Thursday, May 12, 2011

Booking Through Thursday - Age Appropriate

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.


  1. I read whatever I wanted as a kid. My mom cared and monitored what I read, but I would just read her books when she left the house. She eventually figured it out but she never said anything. I found out years later that she knew I was reading her books. I think it depends on the maturity of the person.

    I don't read YA either. I loved the Harry Potter series and enjoyed part of the Twilight series but I don't like the angst and drama of YA. I was a high school teacher for a couple of years before law school and I don't know how many girls thought there life was over because some guy didn't text them back in 2nd period. I feel that some YA is misleading and it frustrates me. The latter part of the Twilight series annoyed me for that reason. Uhh... so paternalistic.

    Anyways... to each its own?

  2. In primary school I ordered MG/YA books from the book club - that was all they had on offer, so I guess I was a captive audience. :D But from high school on I was reading books meant for all ages. And today I read books for all ages as well.