May 16, 2011

BTT - age appropriate?

This week's question from Booking Through Thursday is a no-brainer
 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?
      If I read only books "meant" for my own age group, it would make for very boring reading.   Picture books are fun and the reason for the old proverb: a picture is worth a thousand words.  And today's dystopias for YA!  Thrills and suspense.  'nuff said.
     Of course, I read adult books when a child, and adult books as an early teen:  the steamy Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.  I saw my grandmother reading Metalious' The Tight White Collar one summer while I was visiting her.  I was shocked and embarrassed;  Gran said, "I just wanted to see what you and Candy were reading."  So sweet, no judgment on her part.

P.S. I was tickled to find a copy of The Tight White Collar on Paperback Swap (see sidebar).  Will re-read it and see how it compares in today's culture.


anthonynorth said...

A very wise Gran there.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

I think a lot of people read all over the place. It's like sticking to one genre, otherwise....boring!

Karen said...

Your gran sounds like a cool lady.

BookMystress/Monique Writes said...

Naww wish my gran asked me what i was reading,

Nice Answer,
The Book Mystress, xx

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I like being able to read all over the place. My reading life is way more exciting that way! And I love that your Gran wanted to see what you were reading :)

Here's what I had to say:

Col (Col Reads) said...

I'm so thankful my parents were never scandalized by what I read -- but they probably thought I understood less than I did!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I got away with reading a lot of stuff I'm sure my parents wouldn't have approved of, mainly because they were too busy to notice!

Glad you mentioned Peyton Place, which we all adored as teens. Giggles galore, etc. I think it probably would seem kind of tame nowadays, though.

I hadn't heard of that other Grace Metalious book...I'll have to check it out!


Mama Zen said...

Picture books are a hoot! The good ones, anyway.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

Yeah as a preteen I read V.C. Andrews and some of the books I don't know if they were for that age. Those books warped my mind at an early age...don't know what would say if my child would want to read them.

Shirley said...

That's the kind of grandmother I want to be! Pop by to see my BTT post at My Bookshelf

Tribute Books Mama said...

It would get boring if you didn't mix it up.

Cindy Swanson said... know, when I wrote my post I forgot about the steamy novels I read as a teen-ager. You know, bodice-rippers? They certainly didn't comprise all my reading, but there were some!

Hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Cindy's Book Club

carolsnotebook said...

I don't think my mother realized some of the stuff I was reading when I was young teen, which is probably just as well.