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Ok, I had to do that. I'm sorry.
I try to keep my material fresh, but I really don't know how! I just am honest and enthusiastic about the books I read, and I hope that it shows through. If I can use it in my classroom as a mentor text, I try to say what topic I'd teach with it. Sometimes I try to do fun stuff, like my "Deep Thoughts" posts, my Pinterest posts, If I had $100 posts, audiobook reviews, Books on Vacation posts, or Christmas posts.
But, when I feel that I don't have anything fresh to say, I don't post! I take a break. Bottom line, I do this for me. If I'm not enjoying it, then I stop for a bit until I can enjoy it again. I've got enough stress in my life, I'm not going to turn something that I do for fun into something that I hate to do.
As a childrens/ya book blogger, with the exception of the Game of Thrones books, I can count on one hand the number of "adult" books I've read since I've started blogging. And I'm ok with that. But, as a 30 year old woman, why do I enjoy these books so much?
1. They're fun.
2. I can talk to my students about them (for the most part)
3. They're short.
4. They're hilarious!
5. Even though I don't have to use my brain, they still make me think (Hello, Hunger Games!)
6. They let me escape my reality, and take me to places I've never been to or thought of
7. The characters and plots are very well thought out (probably better than most adult books I've read)
8. They make really good movies.
9. ALL THE FEELS! Sorry about that...but seriously, I have never laughed, cried or thought as hard about books since I started reading childrens/YA.