Yes, I am reading YA lit.
Kolderup (who blogs at Librarified) explains, “Outside of YA circles, I sometimes find myself having to justify my tastes to others. Yes, a lot of why I read YA lit is because I work with teens. But even if I were to switch careers, I would continue reading YA lit because it’s good. That’s not to say adult lit isn’t, of course, but YA lit has a freshness that I really enjoy, and it rarely gets bogged down in its own self-importance.”
She explains what YA is, and isn’t; gives the full flavor of YA by addressing everything from book pacakgers to best sellers to literary fiction; discusses current trends; and recommends some titles.
For those readers not familiar with In the Library with a Lead Pipe, I highly recommend its articles! As explained at the website, “We are a team of librarians working in academic, public, and school libraries across the United States. In addition to essays by its founders, In the Library with the Lead Pipe will feature articles by guests representing special libraries and archives, as well as educators, administrators, library support staff, and community members. If you want to submit a guest post, see our submission guidelines.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe is intended to help improve our communities, our libraries, and our professional organizations. Our goal is to explore new ideas and start conversations; to document our concerns and argue for solutions. Each article is peer-reviewed by at least one external and one internal reviewer.” Yes, you read that right — the articles are all peer reviewed.