Chatterbox: How Does Age Impact Your Reading?

February 20, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features

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After reading some of your comments on last week’s Negative Book Triggers discussion post, it got me thinking about how your age impacts your reading. A lot of you can probably relate to my experience with Twilight, reading and enjoying it when it first came out. I think back to Edward’s possessive and stalker behaviour and Bella’s whining now, and wonder how I possibly enjoyed it.

Like our thoughts and attitudes towards life and particular issues, such as feminism, diversity and empowerment, our tolerance towards these themes in books will change. I read Twilight about 6 years ago, which is the difference between a younger, naive and impressionable self as opposed to a confident, ambitious woman I aim to be today. Like our own life experience, reading books will help us form an opinion, whether it’s apathetic, passionate or on the fence, and I’ve read enough books with the whiny ‘woe is me’ heroine and the possessive stalker guy to know that it disturbs me.

YA is amazing with how it appeals to both teenagers and adults. Although they feature teenage characters, the situations, thoughts, attitudes and ideas they present are relatable to a wide range of audiences. A universally good book has the ability to connect to everyone, not just people in a certain age or demographic, and many YA and even middle grade books have this inherent ability to move us.

As an adult YA reader, books that are too ‘young’ for me in their themes and attitudes no longer appeal to me. Books that heavily feature cliches at school, selfish and immature attitudes (without character growth or a coming of age) and bitchy name calling and gossiping are ones that I simply can’t relate to. I feel like the time for this in my life has passed, and they tend to be more fluff for pure entertainment rather than a story that is going to better my life experience.

At this point in my adult life, I look for books that are going to impact me in a certain way. Are they going to immerse me in a new world (like This Shattered World and The Bone Season)? Highlight and attempt to change important societal attitudes (like All the Bright Places and This Song Will Save Your Life)? Make me think about life in a different way and appreciate it further (like The Fault in Our Stars)? Or hook me into some powerful, strong characters with healthy relationships that I want to emulate (like the Weather Warden series and Addicted To You)?

Books that set out to make an impact, whether it’s with a breathtaking romance, excellent characters, a deep new world or a brilliant romance are books that resonate with me. While I was younger, I looked for books that provided entertainment, but these days I want them to mean something.

How has age impacted your reading experiences?

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77 responses to “Chatterbox: How Does Age Impact Your Reading?

  1. I still read mostly YA. I haven't moved on to what I consider "adult" books for the most part. You know, the ones where the characters are married and have kids, or they're divorced, or they're having affairs while trying not to get divorced. I can't relate to those things, even though I am, technically, an adult. Those of us who are still finding ourselves might be drawn more to YA fiction (and some people are in the process of finding themselves for decades)!
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  2. cristinasbookreviews

    Age doesn't bother me in the least. I love YA and Adult, and as long as the story is engaging…the rest doesn't matter. The beautiful thing about YA is that it brings me back to a time where everything was a FIRST and the best thing about Adult is that I can related…age-wise. So no…doesn't matter to me. 🙂
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  3. cristinasbookreviews

    Age doesn't bother me in the least. I love YA and Adult, and as long as the story is engaging…the rest doesn't matter. The beautiful thing about YA is that it brings me back to a time where everything was a FIRST and the best thing about Adult is that I can related…age-wise. So no…doesn't matter to me. 🙂

  4. I definitely think age and life experience count for something when it comes to our enjoyment of books. And even more than that, our experience as readers count, too. As I read more books, I can see that I become more particular about things I like and dislike in a story.
    Like you, I read Twilight several years ago, and I enjoyed it! If I were to read it again right now, I'm not sure it would do much for me, because I have read so many books after that. But Twilight brought me back to my love for books and reading, I hadn't taken the time to read all that much in years, but now I read more books than ever.
    Great topic, Jeann!
    Have a fantastic rest of the week 🙂
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    • Definitely all the things that you mentioned, because these days our reading tastes have changed and fiction has evolved. Twilight did bring back my love of reading too and introduced me to YA reads. But now that I think about it, our enjoyment of fiction is like TV shows as well, I can't go back and watch some of them lol. Thanks Lexxie, you too!

