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Introduction: A Showcase of Young Adult Materials

April 2, 2013

We all want to be entertained. We all enjoy distraction from our lives and we lose ourselves in things that delight, scare, absorb, teach, compel, describe, and reflect each of us in some way. We all like to lose ourselves in things if only for a moment. As a gateway to such escape, books used to be one of the only sources available to us, but now we have alternative forms of delivery; movies, music, audiobooks, and of course the Internet (and all that ethereal realm contains therein).

With so much choice available, it can sometimes be hard to know what to pick up. This can be especially challenging for teens today that have a great deal “at their fingertips,” with the prevalence of Information Technology. It can be especially easy to lose sight of the variety one can find in what might appear to be a “simple” book.

In order to regain a sense of what is available in Young Adult (YA) resources, this reading blog is a sample of various YA novels and other entertainment materials in a range of genres that I have read, listened to, or watched over the past several weeks. I have written about my responses to each genre or topic with as open a mind as possible so as to invite others to also take a chance and explore! Although this is only a taste of each genre showcased, there are many, many more options!

I hope that this limited exhibition of books and YA resources will remind teens (and other readers) that there are many ways to become engaged with the world, and that there are many different ways to experience it, and stay connected with it. I hope this reading log will make people interested, curious, and above all, inspired. Enjoy!

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