Booking Through Thursday is a fun weekly question and answer session, based on books, of course. This week, the question is:
Do 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?
I have never worried about 'age appropriate' when reading my own books. My parents didn't pay attention to what I was reading when I was young. Although, I don't really recall reading anything and knowing that I shouldn't have been consuming it, either. Sure, i read some books way ahead of my age group. I believe that is pretty common when you're an advanced reader in school, though.
As an adult, I read whatever sounds good to me. Admittedly, i don't read all that much of what is categorized as Young Adult fiction. That's not because I don't think I should read it but more because I don't relate to the characters. However, I just read Matched by Ally Condie and really liked the book. And J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are among my favorites.
I haven't had to worry about the age appropriateness of what my kids are reading yet. I will pay attention to what they're reading as they get bigger, though. I won't keep them from reading books that are advanced for them - if they wish to read them. However, i will be sure that they are reading books with themes that are age appropriate for them and their emotional maturity.