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Booking Through Thursday: Age-Appropriate


btt buttonDo you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?

Definitely.

Really, this topic (to me) could probably be an entire academic paper, looking at what “age-appropriate” truly means.

A love of reading is one of the (if not THE) greatest gifts my parents gave me. I’ve never been discouraged from reading, and so have always read what suited me as an individual (exceptions being required reading for school stuff).

I’m pretty sure I was reading books aimed at teens before I was 10, whether or not that counts for this prompt. I’ve read comics for most of my life–and there are so many arguments there about age-appropriateness, when ultimately there are comics for all age groups and comics are aimed at all different audiences. (Recently, Boom Studios rebranded their Boom Kids line as kaboom, because supposedly kids don’t like comics that are FOR kids. I can’t speak to that, but I hate the kaboom logo–it puts me in mind of the old logo for the toy company galoob.)

Nowadays, if I’m not reading comics, much of my reading, intended reading, and the books that catch my attention in the stores tend to be the “YA” books. I just started reading The Lost Hero, and have every intention of moving on to The Red Pyramid next, then the 2nd in that series, and by then the 2nd in the Heroes of Olympus series should be out. I’ve lost track of all the books in the YA sections at Walmart and Target look highly appealing to me, while I’m totally UNinterested in anything found in the “adult” or “non-kids'” sections.

The Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, (I’ve even read the Twilight series to have an informed opinion); and it seems that a lot of the sci-fi/fantasy (I’m thinking mainly Ender’s Game/Shadow, and series licensed from tv/comics/RPG properties) seems to be “aimed” to the teen crowd. At the least, I was a teen when I discovered Dragonlance, got into Magic: The Gathering, and really embraced the sc-fi/fantasy “genre.”

A couple years back, I bought my first-ever copy of Goodnight, Moon. I was inspired by some conversation with a friend, as well as Neil Gaiman‘s play on it in Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? arc in Batman.

And while I haven’t bought them yet, I’ve been known to stand in the aisle at Target or Borders and read cover to cover the Dewey picturebooks. And while I’m there, other stuff’ll catch my eye.

So…yeah. I read whatever. Maybe it’s not aimed at me, but if I enjoy it–why not? I’m not going to let someone “armchair quarterback” my life and what I read.

Surely I could have this post better organized…but as always…writing in the morning before I dash off to work. Hopefully this has made some sense. And if not…well, I’ve been actually posting more comic reviews lately, so at least there’s real content besides this meme showing up in the blog.

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2 Responses

  1. I’ve never been one to “color between the lines,” so I guess reading for a particular age group falls into that category for me. And while I prefer books for “adults,” I have been known to wander. But even in the adult genre, the books I relate to are often for people younger than myself. Just as my friends are younger as well. At my age, everybody is younger! LOL Sort of….

    Here’s MY BTT2 POST

  2. This could indeed be the topic of an academic paper. I enjoyed your post and had to smile to see “Goodnight Moon” as a recent purchase. It is a delightful book, isn’t it. The illustrations in children’s literature helps make reading compelling for youngsters and those young at heart. The greatest enjoyment comes from reading that which delights us.

    My Bookshelf

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