Well, didn't that create a ruckus? Pretty much everyone has weighed in, from the Washington Post and CNN down.
It's the "should" (Slate's italics, not mine) here that vexes me most. It implies that someone else's hierarchy of taste and personal experience takes precedent over your own, when in reality, letting go of that is one of the great spoils of achieving adulthood.
Exactly. We adults are free to read whatever we like, whatever interests us, and whatever brings us joy. Flavorwire reminds us that "The books worth reading are out there, and they're numerous, trust me -genre be dammed."
I can never go past a good list it seems. And every list makes my TBR grow. On to the list, an Aussie heavy YA list from Buzzfeed.
1. On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
2. Wildlife - Fiona Wood
3. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
4. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
5. Everybody Sees the Ants - A.S. King
6. Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
7. Girl Defective - Simmone Howell
8. Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
9. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
10. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
11. All the Truth that's in Me - Julie Berry
12. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
13. The Diviners - Libba Bray
14. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan
15. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
16. This is Not a Test - Courtney Summers
17. Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley (see my review)
18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
19. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Well that's a particularly dismal result. I've meant to read quite a few of the others for what it's worth. As always there's a few I've never heard of. There are lots of great books out there- we should read them.