Age Appropriate – Booking Through Thursday

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Do you read books ‘œmeant’ 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 ‘œmeant’ for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?

I read regardless of whatever age books may be aimed at. I loved the Harry Potter books and I enjoy re-reading the books I loved when I was younger. I’ve been hooked on watching Dr Who on TV from the beginning, although I haven’t read any of the books and now I’ve thought about it I can’t imagine why I haven’t – too many books and too little time, I suppose.  Philip Pullman is another author whose books appeal to all ages.

There are many more. For example, a while ago I re-read Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows which I’d first read when I was about 12. I’d liked it the first time for its story and characters; this time round I saw different things in it – the mysticism, the spirituality and the portrayal of human nature. It’s not just animals messing about in boats on the river. I suspect it may be like that with other books – Little Women seems so moralising now, much different from how I viewed it as a child.

And did I read adult books as a child – yes, of course I did. Amongst other books, I remember borrowing Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness from the library also when I was twelve – a bit different from The Wind in the Willows.

9 thoughts on “Age Appropriate – Booking Through Thursday

  1. I didn’t read The Wind in the Willows as a child. I read it for the first time a few years ago and I loved it. Same with Tom Sawyer. I also love Harry Potter and Philip Pullman. I think you’re right that any age can get something out of them.

    The Doctor Who books are okay. I have only read one or two and they do tend to come across a little like fan fiction.


  2. I reread Little Women last year for a challenge, and I enjoyed certain aspects of it all over again…but the moralizing thing did strike me, and I don’t remember reacting to that as a child.

    Characters and stories draw me to books, and it doesn’t matter about the age-group.

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  3. There are a few of my childhood favorites that I have been hesitant to revisit for fear that growing up will have ruined them for me. Black Beauty immediately comes to mind.


  4. I’ve always loved “Little Women.” Louisa May Alcott’s books were filled with such “moralizing,” maybe because of the Victorian era in which they were written. I think instilling good character traits in young people was really important back then.

    I continually re-read beloved books from my childhood…as someone said in the BTT comments, “Age is just a number!”

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  5. Hi Margaret,

    I have to say that I tend to stick to my current age group, when it comes to reading genres.
    I admit that many books of the urban fantasy, steampunk and YA in general, don’t really ‘do it’ for me, although I have tried to branch out a little by dabbling in paranormal romance, which I found bearable.
    I haven’t read the ‘Wind In The Willows’ since I was a child, but it was one of my favourites.
    Another book which I always found moving and socially unacceptable to me as a young child, was ‘The Water Babies’ by Charles Kingsley.


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