Do you ever get tired of reading young adult literature? Haha! Just kidding, that was obviously a joke. Sometimes it’s just nice to switch it up a bit, so this month, we’re recommending adult books that are an easy transition for YA readers.
We’ve taken several YA books and have done our best to pair them up with similarly styled or themed “more mature” novels written for adult audiences. If you haven’t or don’t often read adult novels, this is a great introduction. And if you do but have been left uninspired (hence your obvious pursuit of refuge in YA), perhaps there may be a couple of titles here you’d like to try out. This is a list of some of our favorite adult books that we think YA readers will thoroughly enjoy.
Without further ado…
K.’s Adult Recs
Notes from K.:
My adult recommendations are three of my favorite adult novels. When I first read the Song of Ice and Fire series and the Fever series, I was swept off my feet. Powerful and so entertaining, I could not force these books enough on other readers I knew. I’m still obsessed with them, so naturally I found myself finding their YA counterparts so I could recommend them to an even broader audience. These are not small, unknown works of literature. They are, in fact, among the most popular. But just in case you hadn’t gotten around to them, here they are!
Kate’s Adult Recs
Notes from Kate:
High fantasy is one of my favorite genres, but I get really bummed out by the lack of female characters who are strong but still feminine. As soon as you step outside YA, women in fantasy novels tend to lose their agency. I mentioned this to Marie Lu when I had that lunch with her, and she recommended that I try out Jacqueline Carey’s books. And she was right. The main character, Phedre, grows over the course of the trilogy from a child in training to be a prostitute (there is sex in this book, but not the erotica kind), to a spoiled courtesan, to one of the most powerful women in the world. And her love interest, Joscelin, out-does even Hector when it comes to being a kind, sexy, stoic soldier.
Kim’s Adult Recs
Notes from Kim:
My recommendations aren’t necessarily a one-for-one match, but they do correlate strongly to the most important themes or feel of the respective book. The Passage is different enough from The 5th Wave, but if you loved the “post-apocalyptic waste land run amok with deadly supernatural creatures” in The 5th Wave, you’ll enjoy The Passage, which is actually a lot more complex. The Diviners and The Golem and the Jinni are probably the most dissimilar of my recommendations, but I’m certain anyone who enjoys one will enjoy the other. Golem is a slow moving, yet fantastical story; it takes its time gathering the many strands of the ensemble cast together, and has just the right tinge of horror. At its heart, though, it is a beautifully written love story weaving themes of isolation, identity, free will, and desire against the backdrop of 1899 New York. I really just want everyone to read The Golem and the Jinni. Don’t make me beg you.
Wendy’s Adult Recs
Notes from Wendy:
Our adult recommendations often (obviously) contain adult situations, so please be mindful if you’re using these suggestions as a segue for teens. Feel free to ask us about specific mature content if you’re curious!
If you’re considering Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, please be aware that the series MUST be read in order since there are crazy things that happen that you don’t want spoiled. (Same for Chicagoland Vamps, so be sure to avoid reviews past the first book!) It’s also a bit confusing since two separate series eventually combine into one, but I’ve written the order in which they should be enjoyed here on my Blindsighted review. Also, a couple of the books I recommended are sadly out of print–but I personally think they’re well worth seeking out.
You have got here a very long and comprehensive list. Have you read any of these books, or do you plan to? Now that you have our recs, tell us yours! Until next month!