Books are a great way for everyone to learn about different ideas, cultures, genres, and much more. Reading is a habit that always pays off and for young adults, it can help open their minds to new thoughts and ideas and be more receptive. If you're a young adult and want to pursue reading, here are a few books you can start with-
Malala Yousafzai, 'I am Malala'
This memoir, published in 2013, is written by by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 in 2014 and was targeted by the Taliban for her outspokenness on the significance of girls' education. This book has to be a mandatory reading for any young person. It is an uplifting first-person tale that shows how everyone, given enough zeal and determination, can make a difference in the world.
Jenny Han, 'To all the boys I've loved before'
This book, which came out in 2017, was one of the most well-known romance novels about being a teenager. It's about a schoolgirl named Lara Jean who penned love letters to every male she had a crush on or had previously fallen in love with but never sent them. Then comes the twist as Lara's sister secretly sends all of these letters. As soon as she is confronted by all of these people, the adventure starts, and her life is dramatically changed. In 2019, the same-named movie that is based on this novel will be released.
Khushwant Singh, 'Train to Pakistan'
This book's plot is set in a fictitious town called Manu Marju. This book will tell you about every horror story you've ever heard concerning the partition of India and Pakistan. Khushwant Singh has shown without fear that religious issues in India are very sensitive and have become a major source of violence very quickly. He goes on to suggest that this issue will be around for as long as India exists.
Basharat Peer, 'Curfewed Night'
"A passionate and vital book— a daring and brilliant report from a conflict that the world has chosen to ignore," Salman Rushdie said of this book. Basharat Peer is a well-known Kashmiri journalist who has presented an honest account of his life, love, and the conflict in his country, Kashmir. Because Kashmiri himself has decided to explain the happenings in Kashmir, this book is a better choice for reading. After reading this book, you will be pushed to see Kashmir in a completely new way. You will be saddened and perplexed. The book tells the narrative of a little boy who spent his boyhood in Kashmir and witnessed the worst aspects of the war for a long time.
Jhumpa Lahiri, 'The Namesake'
In Lahiri's first novel, the Ganguli family moves from Calcutta to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they struggle, with varied degrees of success, to integrate into American culture while still retaining their roots.
Angie Thomas, 'The Hate U Give'
A sixteen-year-old girl is caught between two very different worlds, the impoverished neighborhood in which she lives and the wealthy prep school that she attends. When her childhood best friend is murdered by the police in front of her eyes, maintaining this delicate equilibrium becomes much more difficult for her. It's an important read for both adults and teenagers, and it draws its inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement.
John Green, 'The Fault in Our Stars'
This sorrowful story follows two teenagers, Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who fall in love, as in many teen novels. However, Hazel has cancer, which adds another element of sadness as the two learn to overcome adversity and celebrate the life they have. In 2012, John Green released 'The Fault in Our Stars'. The novel finishes on a sad note, but the story itself includes great themes of love, friendship, and life.
J.R.R. Tolkien's, 'The Hobbit'
The Hobbit is a famous work of literature about friendship, sacrifice, and loyalty. The 1937 novel follows Bilbo Baggins on his voyage to Middle Earth, a magical world populated by dwarves, hobbits, elves, and wizards. This tremendous trip molds the young hobbit, teaching him to see beyond himself and sacrifice for the people he cares about. If your teen likes the best fantasy authors, this one will appeal to them, however, the reading level is higher due to its 1937 publication.
Anne Frank, 'Diary of a Young Girl'
This autobiographical memoir is one of just a handful of nonfiction titles on this list. The diary describes Anne and her family's two-year hiding from the Nazis. It provides a firsthand description of the atrocities of World War II as well as the strength of a 13-year-old girl. The Diary of a Young Girl was first published in Dutch in 1947. It has been translated into almost 70 languages.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, 'Palace of Illusions'
The author has written this novel, an account of Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi. Even though the novel appears to be male-dominated while reading, it strongly reflects Draupadi's voice. The author has done a great job using words to show how Draupadi feels, whether it's anger, jealousy, uncertainty, grief, or despair. Although the book appears to be extensive, its strength is its tale, which keeps you wanting more.
Mahatma Gandhi's, 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth'
This is Gandhiji's autobiography, which spans his life from boyhood through 1921. He has done an excellent job of presenting this book excitingly. Gandhiji wrote this book at the request of a fellow Yerwada Prison inmate. He kept journals, which were later collated and published as a book. This book discusses his childhood recollections, how he experimented by eating meat, smoking, or drinking, thieving incidents, marriage, the death of his father, school life, his struggle in India, life in Africa, and eventually his return to India.