I love books. I love reading. I always have, ever since I was a little kid. When I was in first and second grade, I got such a thrill that my favorite books were “adult” books, like the Xanth series by Piers Anthony and Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. But now that I am grown, many of my favorite books are young adult books or children’s books. I just think they are some of the best written and most fun, original, and humorous books out there. When I want to relax with a quick read, it’s almost always a YA book. But they aren’t all fluff by any means. Young adult (and children’s) books often deal with serious subjects, intense feelings, and the kind of real, difficult choices people of any age may find themselves facing.

I decided to create a book-blog mainly because I want to participate in some of the great reading challenges out there in the blog world. I thought for a couple days about whether I might want to actually contribute something with this blog, and if so, what the theme might be. Sharing the world of young adult literature through the eyes of an “old adult” feels like the perfect thing. Young folks have amazing librarians, school teachers, friends, and web sites to point them to the best of the best of teen and children’s lit, and grown-ups have the New York Times, neighborhood booksellers, friends, and book blogs to help them find the best of adult reading. But most adults, unless they have teens in their own lives, won’t know about the latest and greatest in books that, although they may be filed in the “youth” section, should not be missed by anyone!


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