Episode 5: The Perilous Gard, favorites of 2016, and looking ahead

Welcome to the very, very late combined May and June episodes. In this one, I talk about Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard, as well as my favorite YA books from the second quarter of 2016 (!!). Then I look ahead at some of the books I’m excited about in the next few months.

Books I read in the last 3 months

  • Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Ms. Marvel: Last Days
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
  • Peas & Carrots by Tanita S. Davis
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Books I’m looking forward to

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July)
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (July)
  • Infinite Risk by Ann Aguirre (August)
  • The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (September)
  • Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (September)
  • Cloudbound by Fran Wilde (September)
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (September)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (September)
  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (October)
  • Spindle by E.K. Johnston (December)
  • The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (December)


Tam Lin retellings

World of YA Episode 4: Historical fantasy, steampunk, and alternate history

This month I’m joined by Barratt, a good friend and fellow librarian, to talk about three subgenres: historical fantasy, steampunk, and alternate history. Join us to hear about the definitions, appeal, and issues involved with these categories, plus just a few of the YA books that fit into them.

Books we talked about

  • Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Books we didn’t talk about (but wanted to)


  • Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
  • Thrilling Adventure of Babbage and Lovelace by Sydney Padua
  • The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
  • Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
  • Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
  • Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
  • Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
  • Mark of the Thief, Second Guard, Salt & Storm, City of Fire,
  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  • Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
  • Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
  • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
  • A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Crossovers: Infinity Ring, Connie Willis, Kristin Callihan



World of YA Episode 3: Books we’ve read so far and books we’re looking forward to

In this episode I’m joined by Renata of Twitter and Worst Bestseller fame to talk about the books we’ve read so far this year and the books we’re looking forward to! Also features a short discussion of cats, the difficulty of pronouncing authors’ names, and some questionable sound editing.

Books we’ve read


  • Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky [For more about fat representation in this book, please read this essay by Sarah Hollowell]
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson


  • Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
  • Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
  • Endangered by Lamar Giles
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (bonus: Story of Owen)
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Books we’re looking forward to


  • Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kate Helgeson (May 17)
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (April 19)
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26)
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (March 29)


  • Also The Raven King!
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (March 15) [Guest post about Exit for About the Girls at Stacked Books]
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (April 5)
  • A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (April 12)
  • Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chockshi (April 26)
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July 5)

Episode 2: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You

In this episode I talk about Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You and confess to being Team Peter. Also included: how Lara Jean is the best, feelings about sisters, and the bittersweet end of friendships. Note: there are huge spoilers for both books in the discussion!

I meant to include this passage in the episode and forgot, but it’s one I think is really important to the discussion of Lara Jean’s relationship with Margot:

Books discussed:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Endangered by Lamar Giles
  • Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Readalike suggestions:

  • Kissing Ted Callahan and Other Guys by Amy Spalding
  • The Year of Secret Assignments and sequels by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Schedule for the next three months

March: Books from first quarter of 2016 + looking ahead

April: Historical fantasy, steampunk, and alternate universes

May: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

As always, please feel free to tell me what you think of the books (if you’ve read them) and/or pass on any feedback about the episode. You can find updates on the podcast at @worldofyapod, and my personal Twitter at @elvenjaneite.

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Episode 1: What is YA?, a personal history, and YA romance


(I don’t know what’s up with the “brief history” thing.)

A very incomplete booklist (titles with an asterisk were discussed in the episode)

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  • Sarah Dessen, including Saint Everything
  • Jennifer Echols: Going Too Far; Forget You; Such a Rush, & more
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel and If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Huntley Fitzpatrick: My Life Next Door
  • Pinned by Sharon G. Flake
  • Everything Leads to You* by Nina La Cour
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  • Lauren Morrill: Meant to Be; Becoming Sloane Jacobs; The Trouble with Destiny
  • Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • Aristotle & Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Jennifer E Smith: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight; Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between*; & more
  • Amy Spalding: The Reece Malcolm List; Ink is Thicker Than Water; Kissing Ted Callahan
  • Kasie West: The Distance Between Us; On the Fence: The Fill-In Boyfriend
  • Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood*

Backlist awesomeness! (ie, older books you should check out)

  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Maud Hart Lovelace
  • LM Montgomery

Schedule for the next three months


  • Book discussion: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han


  • Books from first quarter of 2016 + looking ahead


  • Historical fantasy, steampunk, and alternate universes

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Introductions and a schedule

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Welcome to The World of YA, a new podcast by and for YA readers. There will be monthly episodes at least through the end of 2016. We’ll be talking about different themes and genres in YA, and discussing a related book. We’ll also be taking a look at new books coming out during the year.

The first episode will be released in mid-January and will be introducing the podcast and talking about what YA is, as well as looking at YA romances.

While the topics will be wide-ranging, there will be an underlying commitment to feminism and diversity. We’ll attempt to look at books and consider who they’re written about and for, as well as what their appeal to teen readers might be.

The schedule for the first quarter is:


  • Introduction! What YA is & isn’t; YA romances: all the awesome


  • Book discussion: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han


  • Books from first quarter of 2016 + looking ahead


I’m Maureen, a public librarian who lives and works in Central Indiana. I read a lot of YA, especially SFF, and blog at By Singing Light. You can also find me on Twitter as @elvenjaneite.

How to get involved

I would love to have guests for this podcast! If you’re interested in being a guest, or if you have suggestions or questions, please email me at elvenjaneite [at] gmail [dot] com. I’ll also be sending out calls for specific episodes as they get closer.

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @worldofyapod for updates and to join in the conversation.