  5. Well,even though I am just 16,I've already become weary of MG books,or really cheesy and fluffy books about preteens.Maybe this is because I started reading YA when I was really young-I was 11 when I read Twilight-so maybe my tastes in books are mature for my age.I prefer coming to age and realistic fiction mostly because I can relate to the things and issues mentioned in them.And I can see why they appeal to you.
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    • Yeah, those preteen books are a little hard for me to relate to I think, especially if they're coming of age ones. Glad to hear you can see your reading tastes maturing already!

  6. danielleisbusyreading

    "As an adult YA reader, books that are too ‘young’ for me in their themes and attitudes no longer appeal to me. Books that heavily feature cliches at school, selfish and immature attitudes (without character growth or a coming of age) and bitchy name calling and gossiping are ones that I simply can’t relate to. I feel like the time for this in my life has passed, and they tend to be more fluff for pure entertainment rather than a story that is going to better my life experience."

    I can completely relate to this! If a YA book is too full of 'high school' cliches or immature boys or girls who are just too bitchy, I immediately take it off my TBR. I know I won't like it. :/ I also tend to steer away from books if the MC is younger than 16. I need to have at least some emotional maturity, plus when there's a HEA it's easier to believe if they're not 14 or 15! 😛

    • I know what you mean Danielle, I mean it\’s entertaining if it\’s a tv show or movie but while reading it\’s just like arrgggh! I totally agree if it\’s 14 or 15 sometimes I\’m like well that\’s a bit of a stretch.

  7. Faye M.

    Oh, I definitely believe it does. Like you, I'm not a fan of the ones that feature catty fights between girls, gossiping, and high school drama (unless, of course, it highlights and makes aware of heavy societal issues like bullying, teenage pregnancy and the like). I am more into meaningful books now, those that make me think and inspire me and resonate with the values I hold dear. Great post, Jeann!
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    • Definitely agree with the high school drama. Most of the books I read nowadays seem to use those to highlight the issues.

  8. This is such a great post Jeann and I can totally relate! I don't always read YA but I do read the genre and I'm also an adult and I definitely agree that my age impacted on my reading experience, especially this:

    "Books that heavily feature cliches at school, selfish and immature attitudes (without character growth or a coming of age) and bitchy name calling and gossiping are ones that I simply can’t relate to."

    Back then books like Pretty Little Liars was a guilty pleasure but I don't think I will enjoy them anymore now because I couldn't care less for high school politics anymore, no matter the "A" twist. I still have my guilty pleasures of course, but cliques and whiny girls are not one of them anymore. Again, awesome discusiion post Jeann!
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    • Thanks Amir, it\’s interesting to observe the differences in ratings I think with other younger readers. I do enjoy guilty pleasures, but sometimes they are just headache inducing lol!

  9. I can still read middle grade and some younger YA books, but I think my perception of them is definitely skewed because of both my age and my life experiences. I don't like high school based novels as much as I did, but I can still enjoy them if they are well written and not all cliches.

    Reading books I enjoyed when I was younger now is super duper weird on occasion. For some of them my reaction is 'this is SO SIMPLE how did I think it was complex and amazing?!' and sometimes it's just as wonderful as it used to be (Harry Potter, for example).

    It's all part of our journey as readers I suppose 🙂
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    • Yeah, I read a lot of high school novellas and they\’re either really good or really bad lol. I totally know what you mean, like me loving old tv shows as well and when I try and rewatch them it\’s just not the same.

  10. Bec

    I think as I've grown older and read a wider range of books, my tastes in books have definitely changed. Not that I've started reading more Adult books or anything, the majority of books I read are still YA and middle grade. But I am more selective about what I read. I look for particular things now. There's character traits and romances I'd let pass back then that would infuriate the hell out of me now.

