Reading is an important skill that everyone should have, and we should encourage young adults to develop and continue their love of reading. Reading is one of the best ways to learn new facts, ideas, and information. It can be a wonderful and safe way to spend an afternoon or evening, and reading books can help teach you valuable lessons about life, the world, and yourself.
Renowned psychologist Bruno Bettelheim claimed that reading fairy tales gives children a unique perspective and teaches them about good and evil. The same can be said about reading a well-written fantasy novel. Reading fantasy allows us to explore ideas such as the complex relationship between good and evil, psychological character development, and standing up to one’s anxieties and fears. Another reason we should encourage young adults to pick up and read fantasy books is the wonderful, imaginative world it can provide for them. Because the style of writing is often wonderfully detailed and larger than life, it allows the reader to develop and hone their sense of imagination. Recommended books to read for people interested in fantasy include series like Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Another great genre for young adult readers is the coming-of-age story. In a coming-of-age book it is generally easy for young adults to relate to the main characters because of the place and situation they are in their life. These books follow a character as they undergo the transformation from child to adult. Readers can identify aspects of themselves in these stories, watching as characters grow, develop and come to terms with the reality of an adult world. Books like The Giver, Lord of the Flies, and The Outsiders have become classic coming-of-age novels because they address the important issue of finding one’s place within society and community. Other recommended coming-of-age stories include books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Catcher in the Rye, because they involve discussion of characteristic teenage inner turmoil and coming to terms with who we really are on the inside. Reading a good book will help a young adult explore both personal and public issues and ideas.