Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Recommendations: Best Adult Novels for Readers of Young Adult


As you know, I spend most of my blogging time over on my tumblr. As I was scrolling through my dashboard, I found this epic rant by Cait at A Page With A View. In short, she talks about the frustration not being able to find fun, diverse, consumable books with great female characters, great world-building, with adult characters. She wants books that have adult characters, but without all the drama that comes from adulthood (marriage, kids, divorce, etc.). She wants books that have adult characters, but aren't thinly disguised smut with abusive male love interests.

Inspired by this challenge, I decided to make a list of recommendations! I chose a few books that are commonly reviewed by YA bloggers and mis-labeled as YA, and a few underrated ones I never see anyone talking about. Without further adieu,



  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson (this one is shelved in both YA and adult fantasy sections)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Poison Study (series) by Maria V. Snyder
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy) by N. K. Jemisin
  • Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  • A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
  • The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Deathless by Catherynne Valente



  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su
  • The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Jane Steele by Lindsey Faye
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
  • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
  • The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

Beyond this list, I recommend lovers of contemporary YA to check out the chick lit or Popular Womens' Fiction section of your local bookstore.  Authors like Kristin Hannah, Mary Kay Andrews, Madeline Wickham, Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, and more grace these shelves. They tend to write about women in transition, whether it's finding a new relationship, moving to a new city, or trying to make their dreams come true. These books tend to be very white and very straight, but chick lit might be a good starting point.  Here's a list of 100 Chick Lit writers.

Thanks for Reading!


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