This week, Willa, Emily, and I are talking about some of bookish pet peeves. We decided to step away from our book of the month and do a more fun episode, talking about some the little things in YA that rub us the wrong way.

We cover a wide range of topics in this episode, anything from nit-picky things about AP classes to broader topics such as insta-love. A lot of our time is spent talking about various topics inspired by #RealYA, a hashtag Emily came up with a while back to talk about real teenagers’ lives and how they differed from the YA portrayal.

A lot of the things we mention are small, nit-picky things, but still things we find important and worth mentioning. We’d love to know what you find annoying in YA, and whether you agree or disagree about the variety of topics we mentioned!

Because this was a fun episode, we didn’t mention any books, but as always, feel free to check out the A Novel Chat Goodreads shelf to find all past books we’ve mentioned on the podcast.

Thank you so much for listening to this week’s episode! As always, feel free to reach us on Twitter @aNovelChat or at anovelchat@gmail.com! Enjoy your Monday. <33

This week, Willa, Emily and I, Aneeqah, are talking about those magical authors that can write multiple books in different genres. We talk a little about the trend of many YA authors writing MG novels, and how that can be really beneficial for authors. We spend a while talking about our tastes in Middle Grade novels. Of course, we spend a lot of time talking about the queen that is Victoria Schwab. (I mean, she was able to write a book, edit a novel, and be on tour all at the same time. If that isn’t amazing, I have no idea what is.)

After that discussion, we talk a bout various authors who write across various genres. Many authors are talented enough to be writing across different genres like fantasy and contemporary, others do that and even more- writing different emotional arcs, light vs gritty books, etc. It’s amazing how versatile some authors are, and we dive into a diverse list of authors who are fantastic and so, so talented.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

Thank you so much for listening to this week’s episode! As always, feel free to reach us on Twitter @aNovelChat or at anovelchat@gmail.com! Enjoy your Monday.

This week on ANC is all about paranormal creatures. Vampires, zombies, monsters- if you can think of it, it’s probably mentioned in this episode (and if it isn’t, please write us that book and give it to us!!).

We spend the first part of the episode talking about whether or not we enjoy having paranormal creatures in our novels, and some of the different types we’ve seen in YA as the years have gone by. There was a huge ghost and vampire phase, which is why Willa and I love unique creatures. Em is a fan of ghost stories (which we disagree about, of course). After, we dive into some of our favorite paranormal books. (Spoiler alert: a lot of these books are my all time faves, so there are some amazing books to pick up, if I do say so myself!).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

…We are so excited to announce that A Novel Chat is officially back! 

This week Willa, Emily and I, Aneeqah, are continuing our discussion of the beloved This Savage Song. Something unique about this book is that it’s actually a dystopian novel- which is pretty unheard of right now. We start this episode off by talking about some of the first dystopian novels we read back in 2012, when the dystopian trend was on the rise. We even dive into some classics that Willa and Emily have read (sorry not sorry for not enjoying Animal Farm, though).

After talking a bit about the dystopian trend and how the sub-genre is fairing, we dive right into the books. Of course, we start off our discussion on the dystopian elements present in This Savage Song, which we all agree is done fantastically. Hopefully, this book can bring the dystopian trend back. We dive into a lot of recommendations in this episode with a great mix of different types of dystopian- those with fantastical elements, classics, and even a book with a unique writing style. It’s a great episode with some excellent backlist books that you absolutely need to check out.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

Hello, and happy Monday!

We’re starting September just two days early, and bringing out our newest book of the month: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Willa and I (Aneeqah) both pushed to have this book as our BOTM because we had so much love for it- one of the reasons being the fact that this book has 0 romance in it.

We begin the discussion actually discussing what the heck we even define as romance, which is interesting, because we all have slightly different definitions of what we actually categorize as romance in YA novels. We discuss the intricacies of different types of relationships, and also talk about the lack of romances in novels and our general feelings on them. It’s also interesting, because all of us bring in some of our own experiences with seeing romance in teens, and we talk about how realistic romances actually are in YA. Beyond that, we move on to talk about some of our favorite books that have no romance, or have just a little. There’s a few slightly “cheat” picks in there, but we all tried to err on the side of cautious and pick books with as little romance as possible (which was a surprisingly difficult task!). Hopefully some of our discussions (and Willa’s interesting ability to totally forget about her own thoughts on a book) will leave you laughing, but also reconsidering the romance trope that is so present in YA.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

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