My Very Late Announcement About Joining YA Interrobang?!

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This is going to be a very late announcement (I’ve been swamped with college essays and exams), but I am very happy to have joined the YA Interrobang?! Team! Ever since its beginning a little less than a year ago, I have been an avid reader. As you can see, I am very happy to actually be a part of YA Interrobang!

Now, what is YA Interrobang? YA Interrobang is an online magazine that “[celebrates] YA literature.” Every other Sunday, YA Interrobang releases a new issue (issue = updates with a bunch of new articles) that revolve around anything and everything that is happening within the YA book community. Essentially, it is a roundup of all current YA news. What YA Interrobang doesn’t do though, is review books. It presents news and opinions on other topics, hence why it is called a magazine.

I have joined the Team as a columnist. My column is called “Once Upon a Tweet” and in it, I round up the best of YA author tweets in the past two weeks. This last Sunday, my third post came out (hence why this is a really late announcement).

If you’re an avid YA follower, or you just want to know what’s going on, I suggest checking out YA Interrobang?! While you’re there, you might as well browse through my column too (;

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Transition from YA

Ever since my blog has been born, I have been a book blog. And since this blog has been a book blog, I have primarily focused on books/novels that fell under the Young Adult category (aka ‘teen books’). Therefore, Lost in Believing has been known as a YA book blog.

This fall, I am going to be attending Baruch College in Manhattan – which makes me a freshman  in college. In a month, I will be turning 18; thus beginning my slow transition from young adult books to adult books. But wait, getting older does not necessarily mean I will be transitioning from one genre to the next, just more likely.

I am writing this post to let you know that this blog will not just be a young adult blog anymore. From this point on, I will be blogging about books that fall under the ‘New Adult’ category, and yes, also books that fall under the plain old ‘Adult’ category. Honestly, this blog will probably remain mostly a YA book blog, but I wanted to let you guys know that those books will not be the only books I will be talking about.

What is New Adult?

Here is a wonderful answer from NA Alley:

We view New Adult fiction (NA) as a category of literature—meaning, it gives readers content expectations, but it does not dictate genre-based criteria. Typically, a novel is considered NA if it encompasses the transition between adolescence—a life stage often depicted in Young Adult (YA) fiction—and true adulthood.

Protagonists generally fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc.

Other terms for NA include: Upper YA, Crossover Fiction, and Mature YA.

If you want to learn more about the new genre, head over to NA Alley; they know their stuff.

As of right now, I’ve only read one book that is classified as NA, but I have a list of NA books on my TBR list AND I’m on the e-mail list for a bunch of NA book tours and news. This fall begins a whole new part of my life, and I’m excited to introduce a new part to my blog.

I know a lot of you have been with me from the start, and I know that I’m not the only one that’s getting older. If you aren’t already familiar with NA, I hope I’m able to introduce you to it!

Leave me any thoughts or comments below. And here’s to the future (:

Books You Should Be Reading this Summer

“If you don’t like to read you haven’t found the right book.”
                                                                                – J.K. Rowling

Whether or not you are an avid reader, you are familiar with J.K. Rowling and her very, very popular Harry Potter series. One book turned into a series that seduced millions of hearts around the world. I know Harry Potter, you know Harry Potter, and that goldfish over there knows about Harry Potter.  We all know about Harry Potter, but I don’t think you know what Harry Potter did…it got millions of people to read.

If you like to read, you are nodding in agreement. If you disagree with the words on this paper, then you are someone who has not found the right book yet. The one that grabs your attention and pulls your mind into a completely new world. You need to find that one book that has you thinking about it long after the last page has been turned. And this article is here to help.

Summer: vacations, beaches, and parties. It’s the season to relax and to just be carefree. Summer is also the season where most people have the most free time, and what better way to spend your free time with a really amazing book?

From cute, summer romances to fantastic adventures, overcoming hardships and getting swept up in the paranormal, here are just a few (out of many) young adult novels you should be checking out this summer.

