Thursday, March 10, 2016
Trending Thursday: Dearly Departed
Welcome to Trending Thursday, an occasional feature in which I remark upon some trend in YA.
At first I thought it was just me, and then I saw other people mentioning it. T.S. Eliot may have called April the cruelest month, but as I worked my way through my March books, I saw a lot of this:
And read a lot of this: "His brother committed suicide" or "Six months after her sister’s death..."
Just doing a quick and cursory count, I found six March books that feature the death of a main character's sibling, parent, or boyfriend.
I love YA contemporaries, and I know that having a character struggle with a loss or personal hardship is a mainstay of realistic YA. For some reason, all the literary doom and gloom started to get to me. I'm not usually a huge mood reader, but I just couldn't bring myself to get through some of the titles on my March review list. I set two of these books aside and put another two on my "read later" list.
I peeked ahead to April releases and felt a little better. I'm going to start some of those now....
Tell me in comments: are you a mood reader? Do you like to binge read a particular kind of book, or would you rather mix it up?