I’m sorry I stole HP from you….
Or at least a little sorry. In my defense, our likes are so similar that it was bound to happen. Except, I think, for this next one. I’m pretty sure I’m alone in this.
YA Books – specifically those in the Fantasy/Science Fiction genre.
I feel like this needs an explanation. Because I’m 35, which is not “Young Adult” and so there are probably those out there that are like…”huh? Did you not grow up or mature in the last 20+ years?”
I know, I know. Sometimes when I put these books on hold, I’m a little embarrassed to take them to the librarian to check out. Its not like I can plead, “Oh, I’m getting this for my daughter,” since she’s next to me…and 5 years old and only wants to read Mo Willems.
But trust me, I got into these for very logical reasons.
#1 – I taught middle and high school for 9 years, and some of my students were avid, precocious readers and invested their reading time in certain books that I wasn’t so sure about. Were they okay? Were they appropriate for them to read? (It was the same argument that teachers originally had about Harry Potter books, too.) So, in the interest of wanting to both know the answer to my questions and have a chance to share something with the students I cared so much about, I read the books they read. And I liked some of them.
#2 – There are books that are written for an adult audience that have been recommended to me, are national best sellers, and have surprised me with X-rated scenes. I’m not talking about the kind of book where its expected – I avoid those. I’m talking about ones that you are reading and enjoying and then WHAM! The author went there – and I feel dirty. So I put those books aside and look for something that is more PG-13 but still entertaining and possibly even sophisticated in its story telling ability. So…YA fantasy/science fiction.
See? Completely logical!
So here, I’m going to share some series that I enjoyed, would recommend to others and got a little geeky over. Geeky like, I put the whole series on hold after reading the first chapter of the first book. Geeky like, I obsessively checked to see if the library had ordered the newest book in the series yet to be released so that I could be the first in our county to read it. Yup. Geeky.
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – Yes, everyone and their mother know about this, but it really was very fun.
- The Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth – Same as above. Roth is coming out with a new series next year, so I’m interested in checking that out, too.
- The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer – Fairytales turned into science fiction novels. It was clever and engaging and overall very fun!
- Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier – If Matt had seen the cover of the book with the girl on it, we would never have checked out the audio book. But he saw a different one, so we did. This is a time traveling series that was pretty creative. It also helped that a British woman narrated the book and that always makes a book extra awesome!
- Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas – I suggest this with the disclaimer that it is rated R, but if you like magic, assassins, etc. and can take some pretty violent scenes and some language, then you might like this! But, you’ve just been warned.
There are definitely others that were pretty fun, easy to read, and enjoyable for adults who need a break from…adult fiction…but these were the ones I enjoyed the most. And I realize they all feature strong female leads, many that have a warrior bent. I don’t feel like I’m type-casting myself, more just stating where YA fantasy/science fiction books have settled of recent.
I do feel like I need to now write about adult fiction books that I’ve liked to show I have some sophistication…but I will refrain. Mainly because I already wrote about geeking out over Jane Austen – and she is the epitome of sophistication.