If you read–or particularly write Young Adult novels, then you’ve probably heard about that article over at Slate. The one with this tagline:
Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.
Naturally, there’s been a tremendous backlash because…well, for various and obvious reasons. (Margo Dill over at The Muffin today shared her opinion, and it’s a fine one.) Mostly it all comes back to Graham’s remarks being offensive. Offensive in that elitist, snobbish, I’m-better-than-you-are-because-I-read-adult-and-meaningful-literature. But also, as any schoolkid can tell you, because nobody likes being told what they “should” read.
Let’s take a look at what’s on Cathy C. Hall’s bookshelf (or the floor, as I like to call it):
Margo Dill’s Caught Between Two Curses
Stephen Colbert’s I Am A Pole and So Can You!
Susan Spencer-Wendel’s Until I Say Goodbye
Nina Amir’s The Author Training Manual (Coming up this Wednesday on a WOW book tour!)
Suzanne Lilly’s Gold Rush Girl (Just finished! See my review on Goodreads.)
Becky Povich’s From Pigtails to Chin Hairs (next up on the e-reader)
So…that’s two YA’s, one picture book, two adult memoirs, and one non-fiction. And you know what?
I will read them on a train. And I will read them on a plane. I will read them on the street. And I will read them in bare feet. I will read them here or there. I will read them anywhere.
Because I’m an adult. And I read what I want.
(Have you got a read you’d like to recommend? Tell us what’s on your bookshelf! And you can sound off, too.)