I don’t have a specific book for “X.” I tried, but I got nothin’.
So instead of a specific book, I’m going to talk about crossover books.
When I was a kid, people either read kid books (which included young adult) or grown up books. Then, along came Harry Potter, which everyone read. After Harry Potter was Twilight, and suddenly the barrier on YA was blasted wide open. Now it’s a legit genre for adults, and everyone is reading it.
I’ve never stopped reading young adult books and even some middle grade books. If they’re well-written, I don’t see any problem with my enjoying them.
I’ve had people ask me why I was reading a particular book, “Isn’t that a kids’ book?” and my answer is always, “Because I like it.”
Since everyone started reading young adult books (or admitting they do), it does mean I have more people with whom I can discuss these books.
I think that genre is becoming less important with books than having them be interesting with characters people can connect to. They also must have at least a little magic.
Many of the books I’ve written about during this challenge are books that I loved as a kid and still love as an adult. Special mention of several other books that I won’t be talking about during this challenge, but have also managed to stick with me: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter, anything by LJ Smith, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Are there any books from childhood/ teenage years that you still read?