February 25th, 2010
Young Adult Novels & Reading

Yesterday, I spent several hours trying to re-chart out my YA (young adult) novel. I know there’s a structural problem because events happen too quickly in the beginning. I thought it would be an easy fix. Ha, Ha, Ha! Needless to say, I’m still working on it. I suppose I should be thankful that it’s not a plot problem. It’s just at the moment it feels like a plot problem would be easier to solve than the structure issue. I’m probably only missing three chapters, but it’s hard to tell with my face pressed against the glass. In writing (and life), perspective is EVERYTHING. I plan to jump right back into the manuscript today. I’m going to start by reviewing what it already in the book to see if I can spot ‘blank spaces’. Hopefully that will take care of the problem.

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. I’ve read twenty thus far since January 1st. (For me, that’s a lot.) I’m trying to clear some of my shelves off, but I admit I do throw in some old favorites to break things up. Whenever I feel myself starting to get into a reading funk, I pick up something from my keeper shelf. It doesn’t stop the new book funk, but it does keep me reading through it. I’m currently reading Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I’ve owned the book since it came out, but I never managed to read it. (Yes, I AM that far behind in my reading.) I can definitely see why it hit the New York Times list. The writing is, well, lovely, and the story is intriguing. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m also finishing up my RITA books. Two and a half to go. YAY!!! (I signed up to judge the contest. This will be my last year of doing so.) Judging is always a double-edged sword. On the good side, you get introduced to books you wouldn’t normally pick up. On the bad side, you get introduced to books you wouldn’t normally pick up. *g* I’ve avoided contests altogether that require me to write out my opinions. I find I’m not nearly as diplomatic as I used to be.

What about you, are you forgiving when it comes to the books that you read? Or are you ruthless about a book wasting your time?

6 comments to “Young Adult Novels & Reading”

  1. If I’m not engaged by the third chapter I will put it down.

    Although I have pushed through a few books that eventually I did like.

    Hush Hush was one of those. I basically didn’t like the first 2/3 of the book, but enjoyed the last third. Not sure if I’ll pick up the next book though.

    Things that pull me out of books, the voice and stupid annoying characters.

  2. Vivi, Good for you. I’m trying to get better at it. I have put down a book recently that didn’t grab me by the end of the second chapter. I don’t think I’ll pick it up again.

    I doubt I would’ve made it as far as you did in Hush, Hush if I wasn’t enjoying it. And I definitely wouldn’t pick up the next book in the series.

    Yeah, those two things pull me right out of a book, too.

  3. I sometimes go as far as the first 50 pages, which is probably the same as Vivi’s 3 chapters. But I’ll bail out sooner depending on how uninterested I am. Life is too short! I don’t volunteer to judge contests, either. Once was enough.

    Since I’m tracking my reading at Goodreads this year, I can actually tell you how many books I’ve read: 17. 3 in progress. Many more to go.

  4. Charli, I’m getting to that point. I tend to reach that length, then I jump to the end to read what happens. If I decide that the ending is interesting, I’ll go back and keep reading. If not, I stop and call it a day.

  5. I’ve read far too many tech manuals and depressing ‘Classics’ in my life to want anything beyond entertainment in my reading. Therefore, I’m extremely careful about what I start reading. If the novel trailer isn’t enough to get a ‘Ms. Snark’ dancing on her desk, it better have a sample chapter or I’m not interested. 🙂

  6. Bernard, Like you, I’ve definitely turned to reading sample chapters before I buy a book these days. I want to see what I’m getting. It’s never a guarantee, but it’s better than walking into something blind.