Good Books for Teenagers
Books open the windows to uncharted worlds and innovative ideas. Unfortunately, instead of reading, many teenagers and young adults have spent the majority of their free time watching television, playing computerized games, and listing to music on their iPods.
Reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, offers an edge in our increasingly competitive world, and it’s a pleasure that should be encouraged and cultivated in our youth. The teenager or young adult that reads has a distinct edge on their peers.
The web is a remarkable resource for readers, including children and teens. It is a comfortable medium for teens and a good place to start when encouraging them to read. Many books and stories are available free of charge. There are, however, several important thing to keep in mind before setting young people free to surf and read.
Surfing for kid-friendly sites can be frustrating and time-consuming. Many young people will give up before they find a satisfactory site with good, inexpensive, easy to access, books and stories for teenagers. Too often sites offering free and inexpensive books for teens, are merely presenting a marginally honest come on. Some offer a free chapter or two and then, once hooked, they offer the rest for a price. Weeding out such sites before the young readers take up the search to find good books for teens, will prevent some of the frustration that can turn them off.
Books and stories on the web come in two main varieties: Hard copies to order and have sent to you (like from Amazon) and digital or e-books which can be downloaded on the spot. More and more it is the second kind that you will find. Many books for teens are now available on the several ‘book reader’ devices. Many individual titles are available on a variety of such ‘players’.
Reading a book is like entering the mind of another person, experiencing their thoughts and feelings, logic and rationalizations. As a result a well-read young adult has an enlightened understanding of people and sometimes world-changing events. Books introduce new ideas, which can open up a different world view and lead to interest in a previously unexplored career possibility, or a new hobby, and may well change the life path a teenager may have otherwise chosen.
In today’s global culture, it’s important for a teenager to gain an understanding of the ethnicity, lifestyles and customs of people all around the world. They gain sophisticated world view and a sense of self-confidence from the knowledge they’ve gained. Teenagers who read always have something to talk about their minds aren’t saturated with media claptrap but instead have a basis of solid knowledge and understanding from the books they have read.
The best part of reading is the pleasure it gives! It’s an escape from the hubbub of the world around them, a distraction from the troubles all teenagers experience, and if they’re lucky it will become a source of enjoyment for the rest of their lives.
If you are trying to encourage reading, try to find an author of best selling books with numerous stories for teenagers or who has written a series of books for teens or teenage romance books. When they find an author or series they like they are likely to go back and find the rest on their own.