BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — AGE-APPROPRIATE — MAY 12

Good morning!  Welcome to another Booking Through Thursday event, in which we ponder bookish questions…and then link up.

Today’s Question:

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?

When I was a kid, I did read many adult books.  I loved dreaming about being grown-up.  I liked books about careers, romance, and historical events.

Nowadays, I still prefer adult books, although I have occasionally dabbled in books for the younger set.  When my children were young, I enjoyed reading picture books to them.  In fact, in college, I took a course in children’s literature and read Caldecott and Newberry award-winning books.  They were fun!

I know that YA books are popular with many bloggers, and I am curious as to the appeal.  I have The Carrie Diaries on my stack, and plan to read it soon.  I also read a middle-age book by Joyce Maynard, called The Cloud Chamber; it was great!  But I enjoy that author.  So that was my primary reason.

So…my rather convoluted answer leads to “yes and no.”  It completely depends on the situation, the author, and the book’s storyline as to whether or not I’ll “cross over” into younger age groups (at my age, that’s the only direction I can go!).

But then again, since I enjoy and frequently read books about people in their thirties and forties, and they are not technically in my age group, maybe I am already “going younger.”  LOL

My main draw to a book is whether or not I can relate to the characters, and sometimes that takes me way out of my age group.

What an intriguing question!  I think that it has touched on some issues that I have been pondering.  What about the rest of you?