As I posted earlier, I'm planning to write some more discussion-type posts in the future. I had previously posted about having the blogging blahs, and I think the stress of trying to read and review in order to have content for the blog was really getting to me. I keep reading all of these GREAT discussion posts (like Cass' Thursday Thoughts and all of the great discussion posts that Jaime @ The Perpetual Page-Turner posts) and I HAVE all these bookish thoughts, just never the guts to post them. So here goes.
Hannah @ So Obsessed With and Cass @ Books With Cass started a new feature a little while ago, where they read an adult book together and each post own their "Favorite Factor." I really enjoyed reading their first post, which got me to thinking about my own reading habits.
At the beginning of the year, I posted my bookish resolutions for 2013. One of my resolutions was to read more "big kid" books. I will be doing a full resolution recap towards the end of the year to evaluate where I succeeded (and where I didn't), but I wanted to take a moment and just think about adult literature.
Prior to blogging, I used to read a blend of young adult and adult books. If I heard that a book was good, I'd pick it up. In fact, I'm honestly not certain that it really mattered what section of the library or bookstore the book came from, I read and loved them all. Yet nowadays, I read primarily young adult books. I think that this switch originated for several reasons:
1. Young adult books are shorter. I'm sure that you've all felt that pressure when you look at your Goodreads challenge and it reminds you that, at your current reading pace, you're two books behind schedule? And then you purposely pick a couple of short-ish books to pick up the pace a notch? Yup, I've totally done that. In an effort to reach my reading goal for the year, I've often steered away from reading some really hefty reads, just because I know it's going to take a month or so to plow through it, therefore reducing the number of books that I'll be able to read during the year.
2. Adult books are sometimes boring. Please don't hate me for saying this!!!! Not ALL books are boring, but sometimes I find that adult writers just feel like they're trying to hard to be all fancy and literary, and I get so lost in trying to decipher what the heck is going on that I end up losing interest in the book. Case in point: J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Granted, I only read the first chapter or so, but I just couldn't get into the book or the story or the characters. And after having that experience in several adult books, I crave the linguistic simplicity of a young adult book. But with that being said, there are some young adult writers that can be a little over the top with the writing too. I'm not trying to generalize at all here.
3. The pressure that I put upon myself to generate enough content on this blog. This ties in with my first point of reading a certain number of books. If I take the time to savour a book over the period of a month, what am I going to post about? Well, I'm hoping that this will change next year, since I'm trying to get way ahead with some review books and discussion posts, which will hopefully mean that I can just slow waaaaay down and read some books for pleasure. Because there's really nothing worse that a reading slump that gets generated by trying to read too much in too short of a period of time.
I'm sorry that this discussion post is a little all over the place. I came up with the idea a few weeks ago, and should have written it while it was a little fresher in my mind, rather than waiting for a break between school projects. Alas, such is life -- if you have any thoughts on adult lit vs. young adult lit, please leave a comment below! Also, any recommendations for great adult lit are very much welcomed!!!