Armchair Bea Day 5: Keeping It Fresh & Children's Literature
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Keeping things fresh
This is a tricky question isn't it? On one hand I feel like I need to constantly be creative to "hook" new readers and on the other I want to do what makes me happy. This need for balance between keeping myself and my readers happy is precisely how my Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger posts came about. I wanted to talk about a few topics but I didn't just want to have them be at random. Also I felt I needed something new to keep myself challenged and growing as a blogger and that meant tackling tough topics head on. Since my first "confession" where I talked about Reading Quirks I've had quite a few E-mails from readers thanking me for my posts or expressing how they felt about a topic in confidence. At first I was put off that I was getting more E-mails than comments but I eventually decided whether or not they comment doesn't matter to me. Not everyone feels confident talking about things so publicly. If my readers feel the only way they can express themselves is by emailing me than so be it. Another thing I do to keep things fresh is I've learned it's OK to step away from the blog for a day or two to clear my head. If I'm overworked it will transfer into my posts and I certainly don't want that. Sometimes you just need a break to get the old gears grinding again and give you a fresh perspective on your blog.
When I was young I mostly read Horror books by Christopher Pike, Anne Rice and Stephen King or fantasy books by Authors J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and Piers Anthony However, their are exceptions to every rule and for me those came from books by Authors L.M. Montgomery and V.C. Andrews. Both Authors vastly different and yet I devoured every book by them just the same.
As I grew older I slipped out of reading Young Adult books. At that time nothing particularly exciting was being written and I was more than content with the endless stream of Adult horror being produced. That all changed when in 2002 I stumbled upon The Harry Potter films. I knew of the series existence and I knew of the rave reviews but I just couldn't bring myself to read a MG series. At that time my husband was underway (Navy) and I had already watched all the selections at the NEX. All that were left on the shelves that weekend were the first two Harry Potter films or chick flicks. I don't do chick flicks so Harry Potter it was. I had the rentals 3 days and I think I watched the films at least that many times. When my husband returned I went out and bought the books released at the time. From the first pages I was hooked. You could even say the series sparked my re-interest in Young Adult as I found myself looking for more books that I could sink my teeth into. Which is how I came across Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Demon In My View (which I'm still convinced SM ripped off for her Twilight series) The book isn't overly long but the writing was fantastic and best of all the Vampires (the "bad" ones anyway) were scary! From that point on I found myself going to the YA section more and more.
Jump forward to 2013 and my relationship with books has changed even more. While I still read an insane amount of Horror. I am completely comfortable with series outside my age group. While Adult books like to tackle serious issues, I find Young Adult does it so much better. Also I can read a greater variety of books in genres I love without being pigeon holed into it only being a Science Fiction tale or that which focus on Mystery or Horror. Since I'm sure you're curious, I'll list some of my favorite series/ books through the years below. In no particular order they are:
And of course no list would be complete without the series that started it all.
What is your take on Children's Literature? What are some of your favorite series?
Have you read much Middle Grade or Do you stick mainly with Young Adult books?
Feel free to leave links to your posts in the comments below. I love reading them all.