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What book or books geared toward young adults do you think grownups read most often?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 29, 2011

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“Probably Harry Potter.”

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“The Harry Potter and Twilight books. My mom read them.”

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“Those more childish ones, like Twilight.”


Pitt_Mackeson 6 years, 9 months ago

The Catcher in the Rye. That is a coming of age book! Mark Chapman shouldn't be reading that damn book! I love that book. Good old Holden Caulfield. He enjoyed the Great Gatsby. Old Gatsby. Old Sport. That killed me.

pure_republication 6 years, 9 months ago

Catcher in the Rye! A great piece good old Caulfield! I also read the Tarzan series and all of Ian Flemings works on Bond, James Bond. There was also Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" that one transformed me bigtime.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Clovis Sangrail 6 years, 9 months ago

I still have not finished reading Atlas Shrugged, which I started in 1951.

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

"Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You: An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers" by Susan Brosseau, Roger Martin, David Ohle

Those of you that were here as it happened know what I'm talkinbout.

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

The Time Quartet/Quintet: by Madeleine L'Engle.

A Wrinkle in Time A Wind in the Door A Swiftly Tilting Planet Many Waters

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

These books along with Tolkien's books were often banned from schools.

trinity 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm a closet "Little House on the Prairie" series reader. Well not anymore. :)

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

Ever read the cookbook that went with the series? Had lot's of fun making the food to go along with our study of the book.

trinity 6 years, 9 months ago

No! Will definitely look it up. I've really enjoyed reading the "after" the series books, written by LIW's daughter stuff.

boxers_or_briefs 6 years, 9 months ago

Yet you care enough to post that you don't care. Thanks for nothing.

goodcountrypeople 6 years, 9 months ago

Lois Lowry's book The Gift is popular among all age groups. Everyone loves Doctor Suess.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 9 months ago

Twilight. Isn't there even a name for 30 something ladies that are obsessed with the Team Edward/Team Jacob love saga. I think it's the fantasy of having two men fighting over them that reels them in..... hum, maybe that's why I read Janet Evanovich's books.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

It's not new by any means but I have always loved the "Dark is Rising" series by Susan Cooper. ("The Dark is Rising", the second book of the actual series, was a Newberry Honoree in 1974. "The Grey King", the fourth book in the series, won the Newberry Medal in 1976.) I loved this series so much that my mother bought it for me as a boxed set for my thirtieth birthday. I still have it thirty years later.

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

What to do if you get arrested

Evidently there are many versions of this book now, couldn't find the hippie version from back in the day.

LadyJ 6 years, 8 months ago

Ickle Bickle Robin, that book is hilarious.

redwombat 6 years, 8 months ago

I've found myself enjoying several late nights immersed in Rick Riordan's 3 current series. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus (the third one comes out in a few weeks), and the Kane Chronicles are simply fun and I find myself picking up Homer and Virgil to remind me of the original mythology.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

Hmm, didn't Neil Gaiman do that first in "American Gods"? (For adults, admittedly, but still the same plot devices.)

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