks one with reading 12 books in the calendar year by debut authors. I’m finally done and thought I’d report in with some of my good reads.
One interesting point was that my books basically broke down into three categories: fairy tale themed novels, paranormals and science fiction. All three are the style of book I read in romance as well. My fairy tale reads are probably the most like my traditional romance reads.
Before Harry Potter swept in and defined my generation, two books left remarkable impressions on me. Two very different books, but they had a strong impact on me and many of my peers. I’m going to look back at these books in two blog posts. The first is on my introduction to romance. It was 1997. I was eight years old. The book was Ella Enchanted.