in defense of children’s books
Here’s a book I read recently (and quite enjoyed, thank you very much) …
Are you an adult who still reads books meant for children & young adults?
I’ll admit: I love well-written children’s and “YA” books. No matter the intended audience (or, let’s be honest, which demographic the publisher decides to market it toward), a good book is, after all, a good book.
As I’ve mentioned before, I firmly believe there’s a reader for every story, and a story for every reader.
And I believe that carries over to genres as well.
Have you ever met someone — online or in “real life” — who loudly proclaims that anything outside their own preferred genre(s) is garbage?
Pffft, I say. There is absolutely no shame in trying new things, nor in liking what you like.
Remember: everyone has their own unique tastes in books.
Your bookish tastes are your own, even if they change over time.
I don’t believe in “reading challenges,” but promise me you won’t read something (or *not* read something) simply because someone else says you should — or shouldn’t.
It all boils down to this: be sure to explore, and stretch your reading wings now and then — but, no matter what, read books that bring you joy.