Lately I’ve found myself thinking about my reading habits and tastes and how they’ve changed over the last two years. I’ve realized that while I definitely don’t have as much time to read as I used to, I’m using what little reading time I have and devoting it to, yes, Adult Books. More specifically, the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. And I asked myself, “why?”.
Has my love for Young Adult gone away? Definitely not, but right now I just want..a little bit more. Some of the POV characters in my current read, A Storm of Swords, the third A Song of Ice and Fire book, are teenagers (Robb, Jon, Sansa) and some of them are even Middle Grade age (Arya) but the themes and actual content are adult – the politics, the gore, the..well, everything. They get me thinking “How would I react?” and “What would I do?”. So much of today’s Young Adult novels have notions of Good vs Bad but I love that George R.R. Martin’s characters can be BOTH good and evil, right and wrong, lovable and detestable all at the same time.
Do I think I’ve outgrown YA? Heck, no! I love YA! I whole-heartedly agree with my friend Anna when she talks about the reasons that she reads Young Adult literature even as a mid 20’s married woman. The issues in YA books are still relevant to me today as a 25 year old and I love it; they help me grow as a person and honestly, how great is that?
Estelle from Rather Be Reading is determined to get folks to read and talk about Adult literature and I’ve got to say, as someone who shied away it before, I’m embracing it, even if it is a High Fantasy (and rather popular) series that has got me hooked on Adult Books! The next step might even be Adult Contemporary!
Who says I have to pick between YA and Adult? I’m just in an Adult phase..for now.