Today I'm here with the Jamie from Books and Ladders. I've discovered her blog quite a few months back and really liked what I saw. I might not be a daily visitor but I still come by every once in a while, or check out specific posts that catch my attention on twitter.
Of course I had to ask her if she'd be interested in participating and, luckily, she agreed so check out her As to my Qs below:
1) What does YA mean to you?
YA to me is a place where people, especially teens, are allowed to explore the people they want to be and use that time to grow. I think a lot of YA is marketed as "coming of age" but it is really a chance for teens to learn what makes them, _them_ in a safe space. YA as an adult allows me to realize that I am free to be who I want to be, even if it isn't exactly what others want or expect me to be.
2) What would you like to see done more of in YA?
I would like more diverse YA. I was lucky to be able to grow up as "see myself" on the page and I want that for everyone else. This will also give me the chance to see how the world is viewed through the eyes of others. And with LGBTQ+ books, teens will be able to see their sexuality on page and maybe understand a little bit more about their feelings and urges. I think it's really important to be able to identify with characters in fiction and to say "Character X is just like me"
3) Could you tell us something about yourself and your book?Books and Ladders is a book blog specialising in primarily young adult science fiction, fantasy and contemporary. With daily updates, you can keep up to date on the many things Jamie reads, as well as learn what’s coming up in the YA world and discuss bookish things. Books and Ladders reviews are in-depth and considered, balancing the good and the bad. You can trust Jamie to always tell it like it is, and if she likes it, you will, too! (Dani @ Dani Reviews Things wrote this for me)
Thank you so, so much to Jamie for coming and answering my questions. What do you guys think of them? Also, have you checked out her blog? If not you totally should give it a chance!
The next post will be up July 25th and feature the next awesome author.
Thank you so much for reading!