Hi guys! This post was inspired by something I saw on a twitter chat yesterday – I saw a few people mentioning they found it difficult to get into adult books and didn’t know where to start branching out. Most of the bloggers I know (including myself) primarily read young adult novels, so I thought it was time to give some adult fiction some love as well!
Obviously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with loving and reading YA for the rest of your life, I intend to do exactly just that. Never let a genre label prevent you from reading good books, regardless of your age, beautiful books should be for everyone. However, if you were looking to change things up a little, here are some readalikes to get you started!
If You Liked: The Next Together by Lauren James
Try Reading: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
Why: Both are about first loves that spans across time and space. To be honest, I had a lot of issues with the second half of the Time Traveler’s Wife, but I am loving the fact that this time travel trend is taking off in the YA spheres. Would love to hear what you guys think of both books!
If You Liked: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Try Reading: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Why: Both tells a heartbreaking story about humanity by delivering a slight science fiction spin on the plot. I would recommend bringing your tissues along to either of these reads.
If You Liked: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
You Should Try: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Why: Both are based on Ancient Greek text, whether it’s historical or mythological. Each humanises a legendary figure: Alexander the Great and Achilles, respectively. If you’ve read my review you’ll know I was not impressed by Legacy of Kings – but if you enjoyed it, I hope you’ll check out the heartfelt story in The Song of Achilles. Again, bring your tissues.
If You Liked: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
You Should Try: The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
Why: Both features star-crossed lovers trapped between two competing performance troupes that travels all over the place. The sounded so similar I did I double take when I read the blurb of The Weight of Feathers. I’ve yet to read the YA version, but The Night Circus is a well-written books with minor flaws in pacing.
If You Liked: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
You Should Try: The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
Why: Both features a monster who is humanised through their interactions with a person they love. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic setting, but focus on so much more than survival and gore. I will say no more regarding the plot of The Girl With All The Gifts because you should go into this book completely blind. Just know that it is WONDERFUL.
If You Liked: The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
You Should Try: Soulless by Gail Carriger
Why: Both explores the supernatural underbelly of Victorian London, each world is populated by a menagerie of otherworldly creatures such as werewolves and vampires. Both series also features a decent amount of romance and swoon. Though if I were entirely honest, I would say I prefer Lord Maccon to Will Herondale *hides from boos*
If You Liked: The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
You Should Try: The Emperor’s Blade by Brian Staveley
Why: Both features multiple protagonists as they come to terms with a clash between kingdoms and their coming of age story. Falling Kingdoms has the distinct advantage of having more ladies, but The Emperor Blade has cool giant bird things OK.
If You Liked: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
You Should Try: The October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire
Why: Both are urban fantasy series featuring faeries of all kinds, and an almost ordinary girl trapped amongst it all. I adore the October Daye series and I think it’s the perfect entry into the adult Urban Fantasy wonderland!
If You Liked: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
You Should Try: Deathless by Catherynne Valente
Why: Both are Russian inspired fantasy — and OK if you have read my posts for any length of time you know I am absolutely incapable of doing a rec post without mentioning Catherynne Valente. She owns a little piece of my soul. Deathless is breathtaking and romantic and dark and crush your soul beautiful – you should read it even though it will be painful.
Those are my recommendations to bridge the gap between YA and Adult fiction. To be frank, I do not even know what the difference is, a good story is a good story regardless of genres. But which are some books considered ‘for adults’ that you love?
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