Lately, I’ve been feeling so profoundly grateful to be part of the Young Adult book community. My heart feels so light sometimes I catch myself almost walking on my tippy-toes, wanting to float away.

A big part of that is because of YALLWEST. The whole event was overflowing with excitement and positivity, and it was so wonderful to see people LITERALLY skipping with happiness. 
One thing that my mind keeps going back to, though, is how the love for books not only brought people together but also seemed to take away judgmental stares. It was so, so lovely to see all the authors together and readers grinning from ear to ear. No one cared about each other’s clothes, or what they looked like. In my eyes all the authors looked like the most beautiful people in the world, because, to me, they have the most beautiful minds. 
That’s what I love about the book community (well, it’s ONE of the things I cherish about it). Who cares what they look like?? These people have the most incredible and stunning minds, and I feel so happy that it’s what everyone focuses on. We are part of something that solely focuses on the mind and what it can create.
This, I feel, not only takes away some of the pressure from the authors themselves, but from the readers. 
This whole rant is probably just me still feeling a bit book-high from the festival, but I really, really hope that I’m not the only one that feels like this. I really hope I’m not the only one that feels like the Young Adult community is a safe, positive one.
I’m just really happy that I get to be part of this huge Book Squad.