YA in the Second City

Blogging about young adult life & literature since 2011

Sep 19
Currently ReadingThe Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson
Whenever I finish reading a truly wonderful book, such as The Night Circus, it’s always that much more difficult to decide what to read next. This time around, I decided to segue into reading the 2011 Alex Award winners – “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.”
I’ve been planning to read the Alex Award winners for a while, mostly because I’m interested in what the novels do and do not have in common and why each was thought to have “special appeal” to the #yalit crowd. It’s a list ripe for examination given my broader interest in how #yalit is defined as a genre and the implications of those definitions, and I’m excited to get started.
In particular, the transition from reading books that are obviously #yalit to reading some that are less so now feels smooth, because I read The Night Circus with the Alex Awards already in mind. (I think it’s a shoo-in for the 2012 list.)
Anyway, the award winners are listed alphabetically by title, making DC Pierson’s the first in 2011. I’m 8% in as of today, and my main thought so far has been, Why wasn’t this billed as #yalit from the start?

Currently Reading
The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson

Whenever I finish reading a truly wonderful book, such as The Night Circus, it’s always that much more difficult to decide what to read next. This time around, I decided to segue into reading the 2011 Alex Award winners – “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.”

I’ve been planning to read the Alex Award winners for a while, mostly because I’m interested in what the novels do and do not have in common and why each was thought to have “special appeal” to the #yalit crowd. It’s a list ripe for examination given my broader interest in how #yalit is defined as a genre and the implications of those definitions, and I’m excited to get started.

In particular, the transition from reading books that are obviously #yalit to reading some that are less so now feels smooth, because I read The Night Circus with the Alex Awards already in mind. (I think it’s a shoo-in for the 2012 list.)

Anyway, the award winners are listed alphabetically by title, making DC Pierson’s the first in 2011. I’m 8% in as of today, and my main thought so far has been, Why wasn’t this billed as #yalit from the start?


Sep 17
Happy Caturday!

Happy Caturday!


Sep 16

These Are Our Children – I Monster

I spent my evening reading The Night Circus at New Wave Coffee, a Logan Square staple and one of my favorite spots in the city. In addition to a great tea selection and some of the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches ever, they always play fantastic music – and tonight was no exception.

I had never heard I Monster before, but their sound fit surprisingly well with both my mood and my reading. In particular, this song (identified using Shazam – technology!) stood out to me as one that evokes the eerier qualities of Morgenstern’s novel.


Sep 15

Sep 14

(This blog is technically on hold until I come up with a doable schedule of posts, because on the one hand, I want this to be a “real” blog, one that gets updated regularly with content that makes me proud, while on the other hand, I have a 40+ hour a week day job that saps my energy and leaves me with little to no ability to write coherent sentences, paragraphs, etc.

It’s a conundrum I hope to resolve sooner rather than later, and until then, I’ll be sticking to snippets. –AVH)


Sep 13
Currently ReadingThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
For days, I’ve been struggling to choose my next book. Luckily, tonight I remembered that this was released today. 5% in, and I’m reasonably certain that I’m going to love it. Even the use of 3rd person present tense doesn’t irk me as much as expected.

Currently Reading
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

For days, I’ve been struggling to choose my next book. Luckily, tonight I remembered that this was released today. 5% in, and I’m reasonably certain that I’m going to love it. Even the use of 3rd person present tense doesn’t irk me as much as expected.