Why do you read? Let’s talk!

Before we go into this discussion, I need to rant. I read a blog post about a month ago (someone that I do not follow and I don’t believe follows me) that had me so angry I was literally shaking. Like our parents tell us: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” And that’s just what I did. I let what was said slide, I wrote a rant post getting all my feelings out, and then I deleted it. No matter what I believe personally everyone has a right to their opinion. BUT I didn’t appreciate that I was essentially being made to feel like a “less important” reader because of the books I choose to read.

Holly @Β The Nut Free NerdΒ recently made a discussion post titled “Well at least you’re reading something” which made me realize I’m still not over that bloggers comments, but I am, however, calmed down enough to talk about it rationally and without anger. So here it goes:

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The post I’m referring to was a discussion talking about why adults read YA. Being an adult of 35 (yes, I’m prehistoric and practically ancient) and I read a lot of YA books. I fit the category, so I read on. Throughout the post she said she didn’t understand what adults found so interesting when the characters are dealing with teenage issues, when the plots and worlds are fantastical and disassociated with the real world, and there was nothing to offer on an intellectual level. Ok, I can live with that. My feelings are only slightly bruised but I’m fine. BUT, it was when this person almost outright said that any adult who reads YA books isn’t smart was when I was cut, sliced, and barely breathing. She referred to the fact that her group of friends only reads literary fiction and text books, basically placing them on a higher pedestal than those who choose to read anything other than those things. My blood literally boiled! I shut off my computer so I wouldn’t say anything mean and just walked away. This may not have been her intention but that’s how it came across to me – and it hurt.

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As i’ve said before, people are entitled to their own opinions, but when those opinions belittle others or make them feel “less” is when it becomes an issue. Here I am, 35, married with two kids, College education, honour roll throughout both high school and college, owner and operator of a small business and a manufacturing company – I’m a very smart person! So why am I, as a 35 year old woman, reading YA instead of textbooks? It all comes down to WHY I read in the first place.

I read to escape! My life is chaos, filled with stress, work days that can last anywhere between 8-18 hours (no joke), mom duties, house responsibilities, and so much more. When I finally get the chance to sit down with a book I don’t want to read about more problems that mirror my own!! I don’t want to read adult fiction where there are marriage problems (not currently having those so don’t fret! Actually today is my 9th wedding anniversary!), family problems, money problems – I’ve got enough of that crap on my own!! Real life adulting is HARD! So if I can sit down for an hour and read about fairies, space travel, monsters, dimension hopping, crime solving, princesses, assassins…… YES PLEASE! I read for pure entertainment, enjoyment and escape. I want to feel like I went on adventure and visited new places and worlds. I want my emotions to be kicked in the face and left in a puddle of tears in the end. I want to feel invigorated and have my adrenaline pumping.. Whether that comes in a YA novel or adult doesn’t really matter.

Having said all that, does it mean that I don’t read or enjoy adult literary fiction? Yes, I do! I read everything from YA contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, graphic novels, historical fiction, non fiction, literary classics, text books and more. I myself choose to read a very wide variety of things so that I can get different perspectives, information and life experiences. I grow my imagination by reading fantasy, I reminisce on my youth by reading contemporary, I learn more by reading non fiction. I gain sensitivity and understanding when I read novels that include different cultures and sexual preferences – the possibilities are endless! I honestly get just as much enjoyment out of YA fantasy and literary fiction (just an example) but they’re just for different reasons. I LOVE learning and can spend hours attached to a computer or book researching a topic.

What a person chooses to read is irrelevant! It does NOT determine their intellect. The point is that they’re reading, for what ever reason they choose. If you want to only read literary fiction, classics, textbooks, Shakespeare – go ahead! If that’s what you enjoy then, by all means! I just don’t think that it’s fair to look down on a person because they choose to read Harry Potter, Illuminae, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. There are SO many books out there – literally something for everyone. The fact alone that you’re reading makes it (and you) wonderful. Do you have to read to learn and enrich your mind all the time to make your reading relevant? No! Absolutely not! There’s no shame in reading! There’s only the love of words.

