There are a lot of types of books that teens love to read. Also called young adult or YA books, these often cover a wide array of genres kids ages 13 to 17 enjoy going through. The genres that young adult books cover include urban fantasy, dystopian stories and steampunk, to mention but a few.
In the past, teens tended to gravitate towards books that are popular or what their peers are reading at the moment. These days however, with more and more genres becoming available to them, young adults now choose the books they themselves find interesting, regardless of whether their peers read these or not.
For example, when books like the ones in the Hunger Games Trilogy became popular, it would be natural to think that all teens would want to read these. In the past, this may be true but these days, with the wealth of books available to them, teenagers tend to go for books they find interesting themselves. Here are some book genres that teens find rather appealing these days:
- Dystopian Novels – These carry stories that are set in societies or communities that are either frightening or undesirable. The term “dystopia” is the opposite of utopia. These are usually speculative and inventive future societies where fear and totalitarian governments are the norm. Some of the books that belong to this teen genre include the popular Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent and Delirium.
- Steampunk Books – The stories these tell are science fiction, technology and fantasy combined. Books in this genre often occur in either an alternate reality or Victorian era and have specific elements that include gears, machinery and inventions. Some of the stories that can easily belong to this genre include The Hunchback Assignments, Airborn, Clockwork Angel and Leviathan.
- Modern Fairy Tales – Similar to the old types of fairy tales but set in either a present day setting or have characters that have rather modern ways of thinking, these stories appeal to teenage girls. Some of these are total retellings of old fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White and The Frog Prince. Books that belong to this particular genre include Entwined, Just Ella and A Curse Dark as Gold.
- Non-Fiction for Teens – This is usually a choice teenage boys make when asked to choose a book to read. These are mostly informative books that appeal to boys who are rather picky readers and who do not find themselves enjoying reading that much. Some of the books that can easily be part of this genre include The Guinness World Records, 100 Most Awesome Things on the Planet and Every Day on Earth, to name a few.
- Graphic Novels – This is a genre that is actually pretty difficult to describe in one way, although some people peg it simply as a story that is presented in a comic book manner. There are many stories presented this way and these include such popular books like The Avengers Academy, Batman and Thor the Mighty Avenger. Anime and Manga are also considered part of this genre with titles like The Story of Saiunkoku and Kamisama Kiss making it to the 2012 list of the Yalsa Recommended Graphic Novels for Teens.