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Feature & Follow: 3rd Edition

Friday, October 19, 2012 § 17 Comments

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read:
Gain Book Blog Followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week's features are Kinxs Book Nook & Shelf Addiction.
Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?
I'm normally a paranormal/urban fantasy reader, but when I do step out of that genre, I tend to go for the general/contemporary YA books. I'm literally glancing back and forth between my laptop and my bookshelves right now, and I'm noticing quite a lot of books about suicide, depression, self-harm and recovery... things like that. I'm not quite sure why; it's not like I have those kinds of tendencies. I don't think that just because one reads about a particular subject a lot, it automatically means they go through the same things. Some do, some don't (although I'm sure a lot of us would love to experience what it's like to be demon-hunters and/or have hot vampire boys fall for us or something). In my case, it's the character's journey that draws me in. I've never been depressed or strongly contemplated suicide, though when I was a teen and even now, I have moments of vulnerability that makes me think of the occasional "what if". But I value my life and those close to me too much. Still, these stories are real for some people out there, and I've heard of instances where these books have helped them through tough times or helped other people understand these situations more, especially if they know someone who is going through it. What's not to like about that kind of personal connection? Here are some of my favourites:

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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