One of the bonuses of being in a strictly enforced lockdown with no where to go, no one to visit, and nothing to do (except attempt to work from home) is the sudden windfall of time on my hands. Time, that in any other set of circumstances, I would dedicate to writing. But for once, I already have enough time for writing. Instead, I am actually getting to read books. And not just a couple of pages when I manage to fit them in. No. I have the time to read chapters at a time.
Before the lockdown, Sarah suggested I make a run to the library before they closed without warning. I took her advice (thanks Sarah), and immediately stocked up on as much newish teen/YA fiction I could find.
The library closed the next day, in case you were wondering.
Just like doing market research for a new product, reading the genre you are trying to write in is important. Actually, it’s invaluable. And, for too long, I resisted it. I was too absorbed in my favorite adult genres to venture back into the realm of teen fiction. But I am glad I’ve done it.
It has given me an updated insight into the creative sphere we are trying to contribute to; what’s popular, what’s outdated, and the types of themes young readers a drawn to these days. Plus I have come across a few excellent reads in the process:
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
All the Little Lights – Jamie McGuire
Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
And I have a stack more waiting to be read.
After taking a brief hiatus to read the Sherlock Holmes book; The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz, I have jumped right back in to the teen fiction. I started to read I Know You Remember, by Jennifer Donaldson. So far, it’s excellent.
What are your favorite teen/YA fiction? Let me know in the comments below.