Top Ten Books I’d Give to Adult’s Who’ve Never Read YA


These aren’t my favorite YA books, but they are definitely ones that I think have a lot of crossover appeal and literary merit. Also a few of them might be considered closer to literary fiction than YA, but I think they would still make a great introduction to reading books about teenagers. Whether people like Game of Thrones, historical fiction, romance, or contemporary stories I think there is something for almost everyone on this list. Let me know in the comments which books you would suggest.

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme.

39 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Give to Adult’s Who’ve Never Read YA

  1. I’ve already noticed several people choosing this topic (I did as well) and it is so interesting to see the differences between lists. I personally recommended a few books in a variety of specific genres with some titles including A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Sabriel by Garth Nix. I really like your list though – mostly books I haven’t read, but several I intend to get to soon.

  2. Awesome topic! I’ve read 8/10 on your list so I’d have to agree these are the cream of the crop. The Book Thief is one that my mom, my daughter, and I all enjoyed. Aristotle & Dante is such a lovely book. Killer list!

  3. Ooooh, excellent list! There are so many on here that I either read and loved, or that I’ve heard amazing things about! Most notably Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which I thought was amazing.

  4. We went for the same topic this week! 🙂 I agree with a lot of your choices. I have Eleanor & Park on my list too. I think adults would very much enjoy that book!

  5. Great list. I love all the books on your list, except I’m not familiar with The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. Your list similar to my list, I also included E&P, TFIOS, and THG.

  6. Is it sad that I own The Book Thief and Graceling but just haven’t had a chance to read them yet? Though to be fair, I did attempt The Book Thief and just wasn’t able to get into it, but I think I just need to be in the right mindset.

  7. I would swap out Graceling for the Night Circus and hunger games for chaos walking but otherwise yesyesyes to everything on this list – so glad you recommended all of these to me!

  8. Another excellent YA transfer to Adult reading market would be Angelfall and the sequel World After by Susan Ee – dystopian, paranormal about violent Angels and the End of days – MC is 17 year old girl called Penryn. Excellent, well written, edge of your seat stuff!

  9. I’ve read some of these and haven’t others. I’ve never heard of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, but it sounds good! And I LOVED Aristotle and Dante…. Soooooo good. Definitely my favorite book I’ve read this year. Great list! 🙂

    1. Aristotle and Dante is one of my favorites from this year as well! Such good characters! I would definitely recommend The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets! It has really sweet characters and is set in 1950s London which I didn’t know that much about.

    1. I definitely cried a lot while reading TFiOS … most embarrassingly, when I finished the book while in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. I think all the other patients thought something was really wrong with me!

  10. Ooh, you have some good looking books on there. I actually haven’t read many of these books, but they sound like a great place to start. I should read some of these famous books (I’m kind of terrible when it comes to the famous ones.)

  11. I completely agree with Aristotle and Dante and also The Book Thief. They’re actually really good YA novels, that have a much more deeper meaning than people think that they do. Actually, all of these books do!

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