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What about you? Why do you read? What is it that you hope to gain out of your reading experience? Have you ever felt like your choices aren’t relevant due to the genre and/or classification? Let’s talk!

Until next time, happy reading!

65 Comments Add yours

  1. Much like you, I read mainly to escape, especially with what I’m going through in life right now. I used to read exclusively YA, but haven’t in quite a while, instead switching to fantasy, sci-fi, and biographies. Just reading your account of this blog post made me so angry, and I don’t know if I would’ve had the same restraint you did. (I’ve often gotten in trouble for not controing my words. One thing I like to do is correct anyone who labels Wuthering Heights as a romantic Victorian novel. Most of them are not pleased when I do.)

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    1. I too have been reading a lot of fantasy and sci fi in both YA and adult and it’s been wonderful! My restraint in person is not nearly as strong!!

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      1. I really wish I could find the blog post you’re talking about so I could give it a read.

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        1. I didn’t even save the page. Once I read it I wanted nothing to do with it anymore. There are quite a few out there like it though (sadly)

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  2. Book Snail Reads says:

    Oh wow, what an ignorant comment to make. YA fiction is awesome and deals with issues that perhaps a lot of adults ought to take notice of. Madness! On a second note, yes, reading is the best kind of escapism, I also love the way a book feels and I love investing my time in characters and worlds that might never exist in the real world… but books teach us so much about the real world as well. That is why I read!

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    1. See that’s just the thing that infuriates me! Just because a character is younger than the age of majority doesn’t mean you can’t learn something or reconsider your thoughts. And you’re right, even if the world isn’t our own it can still teach us things about the real world as well. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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  3. The Spine Cracker says:

    Even though I write quite a few posts sarcastically making fun of YA fiction I 100% agree with you. I might not be the biggest fan of YA but I still read them, just not as much as other book bloggers. Reading adult books constantly gets so boring, especially when you review horror like that I do. I need a lighter read after reading 3 adult books in a row containing graphic horrible things, something with a bit of humour. You get that in YA.

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    1. Your posts have never once been rude, oppressive or condescending. You just make your preferences clear and that I love! YA isn’t for everyone that’s for sure. Any type of book over and over can get boring and repetitive. And some of the books you read, I would probably need to be hit with a sunshine stun gun after a while πŸ˜‚

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      1. The Spine Cracker says:

        I need to get myself a sunshine stun gun haha

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        1. πŸ˜‚ I don’t know where that came from. Not enough coffee apparently

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  4. Em says:

    I feel like this post is so important. I think I know what post you were (are) angry about, or at least read something just like it a few days ago while looking at some new blogs (needless to say I did not follow her… and restrained from commenting as well).
    Even though the post was not directed at me (it was directed at “non-teen white women who dominate book reviewing), I was still very offended by it. I don’t know how someone can attack a huge group of people like that, without considering that for every 1 person who might “fit” what she was talking about, there are hundreds (or thousands) of other people who don’t apply at all and are harmed by the words.
    I am a firm believer that anybody should be able to read anything that brings them happiness, because that is the purpose of reading. Everybody likes different things, and just because a book isn’t about someone’s ago/race/gender or whatever, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy that book.
    That’s like telling an adult they aren’t allowed to watch and enjoy children’s movies. Or movies aimed at teens…. But for some reason that isn’t as big of a deal to people who feel that way about books??
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so sure, this person can have their opinion about who “should and shouldn’t” read YA books. But at the same time, her having that opinion is an invitation for others to voice their own opinions… and an invitation for “non-teen white women” to read these books and think what they will about them.

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    1. The post I read was a month or so ago and it took me this long to calm down lol. The thing is, there are so many posts like that one. And it’s sad. But you said it right regarding the age/race/gender – there are so many books that I couldn’t read if I stuck to my classification of those things! I enjoy reading of places/people/cultures/preferences that are not my own! Everyone experiences things differently and the small changes make me grow as a person and get experiences I wouldn’t normally have.

