Another YALLfest is in the books! While I didn’t get as big of a haul as I have in years past, I did get quite a few good books. I’ll list the top books I got and the honorable, but still exciting books. Let’s go!
Today is the official start of YALLfest in Charleston, SC! I wait all year for this festival and it is the best time of the year! Several hundred readers descend onto Charleston to meet authors, attend panels, and get their hands on some of the most anticipated YA books of 2020. This will be my 4th year attending YALLfest and each year I learn something new to make the next year better and easier. So if you’ll be attending YALLfest or any other book festival, I’ve come up with some tips to help you make the most of the event! Here we go!
Y’all fall is my favorite season by far. No, it’s not because of pumpkin everything. Unpopular opinion, but pumpkin stuff isn’t that good. You can’t even taste the pumpkin. Apples are where it’s at for fall baking and eating, but that’s just my opinion. Anyways, lots of fun things happen in the fall, halloween, lots of fall decor, the leaves are falling, you can go apple picking, and carve pumpkins. It is literally the best. But on top of all that fun, we get a bunch of fun fandom things! Like new movies, fall shows start to premiere, new books, and games! Here’s my list of all the things I’m looking forward to this fall.
Let’s talk about mental health! Mental health is so, so important. Representation of mental health and how to deal with it is also so, so important. We’re slowly getting out of the era where different medias are not using stereotypical mental health characteristics anymore, instead they are getting more and more real and relatable, which can be so helpful. Like, I did not know I had OCD until I read a book and related so hard to the main character who had OCD. I had been so caught up in the stereotypical characteristics that movies and shows portrayed for years (like OCD just means you want everything to be clean or that you’re just a really anal retentive person) that I didn’t think my obsessive thoughts and actions could possibly be OCD. Less than a year after reading that book, I was diagnosed with OCD. Real representation of mental illnesses in movies, tv, and books are so important to help us through our own struggles and to make us not feel so alone. And today we’re going to explore my top 5 YA books that represent mental illness super, super well. Let’s go!
Well, I’ve done it again, I’ve bought more books. Every month, I swear that I’m going to read all the books on my shelves and not buy any books until I’m finished. And I literally never listen to myself, I’m such a push over. If it helps, I did restrain myself a little and only bought like 5 books. And honestly, I deserve an award for controlling myself so much. One gold medal, please! Anyway, on with the book haul!
So, it’s no surprise that I love YA books, I read them exclusively. But it may be a surprise that I love a good contemporary YA book. Sometimes I’m not all about murder, space, historical YA, etc. It’s a bit weird for me, but I’m learning to fully embrace the contemporary genre! There’s something amazing about reading a characters journey through life or particular situation. It can be heartfelt, powerful, sad, joyful, or all of those at once (usually that’s when you know you’ve found a good contemporary YA). While I’m learning to indulge in the contemporary YA genre, I thought I would share my top list of my favorite contemporary reads I’ve read so far. Here we go!
Thank goodness 2018 is over! I’m ready to accept all the greatness that 2019 has to offer and part of that greatness is reading as many books as possible! But before I can do that, I want look back on all the wonderful books I read in 2018. I was able to read 43 books in 2018, so this list is the top of the class. Not all of these books were published in 2018, but they came into my life in 2018. These books were the ones that made me laugh, cry, swoon, understand myself and others more, made me think, hope, and want to fight for a better world. These books stayed with me long after I finished reading them and those are the best kinds of books. Without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 YA books I read in 2018*.
*Not in any particular order
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You totally sang that in your head didn’t you? No, it’s not Christmas. It’s not Halloween. It’s not the Superbowl. It’s much better than all of those combined! I might be overselling it, but I can’t help myself, I just love when I get to do these articles! It’s time for another YA Quarterly Book Haul! And it’s a good haul too. I got a few of these books for my birthday, I bought a few a gifts for myself for my birthday, and others I’ve picked up over the last few months because let’s be honest, it’s really hard to be a human sometimes and people are always saying to practice self love and it just so happens that books are my love language. Anyways, on with the show!