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The Big Kids’ Table: Double Dipping

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Oh hello there! I’ve got something new for you this month… yet again. I hope you don’t mind all the experiments, but I am trying my damnedest to get some of you interested in some adult fiction. A majority of my reads lately have been for the “big kids” and it’s been a nice change of pace for me. (Although, truth be told, I can’t wait to get my hands on another YA!)

But before I get to that, here’s out latest Big Kids’ Table blogger recommendation from Asheley of Into the Hall of Books — a fellow beer lover, queen of comments and well-thought out reviews:

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice Into the Hall of Books

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany
Why she picked it up? I loved the cover with the bright red sweater against the beautiful blue sky. I wanted to know who was wearing that sweater, why she is looking away from us, and what is going through her thoughts. I just had to know.
What’s it about: Grace is thrilled to be newly engaged to Victor! She has never felt the urge to become a mother herself but is happy to see his children on weekends as he has shared custody with his ex-wife, Kelli. When Kelli dies unexpectedly and Grace becomes a full-time parent, her emotions begin to stir: Can she be a good parent? Does she even want to? Adding to the stress of the situation, unexpected details arise surrounding Kelli’s death. The story is told by Grace and 13-year-old daughter Ava with flashbacks by Kelli.
Three words to describe: Emotional, honest, and hopeful.
Last few awesome reads: Delirium by Lauren Oliver; Shadow and Bone & Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo; Sever by Lauren DeStefano.
With the recent release of YA queen Jennifer Echols’ first adult book (Star Crossed), I was thinking about other writers I’ve read who have also ventured into the adult world or vice versa. (You can check out two great artcles about it here and here.) So today I’m going to share with you a few picks from authors who jump genres. I hope you’ll find something to enjoy and even leave some suggestions in the comment section!
Ann Brashares - Sisterhood and The Last Summer
Notes: I’ve read all of Ann’s books, and enjoy them for their nostalgia factor. Plus, they get better as they go along. I read The Last Summer (of You and Me) a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. (Much more than My Name is Memory which confused me to no end, and also was poorly executed.) I was just thinking it’s been awhile since we heard some bookish news about Ann. Wonder what she will be working on next…
Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks - The Last Song and The Wedding
Notes: Most of you know (and hate) Nicholas Sparks because of his tendency to write tragic romances. (I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I’m right there with you. But they are just so addicting.) I honestly think The Last Song is his best work. Ignore the Miley Cyrus movie because that was just NOT written well, but the book really sucked me into the environment and was about mending the relationship between a daughter and her father. Strong stuff. As far as adult, I think The Wedding is an underdog that needs more attention. (It’s not as tragic a story, I swear.)
Judy Blume
YA: Forever | Adult: Summer Sisters
Judy Blume - Forever and Summer Sisters
Notes: Judy is the queen of all things, and while I love her YA, Summer Sisters has been one of my favorite books for over a decade now. Last Christmas, I gifted it to Magan and she reviewed it and liked it too. (See? Proof!) Summer Sisters spans many years in a friendship (including high school and college) and the feelings are so real (and, at times, so dramatic) — it’s certainly a must read.
Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick - Sorta Like a Rock Star and The Silver Linings Playbook
Notes: Okay, so I haven’t read any of Matthew’s books BUT I did see and love Silver Linings Playbook and heard great things about the book it was based on. Matthew’s YA has high ratings on Goodreads (plus it was nominated for a ton of awards), and he’s also releasing another one in August  of 2013. This option is more about taking a chance, and I plan on finding both of these titles during my next trip to the library.
And that’s it for March! Anyone reading anything grown up and great?
April 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Attention Attention) - […] a book I discovered by chance last  spring when I was researching authors and whether they “double dipped” in the YA and adult worlds for our Big Kids’ Table […]

March 9, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - OKAY. So. Drop whatever you’re reading and buy yourself a copy of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki on March 12. I LOVED it and have since recommended it to so. many. people. (& have even gone so far as to flail dramatically and shove it in my mother’s face for her to read). IT’S GOOD, ESTELLE.

