I will be honest, YA has never been a genre I've been overly fond of, even when I was the target demographic. Once I left children's books behind, I jumped to non-fiction and left fiction behind. I read a few of the required classics here and there, but for the most part, if I was reading for pleasure, it was either non-fiction or adult fiction (Tom Clancy, Tony Hillerman, etc.) that my mother approved for me. Even then, and to this very day, I read fairly little prose fiction. (But I do read a comic book or two.)
So I vowed that this will be the summer of YA--my goal is to read at least one a week before the year starts and then read at least two a month going forward, to get myself better acquainted with the genre. I'm starting with the books I will be teaching this year as well as the Hunger Games and I hope to do at least short reviews here as I go along.
I'd love suggestions, but please make sure they are on the low-end of the YA scale. Things for high-school won't help me or anything that really has strong adult and/or controversial themes.
Sometime soon, my reviews will kick off with thoughts on the first book of The Hunger Games. See you then!