Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Getting Into New Adult Fiction

Recently I've found myself in a bit of a YA slump. Not many young adult books I have read recently have been impressing me and even the new releases coming out have not really sparked my interest. I noticed this mostly because I have a lot of Chapters gift cards and went online to the YA section to see what I should spend my money on, and I found myself feeling... underwhelmed? This is not to say that the books coming out recently are bad or boring, it's just that for me personally, no YA has stood out to me. So then I got to wondering, why is YA always my default genre, when there are so many other books in the new adult and adult category?

My heart will always stay true to YA books. I am a YA book blog and YA books are generally the books I am most comfortable reading, and most relate to. However I feel as if I may be sheltering myself from trying books from the adult category, simply because I have only ever read YA.

The truth is, I can probably count the number of new adult and adult fiction books I have read in the past four years on one hand. I am eighteen years old now, and while no age is too old to read YA books, I do feel like I should be branching out more.

Now don't get me wrong, the YA books that have been coming out these past few years have been more daring, more mature, and have pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable to talk about to teens. And that has really made the genre flourish for me. But the truth is, I do find myself curious about what's out there in the adult fiction category, and I am willing to start giving it a go. All I need now are some good recommendations.

Do you read New Adult/Adult Fiction? Please give me some rec's of books you loved!

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I only discovered the category new adult last year or so. I didn't even know about this category as I mainly lump adult stuff together.
    Here are a couple of recs. Fredrick Backman is a good author. His works is good and worth the read.
    Neil Gaiman's American Gods is fantastic. You'll probably will enjoy that. I loved it.
    I am a big fan of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon as well.
    Happy reading!
    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve heard great things from American God’s and I’ve never read anything from Neil Gaiman so I will definitely give it a go.

  2. There's nothing wrong with expanding your reading! I find myself reading NA a lot without any real intention to, lol!

    Here's a few I enjoyed:

    - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
    - Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
    - Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson ---this is one I want everyone to read!
    - Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone
    - Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevigne & Rowan Coleman --- this is YA/NA crossover.

    ...I've also just realised that all of those are Queer in some way, and they're all written by women! Lol. XD

    1. I think I remember your reviews for some of these! Thanks for sharing Cee, and don’t worry, the more women authors and the more queer, definitely makes it better!!

  3. I am the opposite of you,I read mainly adult fiction and am just starting to try a few YA novels!!I wish you luck, as there are so many great reads out there!!

    1. Well YA is great and I hope you find an appreciation for it like I hope I will for adult novels :)

  4. I started doing this like two years ago and I'm really glad that I did :) I think YA will always be my favorite genre, but sometimes it's nice to read something else for a change just to cleanse your palate a bit. These are some of my favorites!

    -literally any Agatha Christie book but especially And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and Cat Among the Pigeons
    -Rebellion by Molly Patterson (mix of historical fiction and realistic fiction)
    -Devil in the White City - Erik Larson (great nonfiction)
    -The DaVinci Code (such a classic!)
    -The Good Girl - Mary Kubica (such a great mystery!)
    -The Eye of the World (great high fantasy)
    -All the Light We Cannot See (historical fiction)

    I hope you find some great new favorites in NA and Adult, Emily!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thanks for the recommendations, Laura! I have read two Agatha Christie books but none that you’ve mentioned so I definitely will give these a go! I have also heard great things from The DaVinci Code :D

  5. Beautifully written and thought-provoking post. I used to only read classics (think War and Peace...) then I switched to YA and read that, and now I'm reading more and more Adult fiction (thrillers). Because of that, I wouldn't call my blog an YA blog (and never have), but when I started blogging YA was all I was reading. I'm glad to have branched out, though. I adore Adult thrillers :) And of course, I still love YA!

    1. Thank you Amy!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post :) I’m at the library right now looking to find some good adult thrillers and NA fiction. I hope I can branch out as well!

  6. I've been feeling this way about YA for quite sometime now and though I intend to branch out I just haven't succeeded in doing that just yet. I still do want to, especially since so few new releases have me excited when it comes to YA recently.

    1. Yeah, agreed! I keep waiting for something exciting to be announced but honestly I’m just not “in” to YA as much as I have been.