If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I basically live and breathe YA books, so this is something pretty big. Recently, I did a post titled “The Sad Truth about Reading Fiction”, and after publishing it I realised I managed to overlook the primary reason why I have decided I need to stop reading YA books, and how it is not just because I’m getting bored of genres like YA fantasy (where you can read a thousand books by simply reading one).
I’m a Muslim, and in Islam we don’t have sexual relationships outside of marriage, and I’m pretty sure it’s not okay to read explicit sexual content (or watch it, for that matter). In my opinion, it’s just really immoral and unnecessary.
I have been reading YA for around two years now, and I have been on Goodreads, I’ve been reading book blogs, I’ve kept an eye out on all the new releases and everything – and after all that, I still find myself falling back on the same borderline Middle-Grade books when people ask me for sexual-content-free recommendations. This is something I find extremely frustrating.
There is also only so much skipping you can do. I’ve always said that I skip all the inappropriate content, but in all honesty (and this is coming from an expert skipper) although you don’t have as much as an idea of what’s going on if you were skipping it in the form of a movie or TV show or something similar, you still kind of know. It’s not so much as skipping than fast skimming.
It has come to a point now where I have realised I just need to stop. I want to stop. So – non-fiction, Islamic books and classics it is. Also, fiction books that are so much worth reading than YA books, where the goods outweigh the bad, because when I read things like YA fantasy books, I come out feeling like that was an entertaining but absolutely worthless read. And I think life is way more meaningful to spend time on things like that.
So that’s my view on this – let me know if you share my opinion on the level of sexual content in YA books (or just books in general). I don’t know how this change will turn out for me – whether I will actually end up changing up my reading tastes and staying that way, or whether I will turn back to YA. I actually don’t think I’ll turn back to YA, because along with the level of sexual content, I’m also finding it pretty bland now, but we’ll see (maybe it’s just a reading slump?). Either way, I hope it turns out for the best, whatever that may be 🙂