Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Recommend to Adults Who Want to Read YA

All of my friends are always asking me which young adult books might they like.  They want to try out the genre, but just aren't 100% sure where to go after reading popular YA novels like, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. Here are the top ten books I recommend to adult readers that want to try out young adult literature.




1. If you've read Twilight and enjoyed it, I always recommend Die For Me (Revenants series) by Amy Plum - It's set in Paris (love!), it's paranormal, but no vampires, there's a lot of edge of your seat action, and there's a swoon-worthy romance.

2.  Also, if you read Twilight and are looking for another paranormal read, I recommend Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - This is one of my favorite paranormal series ever and it deals with angels.  Each book in the series is fantastic, so readers don't have to worry about a sophomore slump.




3.  If you want a contemporary beach read, I always recommend The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen - It's Sarah Dessen. I feel like everyone should read her and this book just so happens to be my favorite Dessen. Dessen captures summer and teenage love like no other, but it's not all fluff. 

4.  If you want another contemporary beach read other than Dessen, I recommend The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer series) by Jenny Han - This is my all-time favorite contemporary series ever. Seriously. I push this book on everyone. I mean there's an awesome beach house, two brothers and one life-changing summer for Belly. (Don't let her nickname weird you out.)



 

5.  If you want a smart YA read that's powerful, I always recommend The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This book is so powerful. I literally wanted to highlight and write down quotes from almost every page of this book. John Green is a genius.  I'm not kidding.

6. If you want something that make you feel all the feels, I recommend If I Stay by Gayle Forman - I read this book years ago, but just looking at the cover makes me want to sob.  But don't get me wrong, it's SOOOOO good!



 

7.  If you love historical fiction, I always recommend Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys  It takes place in New Orleans in the 1950s and the main character wants so much more for her life than her mother can offer her. The characters really come to life in this story and are so memorable. Plus, she works in a bookstore!

8. Also, if you enjoy historical fiction and want another historical recommendation, I always book push A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - It's such a smart read and beautifully written.  There's a mystery, vivid historical details, and a main character that I just LOVE.  Plus, this book was a runner up for the prestigious Printz award, so it's definitely worth checking out. 




9.  If you liked Divergent and The Hunger Games series, I recommend The Maze Runner by James Dashner - This book had me on the edge of my seat and constantly questioning every little thing. Even my husband (a super picky reader) liked this book and it was always flying off of the shelves in my classroom.  Plus, you can read it before it comes to movie theaters next year!  

10. If you watch Game of Thrones and love it, then I recommend Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - There's magic, an incredible setting, kick-butt action with a side of romance.  Also, I just read The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and I'll be adding this high fantasy to my recommendation list for GOT fans.

Let me know what you think of my list and share with me some of your go-to young adult recommendations for adults who want to try out the genre.  This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so check it out!


20 comments:

  1. I definitely think The Fault in Our Stars is a good crossover book for adults and while I haven't read Out of the Easy, I know that Between Shades of Grey would be another good one for adults too.

    There are a lot of adults reading teen fiction these days. I even have large print versions of the Hunger Games trilogy for my library patrons and I guess the Divergent trilogy is going to be released in large print too.

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    1. I still haven't read Between the Shades of Grey- I really need to b/c I have heard such awesome things and I love Sepetys. I am noticing a lot more adults are reading YA as well, which makes me so happy. Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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  2. Wow. I have a feeling my TBR pile is going to get a lot bigger this week. I want to read so many of the books on this list. Die for Me looks great!

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    1. I know! Me too! My TBR is already overflowing. It's so bad. Die For Me is the best! I highly recommend it. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. This was such a fun topic to work with! I love your list, too. :) I've read quite a few of them, but there are still a few I need to read. Especially The Maze Runner. I can't wait to get started on it.

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    1. I agree! Thank you! The Maze Runner is awesome, especially if you like sci-fi/dystopians. Thanks for visiting, Christy!

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  4. Oh yes Christina, I would 100% recommend Unearthly, Shadow and Bone, and the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy as well. SO GOOD! I haven't read many of the other ones, but I've heard amazing things about all of them. Particularly If I Stay. I can't believe I haven't read anything by Gayle Forman yet!

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    1. I know, right?! And you NEED to read If I Stay. Make it happen!! :) Thanks for dropping by, Jenny.

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    1. Me too. It was one of my favorite paranormal series and I was seriously SO sad to see it end. Thanks for visiting, Juju.

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  6. This list is just brilliant! I love it! Gah, I also love Girl of Fire and Thorns soooo much! It's such a good book!
    My TTT

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    1. Thank you!! It really is such a good read and I am so glad that I finally got around to it. I need to read the other books in the series b/c I hear they are just as good. Thanks for dropping by, Christianna!

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  7. Great list!! I loved the Die for Me (Revenants) series. The Truth About Forever was also very good. I have read three of her books and have yet to be disappointed. It is nice to read a stand alone YA book every once and a while.

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2013/11/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-would-recommend.html

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    1. It really is SO nice to read a standalone every once in awhile. It's such a refreshing break and you can never go wrong with Dessen. Thanks for dropping by, Jacque.

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  8. Fun post! I love The Truth About Forever. It's easily my favorite Dessen. I liked the Summer I Turned Pretty alright, but I have to admit that I hated the last book in that series. I have The Maze Runner on hold at the library. I've heard great things and cannot wait to read it. Great list!

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    1. I love Dessen too--can't wait to hear your thoughts on Maze Runner...one of my faves! Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

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  9. I soooo agree with all of these! Well, with the ones I've read at least! Still need to get to a few of those titles!

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    1. I hear you...my TBR list is overflowing. Thanks for visiting, Kristi!

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  10. I've now added Amy Plum to my Amazon wishlist - you had me at paranormal and Paris! :-)

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  11. Sorry if you get this twice - my computer is majorly acting up! I've now added Die for Me to my Amazon wishlist. You had me at paranormal and Paris! :-)

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