Top Ten Tuesday: YA and Children’s Lit to Adult Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday was started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a different theme, but today is a freebie week. Inspired by the latest book in the Mediator series, I’m doing top ten YA and Children books I’d like to see an adult follow up to. For a lot of these, I don’t think an adult fiction follow up would really work, but it’s fun imagining the futures of these young characters I love.

  1. 1-800-Where-R-You series by Meg Cabot
    Since this list was inspired by Meg Cabot, I’m going to start off with another Cabot series. Aside from the Mediator, she has also written more of The Princess Diaries (which I haven’t caught up on yet). Now I’d like to see what Jessica Mastriani is up to. I honestly don’t remember a ton about these books, but I know I devoured them as a bored teen on summer vacation.
  2. From the Files of Madison Finn series by Laura Dower
    I adored this middle grade series when I was a kid. It’s another one my memory is a little foggy on though and I grew out of the books before the series was over. But I loved them so much an adult Madison Finn is something I’d like to read about. Her orange Apple laptop was a feature of the series so I’m imagining adult Madison with a Macbook Pro and iPhone. Is she dominating in the tech industry? Where does she live? Which characters are still in her life? Madison feels like a long lost friend I’d want to reconnect with.
  3. Just One Day series by Gayle Forman
    Allyson and Willem, guys. ALLYSON AND WILLEM. I don’t know how Gayle Forman does it, but I fall in love with her characters falling in love and I always want more!!!
  4. If I Stay series by Gayle Forman
    I know Where She Went was already pretty much what this list is about, BUT again, I want more Forman forever and always. I love her characters so much that they could have the most boring futures and I’d still want to read about what they’re up to.
  5. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
    Aysel is really struggling in this book and the conclusion leaves her in a better place, but I’d love to see where she ends up and how she copes.
  6. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    This is actually one of my least favorite Dessen books. It’s a heavy one and I think I just wasn’t prepared for it. Dessen also talks a lot about how she doesn’t write sequels to any of her books and I don’t think I’d actually want her to, but poor Caitlin! I worry for her. I want to see her happy. Similar to number 5, I want more happiness for characters who had a rough time in their teens.
  7. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    This was a stressful read and the future I imagine for Naila would probably be mostly boring to read about. I want calm for her. I want to know about her career and how her family is.
  8. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
    Willowdean is wise as a teen so as an adult I imagine she’d be even wiser. I see her as a great mom or teacher or mentor in general.
  9. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
    This book ends with … a lot. Maddy is so brilliant and lovable and there’d be so much to explore in a follow up.
  10. The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
    I grew up reading these books and an adult book would be totally crazy and different. Is there still magic in Jack and Annie’s lives? Do they move on and have “normal” lives?

So a lot of these would be a stretch and likely not translate well into adult fiction, but who doesn’t like imagining where characters end up? Anyone have books they’d like to see get the adult fiction treatment?

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Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

remembrancecoverRemembrance by Meg Cabot
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Paperback
Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Romance, Adult Fiction

 

The Mediator is a series I devoured as a teen. It’s about a teenage girl, Susannah ‘Suze’ Simon, who can see ghosts and helps them pass onto the afterlife, which is often messy and requires some humor. As luck would have it, one of the ghosts she encounters is an attractive boy who haunts her house/bedroom and stuff happens. You can probably guess what “stuff” might entail, but it gets complicated as ghost-human relationships do. The series is also full of mysteries and ass kicking and drama and a side of ridiculousness.

Meg Cabot surprised fans by announcing a seventh installment of the series years after it ended. Except with Remembrance the series passes from YA to Adult Fiction and many fans who have also grown into adults get to see Suze as an adult.

There won’t be any spoilers for this book in the review, but since it’s the seventh book in a series there will be spoilers for the original series. So proceed with caution if you haven’t read the original series and want to.

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A New Home

As you can tell, this is no longer a Tumblr but a full-fledged site (powered by WordPress.) So, welcome! I’m a lot happier with it now and ready for a better year of posting. I already have a full schedule of concerts and book events as well as an ever growing list of books and music to go through. So if you happen to visit again, you’ll hopefully discover a great book or a new band.

Also, please bear with me as some more tweaks happen to the site. I have a lot more planned that will take some time before put into effect.

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2015 In Review

I am a grump who doesn’t really like the New Year holiday. It makes me unreasonably anxious. When it comes to books and music though, doing a round-up of what I enjoyed is fun and celebration enough. I’m terrible at picking favorites though so don’t really rank, but here are some things I liked this year!

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2016 Reading Goals

Yes, I’m a slacker. The end of 2015 also got a little hectic so going to put more effort into this in 2016. Also setting some different reading goals for next year. I had been debating with myself for a few weeks on whether I’m going to do the GoodReads challenge again, but I don’t think I quite need the numerical push anymore. Instead I’d like to focus on what and how I’m reading.

  • Read more poetry and short story collections.
    I actually love poetry and short stories so I’m unsure why I don’t pick up more of them. It might just be that I don’t hear about them too often because novels are what get the most press. So I just need to seek them out myself.
  • Pick up some of the non-fiction books I have around my room.
    Over the years I’ve bought quite a few non-fiction books on topics I’m very much interested in, but novels tend to take over (as happens with poetry and short stories.) I OWN these books though. I want to read them, but just don’t. Time to change that.
  • Stop letting books I own gather dust.
    My hold list at the library is usually pretty long, which shouldn’t be a problem. New books at no cost? Great. But I sometimes let it control me and read library books before the books I’ve actually bought. Currently have an ever growing pile of books I’ve bought in recent months that I haven’t gotten to. And then there are books on my shelves I’ve owned for years. I need to pick from my own collection a lot more.
  • Read some looooong books, damnit.
    Unsure what my problem has been lately. Usually I have no problem reading a long book. Maybe I’ve been too distracted by the number of books I’m reading. Whatever the issue is, I need to pick up a few of the longer novels I’ve been meaning to read.
  • Read more adult fiction.
    I pay a lot more attention to the YA Fiction world than anything. It’s a community I love and YA books are so great. But sometimes I get so caught up in reading whatever YA book everyone is buzzing about, I forget about the adult fiction books I’d also like to read. I am by no means going to stop reading YA or lessen it drastically, but I want to add more adult fiction back in the mix.
  • Get back to Arthurian Legend.
    I’m a total Arthurian Legend nerd. I love even the dry stuff. I have a section of books in my room completely dedicated to books about King Arthur. However, I haven’t read any in a while so want to delve back in to my Arthurian TBR List. 2016 should probably be when I finally read Mists of Avalon.
  • Let myself do other things on the train.
    I take the train to work and for me that is my reading time. But I’ve also found ways to fit reading into other parts of my day. I feel like occasionally I am forcing reading on the train when I could also listen to podcasts or nap or read news articles. I need to let myself have some days when I change it up a bit.

Realistically, I’m probably not going to accomplish all of these well, but they are things I want to keep in my mind when I’m making reading selections. 2015 was an excellent reading year for me. I read a lot more and enjoyed it a lot more because of little changes I made to my habits. I want to keep the momentum going with a little more variety.

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