Reading is, without a doubt, one of the best hobbies you can nurture. Reading as an adolescent is beneficial to one’s future success. Teenagers who read more than their course assignments perform better in school, according to a study. First and foremost, the additional reading broadens their vocabularies. It also demonstrates how different writers express themselves, allowing them to improve their writing talents. Sadly, reading is slowly dying out day by day with the rise in technology. There are some novels on this list that are inspirational, tragic, joyous, and a lot of fun.
However, they are all teaching you distinct life lessons and how to make the most out of them. There is fiction and nonfiction on this list for you to read and enjoy. So put your phones away for a moment and immerse yourself in one of these literary gems while having fun.
1. The Unexpected Everything
This book speaks of the summer ambiance. Morgan Matson’s writing here focuses on the characters Andie, Toby, Palmer, and Bri and their summer ventures. The main character of the novel, Andie, has meticulously planned out her summer vacation but all of it goes down the hill when her father unexpectedly takes a sabbatical from his political career after an embarrassing turn of events. The gist of this novel can be best summed up in the phrase “the best things are unplanned”.
This book has almost everything from pool parties, to lovely dogs, to building family relationships, friendships, and love interests. It shows all the troubles a typical child faces that makes it realistic and students can easily relate to at least one of the numerous characters. Though the book covers all of these serious aspects in detail the plot is somehow simple and funny and wholesome at the same time which is amazing. This book is well fitted for teenagers as it reflects the outlook of a teenage girl which the reader can relate to and contemplate.
2. Lovely Dark and Deep
This book is one that is just the perfect accompaniment for a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day because it is staged in the winter around December / January. This book takes us on a journey with Wren through her grief-stricken process after surviving a car accident that caused the death of her boyfriend Patrick. She moves to her father’s house which is isolated in the woods. There she spends her days running errands and sleeping. She accidentally meets Cal, after which everything changes and for the first time in months, she begins to feel alive. Cal opens her up and brings her out of her shell. But Cal also has his issues and things do not always go as planned. The writing style of the author is indeed very enticing and the book sustains a dark and fickle tone throughout the plot.
Most novels dealing with death and loss graze through the grieving process from the start to finally accepting the loss but this one just barely scratches the surface and that makes it unique and sets it apart from the rest. This book is sure to make you see life differently.
3. Daughter of Fortune
This book is a fascinating historical fiction about a Chilean woman, Eliza Sommers, who comes to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. She comes here in search of her lover, Joaquin Andiata, who left Chile for the goldfields of California. The book is well written and it is evident that the research and groundwork behind it was indeed strong. Allende is said to have spent seven years researching this book.
Every character that Eliza encounters in this story helps her to enrich her life and each character adds a little something more to the story, though obviously the one you will most likely bond with the most is the one who held a story of his own: Tao Chi’en. The bond those two created could drive you nuts and is something that really kept me reading until the very end. The book is raw and real and does not dwell on fantasies and hence proves to be a slice of life in its purest form.
Persepolis is a novel depicting historical figures in which Marjane Satrapi writes about her daily life during the war caused by the Islamic Revolution in Iran. She was raised in an open-minded family that supported education and did not believe in the orthodox government. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 continued to be the cause of the deaths of tens of thousands of protesters. People were fleeing the country, women were being punished for not wearing a veil, groups of people were arrested for insignificant and trivial matters such as attending parties, and innocent people were being abused and tormented. Most of the time while reading you might want to just close the book and take some time to think about these things due to how unsettling the events that took place were.
This Iran-Iraq war which lasted for eight years led to mass extermination. You get to see all of this through the child’s eyes and how she grows up in this environment in these conditions. She eventually leaves her home country for a few years but returns when the war is over. Her life and the way she chose to live it was inspiring because she struggled, fell in love with the wrong people, became completely discouraged, and almost gave up but luckily, she found a way to fix all of it. The book is admirable because it did not attempt to preach anything. The book focuses solely on her travels and provides insight into how people live in war. This is recommended for people like me and most of you who probably have no idea what war can do to people.
5. Pride & Prejudice
You’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of this one before. There’s a reason this book is regarded as a classic. It illustrates two crucial principles that everyone should learn: initial impressions aren’t always correct, and everyone deserves a second opportunity. Needless to say, Austen’s characteristic humor and low-key women’s symbolism are included. Mr. Bennet is the father of five daughters living on a modest income, he is married to Mrs. Bennet whose sole purpose in life is to marry her daughters to well-off noblemen. When a young bachelor, Mr. Bingley, arrives in their neighborhood with his sisters and a friend, Mr. Darcy, she finds her prayers answered, and the story begins.
