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May 27, 2011, 4:59pm

i'm new to this group and this site and i found where ya'll had talked about this subject before but i thought maybe someone had some new info on it. i'm 24 years old and i love some of the YA books i've been reading (Fallen, Mortal Instrument, Wolves of mercy Falls, Hush Hush...)but i'd really like to read more books for my age rather than having to re-live high school everytime i pick up a book. I've read some of the Dark-Hunter books and while i did like the story lines i kinda felt like i was reading a porn. some of my favorite YA books were Beautiful Creatures, Graceling, & Hunger Games). so does anyone know of any books with strong female leads that are more for 20 year old women than teens?

i'd really appreciate the help, thanks!

Edited: May 27, 2011, 6:42pm

is it safe to say that you prefer fantasy type books or is that what you're trying to get away from? i can probably make recommendations in either situation but i didn't want to give you a huge list of things you didn't want to read anymore.

welcome to the group!

eta: well, i made a list and it seemed silly to wait for a response before posting it, so i'm sharing the whole thing anyway... i'm dangerous with a list!

fantasy type novels

Bloodsucking Fiends and the sequel You Suck: A Love Story are very funny

Clan of the Cave Bear Series if you like prehistorical speculative fiction, but not particularly the actual Clan of the Cave Bear book- the 2 sequels Valley of the Horses and Mammoth Hunters are better

Wicked or Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister... actually, just read both since they are AMAZING

The Thursday Next series is more 30something main characters, but it's great if you like strong women and books. Shades of Grey by the same author is SPECTACULAR and has a wonderful female supporting lead.

The Handmaid's Tale is great if you like dystopian fiction like Hunger Games

The Girl with the Glass Feet is like a spooky grown up fairy tale

The Magicians is interesting for someone who loved Harry Potter and the like. the second half of the book was disappointing for me, but the first half was brilliant. a little raunchy at times but not bad.

The Lonely Werewolf Girl is worth a look

realistic novels

Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility if you haven't read them

ditto for Poisonwood Bible

The Whale Rider for something foreign and cultural

Atonement is good historical fiction

The Complete Persepolis if you are interested in graphic novel memoirs

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

The Thirteenth Tale

The Hotel New Hampshire and A Widow for One Year- neither of these really has a female main character, but the women in the stories are soooo interesting. Irving is a bit twisted, so these books are far from average.

i told you i was dangerous with a list! hope you find something to love!

May 28, 2011, 5:35pm

I agree on Clan of the Cavebear, but I liked book 1 and 2 best.
The Thursday Next series is also very enjoyable!
Of "The Magicians", only the first half of the book was interesting. I didn't like the second half and I wouldn't re-read the book.

May 28, 2011, 7:16pm

>3 mene: "Of "The Magicians", only the first half of the book was interesting. I didn't like the second half and I wouldn't re-read the book."

that seems to be the overwhelming response to it. everyone i've talked to who's read it said the second half felt like it was written by a totally different author. or the same author after he started doing drugs.

for me, the first half was just so completely amazing. i could read that part again, many times. if only it hadn't lost it's way, it would have become one of my favorite fantasy novels. which is the ONLY reason i'm interested in reading the sequel. i'm hoping the good stuff comes back... but i'm prepared to be disappointed.

May 28, 2011, 9:10pm

I'd recommend Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson -- strong female lead, great plot, and great writing.

May 30, 2011, 7:37pm

thank you all so much! i'm definetly going to check these out! i'm so excited about getting into this new stuff. y'all were a lot of help, i can't thank you enough!!!

May 30, 2011, 7:45pm

i meant to ask for those of you who said they had read Clan of the Cavebear: what did you think of The Land of Painted Caves? i'm asking because i had concidered that series but the reviews on the Border's website completely annihilated that particular book.

