Monday, July 30, 2012
Five months. Twenty guest posts. Hundreds of recommendations for where to start if you're looking to dive into YA fiction as a new reader or if you're a seasoned YA reader and are looking to fill in the gaps you may have missed. Putting together this series has been such a great experience, and we are beyond grateful to both the guests who took the time and energy to write such thoughtful, creative, unique and insightful posts about YA books and to everyone who took the time to read the posts, comment on them, and share them. To say we were blown away would be an understatement.
We're sad to see this series end because we learned about a ton of new-to-us titles, and we loved seeing just how differently everyone approached the question posed.
So my original idea in wrapping up the series was to create a massive list of every title mentioned, but about three posts in, I realized that was way too ambitious. Instead, I'm going to link to everyone's posts here and hope you take the time to catch up on any you may have missed:
OUR picks: Kelly Jensen, Kimberly Francisco, & Jen Petro-Roy
Kathleen Peacock (author of Hemlock)
Liz Burns (blogger at A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy)
Laura Arnold (editor at Razorbill)
Julie Cross (author of Tempest)
Janssen Bradshaw (blogger at Everyday Reading)
Susan Adrian (writer)
CK Kelly Martin (author of My Beating Teenage Heart and more)
Lee Wind (blogger at Lee Wind)
Victoria Stapleton (director of school and library marketing at Little, Brown)
Sarah Andersen (blogger at YA Love Blog)
Nova Ren Suma (author of Imaginary Girls)
Catie, Flannery, and Tatiana (bloggers at The Readventurer)
Courtney Summers (author of This is Not a Test and more)
Andrew Karre (editor at Carolrhoda)
Kate Hart (blogger at Kate Hart / YA Highway)
Swati Avasthi (author of Split)
Brian Farrey (editor at Flux)
Trisha Murakami (blogger at The YA YA YAs)
Kirstin Cronn-Mills (author of The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind)
Lenore Appelhans (blogger/author of Presenting Lenore and Level 2)
When the end of June rolled around and I saw our posts were getting fewer and fewer in the series, I started brainstorming what to do next. I had a lot of requests for continuing this particular series of bringing it back again next year with new voices. I've got a couple of ideas in the works for this year, but seeing how "So You Want to Read YA?" was really designed out of answering a question I was asked by others, I thought I'd throw out the opportunity for our readers to weigh in on what they'd like to see in the future here on STACKED. If you read this series, participated in it, or have an interest in anything YA-related on the blog, chime in.
Thank you all again -- and we hope you enjoyed the series as much as we did.