    This whole age thing and how it affects your reading is one of the reasons I think I love fantasy so much. No matter what the age of the character, you can sit back and enjoy it. They aren't going through the exact problems we've already been through years ago in our real lives like characters in contemporary books might. Instead they're going on quests, and doing interesting things. We can just sit back, enjoy, and have fun with it all. And that was really badly explained but I think you know what I'm trying to say.
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    • YES the whole thing with fantasy, it\’s not about whiny heroines whining over seemingly trivial issues in everyday life like not being able to find the right dress etc. Great point Bec!

  11. Good example with using Twilight Jeann, I feel like we have to give the series credit for bringing so many people to read again. I've always been reading and Twilight didn't bring me to read again, but it did have a huge impact on me. I read it in year 7 when it came out and I thought Edward was the bomb because he was so romantic and protective of Bella. But now that I'm older like you I understand how unhealthy their relationship was. I think my reading tastes have definitely evolved over the years as I'm wanting to read more outside of the YA genre these days. I still love my YA to bits, but I agree that sometimes I just can't relate to the characters as I've outgrown them 🙁 Lovely discussion!!

    • Oh Joy you make me sound so old, Twilight came out when I was in uni lol! It did introduce me to YA, which was good. I'm glad we're learning about what books we enjoy and appreciating more different genre reads as well. .

  12. Braine-Talk Supe

    Yes it does although there are those special books that manages to cross age/genre boundaries.

    Which explains why I'm very picky about YA, steer clear of NA, and really prefer matured love stories with themes like second chance in romance, autumn romances, reconciliation, marriage in crisis, and post-HEA in as far as love stories go.

    I can no longer stand juvenile behavior or indecisiveness which younger heroes tend to be.
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    • Sounds like you've worked out the types of books that works for you Brain,e which is awesome. Yeah, juvenile behaviour really annoys me.

  13. Eugenia

    I think it does in a way, but it is definitely also linked to what types of books you read and your 'reading repertoire'. For example, I did like Twilight when I first read it (but I was younger and way less experienced in YA), and in hindsight I don't see it that way any more. Our tastes may change as we get older and evolve, but there are still some favourites which transcend time. Fantastic discussion Jeann 🙂
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    • That is so true Genie, and it's those favourite books that we can always enjoy no matter the age, time or place. Thanks lovely!

  14. Ebony

    Fantastic post, Jeann! I definitely relate to what you said regarding Twilight. While I'm not sure if age has impacted by reading experiences just yet, I do think that as I'm reading more and more, and reading a lot more different genres than I was a few years back, I'm discovering more of what I enjoy and more of what I don't enjoy. For example. I absolutely loved Maureen Johnson's Shades of London series when it first came out (I've only read the first two books so far) alongside Fiona Paul's Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy (which I only finished last year), and thought that they were life-long favourites. However, now I don't feel the same way about the series. I think they're enjoyable, and I do plan on finishing the Shades of London series, but they're definitely not favourite-worthy for me anymore. I feel as though this comment is all over the place, so I hope it makes sense!

    • That's why it's so hard for me to pick an all time favourite, because I don't know if it will always be a favourite when I read it later on you know? It does make sense lovely! I think if we look back at books we enjoyed a few years ago, we can always see how we've evolved as a reader.

  15. I remember reading the Pretty Little Liars, or more like devouring them a few years back, not too many and although I was old enough to be meh about the high school setting and drama, I was hooked on the murder mystery plotlines, but then I just couldn't read them anymore… it could be an age thing, or a saturation thing!
    There are books that I've read at different times of my life and I've appreciated in different ways at them, and some books that I enjoyed as a youngerster I either love better as an older me, or simply feel like it's too overdone.
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    • Ah, I have those PLL books on my shelf but I don't know if I'd read them anytime soon. It's interesting how we appreciate it at different times as you said! I do like the show though XD

  16. Jackie

    As an adult, I struggle to read contemporary YA novels. I remember when I was a teenager, I had the flare to be melodramatic and impulsive, but I grew out of that. When I read about this behavior in YA novels, I just sort of cringe. The adult ME is like…"chill out youngster! You're blowing things way out of proportion!" I think that's why I haven a tendency to choose fantasy and sci-fi novels. I'm already temporarily suspending my disbelief for the sake of the story about fairies/dragons/wizards.
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    • LOL chill out youngster! That's a good one. Yeah, contemporary is sometimes hard for me to relate to, and I often point out the character flaws and how relatable I found it in my reviews. But it's when it really strikes a chord with me that I know that it's good, because we seem to have grown out of that. I love my fantasy/sci-fi too!

