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.

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  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.

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  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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