Fact: I don't like coffee. I just like saying Coffee Clutch in my best and deepest New York accent. Considering I'm a New Yorker, I'm pretty freaking good at it. So I've got my tea and I hope you have your heated beverage of choice, because it's time to gab the day away.
So if this post isn't a review of the program, what IS this post about? Well, it's about my YA tunnel vision.
Let's be real. I was never a big Adult Fiction reader. Okay, I had my "I'm going to try to be literary/an adult" phase towards the end of High School and the beginning of College. I would pick up books that took me far too long to finish/left me far too confused at the end. Then I'd occasionally sneak a Nicholas Sparks book when my heart was like "BRAIN, STOP RUINING EVERYTHING LET THIS GIRL READ ABOUT SOME KISSING AND FLUFF." But it wasn't a happy situation. Especially when I also had to read similarly long/confusing books for school.
At a certain point in all of this (probably junior year of college?) I returned to my rabid YA reading roots (that I'd originally cultivated in like 4th grade). I can't even begin to tell all of you how happy this made me. I honestly felt like I'd come home and LIFE WAS GOOD.
Only, since I crawled back into my YA cave, I haven't left it. Not once. Yeah. That's the big news of the week. I haven't read any Adult Fiction since LAST summer, probably, and the Adult Fiction in question (that I can think of, at least) is Soulless by Gail Carriger. Which is slightly steamy Steampunk. Like, my friend read the back of the book and she was like "What the HELL are you reading, Gaby?" So. Not super literary or anything like that.
I think I'm mostly okay with this, but then I think about to this summer program I just did and the job I'm not looking to get and I wonder if just knowing everything about YA is enough. Obviously I can't know everything about everything bookish, but should I know more about fiction than the super big names? Obviously skimming the NYTimes Bestseller List is something I should add to my weekly list of things to do, but am I supposed to be reading this book?
And then, when I start thinking about it terms of my summer program/jobs, I feel like I become a little unsteady with my being "mostly okay" with only reading YA in general. Am I doing myself a giant disservice by staying in this YA bubble I've created for myself? I mean, there aren't even any adult books on my radar right now. Except maybe that new Lauren Graham book. Because. I mean. Lorelai Gilmore wrote a book. Is there something I should be reading RIGHT THIS FREAKING SECOND that's not a YA book and possibly even a little more literary?
What you think about all of this? Are you a reader of YA and YA alone? Or do you read other stuff too? How do you KNOW about this other stuff? Help. Me. Please.