I’m not one to rant and rave about things that upset me, especially on my blog. My poor wife on the other hand has to suffer the barage of frustrations I have just so I can vent. I'm a strong believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that’s cool even if it doesn’t mesh with what I think. For someone to feel comfortable putting themselves out there no matter what the response is a brave thing.
I believe that people should read whatever makes them happy, but when someone tells me that I should be ashamed of what I choose to read because it was intended for children I get mad. I hate being told how I should feel. This really hit me hard and I got very very angry when I read this. Let me ask you this, I read Curious George to my kids and I love them. I loved reading the Monkey Me books to my son as well. Should I be ashamed that I liked them even though my main reason to read them was for my son? Should I just read children’s books as a monotone robot because I’m an adult and those books are beneath me? I like the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney. I got excited when I found one we hadn’t read at the library. I enjoy these just as much, if not more than my son.
Read what you want people, as long as you are happy reading it doesn’t matter what it is. I’m not a huge fan of YA but still felt I should defend it because of how angry that post made me. I think of YA not as an age group, but as a genre like Mystery and Romance. I can’t stand romance novels but I would never ever tell someone they should be ashamed of reading that smut (extreme example, I’m not calling it smut). I would ask if they like it and what it’s about, because I love talking books. We are all different in our tastes and that is what makes the blogging community so great. I get it, this person doesn’t like YA, fine, just don’t tell me I should be ashamed because I really like the Last Apprentice series, or The Hunger Games.
That’s it, I’m off my soap box and feel better having said my piece. If I have kept you this long please feel free to comment and get some discussion going. Good or bad I can take it and would love the feedback. I’m being brave and putting myself out there because I believe as long as you are reading and happy, that is all that matters.