classic ya books

The thing that isn’t great about liking classic literature is that people will automatically assume one is a pretentious snob. 

The thing that isn’t great about liking young adult novels is that people will assume one is not as intellectual as the readers of classics, or belittle these books for being poorly written with generic plots. 

People will have always have something negative to say. Read whatever you like. 

Support young readers

No matter what. Don’t shame a kid for wanting to read a book you don’t like. Don’t shame a child for choosing a comic book instead of a novel. A famous book series that you may not enjoy? Who cares! Let them enjoy it! Who cares as long as it gets them reading! We all started somewhere. Manga? YA? Classics? Comics? Picture books? Who cares what they are reading, care about the fact that they ARE reading! Support young readers!

2.1.16 Happy new year!! Feels weird to be in 2016. So this is my desk and my bookshelf! I thought I’d take a shelfie so that at the end of the year I can take another one and see how it’s changed. My reading goal for 2016 is 40 books so I’d better get cracking!
My old work is at the top with design books, the classics and notebooks are below, then cds and harry potter and graphic novels, then fiction at the bottom! 📚📖

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

ID #58115

Name: Betka
Age: 16
Country: Slovakia

I love nature, books (mostly classic literature and fantasy, but also YA and sci-fi and basically everything), writing, flowers, learning new things, talking, languages, cultures, poems, art, indie bands, food, scouting, helping, love and people.
I’m scout, vegan, red cross volunteer, ENFP and my zodiac sign is scorpio.
And I love aesthetically pleasing things. Am enthusiast for things in general.
I’m also big TV show (Sense8, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Riverdale, Class, Shadowhunters and more) and anime (Yuri!!! on Ice, Kurishitsuji and more) and 1D and Dan and Phil trash, just so you know.
I speak fluent slovak, english and kind of also czech and am learning german.
Also, I would love to be sending letters with someone!
I’m looking forward to your messages, xoxo

Preferences: If you’re homophopic, biphopic, racist, sexist, xenophopic or hateful in general, please don’t contact me.


Literary classics imagined as YA books. 

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Image Credit: JASON BOOHER for EW

Apr. 9, 2017 | 5:50 PM PDT

April Study Challenge
Day 9: Book bucket list

As any bibliophile or English major, I have an ever-growing reading list, which I never get to finish.  Here’s my reading list thus far.  Must-reads are marked with an asterisk (*).

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YA Modern Classics

Young adult books you’ll be reading for years to come - for readers of all ages!

anonymous asked:



I’m deadly serious – I loved The Bedlam Stacks even MORE than Watchmaker, if that’s possible. the same ‘here’s a weird, random period of history’ setting, the same ‘here are some really niche things you know nothing slash don’t care about’ plot, the same ‘here’s the quietest, sneakiest love story you’ve ever not noticed creeping up on you’ romance. but with more ADVENTURING. and PERIL. and a CAMEO from a certain CLAIRVOYANT, eh eh eh 

buuuuut it doesn’t come out until July, so to tide you over here are some lists for books in the same-ish vein: queer historical novels, queer fantasy (almost exclusively YA), and some non-YA, adult, classic novels

The Giver by Lois Lowry

5 stars

This was my first time reading this book, believe it or not. I felt like everyone had read it but me! I’m gonna be honest: one of the reasons it took me so long to read it was that I was always turned off by the cover. Alas, I am that shallow. But I’m so glad I finally read this.

The Giver is a dystopian novel, which I’m getting burnt out on, but this one felt fresh, because it’s old enough that it didn’t feel like it was copying all the YA dystopia that’s out there right now. Plus, it’s just a classic: it was a trendsetter for the genre, not a follower.

In case you haven’t read it before, either, the book is about 11-year-old Jonas, who lives in a society that is extremely ordered and precise, right down to its use of language. Jonas is about to turn 12 in the Ceremony of the Twelves, where all children born in the same year turn the same age at the same time. When you turn 12, you are given your job assignment in society, and Jonas is worried about what job he’ll be assigned. In case you haven’t been spoiled for the book at all, I’ll refrain from saying anything else, because I went into the book with no clue what to expect, and I liked it that way.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was society’s approach to language; I was fascinated by the use of language in the society and how it affected the writing/narration. The book reads very simply, which makes it a great book for younger readers, but there are reasons for that stylistic choice, and all of it makes for really interesting discussion. At one point while reading the book, I got into a discussion with my husband about how and why they treat language the way they do in this society, and we ended up delving pretty deeply into it.

The entire book is like that: deceptively simple. It makes you think; it’s deeper than it might seem at first. It’s short and sweet, and it’s not convoluted. It can feel a little predictable at times, but then at other times it threw me for a loop. Basically, it was just a joy to read, and I can see why it’s a classic. I can’t wait to reread it again one day.

anonymous asked:

hi! I was just wondering what your favorite books are, aside from trc of course. so sorry if you've already answered this!

aa, hi !! okay… so, truthfully, i have read embarrassingly little in the last few years (thanks to college and the fact that i just. keep rereading trc instead of reading new things)… so my current collection of favorites is limited mostly to everyone’s tumblr favs! but… here’s some that i really enjoyed! ❤️

six of crows: i Love this duology So Much that i have a second sideblog for it, omg. (@dangerousinej) it’s got morally ambiguous crime kids and found families and fantasy elements… the worldbuilding is immersive, the characters are complex and human and diverse and absolutely stunning, the plot is engaging and exciting, and i can’t recommend it highly enough! :’) also the author is super duper lovely!

aristotle & dante discover the secrets of the universe: this book changed my life a lil bit. it’s a beautifully crafted love story between two mexican-american boys in the 1980s, but it’s also a lot about family and figuring out who you are and it’s… awesome. like. i am of the opinion that Everyone could benefit from reading this book. i read it all in one sitting and was legitimately a different person afterwards. and the author (who is, like, Amazing) is working on a sequel rn!!

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda: i read this one all in one sitting too! it’s about a gay boy named simon and his anonymous online gay best friend/boyfriend, who also happens to go to his school, and it was really true to my own experience with my sexuality & coming out? like, it was cool to see a story about coming out that was more like ‘this. is awkward and unnecessarily complicated and i don’t know how to do it’ rather than, like, High-Stakes Gay Angst Life Or Death. and like… it does high schoolers Right? they’re flawed and messy but they’re Doing Their Best because high school is hard. it was a really nice read!!