September 20


Adult Fiction for YA Readers by Shannon Nemer

Despite the recent attention focused on naysayers, I’m firmly in the camp that we should read what appeals to us, regardless of the age it was intended for. Still, I often hear readers who focus mainly on YA expressing an interest in adult fiction and looking for recommendations. In hopes of broadening horizons, I’m turning my attention to recent books with themes that mirror YA novels and would make for a good transition into the world of adult fiction. 


Lexicon by Max Barry
Words are weapons that can be used to persuade in this alternate version of the United States, where gifted “poets” use language to unlock the minds of others.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
After fourteen year-old June loses her favorite uncle to a new illness, a mysterious man she meets at his funeral helps her heal.

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Years after leaving their small town of Little Wing, Wisconsin, four friends return for a wedding that forces them to deal with the changes they’ve gone through since their last encounter. 

The Passage by Justin Cronin
A breach at a US Government facility unleashes a disease that quickly changes the Amercian people. Big, layered, vampire-ish goodness.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
In a collection of memories, arrest records, diary entries and social worker reports, Girlchild tells the story of Rory Hendrix, desperate to climb up from the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
The quiet story of love between a Panamanian boy and Mexican girl who meet when her family moves to the United States in hopes of helping her heal from a tragic accident.

In Between Days by Andrew Porter
Chloe Harding gets kicked out of her East Coast college, but refuses to tell anyone why. Her return home to Houston sets off a chain of tense events that make In Between Days hard to put down.

The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich
A collection of short (very short!), hilarious stories about finding, falling in and losing love.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
In 1937, a chance encounter takes Katey Kontent from struggling secretary into the exclusive upper ranks of Jazz Age New York City.

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
Eleven year-old Jonny Valentine is a mega-star, but everything he does is pre-packaged, monitored or staged. A funny but insightful look into the world of pop stardom.

Shannon Nemer is an educator and book blogger who shares her love for adult literary fiction and historical fiction at River City Reading. Big, sweeping family dramas that take place over several decades and continents are her weakness, along with dark Southern fiction. She also loves non-fiction that gets her stuck in a good Wikipedia worm hole, especially if its history or sociology related. You can follow her on twitter @rivercityreadin or keep up with bookish news through River City Reading’s Facebook page.