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Goodreads Has an Young Adult Week | 2021

Last year I paid some attention to the topics that goodreads had put forward for their young adult week. What I read and so on. This year they had another young adult week and I thought it would be fun to go through their topics again.

Young Adult has been a difficiult target group for me in recent years. I feel like I’ve kind of grown out of it, though some still hit the mark. And that is okay. Maybe I’ll come back towards YA more in the future, who knows? I might need to read YA to understand Merijn as a teen haha.

Regardless, I do still follow plenty of bloggers and authors who read and write YA. And I do think I still have a handle on what is going around (the fantasy portion of it anyway). Even so, below are my opinion and views on what goodreads has put forward. You make take them with a grain of salt.

Meet the Rising Stars of Young Adult fiction.

Mentioned are: Aiden Thomas, Darcie Little Badger, Chloe Gong, Leah Thompson, Phil Stamper, Namina Forna, Roseanne A. Brown, Adiba Jagirdair, Emma Lord, Tracey Deonn, Angelinne Boulley, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

And right of the bat I can see that I’ve not read nearly enough of these authors. Actually I’ve only read Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys. Of course I have his Lost in the Never Woods on my radar. I do however have books by Darcie Little Badger, Chloe Gong, Leah Thompson, Namina Forna, Roseanne A. Brown and Tracey Deonn on my radar.

I do have to say, considering this list I kind of miss Jordan Ifueko. Out of all the authors on this list that released a book last year along side her, she was the one that got mentioned the most in my corner of the world. So I find it interesting to not find her back on this list. I mean, Redemptor, the sequel, is coming out this month!

Who did you expect to see on this list and is not?

The 36 Most Anticipated Upcoming Releases.

They broke these 36 into two groups. Standalones and first in a series, and Continueing series. Of those 36 I have 6 I am really looking forward too (and possibly 7 if I do end up liking The Wrath and the Ruin).

Which ones are you looking forward to reading?

Ellen Oh’s Recommendations for Incredible YA Reading.

I loved seeing Ellen’s recommendations. So many different books than the ones mentioned in the other blog posts for this weeks Goodreads YA week. She mentions the Magic Fish for instance which was one of my favorite reads of last year. Many of the other books are more contemporary so not really for me. But she also shared a few that are to come and I am especially looking forward to The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea she also mentions. Again, by Axie Oh. And she made me excited for Into the Bloodred Woods and the Heartbreak Bakery!

The Top 40 Young Adult Books of 2021 (So Far).

So here are the top 40 YA reads of the first 6 months that were published this year. Interesting always to see. I’ve not read many and I don’t seem to want to read many either. Ouch.

9 thoughts on “Goodreads Has an Young Adult Week | 2021

  1. I feel like I have been reading less and less YA since recently as well. I have been gravitating to more adult and middle-grade reads this year, but maybe next year I’ll read more YA? Since I’m mostly a mood reader, I can’t really predict how my reading will change tbh! Haha!

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  2. I haven’t been reading much YA recently. I noticed GR had the YA week, but didn’t pay much attention to it. Probably fitting since the one YA book I’m really looking forward to (Bend in the Road by Sara Biren) wasn’t on their list. I hope the 6 you’re waiting for are good!

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  3. I noticed Goodreads’ YA week, but I didn’t click through to their list. Lately for me, it seems that I go in phases where I read only YA, and then I’ll not read any YA for months. I have to be in the right mood for it these days.

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  4. I’ve become really picky about my YA over the last couple of years. I’ve gotten too many awful ARCs from debut authors on NetGalley and Edelweiss, so now I tend to stick with authors I know, or others for whom I have seen at least 50 great reviews. Ha ha. 😅

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