Hahahaha, so I started this post during class and then my browser crashed and nothing saved except the previous paragraph. Because why not? Sigh.
Anyway, I have read a ton this year, more than years previous. I exploded my Goodreads challenge. My goal was 75 books, and I've read 95 as of today. And the year's not over yet! (I have two must reads on my Kindle right now that I know I'm going to finish, so.)
So, I was going to write a bit about how I'm disenchanted/dissatisfied with YA right now, but then I looked over my books read list and saw that YA still makes up the vast majority of my reading. By a huge margin. However, I have started dipping my toe more in middle grade (it lacks pretentiousness! which is what I usually love about YA!) and also even into more adult fiction that's not just prescribed by my book club. So I think I just need to vary my reading a bit more so I don't get as frustrated by the sameness of the YA I read.
(True story: my daughter read Joy Luck Club and LOVED IT and said she wanted more books like that because she totally identified with one of the characters. She does not find that same identification in the YA novels she has read. And, in fact, said to me: "All the books you read are the same." I have felt the same way lately is what I'm getting at. Mostly because I want to read about real teens doing real things and most of the YA I have encountered is...not that. So! That's where we are.)
My favorite reads of the year have, of course, been about real teens/people doing real things. Except for maybe one or two about superheroes and possibly one about a crayon. But even those are mostly grounded in reality.
Also, despite SOME PEOPLE thinking that I rarely give five stars to book, I have read 10 five-star books so far this year. So there.
I also got back into audiobooks this year and read 12 books that way so far. That number should increase by at least one since I'm next in line for an audiobook at the library right now.
Reading, man. I did a lot of it, basically.