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.
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
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.
|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.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).