Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 2 months ago

What books should teens read as they become an adult?

23 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Dostoevsky. The stranger, dystopian novels such as 1984 and brave new world. Moby Dick, Frankenstein and animal farm. These are all some of my favorite books due to their relevance in modern times and also because a lot of them are just really good books. Also Stephen King is a good start as well. But I suppose it depends on the person, some people choose to stop reading fiction as they get older.

  • 1 month ago

    Short Stories But True by Sabino Rosa

    is wonderful and you can find it even likes e-book

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    'Married Love' by Marie Stopes.

  • garry
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    enough reading , and how about becoming an adult .

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A Warrior's Path;

    For Couples Only;

    Unbroken (young adult adaptation);

    Quarter-Life Challenge;

    Understanding Yourself, by Mark Prophet;

    The Slightest Philosophy.

  • 2 months ago

    It is a superb asset for guardians and their children. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

  • 2 months ago

    Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder

    Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin

    The time travelers wife - Audrey Niffenegger

    And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini

    The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini

    A thousand splendid suns - Khaled Hosseini

    All of these books are great for near adults and just adults.

    They teach you many things to learn in the future, and what happened in the past. They can bring tears and laughs.

    I would highly recommend all of these books. 


    ps. Cassandra Clare's books are THE BEST

    if you wish to read those, i recommend starting with 'The Clockwork Angel'

  • Spike
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    MAYBE these books.

    Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness by Lee Gutkind

    Anxiety in Relationships: Fear of Abandonment and Insecurity Often Cause Damage Without Therapy: Learn How to Identify and Eliminate Jealousy, Negative Thinking and Overcome Couple Conflicts by Michelle Martin 

    Don't Call Me Nuts : Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness by Patrick Corrigan and Robert Lundin

    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

    The Company: A Novel of the CIA is an American by Robert Littell

    The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

    Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

    Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich

    $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

    When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

    Adult Sibling Relationships by Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley

    The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger

    Healing Family Relationships: A Guide to Peace and Reconciliation by Rob Rienow

    SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A SIBLING: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J. Wray 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A sampling of the "classic" classics and modern classics are part of any general education.  Pick three of each as "must reads" every year and treat any extras as a bonus.  Just pick something that you've heard come up in conversation but you've not had assigned at school, or one where the plot summary catches your imagination, or even if you just like the cover.  Classics are classics for a reason and even if you don't "get it" right away it will settle in the back of your mind and your interior world will be the richer for it.

    In these "interesting" times if I were Dolly Parton rich I'd issue every high school student with Eric Hoffer's "The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements."  Bear in mind that it was written immediately after WWII by a self-educated docker so some attitudes are of their time and place, and the style is very much like a guy thinking aloud, so there are short, punchy paragraphs that can seem repetitive similar as the survey of what makes people join mass movements is rolled out.  It was an attempt to make sense of what the hell happened to people during the preceding decades to end up with another world war and is the kind of inoculation humanity needs against extremism no matter where on the political spectrum.  It's very well worth your time.

    "Exercises in Style" by Raymond Queneau.  It's the same story retold in 99 different ways and is possibly the most important lesson you'll ever learn about how exactly the same event can be perceived so differently.  It's not for reading straight through, more for dipping into.

    This next one may surprise you since a bone fide, old style, socialist, 100% atheist English teacher of mine so heartily recommended it as essential reading that she actually gave away copies.  Are you ready?  The King James Bible.  It is a beautiful piece of literature in its own right.  It so profoundly influenced generations of authors and artists that if you don't familiarize yourself with it so many details of art and literature will fly over your head.  You'll probably need a more modern translation to read alongside, but I urge you to dip into the rich broth of seventeenth century English.  There's a really interesting book about how it came to be composed called "When God spoke English" by Adam Nicolson, and there are any number of good secular guides to the Bible to put the mythology into context.  We may live in a secular age but these attitudes are still our inheritance.  Being able to see it clearly allows us to make deliberate choices about what to keep and what to allow time to winnow away.

    If you're not a big reader make it your mission to every year read one unassigned history book, one popular science book, and one sociology book.  Of course, you may read as many more as you'd like, but that's the minimum to stay rounded.

    Right now I'm reading "Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine" by the mathematician Hannah Fry.  It's a VERY readable account of the issues that arise where the human comes up against the algorithm.  I'd recommend to everyone.  She writes clearly and entertainingly without dumbing down.

    Whenever you move somewhere new find a local history book and you will make more sense of where you are and often learn something surprising that stays with you and becomes useful later like those people always saving a "good piece of wood."

    Something about how to manage your money like a competent adult because this knowledge really isn't picked up by osmosis.  ex: Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley (mainly for UK market, but still generally interesting), or "MANAGE YOUR MONEY LIKE A GROWNUP: The best money advice for Teens."

    "The elements of style" is still worth a read, though writing styles do change, so it's not "the law" on how to write.  That and a good thesaurus are worth having on your desk.

    "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue," by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong because people seem to have lost this art.

    "Six Thinking Hats" by Edward de Bono

    A good guide to essay writing of your choice.

    The next one is going to sound even stranger, especially given the title, but the CONTENTS itself would have given me much comfort of being normal and part of a long chain of shared human experience growing up, so; "The Hite Report on the Family : Growing up under Patriarchy" by Shere Hite (that was her real name!).  

    Shere Hite was the feminist nobody wanted to claim.  She was very beautiful which made people uncomfortable, even though it was being treated as dumb due to being a model that made her a scholar eventually.  She was also very sexually liberated and made it no secret that she loved male company, but she also had some uncomfortable things to say about how people relate to each other.  She made people a bit twitchy by saying the quiet parts out loud and sometimes she comes across as having a chip on her shoulder because, as she rightly pointed out, she used similar techniques and arguments to Michel Foucault, sometimes ahead of him, but she was always scrutinized as a "model trying to be smart" while he was lauded for being French and liberated.

    The reason I love Shere is because she made long form questionnaires and managed to send them all over the world and across a huge cross section of the population, even conservative churches, and got ordinary people to trust her to pour out all kinds of private memories and intimate thoughts which she then anonymized.  You have to get used to her writing style, the breaks are abrupt between her musings on "what it all means" (I by no means agree with her on a lot of things) and people's contributions.  It's reading people's private thoughts and memories I find so fascinating and comforting.  I wish some of them had written whole biographies!  Anyway, "The Hite Report on the Family" is a revelation of generations across countries describing the same things, the confusion of being a cuddled toddler and suddenly being "too old for that," girls being tomboys and "knowing" that soon they have to make a choice to either give it up to fit in or stand out uncomfortably, the sudden point where dads become distant (and sometimes dads talking about how they didn't mean for that to happen), children's views on working mothers from a small person's point of view, and how that changes with age, what "respect" is and how differently people can define it.  You can disagree with everything Shere herself concludes and still find it moving and thought provoking.  I really wish someone had given it to me when I was 14 or so.  

    The books of Alain de Botton to counteract the negativity and cynicism of the world.  I have a deeply cynical disposition and even I think there needs to be balance or you risk getting stuck in the morass of despondency.  Think of them as vitamin pills.  You might want to start with "The News: A User's Manual."

    Oh, and especially if you're a female because girls are even more conditioned to ignore that sinking gut feeling, "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin Becker.  Don't die of politeness.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Instead of fiction, teens need to embrace reality. I recommend "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan

    Science literacy and critical thinking skills are vital to learn. Schools often don’t teach teens how to detect scams and pseudoscience. Sagan's writing is very accessible.

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