Book reading nowadays: Is it still popular among young people?
Surprisingly, book reading is still popular today. However, most young people prefer online reading to traditional paperback books. Why? Isn’t it wonderful to flip through pages enjoying the smell and sound of the paper? Modern teenagers and young people are too busy to go to the store and buy a book. It is much easier to go online. What is more, they can read books online free of charge or at little cost. Some smartphone applications allow subscribing to libraries for a certain time (annual or monthly subscriptions) to read books online for free. The advantages are evident – one can save money and enjoy books at the same time. Moreover, one can start reading and then drop the book, choose another one he/she likes more and pay nothing. With online reading your bookshelf is always with you – whether you are reading while traveling to the university or at home. Most young people enjoy modern literary fiction or mystery fiction as these genres allow forgetting about studies and relaxing.
The most popular genres nowadays
If you are a writer wondering which genre will bring you the most success, you should probably look at statistics. Of course you will not succeed in something you take very little interest in. But, still, knowing the most popular book genres will help you to make the right choice. So, the champion of the literary genres battle is children's fiction. Surprisingly, the biggest consumers ever are kids enjoying children's stories. So, let’s look at the list of the most popular book genres nowadays.
Children's fiction. Almost 39% of all books sold are children's stories. Parents do not spare money to educate of their little ones.
Modern literary fiction. With the reading audience of 16%, modern literary fiction includes works published after 1950. The great representatives of this genre are Coelho, Salinger, Gardner, etc.
The third place is awarded to fantasy fiction and classic literary fiction. Fantasy fiction genre includes famous books by many authors, like “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, for example. Classic literary fiction includes books published before 1950, like “The Great Gatsby” by Fitzgerald and “Pride and Prejudice” by Austen.
Mystery fiction (11%).
Historical fiction (3%) and young adult fiction (2%).
Magic realism (2%).
Even if you are not familiar with literature for children, then modern literary fiction may be a good option to start your career.
The best books to read: top 15 best selling books in 2016
Some of the most famous books on the list are just instructions or school textbooks. However, the list also includes some truly great recommended books to read. The list of bestsellers can say a lot about our society. Having reviewed it, I have to agree that modern society is interested in self-improvement and further personal development.
1. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by Jack Thorne. This is a continuation of J.K. Rowling’s adventures of Harry Potter. A book review suggests that this bestseller was one of the most anticipated books of the year 2016.
2. “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath. This book is a tool for self-assessment and discovering hidden talents. This is one of the best books aiming at personal development. You can find both print version and ebook.
3. “Corporate Controller's Handbook of Financial Management (2015-2016)” by Jae K. Shim and Nick Dauber. This is a superior textbook for financial accounting.
4. “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris. This book is one of the most emotional psychological thrillers offered for purchase in ebook formats. A book review starts with the words: The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? You can only guess what the book is about.
5. “This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp. The #1 New York Times bestseller, the ebook gained enormous popularity on Google Play. The story of a teenage shooting is not a modern rarity in the USA. Not only teenagers, but also their parents can find something useful in this gripping online reading.
6. “First 100 Words” by Roger Priddy. This book is increasingly popular among young parents. Nice pictures and soft cover will definitely encourage your little one to start learning English.
7. “Oh, The Places You'll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the children’s classics. His rhymes are great while motives are entertaining. It is published in many formats, including paperback, online stories, audiobook, and board book.
8. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. This piece is among recommended books to read for those who want to practice self-organization. Japanese cleaning consultant gives her recipes of tidying up.
9. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is one of the most interesting online stories about life-loving personal experience. A practicing surgeon is diagnosed with stage four cancer. How to open your eyes for tomorrow? What makes life worthy in just a few steps before death?
10. “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts” by Gary Chapman. How to show and accept love? If you are interested in learning the art of love, Chapman’s book is a good option.
11. “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Dale Carnegie is a classic author in practical psychology. This book is yet another great empowering tool.
12. “Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition)” by The College Board. Preparation for SAT is always needed.
13. “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. How to be a successful parent, businessman, student, and spouse? Carol Dweck has some ideas!
14. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. The novel served as an inspiration for a film of the same named. Nevertheless, many people like to read the story before watching it.
15. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey. Modern labor market requires excellency and efficiency from the employees. This book is a guide to becoming effective and excellent in every task.