Matthew Quick has become pretty big with my coworkers lately and I’ve heard such wonderful things about SLP. I definitely want to read – and watch! – it.

I’m loooving your crossover picks! Such a fun idea & Star Crossed has gone straight to the top of my TBR pile. I’ve heard great things about it!

March 9, 2013 - 4:26 pm

VeganYANerds - You sold me on The Last Song as soon as you mentioned father/daughter! I haven’t read any of Nicolas’ books, but I am willing to give that one a go 😉

And I really like Summer Sisters, too!

March 9, 2013 - 5:02 am

Lauren - Thanks for these recommendations! I think I’m going to love Summer Sisters and Silver Linings Playbook sounds great too. I loved the movie, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HEY ESTELLE!! I totally drank my margarita out of my Coney Island Brewing Co. glass tonight (with the crazy clown face on it) and thought about you. Is that weird? If is it, it’s too late to take it back now. Yay beer!? Thank you for featuring my pick today! You are awesome and so is your co-blogger. That is all (that I have to say about that).

I am hiding my face in SHAME that I haven’t read any Ann Brashares, particularly since I have the first 3? or 4? of the Pants books on my shelf!! THE HORROR of this admission, but I’m just putting it right out there for the world. Also, Judy Blume! I’ve read the childrens’ stuff (even recently) but I haven’t read any of the YA/adult stuff. I am ashamed.

I didn’t realize Silver Linings Playbook was a book. Also red-faced at this. I am literally shaking my head at myself right now.

BUT I do love Nicholas Sparks despite his formulaic stories and the sobs they ALWAYS force out of me. He is a local celebrity around here, so his books are some that are sort of near to my heart. They are all about Eastern NC places – either real or fictional-based-on-real-places – so I kind of soak them up because you know I love supporting NC authors. But then cry buckets for hours. 🙂

These posts are so wonderful so don’t stop doing them. I NEED MORE adult fiction reading friends in my life.

March 8, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Sophia - I also like taking a break from YA, especially lately. I think I’ll have to take a look at some of these recommendations. Especially the Ann Brashares one, since I love her YA books. Thanks so much for sharing, Estelle! Can’t wait to take a look at these books in the store.

March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Love this list! I really enjoyed Ann Brashares’ book when the Travelling Pants girls were all grown up (the title is escaping me at the moment). Another one that I liked was the book that was released last year, when all of the Sweet Valley crew is 30, kind of a what happened when they all grew up kind of book. Perhaps it was just the fact that I turned 30 the same year, and Sweet Valley was my all-time favourite childhood series, but I adored diving back into an adult book with familiar characters that reminded me of summers curled up with a stack of SVH books, and nothing to do but read ALL DAY LONG. Ah childhood.

March 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Very cleverly done E! I like the spin you put on this post, and I can definitely see it appealing to more people in general because of the fact that these are crossover authors.

I’m an Ann Brashares fan, but have only read her YA stuff. This post reminds me that I perhaps should make an effort to check out her adult fiction.

As for Nicholas Sparks, even though his stories are always tragic romances, I still read his books. What can I say – they’re addictive! And I agree with both these choices and endorse them 100%. They’re my two favorite Nicholas Sparks novels!

Judy Blume was one of my favorite YA authors. I’ve been meaning to read Summer Sisters, but haven’t yet. Will definitely remedy that!

I also want to read Silver Linings Playbook 😉

March 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love this feature! The recommendation from Ash, the YA to Adult recommendations. ALL OF IT.

March 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Tara - After seeing The Silver Linings Playbook movie, I really want to read the book. I’m almost embarrassed I didn’t read the book first because I ALWAYS read the book first. And more confessions: I’ve never read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just can’t handle the sob 🙁

I’m really intrigued by Ashley’s choice–that red sweater just pops and I wondered the same things about the girl. Thanks for recommending big kid books 🙂

March 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - “Read anything grown up and great” – haha love that! I probably would have picked up that book for the same reasons as Asheley. I love the contrast in colors and am curious about why she’s turned away from us. Very interesting and eye catching!

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