In which I confess that, even if I didn’t write middle grade books myself, I’d still read them, because they contain all the things that make me happy. You know – magic, humour, friendship, and adventure. And often talking cats. Although, in this case, it’s a talking skeleton, AKA Skulduggery Pleasant.
If you haven’t come across this series by Derek Landy, this is a whole-hearted recommendation for them, because they’re both fun and seriously gripping, and contain a wealth of bad jokes and good one-liners. I had so much fun reading them that I can see a re-read in the future, and that’s not something I undertake all that often.
And, seriously, if anyone out there is still feeling weird about adults reading kids’ books – it’s time to stop. There are so many wonderfully crafted books for younger readers out there, that we’re missing out on a lot if we think there’s some sort of cut-off age for when they can be enjoyed. Books are the right books for you when reading them fills you up, and that’s not about an age designation. It’s just about what talks to you.
Plus you can always tell the bookshop salesperson that you’re buying them for your niece if it really worries you…
How about you, lovely people? Have you read Skulduggery Pleasant? Do you read MG or YA? What recommendations do you have? Let me know below!