In honor of Halloween this weekend:
What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!
As I said earlier in my review of “The Brain of Morbius,” there was a time in my life I was obsessed with collecting the Target “Doctor Who” tie-in novels. They were novelizations of the stories and in the days before the Internet, it seemed like every bookstore or library I’d visit had the potential to have one or several that I hadn’t read or added to my collection just yet. And you’d sometimes find them in unusual places (I recall I found some in a British food store near my house).
Anyway, towards the end of the line, they got a bit harder to find, especially those for the seventh Doctor. I was a huge seventh Doctor fan and the novels of his stories were allowed to run longer than the initial run and were written (many times) by those writers who had penned the television stories. This meant they can and would expand the stories a bit and offer stuff we couldn’t see on TV due to time or budget. So, I collected them all and loved them. And I’ve still got the entire set of the seventh Doctor Target novels and they’re a pride and joy.
I suppose that doesn’t really cover the question precisely, but it’s what first sprang to mind.
Of course, I’ve recently been interested in reading some of the books published and marketed as “young adult.” Or younger. Part of it is the desire to see what’s hip and cool with the younger set these days and part of it is to find books I hope my niece and nephew will enjoy and that I can share with them. I’ve re-read some old favorites and found some new ones. I will admit that when I put the new “Wimpy Kid” book on reserve at the library and admit that it’s for me, I get some odd looks from the librarian. But I’m still not necessarily all that upset about it. They’re fun and worth the time. Speaking of which, the new one is coming out…better go hit that reserve button.
I will admit that sometimes with these books, I prefer to put them on reserve rather than browse through the kids’ section or the YA area. I always feel a bit like a stranger in a strange land…or more like I’m too tall to be there without a kid.