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Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Hi everyone!
 
I like to read books in which the main character(s) are in my age range - in their 20s and in college, etc.
I found that most books in the YA section are about middle or high school students (don't get me wrong - they can be great, the Twilight Saga is my all time favorite). And in the adult romance/fantasy section, the characters are usually in their 30s or older.
All the books I find seem to skip right over my age range!
 
Any suggestions of books for a 20-something year old?
 
Thanks!
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

I would guess that chick lit would be your thing. Most of those heroines are in their twenties. But there are romances, too, where the heroines are young.
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Bri,
 
I would suggest Meg Cabot.  Her series starting with size 12 is not fat, is about a character who is in her 20s( I think).  I have not yet read the books, but my sister who is also in her twenties loves them.  I hope this helps, I will try to think of some others.  I know I have read some too.
 
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Hi Bri-dep,
 
I just finished a book titled First Love by Adrienne Sharp. I found it on the "bargain shelf" at Barnes and Nobles, and happened to pick it up and read the insert. Sounded good, but turned out GREAT. I loved it! Read it in less than a week (which is quick because I have little free time to actually read). I too am in my twenties and prefer to read stories with characters in my age range. This book had just that. It was a love story with lots of other things happening in the plot as well. I definitely recommend it. Plus, if you find it on the bargain shelf like me it should be about $6, which is another bonus.
 
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Hi Bri-dep,
 
Have you ever tried a historical?  I have a lot of readers your age who initially thought they sounded boring, but then got hooked (think Jane Austen without the difficult language).  Pretty much all the the heroines in historicals are in their early 20s, simply because of the way that love and marriage worked back then. 
 
Another suggestion:  Annette Blair's books (contemporaries).  She's visiting the BB in a few days (look under February visits).  I wrote about her books in the review column this month--called Out of the Broom Closet:
 
 
What I think you'd like is that all three sisters are still in college.  They're snappy and full of incredibly funny one-liners. 
 
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Thanks for your suggestions, everyone! I've added all the books to my list!
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

:smileyvery-happy:Bri,
 
If you like humor, a little mystery and a bit of romance, try Kathleen Bacus's "Calamity Jayne" series. The heroine is in her early 20's and just does a little bit of everything ..... I laugh out loud every time I read one of the series (there are 5 so far) .....
Enjoy
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Being a 20-something myself, I can say that one of the reasons I liked the Anita Blake series (though not necessarily romance I suppose, but it has quit a bit anyway) is because of the fact that in the beginning she is something like 23 or 24. Which is cool to have someone our age doing some ass kicking.
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...



Wicket wrote:
:smileyvery-happy:Bri,
 
If you like humor, a little mystery and a bit of romance, try Kathleen Bacus's "Calamity Jayne" series. The heroine is in her early 20's and just does a little bit of everything ..... I laugh out loud every time I read one of the series (there are 5 so far) .....
Enjoy



I definitely like humor, mystery and romance . I'm going to have to add that to my list! Thanks !
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jason_t wrote:
Being a 20-something myself, I can say that one of the reasons I liked the Anita Blake series (though not necessarily romance I suppose, but it has quit a bit anyway) is because of the fact that in the beginning she is something like 23 or 24. Which is cool to have someone our age doing some ass kicking.


Hmm, that sounds very familiar - I may have picked up one of those books before ... I have a horrible memory though and sometimes I remember things that never happened, lol!
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

Well, I suggest picking them up again! They are worth it.

Bri-dep wrote:


jason_t wrote:
Being a 20-something myself, I can say that one of the reasons I liked the Anita Blake series (though not necessarily romance I suppose, but it has quit a bit anyway) is because of the fact that in the beginning she is something like 23 or 24. Which is cool to have someone our age doing some ass kicking.


Hmm, that sounds very familiar - I may have picked up one of those books before ... I have a horrible memory though and sometimes I remember things that never happened, lol!



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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

I would suggest Paradise by Judith McNaught.  This book was a favorite among the girls in the office and one woman even missed her New Year's Eve party to finish the book!
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Re: Book suggestions for 20-somethings...

If you want something in that range you should read "The Devil Who Tamed Her" by Johanna Lindsey. It something of a 16th century setting so it may suit you taste. (Yes! I love the Twilight Series as well!)
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