November 29, 2011

"New Adult" Challenge: 2012!


What are "New Adult" books, you ask? They're books with characters primarily past their teenage years; they're graduating, going into college, are in college, looking for jobs - you get the gist. Isn't that fabulous? Isn't that what I've been looking for?! It is. I'm very excited for this year-long challenge.

The rules and levels, as per Danya's post:

The rules:
  • The book must feature a protagonist who is past the average age for graduation from high school (18 in most places). If they're sitting on the fence at precisely age 18, then you can make the judgment call on whether it is more YA or New Adult. (If the majority of it is set in high school, I'd classify it as YA.) The protag should be younger than 30, just to give a maximum limit as well (otherwise we're getting into Not-So-New Adult literature!)
  • This does *not* mean the book must be of the contemporary genre. If it's a fantasy or dystopian or something and there *is* no concept of "graduation" in that world, then just go by our world's standards in deciding if it counts.
The levels:
  • Just Graduated: read a minimum of 3 New Adult books
  • Moving Out: read a minimum of 6 New Adult books
  • Living On Your Own: read a minimum of 9 New Adult books
  • Fully Independent: read every single New Adult book you can get your hands on

The challenge will run from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012.  Interested? Want to sign up? CLICK!


  1. We <3 the idea of New Adult and are so glad to see this challenge! (Kristan especially is into the NA genre, having written in it herself a bit.) Is there going to be a list of NA titles somewhere?

  2. @ We Heart YA: Danya actually has, and is compiling, a Goodreads list of "New Adult" titles! Here's the link (if you forget it, it's also on her blog with the post I've linked above!):

  3. Ah, this is such a fnatastic challenge. I'd join except for the fact that I'm really limiting my challenge involvement this year. I really don't participate in them cause I read what I feel like reading. :P Good luck though.

  4. Well, actually I can't take credit for starting the "New Adult" Goodreads list - it was actually started a while ago by Chachic at Chachic's Book Nook . But it was a great idea of hers, and hopefully the list will just keep growing and will give everyone some ideas of what to read for the challenge! :D


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