Teens search for their next exciting read

Elizabeth Ferrante

After finishing a book, it can be hard to decide which one to read next. Where do you go to find your next book? How do you choose the right one? There are many different ways to resolve this dilemma. 

“[I read] the little bio on the back of the book and see if it interests me,” says Kailey Morquecho, junior. “Or sometimes I read the first chapter to get a sense of how this book is going to be.”

Or some students choose books that are popular on BookTok, a section of the social media app TikTok, where people post about their favorite books and authors. 

“BookTok has been a big influence on what students want to read,” said school librarian Ms. Southworth. “Anything by Colleen Hoover or Jenny Han,” is usually what students look for when they want to read fiction. Students also enjoy reading the Manga series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, as it has become a top-read book in the school library, according to Ms. Southworth. 

There are many types of books that may catch a teen’s interest. There are thriller books by Stephen King (The Shining), mythological books by Sarah J. Mass (Throne of Glass), biographies about celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, and even impactful non-fiction books by authors like Yeva Skalietska (You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine).

With all of this in mind, there seems to be many reading roads to choose from.

“I usually look for a book until I find one that intrigues me, or matches how I’m feeling,” remarked Lauren Gartland, junior.

Reading a book shouldn’t be a chore, if you pick the right one.