      Very well said! πŸ™‚

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  5. Justine says:

    Oh god, nothing makes me angrier than elitism in reading! I read loads of science fiction and fantasy, a fair bit of that is young adult. But I also read lots on non fiction, literary fiction, and classics. I ALSO have three degrees, thank you very much. I don’t care what people read, be it Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Proust, or Austen. No one should ever be judged by what they like to read and how they read it. The worst kinds of people will always be the ones who don’t read any kind of fiction because they ‘want to learn something’. I can’t roll my eyes hard enough.

    It also gets me when you see readers judging other genres. There’s a blogger who I generally like but has been complaining that their favourite fantasy books aren’t taken seriously. Meanwhile they are laughing at and making fun of people who read romance and YA. Seriously?

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    1. Three degrees?! Dang girl!
      Your first paragraph is perfection! I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles series – but on the other hand I’ve been able to read and comprehend Shakespeare since I was about 10. Is either one more important or make me a valid reader? No. Not really. Not to me anyway.
      Ugh see! That’s what I mean! She’s laughing at people who read romance and YA? That’s just sad. Why do people do this? 😒 I admit that romance is my least favourite type of book to read but I would never look down on a person for their choice

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  6. Ryann the Reader says:

    Ugh, I can’t stand when someone judges other people’s reading tastes! Why should it matter? If a person loves what they read, who’s to say that person should be reading something else?

    I read for the same reason you do; life can get pretty crazy and it’s nice to be able to escape that sometimes. As an adult who also reads a lot of YA, I think it has a lot of value. Even if you’re not a teen, you can still understand and identify with the characters. And as a non-teen, it can give you a new perspective and help people understand the way teens see the world.

    Plus, I just love YA fantasy, and that should be okay!

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    1. YA fantasy is totally ok!! I love it too πŸ™‚

      You’re exactly right. Reading a book about teen can also change or enhance an adults perspective. People discredit teens for not being smart. As in they don’t have enough life experiences to form a proper opinion. SO not true! Also, the author is and adult so that comes into play as well. Thanks for your comment!

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  7. I read to escape, to entertain and to learn but I don’t read to look down on anyone else’s reading material. In the past I’ve felt intimidated when I’ve confessed to friends and family that I don’t like classics or Harry Potter even though I’ve tried reading them on numerous occasions. We’re all different and there are so many books out there to suit everyone’s tastes.

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    1. Exactly! If everyone was the same the word would be a very boring place.

      Your dislike of Harry Potter is ok! And that’s coming from a massive HP fan! It will always be my favourite series but I understand why people can’t get into it. No one should feel ashamed for not liking something

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  8. J.W. Martin says:

    Comes down to snobbery. I’ve found myself talking to many people about a really great book and at one point in the conversation, they say something like, “Oh, fiction? I mainly read non-fiction.” That’s next level snobbery. Not just trashing YA, but everything fictional. That’d be like only watching documentaries.

    “Did you view that six-part series on the Civil War? Only 36 hours long.”

    “No, but I watched Captain America: Civil War! It was crazy amounts of awesome!”

    You just can’t care about opinions like these. Reading is for you and no one can take that away from you. On the flip side, no one who honestly enjoys reading non-fic should care when I say most of the best stories are in YA.

    Anyone who spends time talking about why their preferred reading is better than others is only reading said preference for recognition. Otherwise, why would they even say a word?

    P.S. – If you’re prehistoric and ancient, what does that make me??

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    1. Omg I’m crying I’m laughing so hard at your civil war statement!!! That’s the best way to explain this – EVER!!

      I only feel like a fossil! I know I’m not really that old (and you’re only a few years older than me!!)

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  9. I definitely read all kinds of books! I love reading YA and I love reading Adult (even though, technically, it’s not for me lol), and I don’t think it means anything. I’ve read some terrible adult books and fantastic YA books that I think are bette than adult books and vice versa. I don’t think a genre or age range can define how good a book is or if it will be, and it’s silly to me that others think that way!

