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As a teenager, you have to be mindful of the books you read and be very selective about them because they have the potential to affect the kind of adult you will become.
Generally, reading is very good for all teenagers. Apart from being a form of entertainment, it can connect you to the world at large. It serves as an eye-opener to life issues, challenges, and triumphs; regardless of whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Above all, reading can serve as a source of inspiration and guide to how we live our lives generally. So even as parents, you must guide your teenage children in selecting the kinds of books to read.
However, due to the array of books out there, both in print and e-formats, it is sometimes very difficult to select the right kinds of books to read as a teenager. Even parents sometimes get confused when trying to choose books for their teenagers. So, here, we have carefully selected some books that every teenager must read before they become adults in order to improve their thinking faculties and make them become the best versions of themselves.
Books to read as a teenager:
We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this 21st century where feminism has become very popular, this book offers a unique definition of the concept of feminism which is rooted in inclusion and awareness. It tells why feminism is still needed in our society and why everyone should strive to be a feminist. It is highly recommended for teenagers who are new to the concept of feminism and need to have a better understanding of it.
Why You Act The Way You Do
by Tim Lahaye
This book will help readers discover the kind of temperaments they have and how it affects their work, emotions, spiritual life, relationships, etc. It will also teach them to identify their weaknesses and improve on them. As a teenager, it is very essential to read this book because temperament determines how a person behaves generally including how we sleep, eat, study, and how to get along with other people. This book will, therefore, help teenagers to analyze their own temperaments and that of others so as to know how best to relate with them for peaceful coexistence.
Everywoman: A Gynaecological Guide For Life
by Derek Llewellyn-Jones
This book is a must-read for all teenagers as it educates on female health such as adolescent and sexual development, family planning and birth control, pregnancy, labor, postpartum issues, etc. It is an essential manual to women’s health and a complete guide to a women’s sexuality. Both males and females should read this book so as to understand a woman’s body better.
Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man
by Steve Harvey
This book gives awesome insights into the mental faculty of the male and opens women’s eyes on how to deal with them. Most women complain about not understanding men and vice versa. With this book, both sexes are able to understand why they behave in certain ways and how to understand each other better. It empowers women especially to take control of their relationships with men. Every teenager should read this.
John Ploughman’s Talk
by C.H. Spurgeon
John Ploughman’s Talk is a book that uses some powerful, yet common phrases to teach spiritual lessons which can be easily understood and practiced by everyone. The author mixes humor with truth in narrating his stories which covers a variety of topics such as home, work, church, and society as a whole. Filled with biblical principles, good spiritual and physical advice, this book is a must-read for all teenagers as it equips them towards facing the realities of life.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give is a powerful novel about a girl’s struggle for justice. In the book, Starr, a 16-year-old black girl is stuck between the poor neighborhood where she lives and the elite private school in which she attends in a predominantly white, affluent part of the city. This awe-inspiring book is perfect for teenagers and young adults.
Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling
This 7 series fantasy novel narrates the story of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, who all are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The main story, however, revolves around Harry and his fight against a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard’s governing body, and conquer all wizards. Harry and his friends must master their crafts to be able to overcome this powerful wizard. Very intriguing for young adults and teens.
by Ray Bradbury
In this book, the lead character Guy Montag is a fireman whose duty is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, that is, printed books along with the houses in which the books are hidden. He eventually quits his job and became committed to the preservation of these books and literary writings. Every teenager needs to read this book.
Do Hard Things
by Alex and Brett Harris
This book portrays the fact that adult expectations for teenagers are low and that teenagers should raise those expectations so as to become examples for adults.
The book, also written by teenagers, challenges teens to go beyond their comfort zone, and thus, “do hard things.” According to them, teenagers are capable of a whole lot more than society thinks. I can’t agree any less so I recommend this book to all teens.
by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
This is a well-researched book on everyday aspects of life that exposes one major reality of life, which is that everyone has limits and limitations and if one doesn’t establish strong boundaries, things may go wrong in several aspects of their life.
Explaining the concepts of physical boundaries, mental boundaries, and emotional boundaries, this book will help teenagers to be able to determine who should touch them and who shouldn’t, help them manage their expectations and emotions, etc.