What books do teens read?

Reading has always been one of the most enjoyable things among people. No matter which century we live in, reading is never old-fashioned. The only things that gradually change are the way we read and the instruments we use while reading. In fact, modern technology promotes reading especially among teenagers. Hence you could use all spheres of modern technology such as the Internet, e-readers, smartphones or iPad to motivate your teens to read. The ones who are not keen on reading can listen to audiobooks.

But what books do teenagers read and what genre is absorbing for them? We have asked some of our Skyeng students and found out that most teenagers are fond of detective and science fiction, but other genres are also worth mentioning. Here we provide must-read books that your teens will probably like.

Detective stories

What books do teens read?

Crime novels keep younger readers engrossed as everybody wants to find out the required evidence and the murderer. And in the top list of detective stories popular among teenagers is certainly “Sherlock Holmes ” by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a fictional private detective and is famous for his great experience in investigating cases, forensic science, and logical reasoning.

Another work of the same author about Sherlock Holmes is “A study in scarlet”. The novel was written in 1886. In fact, it marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The most prominent idea of the book is revenge and that it has no place in a civilized society. It would be nice for your teens if they are interested in the fictional character biography.

One more detective novel that many teenagers enjoy reading is “The Diamond Thief” by Sharon Gosling. It is about 16- year-old girl Remy who performs on the circus trapeze. But she also wanders through the backstreets of the city as a jewel thief.

Science Fiction

What books do teens read?

One of the most popular books among science fiction is “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor, who is a is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy and science fiction. The book was published in 2015. “Binti” won a lot of significant literary awards, including the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novella and the 2015 Nebula Award. The main hero is Binti, who belongs to the Himba ethnic group on Earth. She is the first person of her ethnic group that is accepted into Oomza University, which is the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But if she accepts the offer, she will have to give up her place in her family and then to travel among strangers who do not respect her customs and traditions. The world she wants to join has warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. In order to survive, Binti needs both the gifts of her people and the knowledge gained within the University.

“Jumper” is another book that teenagers like. It was written in 1992 by Steven Gould, who is an American science fiction writer and teacher. The main hero of the novel is a teenager named David. He has the ability to teleport. David escapes from his alcoholic father and uses his ability to “jump”(to teleport) to search for his mother who left him when he was a child. But, of course, it is not easy for a teenager to survive in a big city like New York, without money and without anybody’s help. Hence he has to learn to live safely all by himself.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is a novel written by American author Madeleine L’Engle. The book was published in 1962, and since then it has won lots of Awards. It is a story of 13-year-old Meg Murry, who is a daughter of two scientists. Meg’s father is missing and she finds out that her father was working on a confidential scientific work when he disappeared. Soon Meg, her younger brother and their classmate take up the searching for her father throughout the wrinkles of time and space.

Adventure

What books do teens read?

In the top list of adventure books, we find the series of “Harry Potter” written by J. K. Rowling. There are 7 novels in the series. The first one — “The philosopher’s stone” was published in 1997. And the last book — “The Deathly Hallows” was published in 2007. The novels describe the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. They study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The whole story is about Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal.

“Beauty and the Teenage Beast” by Tarrah Montgomery is in the list of the most famous adventure books among teens. The main character of the book is a teenage girl named Belinda. One day she finds a magic door in her bedroom that opens to a fairy-tale land called Fenmore Falls. Belinda takes her sister Hallie through the magic door. Hallie accidentally destroys a rose garden. The owner of the garden gets very angry but hides in the shadows. Belinda sends Hallie back through the magic door but is captured and ordered to repair the garden.

Romance

What books do teens read?

“I believe in a thing called love” is written by Maurene Goo. The story is about Desi Lee who believes everything is possible if you plan beforehand. But she has never had a boyfriend. When handsome Luca Drakos falls in love with her, she decides to use her dad’s beloved Korean dramas to help with her love life. Naturally, things don’t quite go according to plan.

“P.S. I Still Love You” is a romance novel by American author Jenny Han. Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

Actually, no matter what books your students like, extensive reading has proved to be beneficial in the learning process. However, we really hope that the article turned out to be helpful and your teens will enjoy reading these books.

Are your teens fond of reading? Do you have anything to recommend? Share your tips in the comments below.

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  • Irene

    Thank you for the article anf its useful information

    16.05.2019

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