On Becoming a Reader of Books

I know many adults who enjoy YA literature, but today I'm looking at the opposite effect -- that moment when a young person discovers real grown-up lit! Do you remember when you left your kid books behind and started reading novels for adults? I'm pretty sure the summer I turned 14 is when it happened for me. I can't recall much of my early independent reading, but I do remember this dorky French series at my school library about a little elf-type guy called Oui-Oui. Even then, I knew it wasn't any good, but we had mandatory library time and it was what was on offer. Outside of school, I discovered my first Nancy Drew book, The Mystery of the 99 Steps. It had it all -- a feisty female main … [Read more...]