Shannon Paul, Nederland. It seems I haven’t just graduated from high school this year. I’ve advanced from reading frilly Young Adult (YA) novels like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell to critically acclaimed adult books such as The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
The change wasn’t as abrupt as one might think. In most high school literature classes, the books we were assigned to read were adult fiction so I had been exposed to adult titles for a while. The main difference is now I get to pick out the books myself.
Picking out a book for myself is amazing, because slipping into the adult section of the library is exhilarating. There are more books to choose from! I can pick out any type of book I feel like reading, from a mystery to a classic. A whole new world of reading has opened up because I now have hundreds of choices that I never even considered looking at before.
My favorite aspect of the adult section is that it includes a larger variety of topics, as opposed to reading YA fiction. The current trends in YA fiction tend to influence most of the books that are published. A few years ago, vampire books were so popular that I must have read at least five different series relating to vampires. The Evernight Series by Claudia Gray, as well as The House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast, were some of the more memorable books I read during that craze.
Recently, YA has taken a turn to dystopian society stories. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the series that everyone has read, but I really enjoyed The Matched Series by Ally Condie. Another great option is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Her novel blew up in popularity this year, and for legitimate reasons: Roth has created an astounding world filled with brilliant characters.
Now that I have broken free from solely reading YA fiction, and the occasional adult fiction assigned in school, I’ve excitedly searched the stacks for different types of books to explore. Finding adult books written by my favorite YA authors has been a great way to ease into adult books. I discovered Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, my favorite YA author, and it has become one of my best-loved books of all time. I also searched for books by James Patterson, because he wrote the ever popular Maximum Ride Series for YA.
Besides looking for books by authors I know, I’ve found a lot of great books by checking out the “new” shelves. It’s really easy to pick a random novel, read the first page, and then decide if I want to keep reading. What would I do without Nederland Community Library’s “new” shelves?
Aside from fiction, non-fiction has also become more interesting to me, memoirs in particular. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls expanded my interest, and I later turned to laugh-out-loud funny memoirs such as Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler and Bossypants by Tina Fey.
Ultimately, widening my horizons through adult books has been a remarkable experience. My love of reading has been strengthened. Now that I read adult fiction, non-fiction, and YA novels, I will have no excuse to avoiding reading because I will always be able to find a book that interests me whether I am at home, visiting the Nederland Community Library, or at my campus library.