You've probably heard me talk about this before (most notably here, in my "Dear Publishers" letter), but I'll say it again: we need more "New Adult" novels! Books with protagonists in their late teens or early twenties, post-graduation, fending for themselves in the adult world they have been pushed into. Gap trips, first jobs, college, trade school — I want to see it all!
And for the New Adult novels that *are* being written...I want to see them getting READ.
So...I'm creating a challenge for next year!
- The book must feature a protagonist who is past the average age for graduation from high school (18 in most places). If they're sitting on the fence at precisely age 18, then you can make the judgment call on whether it is more YA or New Adult. (If the majority of it is set in high school, I'd classify it as YA.) The protag should be younger than 30, just to give a maximum limit as well (otherwise we're getting into Not-So-New Adult literature!)
- This does *not* mean the book must be of the contemporary genre. If it's a fantasy or dystopian or something and there *is* no concept of "graduation" in that world, then just go by our world's standards in deciding if it counts.
- The levels:
- Just Graduated: read a minimum of 3 New Adult books
- Moving Out: read a minimum of 6 New Adult books
- Living On Your Own: read a minimum of 9 New Adult books
- Fully Independent: read every single New Adult book you can get your hands on
- There will be a giveaway (possibly multiple giveaways?), so if you participate, you will be entered to win!
- You don't have to have a blog to participate, but you must post your reviews somewhere accessible online (eg. Goodreads).
- For ideas of books to read, check out this Goodreads list (begun by Chachic of Chachic's Book Nook): New Adult Literature. And you might find this list helpful too.
UPDATE: there is now a Goodreads group for this challenge!
And you can grab the button here!
By the way, is there any interest in having the Read Outside Your Comfort Zone Challenge again next year?