AS FAR AS I CAN TELL,
A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
IS A REGULAR NOVEL THAT
PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ.
Back in college, I read a lot of "classics" for various courses. I enjoyed some of them - like Lord of the Flies - but others made me want to poke my eyes out with my pen. Still, after graduation, I attempted to keep at it. I wanted so badly to be someone who read literary novels, who quoted famous authors, who was intellectual and interesting, and who sounded…smart.
What was I thinking?
Thankfully, those days are long gone. Now, I am who I am, and I read what I want to read. I still occasionally challenge myself to read something more literary, more experimental, something outside my comfort zone, but only because I want to, not because I think I should.
Life's too short to spend it trying to be someone we're not. And it's definitely too short to spend it on stories that don't move us in some way.