  17. I can't really say. I was an avid reader when I was young, but after I finished school, I didn't pick up a book again until I was 32. Yeah, a BIG hiatus of 15 years. In that time, I missed out on all those YA reads even when I was a teen, so started with Twilight and then The Hunger Games and my love of YA grew from there. I do read classics and adult fiction, but as pleasure reads and never review them. Now that I'm 35, I'm wondering if I'll ever move on from YA, but then again, I've missed out on a lot.

    Brilliant post Jeann <3

    • WOAH that is a massive hiatus Kelly! I had a bit of a hiatus after finishing high school until I discovered Twilight, but I tried to read classics and penguin classics every now and then. It wasn't until I landed on GR until I started reading fervently. Glad to hear we've both discovered YA!

  18. To be honest, my reading tastes HAVE changed since I was a teenager reading YA, and being 21 and reading YA now, but not that much. I was never into the school-centric books that were about high school drama and the such because I was IN high school. I didn't need to read about that crap when I'd just come home from it, you know? But I was also more open to books with younger protagonists. Now, I'm not so keen if the YA main character is about fourteen, because I feel like the themes in the book may be targeted at a bit of a younger audience. Sometimes this isn't the case. I actually read a book not that long ago with a fourteen year old protagonist and it's one of the best books I've read in a while, but on the whole I feel they're too young for me.

    Inherently, reading for me, IS for entertainment, so I wouldn't say that I only look for books that will move me. But I do look for books that will give me at least SOMETHING to take away. Even a character to love will do, even if the book itself wasn't so great. I do tend to lean more towards the older YA books, simply because I feel I can still relate to those stories more than the younger ones.
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    • That's a fantastic point Chiara, I remember reading a book and what it seemed to like to focus on was the English lessons. It made me feel like I was at school again, I couldn't have imagined people who are IN school and what they thought. YES definitely something that we can take away! I do prefer the older YA books too.

  19. This is a great discussion post – I think it's mainly how much experience you have gotten reading books throughout the years, sometimes cliche YA doesn't get to me as much as something as strong as Addicted to You would be, that was a fantastic book as well – other times I pick up a light read just for the sake of it 🙂
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  20. One thing I personally find somewhat funny is that when I was younger, I ONLY read adult fantasy books. Now that I'm grown, I read a lot more YA. Part of that is because YA fantasy books are insanely more accessible now. But part of it is that I don't feel like I'm trying to "read up a level" the way I did when I was in school.

    There were definitely some books I'd say I was too young to read when I was in high school. It's not so much that it was at too high a level or anything; I just couldn't relate to a lot of things, so I think from that perspective age does matter. As an adult, we can still relate to the things we all went through as teens, which I think is part of what makes it so universal. Though I'm with you in that at some point, it does actually become TOO young for me.

    Nice post!
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    • Yeah, it's interesting reading a loved book now and when I was in high school, because we had different perspectives then. Thanks for your comment Liza!

  21. Bec Graham

    I totally agree! Some of the books I used to read hold no interest for me any more. It's like I've outgrown them. I've definitely outgrown Meg Cabot, who was once my favourite author.
    I totally switch off when the blurb of a YA book is all about a girl in love with a guy. When it is the only part of the story highlighted. Because the story is most likely shallow. I find myself being drawn more and more to the fiction section rather than the YA section in my local bookshop. Because I'm not a fan of the new crop of YA coming out. That being said, All The Bright Things looks incredible!
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    • I know what you mean, so many romances are just the same old these days! I'm so frustrated by Paranormal books these days because they are mostly romances and skim over anything. If anything, I think YA has gotten better!

