But what about when adults ask me for recommendations for them? If they're friends, I generally know what their tastes are, so you'd think it would be easy. But it isn't. I've had enough spectacular failures with friends to know that. "Oh! You didn't like it? I'm so sorry!" I say, in that very British way of apologising for something that isn't really my fault. Tastes differ, as every author knows who has got a five star review on Amazon next to a one star. I'm quite wary about recommending titles to complete strangers at parties or on trains or planes (yes, I've been asked for bookish recommendations on both of those), although a chance to conduct a discreet interrogation on what people have enjoyed before is always a fun way to pass the time.
But what about me? How do I find good adult books to read, ones which I might otherwise have missed? Well, there's the Twitterati route. If there's a continuing buzz from the book bloggers around something I haven't heard of, I'll always take a look, and sometimes buy. That happened with Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Erin Morgernstern's The Night Circus, both of which I found via Twitter and loved. I also follow Amanda Craig's reviews very closely, as I know that she and I share similar tastes in fantasy. The other source of good recommendations for me is fellow children's book authors. If they write kids' or YA books I like, I generally find that they'll read adult stuff I like too, even if it's something I had previously been resistant to.
Lucy Coats's Greek Beasts and Heroes series is out now from Orion, and her new picture book, Bear's Best Friend, is coming from Bloomsbury in March 2013.
Lucy also blogs at Scribble City Central, where she is currently running the Fantabulous Fridays A-Z, a series of specially commissioned pieces from different childrens' and YA authors on mythical beasts and beings from all cultures.
Lucy's own website is here