Top Five Monday | Recommendations for YA Readers Ready to Branch Out

So as you guys may or may not know yet, I love the top ten Tuesday’s that the Broke and the Bookish holds weekly. However, I am only posting on Sunday’s and Monday’s so I went ahead and changed it up a bit and made a Top Five Monday!

So this week The Broke and the Bookish did a free-for-all and let us chose who to recommend books to, I decided to choose YA readers that are wanting to branch out into new genres, particularly the adult genres!


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5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | Ok… so I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s for a good reason! The man still hasn’t released the next book for the series and it’s been 3 years. I’m not about to join the thousands of people angrily waiting for the next book, I’ll patiently wait until he decides to release it to pick up the series. That being said this is supposed to be an amazing fantasy series and I really, really want to get into it.

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4. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | This book is tagged as a romance genre but it is so much more than that, Hoover really did a great job writing this book.

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3. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi | If true crime is your thing Helter Skelter is a book about the Manson murders and was such an interesting read. It was a long one but if you are looking to get into the true crime aspect this book is perfect!

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2. The Martian by Andy Weir | This is a great sci-fi book! Weir does a great job with keeping you entertained throughout the whole book.

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1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Gone Girl is my favorite psychological thriller on the market today, I haven’t found a book that can match the level of intensity that Gone Girl had.


What are some good adult genre books that are less frightening for YA readers to jump into? Or YA readers, what are some adult genre books that you just loved?
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7 thoughts on “Top Five Monday | Recommendations for YA Readers Ready to Branch Out

  1. The Name of the Wind is great. I’d definitely recommend it to Harry Potter fans. It’s also set in a school for magic and features an unusual hero with a mysterious background.

    In terms of other books for people wanting to branch out from YA, why not check out some adult offerings from authors who also do YA? For example, Juliet Marillier (YA books include Wildwood Dancing, Cymbele’s Secret, Shadowfell) has written a lot of adults books as well. I’d suggest starting with Daughter of the Forest. Meg Cabot is another YA author (The Princess Diaries, The Mediator, and many others) has also written a lot for adults (the Queen of Babble series, the Heather Wells mystery series).

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  2. The sequel to The Name of the Wind is out! It’s called The Wise Man’s Fear! … The third book is the one that’s dragging! XD Although he does give updates from time to time, which I appreciate, because at least we know he’s working on it, and isn’t off making a million TV shows *cough*GeorgeRRMartin*cough*.

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  3. I’ve got my eye on a historical fantasy called The Midnight Queen. It’s one of those College of Magick stories where a college kid with a stutter stumbles across Bad Things happening in the upper echelons of academia, and then finds out that the professor’s daughter is being used for something Very Bad … while he and her fall for each other, of course. I’m completely intrigued by the Amazon sample and I’m grabbing it at the library.

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