I was feeling bad about the whole, Adult books are the spawn of satan tone of the last post. So I decided to hit the bookstore in search of an adult book I could read when I finish Catching Fire.
I wasn't sure where to start. I floated around the nonfiction section for a bit, but felt like I really needed to embrace an adult novel. So I walked over to that part of the store and started looking around. I grabbed a copy of Cormic McCarthy's book The Road, and looked at Everything is Illuminated - both books that I think I'd enjoy.
(Enter hipster book store employee)
Hipster Book Store Employee: Can I help you find anything?
Awesome Me: No thanks, I'm just looking for some adult books.
HBSE: Oh, you mean Erotica?
AM: Um, no...
HBSE: Erotica is located...
AM: No, I meant adult fiction. I read a lot of young adult fiction, so I was looking for something like this *wags THE ROAD at HBSE*
HBSE: OHHHH, you mean literature (imagine snooty fake English accent here)
AM: Um, no...adult fiction.
HBSE: Yes, literature
I took The Road and Everything is Illuminated to the coffee shop part of the book store and started flipping through them, trying not to get all ruffled about her literature comments.
Everything is Illuminated looked like something I'd really dig, and I have a couple of friends who put it on the same level as Catcher in the Rye in terms of 'important' books everybody needs to read. The Road intrigued me simply because McCarthy is a literary beast, and I'd really like to see how somebody like him does dystopian.
I ended up buying both of them (I had a coupon, man...) and for the first time in a few years, I'm excited about reading something outside of YA. I think the outside influence of great nonfiction and fiction (regardless of age designation) can only help in my ability to tell a story - why limit myself to only learning from YA? So, I'm excited.
Stay tuned for upcoming reviews and serious literary analysis.*
*I wouldn't get too excited.