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Weekly Lists #185: Favourite NA-Literature

Honestly? It doesn’t happen that often that I still have to write a blogpost the morning it goes up. Largely, that’s because I tend to write in batches. The other bit – well, that’s just me not being able to actually deal with that kind of stress. Because believe me – stress it is, knowing a post is supposed to go up in a matter of minutes, and not having a single word written down. Anyways, all of that just to say: here’s my favourite current NA-literature!

Quick disclaimer: for me, anything NA-literature is basically a story where the protagonist is post-high school, pre-30s. Kind of my age group, in other words. In all reality, up to my 21st birthday, I read almost exclusively YA, so I’m not quite sure whether that age-bracket is alltogether correct, but here we go none the less!

1. Red, White and Royal Blue

This was always going to be the first book on this list, if for no other reason than it reminded me just how much I can enjoy a good na-book. Also – the royal house, the president’s son and a good amount of romance. What more could I need? (Read my full review here, or find it on Goodreads!)

2. When Dimple Met Rishi

Also known as: the first book that I remember reading where I was aware it was NA. I’m sure I read some stories before that could technically fall under that bracket as well, but I guess I just wasn’t really aware of its existence, at that time? The NA-bracket, that is. Not the book I was reading. Either way, this book offers an interesting insight into a new adult not quite willing to conform to her family’s (or even culture’s) classic expectations of her – and it’s such a fun read as well! (Goodreads)

3. Fangirl

When I talk about books I didn’t realise were NA at the time of my reading them? This is basically the prime example. And let’s be real – if I could? I would 100% read it for the first time all over again. It’s just that close to me! (Goodreads)

4. Please Send Help

You know that panic of being post-university and not really knowing what you’re supposed to do with your life now? Yeah, that’s basically this book. And although reading it hit just a bit too close to home, sometimes? That’s ultimately also what made this into such an enjoyable read!

5. I Was Here

Or any other series by Gayle Forman, I’ve come to realise. Apparently she writes just about exclusively NA-literature. And apparently, I never realised that. Although I’ve read just about all her books so far. Oh well, never too late to learn, right? And as it turns out, I Was Here is a strong sub-type of NA. The type that’ll have you crying – or at least blinking your eyes a bit too quickly for your liking. (Goodreads)

Honestly, there’s so many NA-books still out there for me to read… And trust me – I’m aware that I’ve only read like one book y Colleen Hoover, the community-declared seeming queen of NA. But by this point, I’m kind of scared to delve into that – what if I don’t like the rest of her work? What if it gets me ostracised by the book-community? These are the types of thoughts that correcting exams will bring to me, y’all.

I guess I might as well (maybe it’s even best if) close this post up here – what did you think of these books? Which ones have you read? Should I read Colleen Hoover’s other books? Be sure to let me know below!

-Saar