Classifying Reading Ages With Harry Potter: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Beyond

Classifying Reading Ages with Harry Potter_ Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Beyond

I see a lot of confusion over what to call reading ages, both online and in real life. Most people know the term ‘young adult’ (usually shortened to YA), but what does that cover? And how is YA different from ‘middle grade’ or ‘children’s fiction’? And are there more categories?

The reading world is constantly changing. Terms that were used get phased out, and as public interest shifts marketing has to create new age ranges to cater to demographics that may not have existed before.

So then how do you keep the terms straight?

That’s where Harry Potter comes in. The Harry Potter series covers multiple age demographics, which is fairly rare. It’s a great tool for seeing just where those technical ranges fall, so you can know what to call your novel and so you can sound super educated when you’re talking about books.

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10 Books I Love

10 Books I Love

I read a lot. Obvious, right? There are so many books that I enjoy. But there are a special few that I love, that I treasure, that will stick with me my whole life. In honor of Valentine’s day, I’m sharing a glimpse at a few of these treasures.

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5 AWESOME Friendships

5 AWESOME Friendships

Friends are awesome (no matter what Sherlock says). However, books and movies often favor other relationships over friendships, which is disappointing. I want to read about people supporting each other, not kissing each other.

But of course, there are some good examples of people supporting each other in fiction. Here are five friendships that are given the time they deserve. Continue reading

Daredevil Season 1: Aging a Universe

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So I’m watching The Punisher, and I just love what Marvel is doing with its Netflix shows. Even though not every series has been top-notch, I really appreciate what this part of Marvel brings to the universe.

And it all started with Daredevil.

Daredevil created a subset in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is far more serious, more artistic, more complex, and more violent than its large-screen counterparts. This ages the MCU, growing the universe right alongside many of its fans and keeping it relevant through different stages in life.

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Turtles All the Way Down: Writing Fantastic Friendships

Turtles All the Way Down_ Writing Fantastic Friendships

Just to be honest here, YA contemporary lit isn’t my thing. Why? Because I don’t like reading about something I might live through- it seems like a waste of time. But I do like to stay current with my reading, and I appreciate John Green’s youtube stuff enough to check out Turtles All the Way Down. I’m not the target audience, though.

Although there were many aspects to the book that didn’t do much for me, there were two things I loved. First was the emphasis on mental illness. The portrayal of Aza’s OCD really helped me understand it better.

But what really stood out to me was Aza and Daisy’s friendship. Neither girl was the perfect friend, but perfect people don’t exist. The girls accepted that and didn’t give up on each other.

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Why Christian Fiction Shouldn’t be Just ‘Okay’

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Do you ever hear, “Oh, that was good… for a Christian movie”? Or, “I liked it… since it was a Christian book”? There are two assumptions at play here. The first is that ‘Christian’ automatically equals ‘inferior’ and the second is that that’s fine.

Both of these assumptions are terribly wrong.

(Side note: I’m going to try to get through this post without referencing Narnia or Tolkien. Wish me luck.)

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The Language of Thorns: The Beauty of Books

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I think writers often get so wrapped up in putting words into their computer that they forget how gorgeous the final product can be. All they see is words and a blinking cursor, no beauty in sight.

But in a finished book, there will be touchable, textured pages, an illustrated, colorful cover, and solid, unmovable words. As any book-lover knows, these things are beautiful.

It can be easy to lose sight of the final product, especially during writing slumps. Sometimes you need a particularly lovely book to remind you of the potential of words on a page. Leigh Bardugo’s collection of short stories The Language of Thorns is just such a book.

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Beaumont and Beasley Book 3: Expanding a Universe

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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The third Beaumont and Beasley has arrived! (Okay, it’s been out for several weeks. I’m a little behind) You can read the synopsis for The Stroke of Eleven on Amazon and check out Kyle Robert Shultz’s website. You can also see my reviews for Book 1: The Beast of Talesend, and Book 2: The Tomb of the Sea Witch.

Does anyone else get stressed when there’s a book with a gorgeous cover, because they worry the story won’t hold up? This is definitely my favorite cover of the series so far (because colors), but that means heightened hopes, which means heightened apprehension.

I didn’t need to worry.

The Stroke of Eleven is just as good as its predecessors, even as it does so much more. Not only is this moving the main story forward, but it also expands the world and hints at further stories.

No spoilers ahead.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi- Complementary Characters

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The newest Star Wars is here! *plays theme song on repeat*

I can’t say I like everything about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, but there’s enough to love that I’m happy with it. I especially enjoy how well Rey and Kylo Ren complement one another. Their arcs are almost exactly opposite of each other, and yet the characters are much more similar than I’d originally though.

Spoilers ahead. You are warned.

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