I have a friend who has kickstarted her reading lately and she’s seeking out a lot of young adult books because they’re generally shorter and lighter (content wise) and she can blast through several this summer. This had me thinking about the book genres I enjoy, strictly in relation to the age of their target audience.
I’ll say quickly, I don’t think there’s any shame in reading a book that’s marketed to an audience younger (or older) than your own age – read whatever you like, because as long as you’re reading, I’m happy. I really enjoy middle-grade fiction. I probably own nearly as many books in that genre than I do “adult” books.
When I was younger, I did read a bit above my age – I’ve always loved and understood words (or wasn’t afraid to look up new ones) and it was easy for me to tackle a book, say Mists of Avalon, years before most people would attempt it. Now that I’m…an adult (?!), I find that I really enjoy literature marketed towards teens and younger children. Sometimes they’re a lighter read, but a good portion of the MG I read hits on heavier topics. There’s just something about them that makes them easy to sink into.
Sometimes I just need something easy to digest, with a fun plot or silly characters, rather than a massive fantasy tome that will drown me with sub-plots and family trees and maps I can’t understand (or am too lazy to reference). I do find I’m easily annoyed with many of the tropes involved in YA fiction particularly, however, at times, I crave something with a semi-predictable format. I like teenage girls who can kick ass. With MG, I enjoy that there’s usually a lack of romance and an emphasis on friendships. I especially love any book that comes with illustrations and I’m a strong believer that more adult books should feature them too.
Now that I’ve rambled on, I want to know what you like to read. Do you read books meant for a younger or older audience? If so, what do you prefer about that type of book that you maybe don’t find in books marketed to people in your age group?