This novel has a huge impact on the reader since it discusses marriage for love vs. money, class divisions, and the male and female protagonists’ self-evolution. Our heroine is a proud, flawed, prejudiced, and strong woman. All the characters are depicted in a genuine manner. Elizabeth Bennet is no doormat, she will not marry for comfort and monetary gains but for love. Mr. Darcy is the epitome of the strong and silent men. Jane Austen immortalized both of them and now their story is widely celebrated in the form of movies, shows, and theatrical pieces even, starting from her book which paved a way for such feminist literary masterpieces.
6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
“ I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, was Maya Angelou’s first memoir. It encapsulates the sweetest, purest, and most honest inner voice of an innocent black girl growing up to become a heroine. Dr. Angelou does not attempt to sugarcoat or censor anything. She wants us to know it all. Many white parents have pushed hard to get this book banned from schools because it is so true, clear, and uncensored. Dr. Maya Angelou, who has received numerous honors and awards, is a gentle pure soul who writes about the evil world of racist America while maintaining a consistent voice throughout her life.
It’s almost enchanting how when she is writing about her experiences as a five-year-old, you can hear an actual five-year-old in those words. It’s no wonder she’s one of the most recognized public figures and a civil rights movement’s heroine. Maya Angelou gives us a poetic journey of how a poor lonely disadvantaged black girl was rejected and mistreated by everyone including her own mother, raped by her mother’s boyfriend, and even had to witness her crippled uncle hiding under a pile of onions and potatoes to save himself from the racists freaks.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a wallflower is a book with a cult following. It perfectly depicts the essence of high school life. A whole generation appears to have claimed “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and by extension, its narrator Charlie, as their own, as a kind of metaphor for adolescent experience. Despite being frequently criticized and disputed, this book appears to provide committed followers with a sense of connection, understanding, and honesty regarding topics that are kept unsaid or muttered behind closed doors.
This book addresses the sense of alienation that many teens go through, the questions of who they are and where they belong along with all the other ups and downs of high school life. “We accept the love we think we deserve”. This quote and many others in it have the potential to make this book the best book you’ve ever read and help you cope with high school life with a little hope and a lot of self-reflection and acceptance.
8. The success principles for teens
Teenage is a very perplexing age. You have no idea what your future holds, and you want to get out and see the world in all its glory. Most of the time, you’ll feel constrained and irritated. Teenage years are a roller coaster of emotions, and this book will help you manage them and make the most productive years of your life. Despite the fact that many teenagers are encouraged to achieve good grades, many are unsure how to set compelling objectives and work for the life they truly desire.Jack Canfield, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has collaborated with successful author and young entrepreneur Kent Healy to create a fun and engaging teen-friendly book that provides timeless advice and inspiration for getting from where you are to where you truly want to be.
9. What Colour is Your Parachute
Richard Nelson Bolles is *the guru* for navigating the waters of self-discovery, constructing your future with humble confidence that you have valuable things to offer people that can also serve as a productive economic engine, in pursuits you enjoy. Work is called work for a reason, but it can be considerably more satisfying when we pick wisely, based on the type of reflection Kristen (and initially, Bolles) encourages, and when we use the tools Kristen (and initially, Bolles)brings to the table for us. The activities have proven to be crucial in helping youngsters find the best fit at various phases of their careers. The book assists high school students in expressing, analyzing, and categorizing their accomplishments and important activities, which are documented as brief vignettes, in order to lead their desires toward future success. Without a doubt, one of the best books on this list.
10. The Power of Positive Thinking
This book is an international bestseller with over five million copies in print. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s compelling message of faith and inspiration in The Power of Positive Thinking has helped young girls all over the world attain fulfillment in their lives. Dr. Peale displays the power of faith in action in this astonishing book, which was “crafted with the sole purpose of helping the reader attain a happy, rewarding, and worthwhile life.”You may revitalize your life—and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your objectives and hopes—by using the practical tactics suggested in this book. The book emphasizes the significance of learning from your mistakes, as well as the significance of accepting constructive criticism and improving yourself. The author also teaches you how to develop a more positive outlook on life.