Judging books by their covers: YA novels for adults

I read the Harry Potter books - even though I was an adult when they came out. I loved the world that J.K. Rowling created, and enjoyed each of her novels. I know I wasn't the only one; evidently adults enjoying children's books are now a thing.

More and more authors are seeing adult reviews and fan mail for their children's literature come from adults. As I went through my 100 challenge of reading 100 books in a year, I found that I had accidentally chosen to read several young adult novels, including one that was actually a series (yes, I completed it). I found them to all be enjoyable (if somewhat brief) reads, and I probably would have really liked them when I was younger. They were definitely better than the Babysitter's Club books (not that there was anything wrong with those.)
Moving on: When I completed my book challenge, I made a big effort to read works that stretched my imagination and taught me something - books for "adults." Or at least, books for people who want to keep on learning.
Even so, I think I will always want to read the books my son chooses to read. I will want to know the content ahead of time to make sure that, even if they are age appropriate, we can discuss it if needed.
Wait, is that low-tech stalking?
Oh well. What are you reading these days? Tell me in the comments - if I've read it, too, we can talk about it. Or you can recommend something to me. I'm always game for a good book.
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Comment by Marcia Fowler on December 26, 2013 at 10:21am

I love reading Y.A and often prefer it to adult books. They have problems solutions, great characters and are short enough to finish. Can't tell you how many adult books I have with bookmarks in them that I'll never finish!

Still thinking about the 100 challenge.,,



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