Let’s Talk Bookish – Reading Books Outside of Your Age Range

Good morning and welcome to Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Should readers read books that aren’t for their target age? (suggested by Aria @ Book Nook Bits)

Many thanks to Aria for suggesting! Currently, I’m a mess, and I didn’t have any time to write this post, but in a nutshell, I think that you should read whatever you want to read. But you should also keep in mind, especially if you’re reading books that are for people younger than you, that the age also matters when you’re writing a review. So don’t go off and say that a mystery book written for the 8 year old age range was the most cliche and easy to solve thing you’ve ever read, because it’s aimed for 8 year olds, not an adult.

Be sure to check out the rest of the participant’s discussions below!

This Week’s Participants:

Fati @ Library of March | Line @ First Line Reader | Kelly @ Books On the Brain | Jane @ Blogger Books | Megan @ Megabunny Reads | Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads

I plan on getting my blogging life back together over this weekend, so wish me luck! What do you think about reading books that are not for your age range? Do you think that they should be reviewed differently? Do you think it’s fair for someone older to be reviewing a kids book, when they aren’t a kid? Especially when it’s a negative review? Chat with me in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Reading Books Outside of Your Age Range

  1. I actually love to read kids books, even though I’m an adult. Everything from picture books to middle grade to YA. Of course, I like to write for kids too, so I think that plays a part. It provides inspiration and ideas as well as entertainment. Some middle grade and YA books are just as complex and exciting as adult books, it just depends on the author.

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  2. I agree, and I think people should be able to read what they want. I really enjoy reading YA and children’s books even though I may not exactly fit into the target market. I don’t usually review children’s books though.

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  3. I agree with what youve said. People should be able to read whatever they want. I think you do get more adults reading YA after the popularity of some series within the genre. I definitely agree about taking the age into account whilst reviewing a book though. You can’t say something is too simple, easy to solve or the characters immature if you’re reading a book aimed at people younger than you. You can still dislike a book but you have to try and take the age group into account and figure out if the problem is with the book itself or simply because youre older than the average reader of it.

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    1. I’m glad you do! Yeah, nobody can stop anyone from reading anything they want to, but I feel like readers have to always remember who the book is for so that they can review it accordingly. Exactly! You can dislike it, but you’ve got to mention that it might be because you aren’t the intended audience for it.
      Thanks for reading Charlotte 💚

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