Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Someone who doesn’t read YA Fiction
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – I know it’s a great series. You know it’s a great series, but if you tell an adult to read about an eleven year old wizard, chances are they’re not going to hear you out. But if you can get them through the first three books…
9. I want to go home by Gordon Korman – This book. Just thinking about it I want to go read it again. If they can get past the fact that the protagonist is young (I can’t remember exactly because it’s been a couple years since I reread it…I’d guess about 12 or 13), they will spend the entire time gasping from breath because they’re laughing so hard.
8. Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein – Shakespeare fans will appreciate the twist on a classic tale.
7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce – This book started me in the YA genre, basically. And, once you’ve hooked them with one of Pierce’s books you can throw twenty more at them to keep them hooked.
6. Stolen by Lucy Christopher – Another beautifully written book that will leave the new reader’s heart aching and confused.
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – History buffs will enjoy this especially, plus Zusak’s prose is beautiful. Whoever says that the YA genre isn’t as artistic as adult novels obviously has been reading the wrong YA novels.
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green – John has a style of writing that older readers will appreciate, even if they may afterwards worry about what their children are reading… a bj scene, John? Really? I can’t show this to my mother now!
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Anyone who knows me knew this is going to be one of my top recs for everyone. I don’t care who you are, you will read this book and you will enjoy it.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This is the first book I used to get my mom to start reading YA fiction, and she loved it. Works especially well on women who enjoy Harlequin romances.
1. Feed by Mira Grant – It has zombies, action, adventure, politics, and characters that are in their late teens. Definitely a good way to break an adult into the YA genre.