Last week, I read Lauren’s (Bookmark Lit) post about being older and pickier, and it got me thinking about my own reading preferences. I used to read a ton of YA books, but I feel like in the last couple of years, I’ve been reading more adult fiction. I thought it would be fun to look at the numbers, and to analyze some of the reasons that adult fiction is appealing more to me recently -or- perhaps the reasons that young adult fiction is appealing to me less.
The Stats – Adult vs. YA Fiction
2014 — Adult Fiction: 31 books (40%), YA Fiction: 47 books (60%)
2015 — Adult Fiction: 45 books (45%), YA Fiction: 55 books (55%)
2016 —Adult Fiction: 51 books (45%), YA Fiction: 61 books (55%)
Interesting! I’m not reading more adult books percentage-wise, like I thought. Perhaps it just seems that way because I am reading more books – both adult and young adult. In 2017 so far though, I’ve read 7 adult fiction books, and only 4 YA fiction books.
Reasons for More Adult Fiction
Three changes in my reading life are contributing to the volume of adult books I’ve been reading lately.
Since being asked to join the She Reads Blogger Network, I have been reading one of the quarterly book club selections. That’s only one additional adult novel every 3 months, but I’m also following the blogs of many others in the group, and I’m reading more adult reviews. I’m guessing that’s leading to more adult books on my TBR list.
Book Clubs always influence what I’m reading. For the 16 months or so, I have lead a sporadic Moms Book Club with other moms from my son’s grade at school. We only read adult fiction. I’ve also been participating in a couple of online book clubs and reading adult fiction selections for those as well.
Country Woman Magazine
I write the “Book Club” column for Country Woman magazine, and I have to recommend 3 titles per issue for the readers. Since the average reader of that magazine is a 60 year old woman, I have had to read more adult fiction to find good picks for those articles.
Do you read more YA or more Adult fiction? Why?
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