      • Bec Graham

        YA definitely HAS gotten better. For the most part. There will always be exceptions to those rules. Like, when books are only published to cash in on a new trend? I hate that.

  22. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I actually finished writing a review and I rated it very low and argued that if I had been younger I would have enjoyed it more. But I don't think it's age, but experience that impacts my reading. As I get more experience in every day life, I find that some "typical" YA themes just don't seem to mean the same to me anymore. I keep reading books that set my standards higher and I guess that's what affects how I enjoy books.

  23. I really want to be that adult who reads YA because just looking at adult fiction, I don't think I could stand it. I'll also probably read a ton of classics and nonfiction when I'm older, although I try to do a lot of that now, too. I think age has definitely affected my reading, but not in the same way it's affected yours. I love to read books that have meaning because those are the ones that really resonate with me, and I think I'll always like books that have meaning. The only way age has affected me is mature content. I have to be so careful, and even then I stumble upon unwanted content in books. This probably won't bother me when I'm an adult, but it bothers me as a high schooler.
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    • I'm glad you're looking out for mature content, it's definitely surprising when a book is labelled or marketed as YA and BANG something is in it that you didn't expect. While I don't think authors should gloss over the real issues, I think there's also handling it with subtley or grace as well. Thanks for visiting, Ana!

    • I love YA as well, and it's interesting to see the types of books that I enjoy these days, as opposed to in the past.

  24. I am not sure how much age impacts my readign experience, my readign tastes changed over time but I am not sure if that's because I got older or simply because I read more books and get a better feel for what I do and don't like. It is mroe difficult to relate to characters who's age is further away from my own, although on the other hand I stil enjoy MG books, but often shy away from the younger end of the YA spectrum as I find it more difficult to relate to those characters. I also can't imagine reading a book about a character who's really old as that's just so far from where I am now.
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    • It's definitely a different factor of things, reading tastes, trends, reading experience and age I guess. I agree, I think it's the younger YA I can't seem to relate to.

  25. This is a very interesting discussion post, Jeann and I have to agree with you for the most part. I find myself gravitating more towards mature books with complex world building and strong characters. I tend to get annoyed with immature characters or do stupid things. But I also try to put myself in their shoes and try to imagine how I would have reacted at that age. I'm still not over YA though even though I'm no longer a Young Adult.
    Great post, Jeann! Very thought provoking.
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  26. Cynthia

    Great post! When I read Twilight, it was about six years ago, which seems like a lifetime ago. But if I read it again today, I am not sure I would like it. I don't know if it's age or just that I have read so many other books since then. And I have read quite a few other books that I know would blow Twilight out of the water.
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    • Thanks Cynthia, it's so different because not just age and life experience but fiction trends and everything change too.

  27. Firmly say I agree with you Jeann! I've noticed that in my few years of reading again, my tastes have changed, I know what I like and don't like, appreciate and what works for me, I'm found that there are tropes I enjoy more than others, and that sometimes tropes I wasn't sure I liked can work in my favour. You do change with age, age comes wisdom, and the want to learn more. Fluff books are great, but so are thought-changing ones. Great post! 😀
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  28. quinnsbo

    Oh yeah, age has definitely affected my reading YA books. I love YA books, and I read them often. I don't even necessarily only read the heavier YA. I love lighter YA. But, just sometimes when it's too drama-drama – that's when I struggle and I just can't relate to that anymore.

  29. I think there are definitely books and stories I didn't enjoy as much now as I would have a couple of years ago. I look different at stories now and seeing I've read so many books already, I have more to compare them with. I also think I am less tolerant for stupidity when it comes to characters than I used to.

    But at the same time, I enjoy MG much more than before – I can't explain why? – and that is for an even younger audience than YA. I think it depends on how old you think; like, are you still able to connect with that character and to identify with it even when you're 10 years older? If so, I don't think your age can influence your reading experience.

