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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Diving In

While I may appear to be a connoisseur of YA books, there's actually a large number of books, and genres, that I've yet to read. Lately, however, I've been starting to branch out and have dived into some new series that I never would've considered reading. And I have to say, to my surprise, I'm enjoying it!

Don't get me wrong, I love my books and genres, but it isn't always easy to find books that suit my tastes. (New murder mysteries and historical fiction aren't exactly dropping left and right, even though I'd like them to.) But, while finding books that fit my criteria may be hard, it is harder to delve into new types of books. With some encouraging (and forcing) from my friends and family though I've stepped out of the box and found some good new books and series.

Private by Kate Brian is one of those series. I've known about it for awhile, my sister being an avid reader of the series, but I never read them. Some of that has to do with my own skepticism and some my sister's skepticism as to how I'd like them. However, I started reading them a few weeks ago and am already up to date. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The books may not be The Hunger Games or A Great and Terrible Beauty, but they keep me entertained and on the edge of my seat. Whoever thought that a book about the cliche scholarship girl at an upscale private school could be so suspenseful? Surely not I.

Another book is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Ya ya, I know that these books have been all the rage over the past few months and they're right down my alley, but I've never read them. Mostly because I have a slight fear of vampires and because I have a thing with reading fad books. When a book is so huge I sometimes find it hard to connect to the book without feeling like I've sold out. (Case and point: Harry Potter) Thanks to the never ending forcing of my friends and family (and many forced viewings of the movie) I finally caved and read the first book. And, yep, you guessed it, I enjoyed it.

With two positive experiences with new genres and books I'm going to be doing some more exploring, so keep an eye out for some unique and out of the box reviews coming soon.


  1. I haven't read Twilight or Private yet either! And I still haven't gotten around to the Gemma Doyle trilogy either....But you'd be proud, yesterday I told myself to pick up a copy of the first Gallagher Girls book and did and I'm so excited to begin!

  2. I've already read the Twilight series. Maybe I should start reading the Private series if I can find it. Isn't it about girls in a boarding school?

  3. I hope you enjoy the Gallagher Girls books Bookworm!
    The private books are about girls in boarding school. Particularly one girl, Reed, and her quest to get into the sorority-esque Billings House. And along the way she just happens to stumble into the middle of two or three murders/ psychos out to kill her.

  4. I love both the Private and Twilight series. And I know what you mean by selling out. I actually read the Twilight books before they became this huge fad but my friends all made fun of me at the time. Now I make fun of them because they are so obsessed with them now. I also love the Gallagher Girls books. And I love that you are trying to branch out. So many people just stick with what they know and never realize that there might be something out there that might be even better!


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