Read-Alikes Recommendations: Adult Fiction for Young Adult Lovers!



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 HermanList-YAAdult-3

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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I'm Aentee, a 20-something lover of books and shiny things. By day, I attempt to prescribe books to all the patients in my optometry clinic. By night, I read books, watch TV, and spend way too much time on twitter.


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    • AenteeAentee says

      EEEP YOU LOVE OCTOBER DAYE TOO? YOU ARE OBVS MY BLOGGING SOULMATE. Omg, whenever I think of Tybalt I have to swoon a little :D!

  1. says

    Ohhh these are such fabulous recommendations! And this was totally after the #PTAChat, right? ;) I still have to read The Next Together. I really enjoyed The Time-Traveller’s Wife, actually.

    And I read an MG book by Catherynne M. Valente, so I’ll have to give that one a go for sure!
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    • AenteeAentee says

      Haha you are 100% correct, this post is all thanks to PTAchat ;)! A girl’s gotta get her blogging inspiration somewhere, right? I need to read The Next Together too tbh, I just listed it because of the similar sounding blurb lmao. Catherynne Valente is the best ever so I hope you’ll read more of her stuff!

  2. says

    Thanks for this post, Aentee! I haven’t read The Time Traveler’s Wife yet, but it’s a favorite among some of my blogger friends. And ooh I’m intrigued by that Russian-inspired fantasy!
    I also HAVE to read The Night Circus since I adored The Weight of Feathers. Obviously, this post wasn’t aimed at me because I have no difficulty getting into adult books (like that needed to be said – haha!), but you’ve opened my eyes to so many more! As usual, you continue to rock! :)
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    Ooh, this is such a fantastic idea for a post and I really love the titles you picked out! As someone who has read quite a few of these pairings I can vouch for how spot-on they are and definitely need to give some of these other adult titles a try. Thanks for all the recs, dear! :)
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    Great recommendations! I admit I do still read more YA than anything else but I love my adult fiction too, especially UF. It is hands down one of my most favorite genres and I just know there are a lot of authors out that that write in both adult and YA that are fantastic in both, Jennifer Estep being one of them!
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    I must admit, I wasn’t a fan of The Next Together or Shadow & Bone (tried to read it recently and couldn’t make it past the first few chapters) but I loved the Time Travelers Wife. If you enjoyed The Lakehouse movie, you’d probably love that one. I’ve been so desperate to read The Girl With All The Gifts and already own a copy too, I just keep forgetting I have it when I’m looking for my next read. Thanks for the reminder. Awesome recommendations Aentee, going to check some of these out <3
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    Ooh fun posts! I can’t say I’ve read any of these books – but I DO want to read Gail Carriger’s adult series. I want to read her YA series too. hah They both sound great. I really like adult books – some of my favorite authors are JK Rowling (her detective series as Robert Galbraith is wonderful), Gillian Flynn, Nick Hornby, etc. Those are just some of the bigger authors I’ve read multiple books from.
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    Omg so my TBR DOESN’T THANK YOU. XDXD But, seriously now! This is so helpful! I do want to read more adult books, although I totally plan to read YA basically forever. WIth zero regrets. BUT. I loved The Girl with All the Gifts last year and it really made me want to try some more adult stuff. I need Deathless, basically…a lot. AND I’M GONNA READ LEGACY OF KINGS SOON. So if I like it I’ll be digging out Song of Achilles! :D
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    This is a fantastic post! And I agree that genres should NOT be limited to age groups. I love middle grade, YA, new adult AND adul books. Its about the content of the book, not the age recommendation, and no one should have to feel guilty for reading YA their whole life. And there are so many fantastic recommendations here. I haven’t read any of them yet – both the YA and the adult ones so I’ll probably end up checking all of them out, let’s be real!
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    I literally had NO idea THE NIGHT CURCUS was adult! Haha. Definitely suuuuuch a beautifully written book, but yeah, the pacing was a little too slow for my liking. I’ve aldo been meaning to read The Emperor’s Blades, but I quake at its size. >.> The Girl with All the Gifts is another one on my tbr and oh my gosh I just need more TIME to read all these fabulous books. xD
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    Ahh! This is such a fabulous post Aentee! I’ve always wanted to read more adult fiction but I never really knew quite where to start, so this sounds like a great guide. Thank you for making this – it’s such a well-written and helpful post! ♥
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  11. says

    Aentee, awesome post! I loved Soulless (Lord Maccon. Seriously. He was amazing.) and Valente is one of my favourites, too! Something to squee over together, for sure. Her work is utterly divine, and I’ve been meaning to get to Deathless for quite some time. I mean, the cover ALONE. It’s stunning. And I did read a couple pages once, and it’s her distinctive work that I’ve grown to love. I can’t wait to be able to delve into more of her work.
    Your comment on “what actually makes a book YA” is so interesting. That’s definitely worth a discussion post. xx
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