    • Yes, being less tolerant is also a by product of reading so much, we learn what we can and can't stand and get tired of the same tropes. Great to hear you're appreciating MG, I guess it doesn't have as many cliches as YA especially if we've seen them all before, and for some reason I find them more adventurous/based on story rather than annoying characters if that makes sense.

  30. I think you are onto something. I definitely prefer and enjoy different kind of books now than I did, let’s say 5 years ago. It is probably caused not only by the fact that I "matured" and changed as a person in general. But I think it is also caused by the fact that I evolved as a reader. The more I read, the more specific my tastes are and the more picky I became.
    I think Twilight is perfect example. I loved it when I read it all those years ago. But I know for sure it would not appeal to me now. Is it because I changed or because Twilight doesnt have the ability to connect to everyone?
    You definitely gave me something to think about 🙂 Love this post!
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    • Yes, 5 years is a long time to be able to change as a person and go through different life experiences. I think most people can relate to Twilight because it was released a while ago.

  31. booksbonesbuffy

    What a great topic! Yes, I agree. Age, at least for me, plays a big part in what I enjoy reading. I am probably older than the average book blogger and I find most YA these days just feels immature to me. (Not all!) But if a book is really special and well written, I can relate to it and enjoy it. Certain topics, like you mentioned, teen cliques and petty jealousies, just don't interest me at all.
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    • Thanks Tammy, I know what you mean about the YA, I definitely have to take into account age and taste when reading others' book reviews to see whether it would work for me.

  32. thebigfatf

    Woah, never thought about it like this but that's probs because I'm the young, naive type compared to you. I always wonder if I'll grow out of YA and what I'll be reading afterwards because now, hardly any adult fic appeals to me. I enjoy classics but I'm always questioning my future reading life.
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    • Don't worry about growing out of YA, I still really enjoy it and I'm not a teenager anymore. That's why I love the genre so much!

  33. I'm not sure if it's age or the fact that I've now read a gazillion books and am an active member of Goodreads. I read Twilight when I was 16, yes. I read House of Night when I was 16, yes. But they were also some of the first books I read for fun and I really enjoyed them back then. Only if I were to pick them up now, I'd probably tear them to shreds. So I think it's a combination of me being more mature (or at least trying to convince people that I am) while also really knowing what I like these days.

    But some YA books do feel "young" to me. Like you mention with the high school clichés, or if two teenagers fight and they're not even sure what they're fighting about because they refuse to talk it out. I really can't deal with unnecessary drama and I kind of want to smack their heads together. Then I sometimes think, "I'm getting too old for this sh…tuff."
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    • That's so true, I think it does come with experience rather than age. Doesn't matter whether you liked a book when you were 10, 16 or 20, it just shows your reading taste changes over time or that you know what you want. Oh yes, sometimes I do think I'm getting too old for it, but I find it so entertaining still.
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  34. I think the whole age thing has the opposite affect on me… Maybe it is because I started reading Romances while I was a teenager and only go back into YA heavily in the last three years. If the book premise interests me I will read it and it doesn't matter if the topics aren't heavy. The same goes for what I chose to request and review as I would of never read MG otherwise last year.
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  35. I don't feel like age really affects me….like if I go to read an MG book, I'M GOOD WITH THAT. What I don't like is when I get "told" the book is YA but the characters are all immature and naive and very much feel MG. *sigh*
    I feel like quality affects me a lot now…like I'd rate books really high 3 years ago…and now? I'd probably rate them a LOT lower. XD

    *whispers* I'm totally terrified to reread my childhood favourite books though, in case I don't like them as much!
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  36. Bieke (Nelly B.)

    I don't think it's age, more like 'experience'. The more I read, the more fantastic books I come across and when I compare them to books I used to love so much… Those books from the past seem so bad and I wonder how I ever loved them. I also think it's experience as a blogger because I read with a more critical eye now than I used to. I pay attention to everything now and I didn't do that back then.
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