For the past few months I've had an obsession with reading young adult fiction. I've always been a closet YA fan, but only recently have I allowed myself to read them with abandon. Sure, I mix in a few "literary must-reads" here and there...and a smattering of biography and history, but my purest pleasure comes from getting lost in the worlds painted by YA authors.
I love that in YA literature good and evil are so clearly delineated. And, though it may go back and forth for a while and may be precariously close to tipping in the other direction, good eventually triumphs over evil. Not every story may end wrapped nicely in a bow, but for the most part they're somewhat uplifting.
It's a nice change from much of the literature on my "I have to read this book because it's influential/classic/will-come-up-in-educated-conversation (or jeopardy)" list.
Here's what I've been reading lately:
The Maze Runner series by Dashner
Eragon by Paolini
the Matched series by Condi
the Divergent series by Roth
the Artemis Fowl series by Colfer
The Phantom Tollbooth by Juster (for maybe the 15th time - it's a favorite)
the Flavia de Luce series by Bradley
the Percy Jackson series by Riordan
the Hobbit by Tolkien (also for the umpteenth time)
So, my question for you is: what should I be reading now? I'm currently working my way through A People's History of the United States, but am finding its apologist view of history more-than-slightly depressing. I need a good YA book to keep my spirits afloat.