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    1. Exactly. I’ve read some awful adult books and I’ve read some great YA (vice versa). It all boils down to what you’re reading for and the execution of the writing/content πŸ™‚

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  10. Angela JC says:

    UGH. I love this post. Yes. Thank you. Thank you for discussing this because that type of ignorance just drives me crazy. I agree that hey everyone has their own opinion and that’s okay but sometimes it just really hurts.
    As C.S. Lewis said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

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    1. Ignorance! That’s the word I was looking for! Thank you lol. I always have the perfect word in my head but it goes missing. And yes, it does hurt

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  11. *slow clap* That was great, Shanah! I took this class in college where it was a lot of literature majors and I’m like, oh, I’m reading this YA mystery and they’re like, oh, I’m reading Chaucer and Faulkner and so many people I had no clue existed. o.o I think that’s the first time I was like, oh, oops. But the interesting part was while I started to feel I guess “lesser” in my book reading, no one judged me or cared. They were all like, oh, okay, is it any good?

    I don’t understand why book blogging has turned into this when I really don’t think as many people care in real life. Reading is for escapism, as you said, just like movies and music and art. Whatever brings you away from real life and gives you enjoyment should be yours to have and not be judged. So sorry that this post had your blood boiling (it seems like it would have had mine too). You gave your opinion brilliantly and said it, oh, so well! ❀ Wonderful post, Shanah! πŸ™‚

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    1. Bwahaha slow clap! I’ve always wanted to have one of those moments so thanks for that!
      Sadly, I’ve noticed that over the last 6 months or longer, the book blogging world has become overly opinionated. People are searching for the next big thing to talk about. But it’s almost always negative. I’m not about any of that! I’m here to love books and talk about books and that’s it! Lol
      Those authors don’t interest me in the slightest. They’re probably great books but they aren’t my type. Glad to know they didn’t judge you and asked if they were good! Sometimes the pressure we put on ourselves is worse

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      1. Ahahahah you’re welcome! It was much deserved too.

        I super agree. Wasn’t it a few weeks ago people went on a new topic of where people have to buy books? Amazon vs. indie. And if you didn’t buy from a certain place, you got in trouble for it. It’s topics like these that confuse me, because I just want to talk about happy book things as you said.

        BUT YES. That class showed me a lot of great name authors, and I’m like…I’ve enjoyed a 3 star YA book more than this. XD But yes! And I think posts like this that you mentioned put even more pressure on us in the real life world than we would have as well.

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        1. I remember there being some sort of controversy involving Amazon and where books were being purchased. So many keyboard renegades with something to complain about. Next thing people will be complaining that libraries are a borrowing system and therefore not supporting the author – nothing is sacred lol

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          1. Ahahahahaha. I feel like I actually might have heard the library argument before? XD Oh gosh. XD

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  12. I’m fifteen years old, so I have no idea about adulting, but I 10000% agree with this post. Hell I can read comic books at the age of 85 and I still would be smart- you read to enjoy and relax and live multiple lives and that doesn’t define your intellectual level. Not to mention that YA fiction is awesome and deserves to be read by the whole world. And I feel like when adults read books about teens, it actually helps expand their perspectives and point of views, and make them understand the way we see some things. God these kind of posts make me angry. I think we can read whatever we want to read without snobby upturned moses telling us what is suitable and what isn’t to read

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    1. You’re so right. Seeing the world through the eyes of a younger group gives different perspective to a lot of things! That’s why I love it!

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  13. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Hi Shanah my name is Sophie I’m 47 and read many YA. Lol. It feels like a YAReader anonymous support group.
    I read to escape. To forget my duties as a mom and manager of two teams with long hours. YA broach very serious topics like diversity, loyalty, thinking for yourself and not swallowing everything people even autorities tell us.etc. It’s also an incredible tool to bond with my kids! We have animated discussions about our books. And yes I have a university degree so I don’t think I’m dumb. I think everyone should be proud of his or her reads. And I wrote a post about why we read some months ago so I can relate πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sophie – Welcome to the over 30 and still reading YA support group πŸ™‚πŸ€£
      It’s so great you mentioned a bond with your kids. My daughter is 12 and asks to read my books all the time. It’s so great to talk to her about them! It’s like a built in Fangirl club!

