Adventures in YA Episode 045: Adventures with First Draft

Hello! In this episode I’m joined by Sarah Enni of First Draft Podcast and we are talking shop. Join us as we talk about the business of podcasting and how we podcast.

Equipment mentioned:
Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer
Behringer Microamp Ha400 Ultra-Compact 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

How to Start a Podcast – A Step-By-Step Podcasting Tutorial


Adventures in YA Episode 043: North Texas Teen Book Festival 2017

Welcome to another episode of Adventures in YA. This episode we are talking about the North Texas Teen Book Festival, who we are excited to see this year and answer another listener question.

The Midnight Star

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
A Court of Mist and Fury

Reading app: Bookout

North Texas Teen Book Festival

Authors mentioned:
Jason Reynolds
Sona Charaipotra
Dhonielle Clayton
Maurene Goo
Bill Konigsberg
Maggie Stiefvater
Amy Tintera
Renée Watson
Nicola Yoon
Kiersten White
Natalie C. Anderson
Angie Thomas
Julie Buxbaum
Heidi Heilig
Brendan Kiely
Matthew J. Kirby
Nina LaCour
David Levithan
Stephanie Perkins
Lilliam Rivera
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Jennifer E. Smith
John ‘Corey’ Whaley
Adam Silvera

Adventures in YA 042: Reading Challenges

Welcome to another episode of Adventures in YA. In this episode we talk about reading challenges for 2017, we go over the Adventures in YA Reading Challenge and give each other our books for the 6 Book Reading Challenge.

Sea of Shadows
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Girl Against the Universe
A Torch Against the Night


Adventures in YA 2017 Reading Challenge

Six Book Challenge

Kristin’s Books for Sara
*The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
*A Taste for Monsters
*Meant To Be
*Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist

Sara’s Books for Kristin
*This One Summer
*Frost Bite
*We Are the Ants
*Garden Spells

Adventures in YA 2017 Reading Challenge

Welcome to the Adventures in YA 2017 Reading Challenge! Listed below are 24 reading challenges you can complete throughout the year. Our hope is that you will use this challenge as a way to push yourself as a reader and help get some books off your TBR pile. Use the hashtag #AYARC17 on social media to let us know you’ve joined the challenge and to let us know how you’re doing on the challenge throughout the year.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the challenge

Adventures in YA 041: 2016 Year End Wrap Up

2016 is behind us and it’s time to do our 2016 Year End Wrap Up. Join us as we talk about some of our favorite books of the year and try and work through Kristin’s issues with series. We also stop record at some point and it’s all down hill from there. And we may also fangirl over Goblin and Gong Yoo…again.

Kdramas and Cdramas mentioned:
Goblin (you should all be watching this!)
Love 020

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
All These Things I’ve Done

Sweet Evil
A Million Worlds With You
Da Vinci’s Tiger
A Taste for Monsters

2016 Year End Wrap Up

New Author(s) Discovered in 2016
* Nicola Yoon
*Katie McGarry
*Jason Reynolds

Favorite Character:
*Alice from the Truth About Alice
*Needles from When I Was the Greatest

Best World Building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year
*A Taste for Monsters
*And I Darken
*The Remnant Chronicles Series
*The Winner’s Kiss
*Manners and Mutiny
*Dark Days Club

Favorite Cover
*The Thousandth Floor

Hidden Gem of 2016:
Kristin and Sara:
*Wink Poppy Midnight
*Denton Little’s Death Date

Best Series Started in 2016
*Falling Kingdoms
*The Witch Hunter
*And I Darken

Best Book of 2016
*An Ember in the Ashes
*Everything Everything
*A Taste for Monsters

A Book You Didn’t Get To in 2016 but will Read in 2017
*The Last True Love Story
*Three Dark Crowns
*Crooked Kingdom

Most Surprising Read:
*Tell Me Three Things
*Denton’s Little Death Date
*Wink Poppy Midnight

Series We Finished in 2016
*The Finished School Series
*The Winner’s Trilogy
*Tiny Pretty Things Duology
*Shatter Me
*The Winner’s Trilogy
*Tiny Pretty Things Duology
*Just One Duology
*The Remnant Chronicles series
*The Dustland Series
*The Young Elites
*The Firebird
*The Wrath and the Dawn

Most Anticipated Book of 2017
*The Hate U Give
*I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Adventures in YA 040: New Releases for January-March 2017

Welcome to another episode of Adventures in YA. In this episode we are talking about our most anticipated new releases for January, February, and March 2017.

Only Everything
The Sleeper and the Spindle
What Light
The Thousandth Floor
Rebel Heart
Raging Star
Midnight Star
All American Boys

The Thousandth Floor

New Releases for January:
A List of Cages
Carve the Mark
You Don’t Know My Name
History is All You Left Me
City of Saints and Thieves
The Dark Days Pact
A Long Way Home

New Releases for February:
King’s Cage
Denton Little’s Still Not Dead
Winter Song
We Are Okay
Gilded Cage
The Education of Margot Sanchez
Long May She Reign
The Hate U Give
Beautiful Broken Girls

New Releases for March:
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
The Bone Witch
Blood Rose Rebellion
You’re Welcome, Universe
Honestly Ben
Strange the Dreamer

Adventures in YA Episode 039: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Adventures in YA Episode 038: Anthologies, Novellas and Short Stories

In this episode we talk about anthologies, novellas, and short stories.


The Last Decedents

Anthologies, Short Stories, and Novellas mentioned:
Pretty Monster Stories
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories
My True Love Gave To Me
Summer Days and Summer Nights
Sixteen: Stories About that Sweet and Bitter Birthday
Rag and Bones: A New Twist on Classic Tales
A Tyranny of Petticoats
Triangles: The Points of Love
Destroy Me
The Grisha Trilogy
The Darkest Minds
Stars Above
The Winner’s Trilogy: Bridge of Snow
The Selection
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Lux Series

Websites Mentioned:
Quarterly Young Adult Literary Subscription Box
The Mary Sisters of Fate
Popular YA Short Stories
YA Short Stories and Novellas

Adventures in YA Episode 037: Dystopia

Welcome to another episode of Adventures in YA. In this episode we are talking about the dystopia genre

*The Rest of Us Just Live Here
*Falling Kingdoms

The Maze Runner
Crewel World Trilogy
The Program
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Selection
Shatter Me
The Hunger Games
The Darkest Minds
Red Queen
Under the Never Sky
The Forsaken
All These Things I’ve Done
Blood Red Road
The Vault of Dreamers
Landry Park

Korean Drama > YA Book Recommendation

Mirror of the Witch > Sea of Shadows
You can watch Mirror of the Witch at DramaFever or Viki

Adventures in YA Episode 036: Friendship

In this episode of Adventures in YA we talk about books with great friendships. We also get a little distracted and talk about movies.

The Ring and the Crown
99 Days
First Life
On the Fence
This Dark Endeavor
This is What Happy Looks Like
Walk on Earth a Stranger

Books Mentioned:
Rot and Ruin
Finishing School Series
Since You’ve Been Gone
Saint Anything
Along for the Ride
Side Effects May Vary
Anna and the French Kiss
The Lunar Chronicles
Burn for Burn
Eleanor & Park
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Ask the Passengers
Paper Towns
The Young Elites
Harry Potter Series
When I Was the Greatest
Six of Crows
The Duff
We Were Liars
Tonight the Streets Are Ours
This Song Will Save Your Life
Will Grason, Will Grason
The Lux
Bright Young Things

Movies Mentioned:
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Wailing
My Tutor Friend
Train to Buson