YA Appreciation Month

Young Adult Appreciation Month: An Open Invitation

Young Adult novels rule, and are currently experiencing something of a boom in the troubled publishing world. And, we Book Smugglers have totally jumped on the increasingly crowded YA bandwagon. It is a genre that we love, and because of that love we are organizing a celebration of the genre: our first ever YA Appreciation Month, from July 19th to August 16th.

For the duration of the month, we will be discussing the merits of the genre, the apparent boom of YA literature, and the crossover appeal of YA novels. Guest authors and bloggers will be talking about their reasons for writing and reading YA and how the genre differs from books written for an adult audience.

And we will be reading and reviewing loads of books ourselves and we have to admit we are really looking forward to it. So much so, that we would like to invite YOU to join in the fun as well!

On Saturday 15th of August, the last Saturday of our Appreciation Month, we will have an open post where we will link to other blogs. We cordially invite you to read or write a post about anything Young Adult. Send us the link, and on the 15th we will add it to the matrix post. Anything counts: a review of a favorite oldie, a review of a new (or new to you) YA novel, a post reflecting on the genre, or even a piece on why you DON’T read YA.

You have more than one month to prepare. Why not try one of the books that we will read and review, or perhaps one of the books we have already reviewed here at the Book Smugglers! Or visit one of the myriad of YA blogs out there – you can have a look here for ideas, and comment and/or email us if you have any questions.

Anyone with a blog can join. To enter, simply comment here that you’re in, then prepare a post for Saturday August 15th and send us the link as soon as it goes live. We will be online the whole day, uploading the links as they are sent to us. Go on, you know you want to!

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers.


  • Cate Gardner
    July 11, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Fantastic idea – I’m in.

  • Michelle
    July 11, 2009 at 4:29 am

    This is a great idea! I’m totally going to participate.

  • NotNessie
    July 11, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Sounds like fun… I’ll definitely come up with something.

  • Nymeth
    July 11, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Ooh, I like the sound of this. Count me in πŸ˜€

  • Colette
    July 11, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I’ve been meaning to re-read Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann, so this will give me a good excuse to do so. It will also be a nice break from Jane Austen. I’m in.

  • Mollie
    July 11, 2009 at 6:19 am

    So glad you’re spotlighting YA lit. I actually started a YA review blog awhile back with a friend, however, we’re probably going to have to close it down. But YA lit is still one of my favorite genres. I wish there had been such a wide array of talented authors when I was a teen!!!! Looking forward to all the YA festivities!

  • Shelly Burns
    July 11, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I’ll join in…I love YA!!!

  • KMont
    July 11, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Ladies I’m going to try to get a YA title read and reviewed for this. Have plenty to choose from!

  • katiebabs
    July 11, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Great idea! I should have a few YA books to post about.

  • Li
    July 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I’m in too – am so looking forward to your YA month!

  • Carrie Hinkel-Gill
    July 11, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Hey there everyone!

    I think it’s cool too and shows how great minds think alike!

    Starting today, the author blog I run with two other authors called Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem, is shining its spotlight on YA readers every Saturday!!

    So please stop by, I know today’s author (and everyone from here on out) would love to hear from you! Thanks!

    Here’s the link:

    Carrie from Wisconsin

  • Carrie Hinkel-Gill
    July 11, 2009 at 11:36 am


    If anyone’s interested, we at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem are shining our spotlight on a YA author each Saturday starting today!

    Here’s the link:

    Carrie from Wisconsin

  • Rhiannon Hart
    July 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I’m in, my blog is all about YA, classic and new!

  • Dottie
    July 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Can’t wait to see this, I’m a YA-aholic. I love it. I’m in!

    Dottie πŸ™‚

  • Bridget Locke
    July 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Wait…at first you say Aug 15th, but then you changed it to the 25th…which one is it? πŸ™‚

    I’m in!!!!! It’ll be over on my G&BB’s blog, but I’m definitely in. πŸ™‚ And can I say that you should really go over to http://thedairiburger.com for any and all Sweet Valley High snarkage. It is, without a doubt, one of the best ones out there. πŸ™‚

    Okay, I’m done w/ my Dairi Burger pimping. he-he. So, yes, I’m totally in (just clarify the date for my sleep deprived brain). πŸ˜€

  • MaryK
    July 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to YA appreciation month. I love crossover YA but am not terribly fond of the non-crossover type. When I see an interesting YA book, I always look for reviews that say which type it is.

  • Renee
    July 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Hmm . . . I think I feel one of my Top 5 lists coming on . . .

  • Ana
    July 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Yay!!! Thank you for all the comments -we are really excited about this!

    And Bridget πŸ˜• 😳 😯 dude. Thank you for picking it up, editing post now. The date should be the 15th!!

  • gav (nextread.co.uk)
    July 12, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I love Garth Nix Old Kingdom books – I feel a blog post coming on about them!!

  • Bart's Bookshelf
    July 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Sounds a fantastic idea, I’m in!

  • Mervi
    July 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I have some YA in my to-read-pile so I’m in as well.

  • NTE
    July 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I’m in: this is one of my favorite bandwagons.

  • Tynga
    July 12, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    count me in!

  • Donna (Fantasy Dreamer)
    July 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I have several YA books to read, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks

  • Kristen
    July 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’d love to do this! Now to figure out which YA book to read since I can’t find the one I immediately thought of writing about.

  • Liz
    July 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Dudes – I’m totally in!

    Liz x

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  • Natasha @ Maw Books
    July 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Me, me, me! I want to play! How very cool.

  • orannia
    July 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I think I might have to give this a go. Now…what to discuss… πŸ™‚

  • Diane
    July 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Terrific! I’m in! Thanks.

  • Vorvolaka
    July 13, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I’m going to take part in this. I have a lot of new YA books so hopefully some duplicate reviews will occur.

  • alana
    July 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I’m in.

  • Jennygirl
    July 13, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Ahh my friendly neighborhood enablers! I will definitely join in on the 25th. YA books remind us to be young and have fun with life, even if it is while fighting zombies or vamps or whatever sometimes πŸ˜›

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  • Marg
    July 14, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I’ll do something for this! Of course, I have no idea what yet! Good job we have a bit of time!

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  • Has
    July 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    We would love to be a part of this as well- count the bookpushers in too!

  • Jennifer
    July 20, 2009 at 8:28 am

    This is absolutely perfect! I just started raiding my YA shelves to fend off a reading slump and started Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series- which is fabulous. I love YA, especially YA fantasy, so I will definitely be taking part.

  • Jo
    July 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I’m in! I’ll take part for the 15th August!

  • Jacqueline C.
    July 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I’m definitely in!

  • Veronica Isabella Franco
    July 24, 2009 at 1:08 am

    HOTDOG! I’m IN!
    I simply love YA literature, and can’t get enough of it’s paranormal fiction in particular.

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  • Amy @ My Friend Amy
    August 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I didn’t realize before I had to leave a comment to sign up, but I’m in! πŸ˜‰

  • rachel
    August 10, 2009 at 10:16 am

    fun idea….count me in πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer aka yabooknerd
    August 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

    sounds wickedly fun. I’m in!

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