If you have summer reading assignments to do for school, your book might be on this list! Many English teachers want us to read the classics, also known as "canon literature". (No, not like cannons that were medieval weapons.) These are books that have stood the test of time and are considered Important. Oftentimes, they share an important message or have themes that are still applicable today.
Only continue reading if you are braver than me and like to have the pants scared off you!
I never knew the difference between sci-fi and fantasy until I had to teach it to my sophomores. This led to lots of (fun) research, so to save you some time, I'm going to give it to you short and simple:
Fantasy is magic and mythical creatures; stuff that doesn't and couldn't exist in our world.
Sci-fi is advanced technology (i.e. genetic engineering, virtual reality), space exploration and settings (i.e. aliens), and time travel (thanks to advanced technology); stuff that could exist in the world as we know it, but doesn't because we aren't that advanced yet.
Umm, yeah... Real life is hard. And we see that reflected in a lot of realistic fiction books.
If you like love, then this booklist is for you! We've got teen romances, love-at-first-sight romances, LGBTQIA+ romances, puppy love romances, and more. And ALL the shipping!
Our world contains lots of different people with lots of different colors of skin; from lots of different countries; that believe in lots of different religions; that love a variety of people; that may be male, female, or nonbinary; that speak different languages; that have lots of money, not a lot of money, or somewhere in the middle amount of money; that have different cognitive and physical abilities; and so on. We should read books about characters that don't always look like us so that we can better understand their world. When we can better understand them, we can empathize with them, which can reduce the hatred and fear of them. This can lead to less war. And I'm always in favor of...
Pick an instrument, and I'll give you a book to read that features teen musicians! It's like Buzzfeed....! XD