Broke and Bookish are letting us choose 10 books of whichever genre we choose. As an eclectic reader, it is hard for me to choose just one genre, but one thing I've noticed in the book blogging world is that many people are either adamantly adult or adamantly YA. I personally think both genres have a lot to offer, so I am giving you a list of 10 books that will appeal to readers of both genres. Some are YA, some are adult, but I think all will be enjoyable to a wide range of readers.
1. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (YA) -- This book is powerful. It couples the story of a troubled girl coping with incredible loss to that of a plucky character trying to change the face of history. It is rich with historical detail as well as emotional power. Also, it takes place in Paris.
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (I'm actually not sure. Classic) -- This book covers so many different stages of life and life experiences. I love it.
3. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (Adult) -- This book follows a young immigrant girl through many stages of life. It is a coming of age novel, but it is also a novel about choices, and will find sympathy in most readers, I think.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA) -- This book is so unique and so moving. It has fascinating characters, a unique historical perspective, and a heartbreaking ending.
5. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (YA) -- Ditto for this one.
6. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Adult) -- I have heard so many people say that this book is the first book their brother/partner/child read for fun. Something about the quiet writing is beautiful and reaches into your heart.
7. So Brave Young and Handsome by Leif Enger (Adult) -- Sorry for the repeats here. Many don't love this as much as Peace Like a River, but I actually liked it more. It is an adventure story with an emotional and beautiful core.
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Adult) -- I know not everyone loves this book as much as I do, but the only thing I blame for that is the hype surrounding it and the need for people to separate themselves from hype. This book is unique and absolutely beautiful, and I think it will enchant all ages.
9. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Adult) -- This is another of those "coming of age" stories, but it moves beyond the teenage years through early adulthood. The story touches so many facets of life and it is fantastic.
10. Tie-up between Chime by Franny Billingsley and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (both YA) -- These are both magical, impressively written stories that deal with self-identity. I think any reader would be swept up.
Do you know of any great crossover YA/Adult books? I am always on the lookout for more, being in that awkward early to mid twenties stage! :)