Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: : Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X
In this case – I’m choosing New Adult.
I wasn’t a fan of this genre when I first started reading books classified as New Adult. They seemed to be just an excuse to have young adult characters engaging in a lot of sex. And whilst I don’t mind the occasional more steamy read, I do need for there to be some kind of plot or substance with my romance.
For me New Adult is the kind of book which bridges the gap between teen and adult. Where characters are trying to work out their new role in the world and finding out who they are without parents etc. These books are often involving characters in college or straight out of high school and working out which direction their lives are going to go.
Here are my top 10 picks or people who are new to the genre:
Easy by Tammara Webber – Set in college. Deals with some rather sensitive issues regarding relationships, rape/victims, responsibility and friendship. I was not expecting to like this book but it really got to me.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I do not like teacher/student relationships but this one is handled well. It’s a great story about loss, love and inner strength.
Anything written by Abbi Glines – These books are a guilty pleasure of mine. After a while they all sort of start to feel the same but there is something charming about them. They’re quick and easy reads with a lot of romance and lots of gorgeous over protective brooding men. Typically this sort of things isn’t really something I enjoy but somehow Abbi Glines makes it work
True Believers series by Erin McCarthy – College girls falling in love with tattooed men. The premise is simple and fairly formulaic but Ms. McCarthy manages to convey an idea I’ve read many times before in a different way. There are topics like opposites attracting, cheating and unplanned pregnancies but they don’t unfold quite how I was expecting and that’s why this series worked for me.
Ten Tiny Breaths series by KA Tucker – I just finished reading Ten Tiny Breaths last night and had to put it on this week’s list. It’s about a 20-year-old woman who is trying to free herself from her past. She is the guardian to her younger sister and doing whatever she can to make ends meet whilst at the same time not letting her past ruin her future. Well written with some great characters.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Another college story but again with a difference.
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster nearly turned me off New Adult but I really enjoyed Beautiful Oblivion. The reason why I didn’t like the other books is because it felt like the characters were making the same mistakes over and over and it frustrated me. This new series has a bit more energy and variety in terms of plot.
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta – I loved Saving Francesca and it was amazing to see some of the characters reappear in this book.
The Messenger by Marcus Zusak – I first read this book a decade ago when I was in high school and it made a big impact on me. This is the kind of book about a teenager who needs some kind of direction in his life.
Where She Went by Gayle Foreman – the sequel to If I Stay, this book is a great continuation of Mia’s story and the decisions she now faces as she enters adulthood.
Which New Adult books did you love? Any you would recommend? Feel free to leave me a comment 🙂