It doesn’t matter what you read. Whether you are reading comic books/graphic novels, the newspaper, fanfic, or an actual novel. Whether you are reading a series or a YA novel or a bibliography. Whether you read poetry, or intellectual debates. Whether you read cheap romances or horror stories. Whether you are picking up something new or rereading a beloved paperback friend:
Who cares what you’re reading? Does it even matter?
You’re reading. Something new, borrowed, or blue, you’re reading. And that’s all that matters in the end. And you should never feel embarrassed about what you read. Just read it. If you like it, read it. If a friend recommends it, try it. If you want to try something new and totally out of character, go for it. The adventures will always wait within the pages of the book. But never, never let someone else tell you what to read. Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t read something because it’s not true reading (and I don’t mean for this to be a reason for little kids to suddenly read Fifty Shades of Grey. That is not what I mean, at all. If you’re parents say no because it’s not appropriate, you should probably be listening to them. But don’t let them tell you not to read it because you’ve already read it, or because it’s “not a real book.”).
And parents: if your kids are rereading something, or reading a book with pictures, or even comics, don’t worry. They’re still reading. If you try to stop them, they may stop reading all together. So let them read what they enjoy reading. It doesn’t matter that they may be reading at a lower level (and by the way, the level doesn’t matter. Everyone reads at their own pace), or that they’re reading graphic novels instead of books. It’s all literature. And it’s better that they’re reading, and enjoying reading, than being forced to read something they don’t enjoy.
(Also: this does not apply to school reading. You should read that because usually, they’re good books. And if you don’t enjoy them, at least you can say you didn’t like it because you’ve read it and didn’t enjoy it.)
And, along those same lines: it doesn’t matter if you’re reading paperback or ebook. They’re both still books. Don’t ever feel shame or embarrassment because you’re reading from a device instead of having the weight of the paperback, or if you’re reading a paperback because you like the way it feels in your hands. Who cares what you’re reading on? Again, all that matters is you’re reading.