Lately I’ve been going through a phase where I find myself semi-tired of my beloved YA. Titles that I thought I would CERTAINLY be on the edge of my seat reading have ended up being a chore to read (I’m looking at you, Winter). Perhaps because I’ve recently been thrust into adulthood in my real life, I find myself craving characters with more mature relationships, life challenges, and goals. While I don’t see myself ever turning away from YA or even demoting it from my number one preferred genre of books, I think incorporating more adult fiction into my TBR will help prevent myself from feeling a certain monotony with the dozens of YA books I read every year. Below are the top 5 adult fiction books that I am interested in picking up that will hopefully shake up the content on my TBR:
The Husband’s Secret by Lane Moriarty
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
The boyfriend practically had to pry this out of my hands at Barnes & Noble last weekend because I wanted it so badly (I’m trying to ban myself from buying books between now and Christmas so I can add them to my wishlist!) I haven’t read any books by this author but it sounds like a thriller that’s rooted in the relationship dynamics of a contemporary couple (an element I loved about Gone Girl). Doesn’t it look great?!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
I feel like there is something seriously lacking in my reading life since I’ve yet to read a book by Jojo Moyes. She seems to have a lot of cross-over appeal for the older YA readers I know. From what I’ve read of the synopses of her various novels, her stories seem very character driven, which is one of my favorite things. I’m only slightly nervous that her books have such a cloud of hype around them. Would you recommend starting with this book or another by her? (I chose this one since it seems to have some of the highest Goodreads ratings!)
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall “meat” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind…
I read A Dirty Job back in high school and I was shocked to find out Christopher Moore was writing a sequel so many years later. He has such a witty narrative voice and a dark sense of humor that I’ve always wanted to return to another one of his novels. This presents the perfect opportunity (and it’s set in San Francisco, my favorite US city).
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
Ok, I’ll be completely honest and say I’m still not really sure what this book is about. However, it has the word “bookstore” in the title and takes place in San Francisco, so it made it onto my TBR. Interestingly enough, I’ve heard the cover of the book glows in the dark! This is another adult fiction book that I see a lot of YA lovers read.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
This is a book I actually already own, and got at a steal for like $3 on the book bargain table at B&N. I’ve literally seen only 4 and 5 star reviews and it has sort of an offbeat feel with a lot of literary themes to unpack. It reminds me of the type of book I would have read in one of my American Literature post 1950’s classes in college.