Teen Read Week: Making Reading Fun

With all the reading you do for school, the thought of doing more can definitely feel like a chore sometimes. But there are ways reading can actually be…gasp…fun. To celebrate Teen Read Week, October 18-24, here are some things you can do to make reading an enjoyable part of your routine.

Get acquainted with teen classics

Never read Catcher in the Rye? What about The Outsiders or Go Ask Alice? Or even Great Expectations? There are plenty of books that teens have been reading for years that are still relevant today. Check them out—it might be a nice break from that chemistry text book.

Read what’s current

Maybe you’re interested in reading but you don’t even know it. Check out Amazon.com’s bestsellers list—and their subcategories, like fiction, young adult, etc.—for some ideas on what other people are reading now to get inspired. Or, check out the Best Books for Young Adults 2008 list published by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Book Club: Not just for your Grandma

Is there a book you’re interested in reading and want to share it with your friends? Instead of going to the mall, get together and discuss a book over some snacks. Hey, it might be better than roaming around the food court for hours on end, and you’ll learn something too.

If you’re not sure where to start on finding a great book to read, talk to your local librarian. He or she can recommend books that you might be interested, or point you towards “staff picks” to peruse.

What do you think? Is there something you do to make reading more fun?

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