Good Books For Teens And How To Select Them

As the weather is improving and giving way to warmer days, the time to travel around the country internationally is around the corner. Whether it’s for vacation or sightseeing, everybody especially teens need good reading material to get them through long journeys in the car, airplane or ship.

Even though there are other portable means of entertainment like mp3 players, in car DVDs, smart phones etc, and reading is still a favorite pastime for teens. With the explosion of teen’s books a few years ago such as Twilight and Harry Porter’s series a lot of teens have been drawn to reading. For some it provides an opportunity to know the story really well or to compare the actual story to the movie, while for others it is an escape from everyday activities.

Choosing a book for a young adult or teenager could be challenging, they are in their formative years and what they read has the potential to influence their thinking. Below are some tips on how to select appropriate books and reading materials for a teenager.

Recommendations From Other Readers
This is one of the best ways of getting excellent reading materials especially if you have other individuals that share the same hobby as you. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising and ones an individual you trust and respect their judgment recommends a book to you, more often than not, you always buy the books based on their recommendation.

Direct Observation
With the proliferation of digital media, sometime you cannot really figure out what an individual is reading or listening to on their digital media without coming close to them and taking a look at their machine or asking them. It is a lot easier to take note of the title of a book a teen is reading for example in an airport or public place without disturbing them from their reading. You can then check the title on your own and see if it’s something that might interest you

Reviews On The Web
This is one of the best ways to find excellent reading materials you never thought of and also a wide range of topics to research on before selecting a book to read. With the internet you do not have to step out of your comfort zone to go looking for what might interest you, simply go on line and do a quick search and you will taken to pages where you can read excerpts from the book, reviews by other people that have read them, whether good or bad and also recommendations. Some internet savvy authors also give away samples of their books online just for you to get a test of their writing style. So you can sometimes get free digital books online and could be exposed to a new writer without leaving your home.

Teens have diverse and varied interests. And reading interests are also that much diverse too. There are teens that enjoy vampire books, those that enjoy friendship books, Christian books, works of fiction and nonfiction, and a whole lot of different genre. Birds of the same feather flock together they say, but sometimes teenagers need to step out of that circle and broaden their horizon, by reading materials which their immediate circle of friends are not reading. It provides exposure to new discoveries, new experiences and new learning.