I know that there really are no “age restrictions” when it comes to reading, but that it’s more of a social concept of what kinds of books you should read as you get older. With my twenty-sixth birthday coming up in just a few days, I’m considered to be an adult, though really I’m still learning my way.
Still, adults (who are actually adults) who are a few generations ahead of myself will probably look down on the fact that I like to read young-adult books. Well, technically speaking, I’m still a young adult when the average life-expectancy of women is around eighty years old. I guess I’m getting to the point where I won’t be a young adult though, now that I’m closer to thirty than twenty. (*cringe*) The only time I actually feel my age is when I’m around those who are eighteen to twenty years old now (with a few exceptions).
Now, back to books.
Do I feel weird reading young adult fiction at times? Sure, because as I’ve gotten older I realize just how young some of the characters are, but at the same time, it’s nice to escape into their world. I personally like to see how I could have related to them when I was 16-17 years old. At times I do and other times I don’t, of course that’s usually because it’s a YA Contemporary romance and due to the fact I didn’t really date in high school… yeah.
So when I seek out the Young Adult section in a bookstore or library, I feel weird for a few minutes. Then I either get lost in the books or remember that I know of people older than myself that love to read YA books, and I don’t feel as bad. I will say that in the past year or two I’ve been opening myself up to more adult fiction books, though I’m definitely more picky about the kinds of adult fiction that I’ll read.
When it comes down to it, I go with the saying that you have to read what you like to read – not what everyone else expects or wants you to read. Every reader is different and therefore has a different preference of genres. Plus, you can’t help but want to read books you loved as a child/teenager as you get older – it always brings back memories!
What are your favorite genres to read? Does it sometimes fall under YA fiction?