December ’15 Chat Storify

If you missed our chat about My True Love Gave to Me on 12/22, we achieved it! View here: December 2015 #YearofYA Chat

Connect w/ us on twitter anytime using #YearofYA and don’t forget you have a bonus week to get ready for January’s theme: “The Book was Better”


“The Book was Better” ~ #YearofYA January 2016

Take the bonus week we’re giving you in December and start reading…

YA books turned to movies!


Big shout out to our friend @JenniferLaGarde for this theme suggestion. There has been a rash of great YA books that have hit the big screen and we all have strong opinions on how well they translate.

Feel free to tackle watching the movies to books you’ve read, or start with the movies & choose books based on the movies you’ve liked. There are some mega-hits like John Green’s TFIOS and Papertowns, the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner, and the recent Divergent divergence in Insurgent (like what I did there?)…

There’s also been some contemporary hits like The DUFF, The Spectacular Now,  Me, Earl & The Dying Girl… or maybe you want to rewind to a favorite from the past (The Outsiders? 10 Things I Hate About You {Taming of the Shrew}?)… or perhaps you know another book/movie combo that would interest teens and you want to discuss!

The beauty of #YearofYA is we want you to choose – our questions revolve around a theme and much of our discussions are about common ties, recommending titles, and spreading the goodness that is YA lit. If you have any questions or need more guidance, reach out to us on the blog or twitter (@molleebranden and @tavia_clark).

Here are some websites to get ideas spinning as you create your TBR list for January 2016! Remember to keep us in the loop by sharing what you’re reading through the month using #YearofYA on Twitter.

Moviefone: YA books being made into movies

Goodreads: YA Novels made into movies

LA Times: YA Novels into Film

Den of Geek: YA headed to the movies

Our tentative January discussion date is Tuesday January 26th at 8pm!

Holiday Short Stories – Dec. #YearofYA

While some of you might already be in the holiday spirit, we want to kick of December with a #YearofYA topic that will get you feeling festive! This month we are combining a traditional book club pick for everyone (who wants to!) to read and also a theme. Last year, I (Mollee) attended Y’ALLfest in Charleston and heard about a compilation of holiday short stories by YA authors that was conceptualized the year before by many authors in attendance of the conference. Lucky me, a handful were on hand in 2014 so I snagged a copy of MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and have their autographs all over it!


The collection of short stories has something for everyone – contemporary, romance, fantasy, LGBT, holiday-that-isn’t-Christmas…. I was so surprised by how diverse it is! The good news is, I feel I’ve forgotten most of it & have read many of these authors’ full-length novels over the last year, so it will be like opening a present all over again!

Join us in reading My True Love Gave To Me and/or find a collection of short stories (holiday or otherwise) to bring to our next #YearofYA chat. Since there is a limited range of YA short stories (for now…), we are also opening this month up to “FanFiction” and reading short stories found on websites like wattpad,, and KindleWorlds . Additionally, this article by will guide you to even more fanfic sites.


Here is a great post about short stories & anthologies in YA by Stacked Books:


Due to holiday busyness & travel, we are shortening this month’s reading time and we will discuss the theme on Tuesday December 22nd at 8pm.

Hope you can join us!


Some other short story compilations to explore:

  • Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green (Paper Towns, The Fault in our Stars), Maureen Johnson (The Name of the Star), and Lauren Myracle (The Internet Girls series.)
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci
  • Guys Read collection of short stories (various themes)
  • Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman


Website reviews on even more short stories… – an online publication of YA short stories!!