So You Want to Read YA?: Guest Post from Catie, Flannery, and Tatiana of The Readventurer

This week’s guest post for our “So You Want to Read YA?” series comes from the ladies at The Readventurer. This is one of my favorite book blogs, and these three sharp readers cover everything from YA to adult, films and audiobooks, and more. Welcome Catie, Flannery, and Tatiana and the most impressive flow chart I have seen in a long, long time.

Tatiana is an unapologetic Goodreads addict and a lover of yoga, British TV, and books of many genres. You can find Tatiana at The Readventurer, Goodreads or on Twitter
Catie is a voracious reader and science nerd living in Northern Virginia. When she’s not reading, she’s training up the next generation of reading addicts, geeking out about random things with her equally nerdy husband, and taking ridiculously long walks. She can be found at The Readventurer, Goodreads, and Twitter.
Flannery only started reading YA in college (unless you found her and her friends’ obsession with Judy Blume’s Just As Long As We’re Together in high school!) but that genre takes up a lot of her reading schedule these days. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her doing her part to keep King County Library System the highest circulating system in the country, doing outdoorsy things, or watching sci-fi television and movie marathons. You can find her at The Readventurer, Goodreads, and she runs the main Twitter account for the blog @TheReadventurer.

The three of us have only been blogging together for a short time and we’ve never actually met in real life, but all of us are around the same age (in the adult years…other than that we’re not commenting) and we all love to read young adult literature.  In fact, that’s pretty much what brought us together – that and an obsessive love of Goodreads.

While brainstorming ideas for this post, we realized that almost all of the young adult reading adults that we know (including ourselves) were initially hooked by one of three books:

a)      Harry Potter
b)     Twilight
c)     The Hunger Games

More than one of us came into YA this way and we’ve each had experience (lots of it) recommending books based on these three entry points. So we wanted to explore the avenues that we all traveled from there. Flannery brought her evil genius flow-charting skills, Catie drew a few pictures, and Tatiana made sure we had all the best books.  

Are you brand new to YA?  Have you tried one or two books?  Or is it all just old hat to you now? No matter where you’re starting out, use this handy flowchart to navigate the world of YA.  All of the recommendations are outlined in blue.  Obviously this is not an exhaustive chart (although it’s pretty darn elaborate, if we do say so ourselves) but we recommend every book on this list.  

Follow the steps to your next young adult read…and have fun!
The New to YA chart that will blow your mind. Click here for a bigger image.
If you’d like to download the full chart in all its glory, you can do so here.
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  1. says

    This is AMAZING. And I think it just made my head explode. Every book I've read on this chart (with the exception of a certain well-known gateway series that will remain unnamed) is amazing, and I'm pretty sure I must read every one I haven't. Love it all ladies, well done.

    Also, I like the pretty YOU drawing placed surreptitiously by the YES. by Jessica Darling. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

  2. says

    Wow, a work of art! But I don't get how OCTAVIAN NOTHING counts as being on the sci-fi end of historical fiction? (Then again, I stink at genre classification.) All of the experiments in those books were grounded in historical fact as I recall (or at least typical of the sort of Royal-Societies-style experimentation that took place in the late 18th century).

    • says

      Oh yes, I would definitely classify that one as historical first. But I think it can fit under historical fiction that's "a little bit" sci-fi, because although the Novanglian College may have been based on real historical societies, it's my understanding that he invented it (along with all of the journal articles and fictional research that he includes during Octavian's childhood years). Are all of the studies conducted based on real ones from that time period? I really don't know! I assumed (bad me) that he had stretched and invented quite a bit, but now you've got me very curious! Let me know if you find out. And thanks!

    • says

      I believe the research is all based on historical precedents, although the College and the characters are fictional. Science was wacky at the beginning of the Enlightenment and people were trying all kinds of crazy stuff.

      The specific research of raising Octavian like a privileged white boy had several historical examples as well, mentioned in the author's note.

      There's nothing scifi about it, really.

  3. says

    There is brilliant, and then there's this flow chart! I ended up at Ender's Game, of course, I am sadly predictable, but then I did another round and ended up with Eugenides, right where I should be, hah.
    I can't believe you did this!

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