I read a lot. I read every day - certainly before I go to sleep, and often while I am knitting. (Hardcovers work well for this - they are easier to prop open with weights to keep your hands free...) Because of this, I am an ardent user of our public library system - hardcovers can get a little pricey when you go through 1 or 2 a week... Every place we've lived, right after doing all the government requested paperwork associated with address changes, the first thing I do is get a local library card. It was great when we lived in rural Caledon - a one room library, but a librarian that knew my tastes so well and would call me when books came in she thought I'd like. My local library is fabulous as well - Internet holds and notification and all that. My son has his own card and is very capable of how to find what he wants.
But sometimes, I have to own books. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit - you bet. I have my dog eared paperback set from my teenage years, as well as a box set in hardcover. I own all the Harry Potter Books in hardcover as well. Youth fiction be damned, they are well written, interesting stories. Now, my 14 year old niece had dared me to read the Twilight series - she is an ardent fan (ardent may not really convey her depth of love for this series). She said she's not sure an older (older???!!!) person could "appreciate" a teenage love story. Well. I showed her. I borrowed and read the first one, and then went out and bought all 4. I can see myself going back to these at times, as I do with the LOTR, although for different reasons. The Twilight series is good. It's not classic literature, but it is a good story.
What seems to bother me is that I am and educated woman in her mid forties. I had a great childhood, wonderful teen years (for the most part), and a great adulthood. Why the hell am I so fascinated with Youth Fiction?