December: “New Adult” Month
It’s December already. How did that happen so fast? If you ignore the cold, flurry bits, December is a wonderful month. It’s a month full of holidays and time spent with family and friends, a time of giving and charity, and hopefully a time of curling up by the fire or under a warm blanket with a book and a hot cup of cocoa. For me, December is also special because the 13th is my birthday. With the approach of the literal new year and a new year of my life, it seems the perfect time for a little introspection. (Not too much, though, just enough to make my brain hurt ever so slightly.)
I’m turning 23 this year. It’s not a particularly big or exciting birthday by any means, but I’m grateful for it all the same. It marks another year that I’m alive, and certainly not everyone is lucky enough to say that. Yet, it’s not like 20, which marks the end of your teens (I spent that one in a ND blizzard). Nor is it 21, when you come of drinking age in the US (I spent that one with the stomach flu). Nor 25, when you can claim to be a quarter of a century old and then panic about how close you are to 30 (that should be a good time). 23 is just this awkward middle place, and that feels sort of appropriate for where I am in my life.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the development of a new sort of genre of “new adult” lit. New adult would be somewhere between young adult and regular adult. It’s not quite in your teens or high school, but not yet in the midst of a midlife crisis or a life of kids, marriage, infidelity, and divorce so common amongst most adult lit. New adult lit would fill in those gap years: college, entering the workforce, moving away from home and maybe moving back, trying to figure out what to do with this whole life thing and how to best utilize your time and skills while you’re a part of it. I know this is a time I would like to see depicted more frequently in the books I read; if literature can serve as some kind of roadmap for making it through your 20s, I can use all the books I can get my hands on.
This month, I’ll be posting some about the new adult books that are out there, but I’ve also recruited the help of family, friends, bloggers, and authors who will be guest posting throughout the month about new adulthood. Some will be sharing letters to their twentysomething selves, while others will talk about new adult lit, preconceptions of new adulthood, their experiences in their 20s, and more. (If you’re interested in guest posting, please contact me; the more the merrier!) I’m looking forward to sharing this month with you, learning about some new books, and perhaps getting a few life lessons along the way.
Best wishes for a wonderful end of the year,