Thoughts and other Miscellany

BTT – Age Appropriate

This week’s Booking Through Thursday:

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?

As a child I often read more adult books than maybe I should have – I was tearing through John Grisham aged 12 and read Tess of the D’Urbervilles at 13 (not that I remember understanding very much of it). I listened to Jane Eyre when I was about 10 (although I suspect this must have been an abridged version).

These days I am just starting to get into Young Adult books: having read the excellent Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, intending to vet it for my younger sister, I found that I really enjoyed it. I recently read and reviewed (post to come soon) The Goddess Test which is another excellent YA novel. I’m hoping to get my hands on a few more via my sister!

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15 thoughts on “BTT – Age Appropriate”

  1. I was the same. I read John Grisham at quite a young age as well as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. I would also read YA at that time and my little sister’s books.

  2. You made me think about the summer when I was 14, and my uncle handed me my first Ludlum novel — I think it was The Osterman Weekend. What a thrill. Thanks for bringing that memory back.

  3. I love John Grisham as an adult. As a teen I read Stephen King and what my mom had in the house. I belonged to a bookclub that allowed me to order books by mail so that definitely broadened my horizons. I still have the Betty Crocker Cookbook that I bought at 16.

  4. As a teenager I remember reading Harold Robbins and at an earlier age in primary school at about age 10, my English teacher reading to us Beowulf.

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