Why read angsty teen dystopian novels when you can read biographies from Bolshevik-era Russia. That's as dystopian as it gets, with the added value that it actually happened
>Tfw I was reading Dante , Homer, and Tolkien in the 5th grade H-haha yeah, remember those young adult novels we can all relate to? M-man those were the days huh? Just talking with your friends about them and shit.
>I've tried reading high brow literature and it's boring as fuck t. picked up war and peace and got bored 10 pages in and decided to write off all ""high brow"" literature forever
What really got me into reading again was going through the web serial Worm It's a "dark" super-hero story, and I think anyone who enjoys that type of escapism should have fun reading it It gives off young adult vibes, especially at the beginning, but largely escapes most of those tropes It's FAR from perfect, but in terms of the engagement I had while reading it, it ranks pretty high
you must have the biggest brain (seriously though, I had a friend like that, and it was so bizarre to me that he enjoyed that shit)
The Three Musketeers
I only have an IQ of like 125, I was just raised by people who were deeply imbedded in to academia (long line of uni professors and lawyers, then a lot of officers in the military, plus a scientist)
Idk, I just never found books targetted towards younger audiences very entertaining. I also really liked poetry by Poe and Shakespeare, then read a bunch of science/history books. I was just an extremely bookish kid
Try crime-noir novels like Breakfast at Tiffany's or my favorite, There is a Killer Inside of me by Jim Thompson. You don't have to be super into academia to enjoy that shit, enjoy I do like my Pynchon/ Wallace when I'm in that mood.
Seconded, when a crime novel is good, it's both good and fun. A nonfiction crime book I'd recommend is Devil in the White City. Look at Nordic crime series for some good fictional stories.
Read Three Musketeers last year and was surprised by how engrossing it was. Make sure to get the unabridged version with all the lewdness OP.
>Young adult novels like Redwall and Hunger Games and The Giver were what gripped me into reading, so I want to go back to it. >But unfortunately young adult doesn't cut it anymore. I can't read angsty teen dystopia #573 and actually enjoy it.
This is my eternal pain.
I want genre fiction with punch and meaning.
The only way I've found it so far is to go back before genre fiction was a thing, when fantasy and sci-fi were not yet divorced from "literature."
Read the classics, OP.
The only problem is how dated and cliche they feel by now. They're coated in zeerust.
The stars my destination. It's non stop from start to finish. Try master and margarita 100 years of solitude, I don't see how your can be bored from them. Maybe the foundation trilogy, at least the fist book that is 4 short stories. Hyperion as well has a great fist book.
Fanfiction, but unironically.
This, also unironically.
There's a great Prototype/Fallout New Vegas crossover that's 200k words deep. Unfortunately it updates at a glacial pace.