The Big Kids’ Table: So Obsessed With Adult Books

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Hi friends! How are you doing on this lovely August Friday? Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with how to make Big Kids’ Table exciting and refreshing for you. I have been really conquering the adult reads this year (much like I wanted to last year) and I’m still not sure what makes you tick, what will make you take a break from a young adult and explore the library for something new. So for the rest of the year, Big Kids’ Table is going to continue to experiment with content. As always, I would love your feedback and your thoughts. Feel free to email me too! I’d love to chat. Anytime, anywhere.

Now to the good stuff. I was really inspired by a random tweet from Hannah at So Obsessed With a few weeks ago when she said she went into a bookstore and bought two adult books on a whim so I sent her an email and I’m like: how do you decide what adult books to buy? So in response the awesome Hannah wrote this:

Before blogging, I almost exclusively read adult fiction and non-fiction. I had no idea that adult books were more expensive until I started blogging. Suddenly, I was picking up YA books right and left… and marveling at the lower price tag. Despite the price, I still can’t stop buying adult books. Here’s how I decide what books to buy and how I discovered a few of my recent purchases:

1. Find What I Want.

Most of the blogs I read primarily review YA books, but I’ve discovered a number of bloggers who highlight awesome adult books that often get added to my TBR. I also keep an eye out for features like this one to help me find adult books that bloggers I already trust recommend!

To find new releases, I stalk Literary Inklings’ Notable New Releases posts every Tuesday. I also make sure to check out the “Movers & Shakers” list on Goodreads each month to see if anything catches my eye.

Finally, I keep an eye out for book recommendations in magazines (like Entertainment Weekly), on the Goodreads Recommendations tab, at the book section in Target and by getting sucked into the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” black hole on Amazon.

And, you know, there’s always old-fashioned bookstore browsing!

2. Read A Sample.

Because adult books are more expensive, I’m less likely to just buy one on impulse. I usually try to read a sample – whether on my e-reader, at the bookstore or by trying to get it from the library.

I almost always check the Goodreads rating, too. If a book has a rating lower than 3.5, I typically try to get it from the library. The only exception is if it’s an author I’ve previously read and loved. I don’t always agree with the Goodreads masses, but I do find that it gives me a pretty good indication of whether or not I ought to buy the book. I’ll also check to see if any of my friends or fellow bloggers have already read and reviewed it! 

3. Take The Plunge!

From there, it’s time to take those books to the counter and checkout! The main reason I don’t have a hard time paying for an adult book is that they typically take me longer to read. I can read most YA books in a day, including longer ones if I have the whole afternoon free. Since adult books often have more pages and a smaller font, it’s not hard for me to justify paying more for it. I’ll likely spend more time in its pages, so I’m prepared to spend a little more money on it.

Here are three adult books I bought recently – how I discovered them and why I wanted to bring them home:

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig: I haven’t read anything by Willig before, but this cover caught my eye on Amazon one day. I put it on my wishlist so I wouldn’t forget it, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for it in stores ever since. From a pretty cover to being my favorite genre, this one definitely seemed like a “me” book. I finally found it, sat down to read a few pages and didn’t want to stop!

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway: I was approved to read this one on NetGalley, but I wasn’t able to get to it in time. A blogger I trust gave it a high rating and hearty recommendation, so I checked it out from the library last month and read 50 pages before returning it so I could buy a copy instead. Yes, sometimes I’ll buy a book I could read for free.

 One Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: I spotted this book for the first time in Estelle’s Big Kids’ Table post for June. Once it was on my watch list, I couldn’t stop spotting it everywhere! On display at the bookstore, highlighted as a great summer read in a few magazines… I felt like it was everywhere I looked! So, I finally caved and purchased this while on vacation.


Big hugs to Hannah for taking the time to pen this awesome post! I’m so excited about her suggestions. Be sure to check out her blog + her amazing new Consider the Classics feature! So now you tell me, how do you decide to buy adult books and what have you been reading from the “big kid” realm lately? We are all anxious for your suggestions!

Thanks again for stopping in!