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Book Wrap Up (January): What I’ve Read So Far

Here’s a recap of all that I’ve read so far in 2020. It’s not much and not much good yet either!

Response To: “The Decade in Young Adult Fiction” by Slate

Is YA Fiction Eating Itself Alive? As someone who grew up as a teenager during the last decade, the state of YA Fiction is something near and dear to my heart. But I’m also a writer, and a writer of YA Fiction, so I…

Books Read in 2019 and the “Best of” Winners

Check out the books I’ve read this year and the “best of’s” in several categories. It’s time to recap reading in 2019!

Sex In YA Fantasy Part Two: How Fantasy Can Change Young Adults

Before reading this, check out Part One of this blog series. “When I started working as a child abuse and neglect family therapist…one quick conclusion I came to was that until we are willing and able to talk openly about sex in this culture—healthy…

Sex In Young Adult Fantasy (Part 1)

An Overview Oh boy. This is a tricky topic for so many people. Should writers put sex in their books? How should it be portrayed? Are the relationships healthy? Is the sex safe? Is it consensual? Instead of just writing off the conversation as…

What I’ve Learned About Giving Up Books

Finishing Books Just To Finish Them All of my younger life I felt like I could never EVER give up a book. Even if I hated it. Even if the writing was terrible. Even if I didn’t enjoy a thing about it. I remember…

YA Fantasy Title Generator

I’ve been noticing a trend with YA books. Especially Fantasy YA books. Titles commonly consist of this formula: “NOUN Of NOUN And NOUN.” Examples: Court Of Thorns And Roses, Children Of Blood And Bone, House Of Salt And Sorrows — the list goes on….

Response To: “Four Sexist Themes From the Wheel of Time”

If you’ve never heard of The Wheel of Time, you better prepare yourself. It’s regarded as one of the foundational fantasy series, written by Robert Jordan and later Brandon Sanderson (after Jordan’s death). There are fourteen books and a prequel, and most of them…

10 Reasons You Need to Read Young Adult Fiction NOW (Even If You’re an Adult)

As someone who both loves to write and read YA literature, I thought it might be fun to explain the reason why as adult I still love the genre. There may be a lot more reasons to check out the section than you originally…