What young adults read


BY PHILIP AUGUSTINE

Although reports suggest many young Malaysians don’t read beyond their course materials or field of study, there may still be hope yet. StarEducation came across some young people who actually do read for recreation. Below they reveal their choice of books: 

I’m currently reading Lord of the Rings (trilogy) by J.R.R Tolkien, but my all-time favourite authors are Anne Rice and Frank McCourt. I like the way Anne Rice writes about vampires, medieval times and other historical accounts. She uses powerful descriptive words that make her books great and easy to read.  

VARIED TASTES: Most teenagers prefer adventure stories that lean towards fantasy, popularised by movie tie-ins like Lord of the Ringsand Spider-Man. They also like novelisations of TV programmes (i.e Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Many young adults, on the other hand, prefer biographies, relationship titles and self-help books, says assistant merchandising manager of MPH Bookstores Chau Ee Von.

Frank McCourt shares wonderful accounts of his childhood albeit the terrible situation he was in. When you read his books, you don’t want to put them down until you’re done – Jacklyn Low, 22 

I like to read because it triggers the imagination and it’s a good way to relax and unwind. I read everything and anything that appeals to me. I love Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series as well as books by Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Raymond E. Feist, and David Eddings – Suloshini JAHANATH, 19 

I highly recommend Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray. It’s a comprehensive, logical book about managing relationships between the two sexes. It’s the best self-help book I have ever read – Wendy Loh Wan Fong, 20 

Reading is a great way to spend quality time with one’s self and expand our vocabulary. Sidney Sheldon’s books are the ultimate. I simply love every single one of them. Nicholas Sparks is a new favourite of mine after having read NotebookEleanor Danker, 21 

I usually prefer reading books that are written by Stephen King and Anne Rice, or books from the horror/fantasy genre. I enjoy reading because it gives me the ability to take my mind off stress – Elina Mubin, 19 

I just read Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah. It was a very heart-warming book which I found easy to read. Another favourite is Amy Tan because I can totally relate to what she has to say about everyday life and the conflicts we encounter. I consider her books a very good read – CHENG Su-Ann, 20 

Worst Day of my Life by M.A. Harper is about the life of a lady and how she deals with all the trauma and discouragements that she’s going through. I like this book because it revolves around the lives of ordinary people seen through the eyes of a small girl – Christine Pacaldo, 19 

I love reading because it does not limit my imagination; I can picture every little detail in the story. I just finished reading Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and it was hilarious. My favourite book is Catcher in the Rye because it’s both controversial and creates great awareness of things we all are supposed to know – Miki Ong, 23 

I benefit from motivational and self-help books that help me get through the day, such as The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. I need good and positive words that encourage me in my work and studies – Linda Magdalen, 19 

Teh Eng Hock

Comics and sports magazines interest me. The last book I read was John Grisham’s King of Torts. It’s an interesting book with an excellent plot and a twist in the story. I love reading not only because it’s informative, educational and fun, but because it also helps develop critical thinking – Ezra Ali, 20 

I think everyone should make a habit of reading and always have a book with them wherever they go. Reading stimulates the mind and keeps new ideas flowing – Teh Eng Hock, 21 

I just love Julie Garwood especially in The Wedding, The Bride, For the Roses, Saving Grace and many more. She writes realistically and she is entertaining to read – Shawna XAVIER, 20 

Reading is addictive and it gives me a place to retreat to. I started reading from a young age and have always enjoyed books for their therapeutic elements. Some of my favourites include Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the RingsWang Sook Ling, 21 

Every time I open a book, I see myself in the characters and I feel like I’m experiencing what they are going through in the story. I like several authors but a particular favourite would be Sidney Sheldon and his novel The Stars Shine DownLee Mei Li, 19 

Busy businessmen-to-be

On the flipside, the writer’s random survey of business students in a local college reveals that many have neither the time nor interest to read books other than the references on their academic list. 

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