Tell Me Something Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings that gives bloggers a chance to chat about everything from books to social issues and get to know each other better. It’s a big ‘ol group effort meme, so anyone who has an idea for a topic is encouraged to either email Heidi or leave a comment during the week’s stop.
This week’s topic comes from me!
What do you think of the New Adult category? Have you ever read a New Adult book and are there any you’d recommend?
When I hosted a stop last month for the Fiery Hot Reads for Icy Cold Nights hop, I welcomed author M. Leighton, who writes a New Adult series. Reading some of the comments, I thought that it still wasn’t always clear what the difference was between YA and NA, so I thought I’d pass along some general guidelines, some of my favorite NA reads, some that I’m looking forward to the most and a few great resources for picking out some for yourself!
- NA characters are:
- Over 18 and out of high school or if the book is a paranormal/fantasy/etc., the equivalent in that world.
- The upper age range can vary. The hard limit is 30, but I personally take the story into account before I call it NA. Is it a college or coming of age story? Is it a story that an immature adult would be involved in? I would consider those NA. Some people classify 50 Shades of Gray as NA and technically it is, since both characters are under 30; I personally wouldn’t claim it as one, especially since Christian is a billionaire and under-30 billionaires are…rare, but that’s my opinion.
- What NA isn’t:
- If the majority of the book is set in high school or if in a paranormal/fantasy/etc. situation, the characters are in a comparable environment, it’s best categorized as YA.
- Even if one character is older than 18 and the other is younger, it’s YA.
- The exceptions:
- If the character/s turn 18 during the story and the subject matter is something serious/heavy and/or there’s an amount or degree of sexual content that would make it unsuitable for a typical YA audience. The characters have to turn 18 in there! Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry is a good example of this one.
Some of my favorite New Adult reads so far:
I’ve got a list longer than my arm (that grows longer weekly – the list, not my arm) for 2013. Every week there are new books popping up on my recommendations lists and going on friends’ shelves at Goodreads, so if you want to dip your toes into NA, there’s plenty of water!
Here are just a few of the things I’m waiting for this year:
For a list of over 400 2013 NA releases (there are a handful on it that are 2012 and aren’t NA), you can check out a Listopia at Goodreads that has nearly 1,000 votes: 2013 New Adult Releases.
There are several New Adult Groups at Goodreads that have discussions, read-a-longs, special events, review link-ups and recommendations, including the New Adult Reading Challenge Group. And, you know you can always sign up for the Challenge, any time you like, and read as few as 5 or 6 NA books! (sales pitch over)
So that’s my NA primer for anyone who was wondering what on earth all of the fuss was about. I hope I’ve piqued your interest and given you a lot of ideas for your reading and shopping lists.