Posted by: mydarkestplaces | October 20, 2011

Subversive Books

So, some of you may not know this (chances are, you know me, so you probably do know this), but I have a bit of a book problem.

I’m addicted to books.

I can’t stop buying them, I can’t stop reading them.

Luckily, I have a lot of really smart people in my life who are more than willing to enable me in this addiction. Among them Josh (who I affectionately call my “dealer”) who works at a book store near me. Josh, bless his ever enabling heart, has a podcast with two delightful ladies, Jenn and Rebecca. Their podcast, Bookrageous, is dangerous in that, inevitably, by the end of it I’ve messaged Josh fifteen times over about books that he, Rebecca or Jenn have mentioned throughout. However, it often gets me thinking at the same time.

This week’s episodes centered on “Subversive Books”, books that turn on end how you previously thought of the world. Hearing these guys talking about their books made me wonder what books might fall on my list.

Books like The Giver, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and The Odyssey certainly gave me a much broader understanding of the world than I had before. But I was thinking, what books might have had the same effect on me since I was in school?

I couldn’t think of any.

Which made me wonder what the hell I’d been reading for the past five years. My answer was a WHOLE lot of Young Adult fiction. So how has that affected me? Other than being a whole lot of fun to escape into?

And it occurred to me, since starting to really read YA, I see so many more possibilities around me than ever before. I commented to my parents once that YA isn’t necessarily about creating a whole new world to live in, just about changing one or two things so that it’s different. It’s not necessarily just seeing faces in the brambles, but about seeing…more. I can’t think of any clearer way to say it than that.

I love YA for the power it has to stretch my imagination on a near daily basis.

As adults, we all get so tunnel visioned into our lives. We have to get to work, get home, go grocery shopping, sleep and do it all again. YA ensures that we never get too comfortable in our ruts.

I love that :)


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