How to transition from YA to Adult Fiction.

If you have reached a point where you keep thinking to yourself “mmm maybe I should start reading something other than Young Adult books” then you are just like me a couple of years ago. But don’t worry my friend, I’m here to help you with some tips that will make your transition from YA to adult books as smoothly as possible.

So, when do you know its time to start reading adult fiction? Personally, I decided it was time when I started college. From then on, I began reading a few adult books a year and progressively increased reading more and more each year. Another sign that its time, it’s when you realize that themes, story lines or tropes that used to be appealing a few years ago aren’t anymore, this is what’s been happening to me in the last few years.

Now, don’t expect to start reading adult books from one day to another, that’s just not going to happen. Instead what works best is to slowly read a few books here and there just to get used to the themes adult usually follow. Here are a few tips to make that transition from YA to adult fiction as smoothly as possible:

  • My main tip is to start by reading adult books from your favorite genres (romance, mystery, fantasy, memoirs, etc). For example, my favorite genres are fantasy and romance, so what I did was, I started looking into books that I thought I might like from those genres. Checking reviews on Goodreads and other people’s opinions usually helps.
  • The easiest place to start is with the best sellers, they are there for a reason. Some of them might not be the best literature, but there is a high probability that you will enjoy them.
  • Go with an open mind. The themes that authors address in YA are not the same as in Adult fiction, some are similar, but generally they are directed to more mature audiences. You might not relate to all of the themes or story lines they address, and that’s okay, remember it’s always interesting to read from different perspectives.
  • Also, remember, baby steps. Don’t go and pick up a 600+ page book because you probably won’t finish it, go for something smaller.
  • Finally, you have to feel comfortable with what you’re reading, move at your own pace. If you see you’re not liking the change go back to YA for a couple of books and then try it again later.

Also, here is a list of books I think are good places to start:

  • The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gainman (Fantasy)
  • I’ve got your number by Sophie Kinsella (Romance)
  • Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Mystery)
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (Non fiction)
  • The Heist by Janet Evanovich (Mystery/ Crime)
  • Easy by Tammara Webber (Romance)

Now, this doesn’t mean that I only read adult fiction exclusively, not at all, I still very much enjoy reading young adult books; however, most of the ones that I read are fantasy.

What are some tips you recommend?


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