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      1. Beware Of The Reader says:

        Yes I love talking books with her and her brother πŸ˜‰ That’s why I created Mini Me Pick. She can voice her thoughts now LOL

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          1. Beware Of The Reader says:

            Indeed and much fun LOL

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  14. I’m just like you, I feel. I love to space out from reality and discover different worlds and adventures, but I’ve found reading has served me as an escape in tough moments in my life (just like music!) and that is so special to me.
    It’s also kind of addicting and not only you can have a great time reading a story, but it also sometimes teaches you something, so that’s pretty cool!
    And there are certain books where you relate to the characters, and it’s such a great experience!😊

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    1. So very well said! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

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  15. Elizabeth says:

    Happy anniversary! And yes, reading is an escape for me. That’s partly why I find contemporary so hard to read, it’s too much like real life.
    And this person just sounds ignorant. There’s two types of reading, at least for me. Reading to improve my knowledge, scholastic stuff. (Maybe help me win jeopardy one day). Biographies, non-fiction falls into that category. It’s not boring for me, I love a good history book.
    But I know that’s not for everyone. I hardly know anyone who reads the same dusty old biographies as me. I don’t mind. I’ll curl up with stories about Hamilton or the French Revolution and be just as entertained as Harry Potter. I’m just weird. πŸ™‚

    But if I want to really just chill, I read fiction. Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas. YA fiction, It’s fun, but just as deep as a history book. It makes me think about my life, see things from a different perspective.
    Sometimes I worry I spend too much time with fiction and not enough time making my mind work to learn. But then I’m in college, so I have to work at learning all the time. When I get time to read, I’ll read whatever strikes me.
    It’s just mean, petty and obnoxious to judge people for what they read. And you’re missing out on a lot of inspiring stories by ignoring both YA and fiction.

    Also, does this person only watch the history channel or news? Does she never watch a fictional movie? Really complaining about highbrow reading is just hypocritical

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    1. I love a good history book or show! They’re fascinating! Sometimes I enjoy them just as much as a fiction novel if they’re told in the right way so I don’t think you’re weird at all! πŸ™‚
      And thanks! Me and the hubby ended up being so busy we forgot to say happy anniversary until about an hour ago πŸ˜‚

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  16. kyera says:

    Preach. There tends to be a lot of hate surrounding YA and it’s completely unwarranted. I read books because I love to experience other worlds and stories that aren’t my own. If the character is 17 or 70, what does it matter? If you’re happy with what you’re reading, that is all that is important.

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    1. Exactly! It is completely unwarranted! Most of the subject matter is close to if not the same as what an adult goes through – especially when it comes to fantasy!

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  17. Holly says:

    This is such an awesome post!!! I’m so glad you feel the same way. Judging others for reading what they love just makes no sense!

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    1. I think that’s what got me so crazy in the first place because it just made no sense to me lol

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  18. Noriko says:

    Omg, this post – I mean, what you felt from reading the insensible blog post made me boiling with anger, too… It’s actually infuriating. Okay, I am older than you, I’m in my early 40s, but I do read lots of YA and enjoy them. I do read adult, historical fiction and enjoy them too. To put it in a nutshell, I read whatever that catches my interest. I read whatever genre that I find interesting. The genre really doesn’t matter and I don’t think – never think – what we read depends on our intellect. It’s just preferences and I think it’s quite, totally deplorable to make such discriminating comment like, ‘readers who read YA are not smart.’ Seriously, says who????? Is there any solid statistics??? Is the comment even based on solid study or research or anything???
    I don’t want to be that judgmental, I don’t want to look down other readers depending on the genre they mainly read. We ARE entitled to read whatever book we want to read, we feel comfortable. That’s the beauty of reading in the first place!! What’s wrong with reading for pure escapism?? Nothing!!
    Sorry, it’s a rant lol And my post ended up lengthy, sorry!

