As you probably know from this blog, I read Young Adult literature. I love YA. And if I’m being honest, it’s 99.999% of what I read. (That is an accurate statistic.) Sometimes, I read a middle grade or adult novel, or a poetry book, but truly, it’s almost all YA.
But I do read outside of YA at times. Here’s why.
Reasons why I read outside of YA
YA can get too repetitive or cliché.
I know that’s not much- I truly adore YA. Even with that one negative, there are so many books in YA that I can always find something different. Because I can’t just not mention why I read mostly YA and you should too:
Reasons why I read a lot of YA
YA is diverse.
The characters in YA books are my age and relatable.
YA is fun and exciting and new, and books are always releasing.
To prove that I am not lying to you and that I do sometimes read books that are not YA, here are a few of my favorite books outside of the age range of Young Adult.
My Favorite Non-Ya Books
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
I’m realizing now that these lists are kind of small…Well, that shows that maybe I should explore outside of YA more often!
I know that reading mostly YA is not the case for a lot of people, so I started wondering what everyone else does.
I asked a few of my reader/blogger friends whether they read outside of YA, and this is what they said!
i read outside of YA because i have a constant need to devour stories. whether it be adult or nonfiction, i’m always looking for interesting narratives that tell a story in a new and exciting way.
-Alex, Fiery Reads
I read outside YA for the same reasons adults read YA. I simply seek good stories, despite genre. If there’s a good story that appeals to me, I’ll read it, no matter what genre! I also read a lot of non-fiction on topics that are of interest to me. I tend to treat books as simply just that book, not as part of the whole genre. I do read mostly YA, but if an adult book appeals to me, I’ll read it!
Honestly, I stick within my comfort zone – YA. I don’t often read a book that isn’t YA, but I’ve read a few non-YA books. For example, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which is an adult novel, or Percy Jackson which is more middle grade. I read books that aren’t YA sometimes because it gives me a break from some things that are in most YA books like tropes or clichés. Middle grade often gives me a break from all the romance that is in basically every single YA book. A break from romance for me, is very needed. I’ll read adult books because they sometimes have darker topics, they’re more in depth, and the writing style is usually a lot more complex and interesting. YA is definitely my favourite, but I do love giving myself a break from it sometimes.
-Erika, Books With Cats
Do you read outside of YA? What age range do you normally read from? Why? Do you have any recommendations of middle grade, adult, non-fiction, poetry, etc. books?
Thanks for reading!