Summer = Free time = More books to read!

Summer Fling Novels:
– Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
– The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
– Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen

Contemporary:
– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
– The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger
– Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

Dystopian:
– Divergent by Veronica Roth
– Wither by Lauren DeStefano
– Legend by Marie Lu

Other Good Books:
– The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
– Everyday by David Levithan
– Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

 

Happy 3rd Blogoversary to Me!

Three years ago today (May 31, 2010), my book blog was born.

Happy 3rd Blogoversary blog!

I would like to thank you all. For reading, commenting, subscribing, and just taking your time to look at this blog. Book blogging has changed my life, and I don’t think any of you will understand just how much this all means to me. *hugs* I appreciate everything you guys do; without people to read my posts, this blog would be nothing.

THANK YOU!

To thank you guys, I will be putting up a giveaway soon to celebrate. Keep an eye out!

Random Quotes That I Enjoy

“You know how one day you think someone is so hot, then the next day you look at him and go, what did I ever see in you?”
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters

“Everything has changed and everything is the same.”
Saving June by Hannah Harrington

“I’ve lost track of where friendship ends and falling begins.”
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

“I think there is no way to write about being alone. To write is to tell something to somebody, to communicate to others.”
-“Solitude” by Ursula K. LeGuin

“Poor Linden. He has had, at once, four wives, whom he adored and maybe even loved. But we frightened him, us girls, with our intensity, the weight of our sadness and the sharpness of our hearts.”
Sever by Lauren DeStefano

“What a fine persecution – to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened…”
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

“Experience makes liars of us all.”
-Doctor Who, “The Witch of the Well”

Come to the Dark Side – They Have E-books [The Positives & Negatives]

I would like to talk about my transition from print books to e-books, and everything in-between. Originally, I had been that person who didn’t want to read anything electronic. I like physical things: the way a book looks, smells, and feels. I’m selfish. If I’m going to get any object, I want it to be tangible. If I’m not able to appreciate the physicality of something, then it’s not worth it.

Yes, e-books were the sensible way to go. Not only did they cost less, you could also carry as many of them as you wanted to at once. They made sense. But at the same time, they didn’t have any of the things that I adored about a book.

A year ago, I read e-books. I only had my little iPod Touch to read on (and that kinda sucked). Why did I do it? Netgalley. Netgalley was the reason I started to branch into the world of e-books. I needed stories to review and Netgalley offered them; except to read them, I had to try something new.

Today, I am all for e-books. In the past few months, I noticed that half of the books I read are electronic. At the same time, that happens to be due to the fact that the publisher that sends me books to review is now only sending titles out electronically. I was devastated when I found out; one, because I didn’t have an e-reader and two, because how could an e-book replace any physical book?! Thankfully, my friend gave me her old Nook.

Let me tell you, the Nook fascinated me. Some of my friends already started to read electronically, but I hadn’t played around with any e-reader until that day. I was afraid that reading on a device would bother my eyes if I stared at it too long; thankfully, that wasn’t the case. The older version of the Nook places the text on a screen that resembles paper – it doesn’t even have a backlight! With my device, I’m not able to read in the dark. Although that should bother me, I find it kinda cool that I’m not able to read in the dark. A physical book doesn’t have a backlight, and the no backlight feature reminds me of a physical book.

Now, if you’re the person that is absolutely against e-books (which I’m thinking a little under half of you are; my poll told me that only 55% of you read e-books), I’m letting you know that I’ve been there. I didn’t want to transition because I wanted all of the physical things a book could give me that an e-book could not. Although I am no longer anti-ebook, I still prefer physical books. I will always prefer an actual book. Still, if you ever get the chance to try out an e-book I suggest that you do so.

