The first time I joined a Twitter chat, I was nervous and shy, and I felt a little intimidated by all these amazing bookish people talking to each other. At the same time, I felt so welcomed into this community! At the end of that first chat I knew: I was going to host a Twitter chat one day! I was so nervous about it, though! But I then I thought, you know what? I’m just gonna do it! And so the #BookBabbleChat happened
Hosting a chat had been on my mind for a while, but I had a little trouble coming up with good topics. Then I send out a tweet about my thoughts on New Adult books, and a little conversation started.
Is "New Adult" just a different name for erotica? Oh my god, all these books on Goodreads look like they're about sex. 😐
— Ayla (@booksnbabbles) July 7, 2016
Click on the tweet for the full conversation!
I got so interested in other people’s opinions on this! So I threw my insecurities and ‘what if no one joins’ out of the window, created a little announcement graphic in Photoshop and announced the first #BookBabbleChat!
My stupid mistake
Before I go any further into the recap, I want to apologise for a really dumb mistake I made. I completely messed up the time for the UK. (And possibly others too.) I used this website for the time zones, and apparently I picked one that was about two hours off. I should’ve noticed since the Netherlands is an hour ahead of the UK and not the other away around.
I’m so very sorry this happened, especially to the people who were so excited when I announced it. Please feel free to still answer the questions, though! I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I’ll be replying to any new tweets that’ll come in!
These were the questions for the chat, I featured a few tweets that stood out to me!
Judging by these covers, would they go on your TBR? Why or why not?
— Annalise (@AnnaliseBooks) July 9, 2016
Probably my favourite answer, hahah! If I were to read one of those books, I’d either read it in “secret” or on Kindle!
Does NA focus on romance and sex too much?
New Adult focuses on too much sex, than romance. I guess it's real life, but 300 pages makes it seem like too much. #BookBabbleChat
— LaTonya (@LaTonyaRoberts) July 9, 2016
I 100% agree with this answer!
Should there be more diversity in NA like there is in YA? (Sub)genres, topics, etc.
— Kashika Saxena (@SaxenaKashika) July 9, 2016
Everyone agreed that NA needs more diversity! The most important thing was that 20-something-year-olds need books that suit their age like YA does for teens. We all learn so much from YA characters, just imagine what we could learn for NAs!
IS NA really necessary when there’s YA and Adult Fiction?
— Alice Marshall (@aliceymarshall) July 9, 2016
I would like to have some transition (is that the right word?) between YA and Adult Fiction. #BookBabbleChat
— Laura (@bbliophile) July 9, 2016
Necessary might be a big word, but there should be a genre/age group that fills the gap between YA and Adult Fiction! 20-something-year-olds deserve books about them too!
Do you have any NA recommendations? (One you’ve read or is on your TBR or that you’ve just seen somewhere?)
— Megan (@meganmagicmuse) July 9, 2016
Quite a few people agreed on A Court of Thorns and Roses! I haven’t read it yet, from what I’ve heard/read, it sounds really good as NA! Other recommendations were Colleen Hoover books, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (it’s technically YA, but I agree!) And I personally recommend Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It’s Adult Fiction, but it definitely suits NA!
I LOVED hosting this Twitter chat. Honestly, this was a dream come true. I messed up some timezones, I got a little stressed and overwhelmed, but it was amazing!
To make up for the fact that I messed up, and because lots of people seemed to be excited, I’m hosting another #BookBabbleChat next week! There’s a Twitter Poll on my profile with some possible topics, make sure you vote, or send me your own idea! If you participated, did you like it? If you haven’t, would you join another time?