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    1. Lol no worries! That’s exactly how I felt. I pick up books that interest me and they’re all over the place as far as genres and topics. My mom is 57 and reads YA still! As much as I love adult books, YA seems to be a little more adventurous and fantastical and I for one need that in my life! And exactly what you said – what is the basis for this opinion? There’s no scientific journal proving that one type of book makes a person smarter. I guess that if you can read a university textbook about quantum mechanics or something and you can understand it then you might be smarter than me with quantum mechanics πŸ˜‚

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  19. Shanah, thanks for your rant….this kind of snobbery is something worth getting angry about. Reading (and writing) is about making an emotional connection with a character….genre (I use the word broadly to include YA) is something marketeers use and is useful in helping those of us with lives to live to find our next read. There are only two kinds of fiction ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and the definition is in the gift of the reader. So….thanks for your rant. Adam

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    1. Oh I like your point of the definition of good and bad being the gift of the reader. All books are good no matter the genre and subject matter. It’s whether or not a book will relate to you as a person. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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  20. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I’m really sorry you had that experience. It’s ridiculous for one reader to be critical of another reader’s reading choices. I read for one reason and one reason only…pleasure. If a book isn’t doing that for me, I don’t finish it. If it is, life is good! I personally don’t read much YA, but can understand why so many love it. The escapism in much of YA is extremely appealing. When I do connect with a book outside my usual genres, I am thrilled!

    All reading is a wonderful thing; a privilege that we should all remember not to take for granted. (Though I’m very glad textbooks are behind me!)

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    1. Yes I am so glad my text book days are behind me! Finally getting over those days I can read for pleasure now! And like you said, it’s a wonderful thing to connect with and love a book that’s outside your usual genre! It’s like finding a golden egg!

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  21. I’m 32 and obviously read mostly YA as well, so I hear you, lady! This is the exact reason why my friend and I started our YA and Wine book club. We wanted a space where adult readers could come together and talk about YA books. I started my blog, because that was such a hit. I don’t understand the mentality that it’s only “cool” to read books about people in your own age category. It makes no sense to me.

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    1. When I got into my 20’s I felt a bit of pressure to read adult books only and I wasn’t enjoying the books I was choosing. So I went against suggestion and got back to what I enjoyed and it worked like a charm. I didn’t know that YA and Wine started off as a book club! So great!!

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      1. I had the exact same experience. I do like some adult fiction but a lot of it just isn’t as much fun as YA is to read. Yeah, it did start as a book club, which is still going strong and so much fun. πŸ™‚

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        1. How many people are in your club? That just sounds like so much fun!

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          1. A LOT. We have an FB group and meet in person, so total there’s almost 100 members now, and we usually have at least 20 show up for the meetings each month. It’s a lot of fun.

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          2. Wow that’s a great following! And another reason to drink wine πŸ˜‚

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          3. Hahaha. Any excuse to drink wine and talk books works for me. πŸ™‚

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  22. What a great post – I find it bizarre that some people think some literature is more worthy than others – I definitely agree with the thought that you should read what you want, when you want. This concept that YA is somehow more simple than adult fiction is so wrong. I read for pleasure, but appreciate that others read text books or heavy non fiction for pleasure. I do not judge them for that, so why should they judge my choices.

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    1. Exactly! I don’t understand it either.

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  23. I definitely read to escape. I don’t think it matter what books I read if it helps me. I’ll read pretty much anything if I find it interesting. For example middle grade novels. Some people think you aren’t as smart or you’re childish for reading them when that’s never been the case. I just find them interesting and they’re great for anyone looking for a quick and easy read. I know that when I have a really hard day I can have trouble picking up a book so that’s when middle grade can be very helpful for me. Anyway, I really loved this post. Good for you to speak up when your anger had left ❀

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    1. Exactly! Middle grade novels are just plain fun! Something fantastical that increases your imagination and sense of wonder. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

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  24. I loved the positive spin you made on that horrible experience! And the restraint you showed!! I’ve held back too when I’ve read posts that make my blood boil… so I understand what self control you had.

    I think there is a reason YA fiction is SOO HUGE right now… and its not speaking to a negative place but a positive place in people’s lives. Real life can be boring and ho hum… why aren’t we allowed so fantasy and creativity in our lives? It helps us react with more cheer and upbeatness when it comes to real life!!

    What a great discussion! Erin from Red Haired Ramblings pointed me to your blog ❀

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    1. You made a really fantastic point – YA as a genre is positive and creativity helps us figure things out in our lives and brings us happiness!
      Awe she did?! That’s so sweet!! I’ve really loved finding her blog recently πŸ™‚

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