May 30, 2011, 11:22pm

yeah, The Land of the Painted Caves (LoPC) was a big disappointment. the first 3 books are the best ones. i wasn't a big fan of the 4th, Plains of Passage, but it wasn't bad. the 5th, Shelters of Stone wasn't great, but it had several interesting parts. LoPC was just... repetitive and boring.

i think the reason i didn't like Plains of Passage and LoPC as much as the others is because there is a LOT of traveling in each and Auel makes a BIG point to repeat information in each place the travelers arrive. after the 12th time you read some long, stupid formal introduction and read about new people's shock at some of Ayla's "gifts" you just want to chuck the book across the room.

there wasn't anything new and exciting in LoPC (and there were some things that were just pointless and ridiculous). LoPC is really Auel's love letter to the actual Painted Caves scattered around Europe, but the descriptions make the story tedious. i mean, if an Anthropologist (me) is bored reading about Anthropologically important sites, the average reader is probably ready to scream.

honestly, you could probably read the series and just skip the last one altogether. there just isn't a lot of story development that's worth reading in it.

May 31, 2011, 8:39am

I've only just started in the last book (first 20 pages...), but I don't expect it to be a very good book, I expect a lot of repetition. However, I'm still going to read it. The first two books I've re-read but I don't really think I'm going to re-read the other books in the series.
However, because I did enjoy the first two books I went searching for similar books. I found the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon, which I really really like!

Similarities to Auel's books:
-The story takes place in history, but in the 18th century in Scotland/France/England/America, and also in the 20th century. There's time-travelling but it's really well done, I think.
-adult content
-books with very many pages

But there are better things too:
-Better written, hardly any repetition, so worth re-reading!
-There are also books about interesting side characters ("normal-sized" books) - Lord John series and a short story in an anthology about the parents of one of the characters (Roger's parents for who knows the series; which I ordered last week so I hope it will arrive soon - I also ordered the comic book about events from book 1 from the point of view from another character).
-The stories don't focus on only one "Ayla-like" character, there are many interesting characters and they all have faults, no-one is perfect.
-The conflicts arising because of the time-travelling are quite interesting, it is very easy to imagine yourself in the past. I like the descriptions but they are well interwoven with the story so it's not description-story-description-story-description-description-... The events in the past are also part of the story (Battle of Culloden for example).

I would recommend the Outlander series more than Auel's books, but I would also recommend (a bit less though) reading only book 1 and/or 2 of Auel's books. Maybe book 3/4/5 as well if you want to read more after book 2.

May 31, 2011, 2:17pm

i haven't read it yet, but i've been hearing good things about The Parasol Protectorate series which begins with Soulless. might be worth checking out.

Jun 1, 2011, 2:40am

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. The female leads don't come any stronger than that! ;-)
Also, it is interesting that, being a Victorian novel, it doesn't portray the "average" Victorian marriage. Helen (the protagonist) really managed to marry a piece-of-work-husband. It really can't be easy marrying someone one hardly knows, and then having to build a life with that person. How she handles it in the end, is really admirable. Read it!

Jun 9, 2011, 9:04pm

i'd love to hear what you think if you get around to reading any of our suggestions!

Aug 1, 2011, 6:34pm

i just finished Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie a few days ago and thought of this thread. i'd highly suggest it.

Edited: Jan 27, 2012, 4:40pm

Hope I'm not breaking a cardinal rule by talking about my book in here, but the topic really speaks to me. Errant Intern doesn't fit the strict definition of "Young Adult", but the main characters are in their early twenties dealing with issues just beyond high school. Being dystopian, of course they aren't your typical issues, but still, coming of age, choosing a path, etc. If anybody checks it out, I'd love to get your take on it. The market for so-called "New Adult" hasn't really taken hold but I think those stories have an audience, if they can just find each other.

Jan 27, 2012, 11:19pm

atlargeintheworld- GREAT list!

In response to John Irving, I've only read four of his novels. I find that even though they are from male perspectives, there are always strong feminist undercurrents. The Cider House Rules was my favorite, but I loved them all!

Historical Fiction- The Pink Carnation Series, a little fluffy but tons of fun!

Fantasy- A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) Series, lots of strong female characters. Daenerys, anyone?

Classics- Anything Bronte (Charlotte is my personal favorite but Anne and Emily are also wonderful) or Jane Austen

Contemporary- anything by Barbara Kingsolver or Geraldine Brooks

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