Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Thank you so much to Sam @ River Moose Books for this topic. I’m also really excited that I’m back to participating in these Let’s Talk Bookish posts because they are one of my favorite discussion posts to make. Today’s topic is about reading – or not reading – Young Adult and Middle Grade books. I understand that there is some sort of stigma among hardcore Adult readers that say YA and MG books are either too immature or just not good enough to be read. But really, if you’re reading a YA book, you can’t judge it the same way you’d judge an Adult book, and the same goes for an MG book.
I say this because it only makes sense. Young Adults are not going to make the same decisions as Adults, and they aren’t going to go through the same things either. And there’s no way that a Middle Grader is going to behave like a Young Adult or an Adult, you know? People just have to remember when you’re going into a novel in a certain age bracket, you need to change your mindset to match that age bracket. I think from there, it may make it easier to read the novel for what it is and find out if you enjoy it as it was intended to be written.
Now, on the actual subject on what makes me continue to read YA and MG books… well I don’t read MG books as often as I do YA books, but I am always looking for some great MG books to explore. I find a lot of great recommendation for MG books from TBR & Beyond on Facebook, and it reminds me that I really need to start borrowing some MG novels from the library, but that’s going off topic I think.
I love reading YA books the most because I don’t like the unnecessary romantic dramas that can happen in Adult novels. I remember reading a couple adult thriller novels and the characters ended up having affairs and I just didn’t understand what the point of it was. I could also say that one of the main reasons I don’t like having to read about affairs is novels is because of my personal family history. I hate it, and it can be somewhat of a sore point for me to read it, especially when it doesn’t seem like its relevant. There are some other adult novels – mostly contemporary romance novels, or even historical romance – where an affair is part of the plot (or more of a plot device, whichever one words best I guess) but even then it can be a little difficult to read. For me, a lot of the YA books I read are fantasy or science fiction, and for the most part their main goal is to save the freaking world! I love that, because sometimes I just would rather see seemingly ordinary people doing what they can to save the world they live in, because they know it’s the right thing to do.
I’ve always adored YA novels more than adult novels, but I have been trying to branch out into some adult novels like historical fiction and contemporary romance. I’m glad that for the most part, the adult novels that I did pick out ended up being amazing, but of course there were some duds, just like there are some duds with YA novels. I know that not every single novel is going to be perfect for me, and I don’t expect them to be. I just feel more at home and happy when I read YA novels, and I’ll continue to read YA and MG novels as often as I can and for as long as I can.
So what about you? Do you read YA or MG novels? And do you continue to read them? What makes you enjoy them, and which of those books would you recommend to anyone and everyone? I’d love to hear your thoughts.