I read about 90% NA - how about you?

Good morning, all!  It’s Jaycee, here, wanting to discuss your reading habits.  New Adult lit is really picking up steam and going strong, but as we all know, the category is still early in its development and is chugging its way along to find mainstream recognition.  There are people out there denying the very notion of new adult as a category, and others who express and out-and-out disdain for it (which just stirs up more and more interest in the NA Category, so it doesn't really bother me).  

Then there are others who are embracing the category with wide-open arms, and even creating groups and blogs dedicated to New Adult.  Examples of this are The New Adult Reading Challenge, The New Adult Book Club, which recently opened up on Goodreads, and even review/book blogs that focus quite a bit on New Adult books (see this post for some of them). 

A lot of the quotes I’ve been seeing around, here and there, are something along the lines of “I’m so into the whole New Adult literature trend right now,” and “I’m just loving all these new New Adult books!”  Obviously this gives me the warm and fuzzies to read, but I was thinking this would be a great discussion to have on the blog just to see how much the growing popularity of New Adult has changed and affected your reading habits. 

So, these are my questions: 

  • How much of your reading is made up of New Adult literature?
  • Do you actively seek out books in the New Adult category? 
  • Have you – as NA Sister Victoria Smith says – “gone to the dark side” and mainly only read New Adult books or do you read a pretty eclectic mix of categories?
  • What would make you read it more?  For example, a broadening of genres being explored, etc.
  • What are you enjoying most about the new adult books that are out there now?


I do hope you'll share!  I'd really like to know how much new adult you're reading!



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  1. I read probably about 98% New Adult, the other 2% consist of YA and maybe one or two adult books:). I don't seek out NA It's just seems to be the books I choose to read... but maybe I get a little bit influenced by all NA (and YA) blogs I follow/read ;)

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    1. That would make sense, since they're always posting about the newest and latest NA books available. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I read all genres except for middle grade, but I love NA the best I think. I can't tell you in specific numbers, but I've seeked out more NA books than anything else recently. I like my YA books, because they're so creative and HEA, but I also like some adult books. I just think they're all erotica right now, so that can grow tiresome. I love NA the best, because I'm twenty and I can relate to the characters in NA more than anywhere else + they're all soooo smexy and fun. Sometimes devastating, which is fine by me. I love that there are characters that are young, wild and free, make stupid mistakes and foolish decisions, but at the same time they aren't children anymore, they're adults that are on the verge of discovering themselves and I think I relate to them because I'm that way too right now and people who are married and already have children enjoy that there is something that reminds them of how they got together with their husbands/wifes, how they became their own persons etc. It's just in overall the mix of the best of both worlds - YA and Adult.

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    1. I think a lot of that is what I love about New Adult, too. The characters aren't kids anymore, they do make stupid mistakes, but they also are at that point of starting to figure out who they are. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I'm not sure the % of NA books I read, but lately, I've been trying to read NA more and more. I have lots of YA in my kindle and I'm trying to read those before buying any more books (WHICH IS HARD! I WANT SO MANY BOOKS! lol), but I always have a NA nearby ...

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    1. I know that feeling. I always want more! :)

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  4. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on. That being said, I do usually lean towards NA. But I won't exclude something based solely on its genre.

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    1. Yeah, I don't exclude anything, either. While NA is of real interest to me, I have found a couple of books with summaries and reviews that have peaked my interest outside of NA. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I read pretty much anything, though I really enjoy reading (and writing) the NA genre. It really just depends on my mood, and what books I have in my hand at the moment. I'm reading more and more NA, but I don't really look at the genre -- more the story -- when I'm picking a book out; I just happen to enjoy stories that have NA-aged characters. :)

    Best,

    Alexandra~

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    1. That makes total sense, and I agree that it's the story that appeals to me over category or genre that helps me decide if I want to read a book...and it just happens that the stories I'm into right now are new adult. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ditto on what Anna said. I still have to catch up on the YA books I bought last year but haven't gotten around to yet. But I'm mostly focusing on NA now.

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    1. You're not alone there. I have a bunch of YA books my hubby bought me for Christmas last year that I want to read, but at the same time am not in the mood for because I'm so into NA reads right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Jaycee, great topic. I enjoy when the mainstream critics denounce something, but fans can't get enough of it. Always a good sign.

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  8. Hmm....I do read as much NA as possible, but I also love YA books, so....yeah. I'm trying to finish 'Pushing the Limits,' by Katie McGarry right now, which is YA, and I'm going on to XII: Genesis next, which is a New Adult, so I'm always reading both! :)

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    1. Nothing wrong with that. I love YA, too - I'm just not reading much, lately. :D

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  9. I definitely try to stay abreast of the category--mostly, so we can better inform our readers--but I'm not sure of my percentage. Hmm...

    Anyway, this was great post! :) Thanks, Jaycee! :)

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    1. Thank you! I thought it would be fun to get an idea of how many people are reading NA and how often. :D

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  10. I'm loving how NA is gaining strength. I wrote a NA before it was "in." By the time I pub it, it'll be "over," LOL!

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    1. NO!!!! You better get a move on! Come on, I'll crack the whip for you! :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I read a lot of historical romance, and paranormal, too. I'd venture a guess that more of it is NA than I realize. Just because a book is not marketed 'NA' doesn't mean it isn't.

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    1. Absolutely! Especially in historicals, since women in the past were getting married and becoming mothers at a much earlier age than today. I've also read some paranormal & UF romances that have characters that are college-age, but aren't marketed as NA.

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  12. I am probably 50/50 with YA and NA. I am also 50/50 this year writing both. I think NA is a nice and a fresh break from YA. It would be nice to see more genres break out in NA, but I know it will happen. I am actually writing a futuristic sci/fi NA this year and I am really excited about it.

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    1. Rock on! I have a Sci-Fi work in the process and another one planned, all in the New Adult category. I do really expect that more of the non-contemp genres are going to start taking off. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I think the border with YA can get kind of blurry at times, as NA is such a new category. I read a lot of YA and have always gravitated toward to higher end of the age spectrum so many of the books I read are categorized YA, but in looking over my bookshelf, I'd list a lot of them as more NA than YA. In that case, I'd say about 50%+ of my novel reading is NA :)

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    1. I agree, especially with the older YA books. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I read primarily historical and classics (including classics of the 20th century), and some of them definitely might be considered NA by modern parameters. I'm never really sure if the average historical with a YA-aged or NA-aged protagonist would really be considered YA or NA in today's market, since people matured so much younger in those days.

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    1. It is a fine line, since they were considered adults at a much younger age and took on those responsibilities, but yes, many of them would be considered NA when you're looking at the growth and transitions they're going through in the story and not necessarily the age.

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  15. Great topic of discussion. It was just recently that I realized most, if not all, of what keeps ending up on my Nook is New Adult, though I do mix it up between paranormal, contemporary, dystopian, etc. Gotta keep things interesting! So yeah, I have definitely gone to the "dark side" ;o). What do I love most about NA? I adore the passion of the characters, the angst between them, and if I'm being honest, the more-than-YA sexy scene descriptions. And it doesn't have to even be sex, per se. One of the best examples is Colleen Hoover's "Hopeless", the best-first-kiss-in-the-history-of-first-kisses scene. That was beyond hot; no sex necessary!

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    1. Thanks! I also like to mix it up, but since there isn't a whole lot of non contemp NA, it makes it hard to get a good mix going. Thanks for sharing!

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