I might not look like it, but I’m 23 years old. And to be quite honest, that’s about the number of adult books that I’ve read in my lifetime.
As a creative writing major, I studied mostly literary fiction–Murakami, Joyce, Carver and their ilk peppered my readings with their winding existentialist stories. They were brilliant pieces of literature and the extent to which they stretched their craft astonishes me.
None of them captured my imagination.
I’ve grown to see adult fiction, especially high-lit, as extremely dry and boring, and that worries me. I’m 100% sure that there are hundreds of novels that would interest me, but I can’t seem to find any. While I’ve grown to understand that this is probably just a personal quirk, I would like to be fair and give the genre another go.
So this is where I turn to you readers: what are some wonderful adult novels that you can recommend? I’ve wanted to ask this question for a while now, and now that I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a lot of you out there, I trust your judgment.
In the interest of full disclosure, I love romance novels. I will read any and everything by Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. I also fell hard for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus this year, so magic realism is definitely on the table. And if you plan to rec a literary-fiction piece: tell me as much as you can about why you loved it. Nicholas Sparks’s novels and others like it are deal-breakers and I draw the line at Neil Gaiman for horror. (I’m a wuss.)
This might result in a new project for 2012, or it could just be another TBR checklist. Either way, I appreciate the recs and can’t wait to see what these stories hold for me.
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