I didn’t get a chance to review every one that I read this year, but if you follow the blog or my reviews at Goodreads, you’ll know I have a serious love for books in the New Adult category. There were quite a few books already out that qualified, although they really weren’t being marketed as “New Adult” (or YA-Mature, name your poison), but by the late summer, there was a giant boom in the number of them, especially in the indies and self-pubs. I enjoyed participating in this year’s challenge a lot so when it came time to start signing up for 2013, I tackled Danya at A Tapestry of Words and asked her to let me co-host along with Tara at Tater’s Tall Tails and Victoria at Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer.
Here are the rules:
- The book must feature a protagonist who is past the average age for graduation from high school (18 in most places) and under 30. If they’re exactly 18, you can make the judgment call based on content. (If the majority of it is set in high school, it’s probably YA.)
- They don’t have to be contemporaries! Fantasy, dystopian and paranormal fans rejoice, your books count too. As long as the characters fall into the comparative age group on whatever planet or in whatever world, it works.
- You don’t have to have a blog to participate, but you must post your reviews somewhere accessible online (like Goodreads).
- Just Graduated: Read a minimum of 5 New Adult books
- Moving Out: Read a minimum of 10 New Adult books
- Living On Your Own: Read a minimum of 20 New Adult books
- Fully Independent: Read a minimum of 30 New Adult books
If you’re looking for inspiration right now, here are a few Goodreads Lists you can check out (I have nothing to do with any of these and you’ll want to double-check them before you read to make sure they qualify):
New Adult/Post HS Books
New Adult Literature
New Adult Contemporary
New Adult of 2012 (includes some good paranormal and fantasy)
New Adult Dark & Gritty
Speculative New Adult Fiction
New Adult Fantasy Series’
And the best resource of them all, NA Alley
Edit to add: I started a Listopia at Goodreads that you can feel free to add books that fit to: 2013 New Adult Releases
We have a Goodreads group set up that you can easily join and there will be places to link up your reviews (and I’ll have your reviews archived, read-a-longs, giveaways and other stuff exclusively here for participants). The perks, they sell the challenge themselves, right? So sign up and grab the button over there on the sidebar.