As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, I’m constantly on the lookout for good books, be it at the library, or at a local bookstore. Reading not only expands our vocabulary, it also helps us understand the different ways of our everyday life. That said, it is the probably the most rewarding activity- other than exercising- that one can do. As William Nicholson once said, ‘We read to know that we are not alone.’ However, with the rising popularity of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, one can’t help but wonder,
Are all young adult books only about wizards, dystopian fiction and mystical creatures?
Well, not all young adult novels are filled with killing games and vampires (yes Twilight, I’m looking at you). Here is a short list of some great Y.A. reads!
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers
This is not my thumb by the way.
There’s a reason why the Chicken Soup for the Soul novels have sold over 130 million copies around the world. Full of short and inspirational stories, they never fail to make me feel better about myself. Everyone knows that it’s not easy being a teenager. You go through many obstacles in life like social issues and stress from school work. This self-help book series always reminds readers that even if we feel lonely, we are not alone.
Totto-chan The Little Girl at the Window by Teksuko Kuroyanagi
Granted, this is a children’s book. In spite of this, I find myself re-reading Totto-chan over and over again. Set during World War II, the book follows Miss Kuroyanagi‘s (it wouldn’t feel right if I address this fine actress/host/writer/Goodwill ambassador by her first name) childhood memories in Tomoe Gakuen. Maybe it’s got to do with the late Chihiro Iwasaki’s artworks. With the pretty pictures accompanied, I find myself drawn to this simple, yet spell bounding book.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I tend to avoid chick-lit books at all costs. It wasn’t until I came across this attractive-looking novel at a local bookstore that I decided to give it a shot. I mean, I’ve got nothing to lose, so why not? Set at Cousin’s Beach, the trilogy follows Isabel “Belly”, with her mom, and older brother, Steven. Along with them are her mother’s best friend and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Even though it can be a wee bit corny, I find it to be delightful. If you like contemporary fiction/romance, I’ve got a piece of good news for you: this is it.
Tribes by Catherine MacPhail
I took approximately 2 hours to read Tribes. I’m no expert, so I could be wrong. Kevin thinks that gangs are stupid, and even proudly proclaimed that he would never join one. Alas, one thing led to another (I’m not going to spoil you), he decided to give in and joined the tribe, the best gang in town. Tribes talks about friendship, family and well, gangs. Tense and engaging, the book left me speechless. Recommended for pre-teens (judging by the age of the characters), but if you enjoy reading provoking books, this will be worth it.
The Third Eye by Lois Duncan
I am a hardcore Lois Duncan fan, so it’s no surprise that The Third Eye will always be one of my favourite books. Karen Connors is eighteen years old and has a popular boyfriend because she’s in a young adult novel. Connors, a high school student, has a gift- a psychic gift, that is. After a series of strange happenings, she is asked by Officer Wilson if she would be willing to locate a missing girl. If you like suspense and mystery like I do, you definitely don’t want to miss this great read.
I’ll end my post with the ever popular Keep Calm meme:
Keep Calm, and read on.
Note: This article was emailed to an entertainment and gossip forum. So I guess it wasn’t a surprise I haven’t heard back from them. I figured they weren’t going to publish it. Still, it’s a waste deleting this article. These books have helped me got through my school life, and I hope they would do the same for you lovely readers too! What are some of your favourite YA reads?