In response to the Philadelphia Inquirer article about adults reading children's books, Leila has started a list of Young Adult Books that Adults Will Appreciate (and Hopefully Love) at bookshelves of doom. She's already received numerous suggestions. Her initial list includes 3 of my relatively recent favorites: How I Live Now, The Golden Compass, and Twilight, with several others that I've enjoyed in the comments. I continue to find it refreshing to see how many adults there are who are interested in children's literature.
The Inquirer article has also been taken up by TadMack at Finding Wonderland, Roger Sutton at Read Roger, the Powell's Book Blog, Memphis Reads, and I'm sure by others. I found the original link at Big A little a.
UPDATE: And on the topic of adult appreciate of young adult books, there is a fascinating debate going on at The Elegant Variation ("A Literary Weblog) about the literary merits of young adult fiction (and other genre fiction such as mystery and SF) compared with literary fiction. Cecil Castellucci in particular stands up in defense of young adult literature. Thanks to Gwenda at Shaken & Stirred for the link (Gwenda also has some insightful comments on the TEV post).
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