One of the things “they” say you should do to become a better writer is to read, read, read. And of course you should read in the genre for which you are writing. That means for me, young adult.
Last summer I started reading contemporary ya books and since then, I’ve read more books in one year than I had read the first six years of Lincoln’s life.
Seventy plus books in one year, 90% of which are young adult. Sounds impressive. But you have to remember that ya books are shorter than adult novels, on average, maybe 40,000 to 60,000 words. And when I get a small, squat book with large text, I know the word count is not high.
I’ve found that reading on the treadmill works great. Unless you like to run. But since I don’t, I can walk fast and read at the same time. So with 45 minutes of reading time a day, a typical book might take 3-5 days.
I am going to keep a list of what I’m reading, and probably refer to it in my posts. I won’t go back and write down all 70+ books, but I’ll start with the ones since I started blogging.
And if anyone needs any recommendations on ya books for their teens, I can surely give you some good ones. It might take me a few days to look over my list, but I could find exactly what you might want (in contemporary ya, once again).
I wish I had started keeping track of books I’ve read back in my teenage years. I have one good friend who is doing this now. Lyz from http://moderndayjane.areavoices.com/. She actually writes a little summary so she can remember easier what it is about. It’s a great idea, but I figured I don’t want to start now in my late thirties. If I had started way back when…
It would just be interesting to see what I was reading back in high school. Oh well.
What I’m reading: The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook
What I’m writing: a new story