People need to read more! With the Corona Virus Quarantine, now is a great time to catch up on some reading, a fantastic hobby that is fully compatible with social distancing. So, pull up a chair, get comfortable, and open those pages!
September 6th is National Read a Book Day in the United States. To celebrate this extremely important holiday, here is our list of 10 great young adult books! Of course, it doesn’t matter how old you are, a good book is a good book. Many of these items are worth reading over and over again.
1.The Harry Potter Series
One of the most read book series in the history of the world, J. K. Rowling’s story and magic and sorcery captivated the world after the first book’s release in 1997. The novel’s impact on literature is significant, it is largely responsible for a major shift from publishers towards young adult fiction. In addition to being quite good books themselves, they likely contributed to an overall increase in quality and attention within the entire genre.
Harry Potter delivers a great story of an outsider who finds out life can be better. It sparked imagination in children all over the world in similar circumstances. The films were all great successes, and the novels have been translated to 80 different languages.
2.To Kill a Mockingbird
Called “the most teachable book ever”, Harper Lee’s classic story of racism during the Great Depression seen through the eyes of a young tomboy remains widely taught in high schools today. Scout learns many important lessons from her legendary lawyer father, Atticus Finch, that span a wide variety of topics while centering on the famous court case. It’s themes remain especially relevant in today’s world.
3.The Hunger Games
A story of a grand battle of ideas that largely follows the footsteps set out by Harry Potter, this much more recent tale from Suzanne Collins also inspired and changed the genre towards heavily covering dystopic worlds. Katniss Everdeen, whose name was made famous by the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence in the film series of the same name, is an excellent role model for youth as she fights for justice.
Holes delivers a very unconventional story. Starting with a delinquent hero, who faces punishment at an unusual boy’s camp where they must dig a hole everyday to build character. But what is the true reason for these mysterious holes? A mystery action-adventure begins, connecting stories from several different timelines.
The film adaptation features a young Shia LeBeouf before he was in the Transformers series. Of course, the book is better!
A great story of young boys dealing with class conflict while just teenagers in high school, The Outsiders was written by S. E. Hinton when she was just 16 years old! The novel’s portrayal of ‘Ponyboy’ as a ‘greaser’ really brings the reader into another world.
6.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Written by Mark Haddon in 2003, this book stands out from others with its unique situation. Narrated by a 15 year old boy with some sort of condition (he is similar to someone with high-functioning autism), the book is a mystery that unfolds slowly and shows how others might view the world differently. Tense at time, while fun in others, the novel also has references to other literature. A wonderful story that everyone should read at some point.
7.The Percy Jackson Series
A youth feels like an outsider, then upon discovery of magical connections finds a whole new world, where they are powerful and important. Sound familiar?
Likely inspired by Harry Potter, the 2005 Rick Riordan tale of modern teenagers caught up in the world of Greek Mythology can capture the imagination of readers with ease.
Sadly, the film adaptations for this series fall short of many others in quality.
8.The Princess Bride
Tragically, the book version appears to much less known than the film (which is great too!). The book delivers the same story, but as a book it brings more details and more life to the characters. Any fan of the film would love to read this to get even more charisma and charm from the awesome cast of characters in the film. The author’s witty commentary throughout the story makes it a joy that reads differently at different ages.
9.The Call of the Wild
You likely read other works of the same author in high school, such as the short story To Build a Fire. Jack London does a such good job of writing a novel from an animal’s perspective that the genre never really took off. Almost as if his performance reaches perfection and no one else even needs to try! A tale that covers how harsh and cold, while also beautiful and warm, people and the world can be. It’s remarkable how much the reader connects with main character Buck, who is a dog.
10.The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
Perhaps the greatest fantasy stories ever conceived, the famous stories do even better on printed page than they do on the big screen. As great as the films are, the extra time a book allows helps to develop the characters and events to much more depth. It’s thrilling to read the story, familiar to all, and see what changed and what stayed the same through the film versions.
Truly a rewarding reading experience for anyone with a strong imagination and very worth the long reading times.
That’s the top 10 young adult books for you to read this National Read a Book Day. Of course, you should read 365 days a year. Tell us what books you enjoy the most in the comments below!