Here are the good and bad things of e-books compared to physical books:

Positives:

  • They are significantly cheaper.
  • You are able to carry as many books with you that your device will allow.
  • There are plenty of free e-books. If you browse websites, there are plenty of free books for you to peruse. If you don’t recognize the author or title, don’t skip it! There are plenty of free e-books out there that are decent reads.
  • A lot of popular authors come out with e-books as an addition to one of their other books or series. I’ve noticed a lot of YA authors have little prologues or extra stories that add on to popular characters and plots.
  • You are able to get ebooks whenever you want them (as long as you have internet). There is no need to go out to your local bookstore or library.
  • You are able to lend e-books to other people.
  • Your device allows you to take notes and bookmark pages.

Negatives:

  • You can’t physically hold said book in your hand.
  • You cannot sniff said book and smell that wonderful ink and paper smell.
  • There are no details to be seen on the cover, jacket design, pages or spine.
  • An author cannot sign the book. I mean, he/she can, but an electronic signature is definitely not the same as an actual one.
  • You are not able to turn to a certain page as quickly as you would be able to in a physical book.

There are a significant amount of positives and negatives, just like anything else. I went to the dark side, and I’m thinking that a lot of other people will end up transitioning too.

I was talking to my dad the other day about my future (since I’m going to college and all). I told him that my current goal is to work in book publishing when I get out of college. Instead of supporting me like a good parent, he stated his thoughts on how he thinks that publishing is dying. His reason for this: everything is going electronic. Of course I argued against him; there will always be people who will want those print books. Print books have been here as long as humans have been. Civilization started with written language, and with written language brings stories, fiction or non-fiction…

I want to hear what you think. Do you read ebooks or are you only print books? What do you think about publishing? Which way do you think society will lean towards? Leave your thoughts below!

Teenagers and Reading

On occasion my friends raid my bookshelf and borrow four to five books at a time. I was walking home from one of said friend’s houses with a pile of books in my arms.  While walking home, I passed a man walking his dog. I said hello, the dog yipped and sniffed at me and the man just stared. He looked at his dog and said “Oh she’s carrying books! You don’t see that today.” [Yes, I’m retelling verbatim.] He then proceeded to mumble about how children these days don’t look up from their phones, and seeing me with an arm-load of books was a nice sight.

Now, I do not usually walk around public places with a ton of books. In school I usually only carry one, but it depends on the day. Usually, I’m that teen on my phone. Okay, maybe not since I don’t have a smart phone or anything. But I’m someone who fits into both categories. Just because you don’t normally see someone carrying a ton of books doesn’t mean they aren’t carrying a ton of books in their mind.

My point: Are teens actually reading less – or does it just appear to be that way?

I’ve heard it before. You have probably heard it before. That teenagers – or well, Americans in general – are reading less. I searched ‘teen reading statistics united states’ into Google and the first site [National Endowment for the Arts] that popped up says that 15-24  year olds spend “only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading” compared to the “two hours a day watching TV.”

Now I’m all for promoting literacy and all that, but I started questioning how true these statistics were. This week in school I carried around The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because it was so-fantastic-that-I-couldn’t-put-it-down and unfortunately because it was mid-term week, I had to put it down. During class, I had a conversation with one of my guy friends; it went like this:

Guy Friend: What are you reading?
Me: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s amazing.
Guy Friend: I know.
Me: …
Guy Friend: Yeah, I read it.
Me: You read it?!

And then I proceeded to squeal. I’ve known this kid for four years and I just found out that he reads outside of school. It shouldn’t have come as a shock to me, but it did. It was really cool finding out that he read YA books too. It was also cool that he’s a guy, because it’s harder to find a guy that reads YA books.

Now, teens are supposedly reading less. Maybe I’m just in denial, but maybe they really aren’t. Maybe the kids-that-are-reading ratio has been the same as the kids-that-don’t-read for a while. Maybe the statistics are right. But maybe the statistics are not truly accurate because people read in what I like to call “secret” – they read, but don’t voice that they do because they have no reason to.

I don’t know about you, but I know a lot more people who have picked up a book for enjoyment than someone who has never read a book for fun before.