Probably the best habit, trait or characteristic a man can possess or develop, is the habit of reading. Reading good books on a regular basis proves to be highly advantageous. A well-read person is not only well-informed, but also imaginative, creative and a good decision-maker. Moreover, reading is almost like a form a meditation, which is extremely relaxing for the mind, body and soul. It is the best way to discover and learn about new concepts, ideas, theories, people, cultures and places. So for all you teenagers out there, here are four remarkable books to boost your reading habits:
Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
When it comes to the most popular and best-selling books amongst teenagers, the Harry Potter series remains the undisputed leader. This incredible series by author J.K Rowling comprises of 7 mind-blowing books which revolve around the adventures of the world’s most famous wizard boy – Harry Potter and his friends, at their school, Hogwarts. Full of fantasy, magic, romance, evil, suspense and excitement, this fantastic series by J.K Rowling is something that puts you in awe of the author’s mind-boggling imagination.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Having published only one novel, Harper Lee is known and loved for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a remarkable classic that revolves around life and growing up in America in the 1930’s under extraordinary circumstances of racism, through the eyes of 6-year old Scout Finch. The book finely describes how Scout’s lawyer father defends an innocent black man accused of rape, while Scout, her brother and her friends learn about the unfair treatment of African-Americans. A touching story with a fantastic plot, this literary one-hit wonder by Harper Lee is a must read.
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
This legendary classic by J.R.R Tolkien is one of the most imaginative books that any teenager will love reading. The book follows the travels of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit who is drawn to take part in an adventure, by Gandalf the wizard. It tells us about Bilbo’s epic journey and encounters with homeless dwarves, savage wolves, an evil dragon, giant spiders and other hazards. This is a delightful and adventurous classic that will be enjoyed by teenagers and all age groups alike.
The Dairy of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
One of the most inspirational and moving books of all time, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary is a must read for all teenagers. Written against the backdrop of WWII, this poignant diary of a 13-year old Anne Frank describes how Anne and her family fled the Nazi’s and spent 2 years hiding in a secret annex, before being discovered and captured by the Germans in 1944. During her time in hiding, Anne wrote about the horrors of war, the everyday problems of growing up as a teenager, and the never-ending hope of freedom from the Germans. This diary is an eloquent masterpiece that tells us the story of millions of people, mostly Jews, who lost their lives during the holocaust. Definitely worth reading.
These were four books that any teenager should definitely read at least once. Nowadays, most books are easily available on online book stores, where you also get the option of buying second hand books online. So fill up your coffee mug and let the reading begin!
Cynthia Julliard is the creative head behind this article. She is an avid reader and has house overflowing with books of all kinds and genres. Although she must have read more books than any normal man can imagine, her all time favorite is ‘Not a penny more, not a penny less’ by Jeffrey Archer.