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Teen Reading Habits

How Did Your Reading Habits Change as a Teen?

Until high school, I was practically a pathological reader. I would order a pile of books from Scholastic every month and devour one, usually the latest Baby-Sitters Club, the day it came. I'd spend long Summer days reading and wake up early during the school year so I could finish a chapter before the bus came. Then high school hit, and something changed.

It wasn't that I lost interest or there was a shortage of YA novels worth picking up, but my mind became cluttered with crushes and schoolwork and drama (not the club). I didn't stop reading, but went from being rabid to erratic.

Since it's National Teen Read Week, and I presume — pray — I'm not alone in my youthful literary indiscretion, tell me how your reading habits changed. Did they increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
I didn't have as much time to read during the school year so come summer I would hit the library hard and sometimes read like 15 or 20 books a month. I never really read any YA fiction because it seemed so fluffy.
Blue24 Blue24 6 years
My reading habits have been consistently getting worse and worse. I used to read all the time when I was in elementary school, then when I went to junior high school I started to read less and now that I'm in high school I read even less - but still significantly more than most of my peers, a bit more than one book a week. I blame the Internet.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
My sister and I are both readers - her more so then me even. I read a lot of YA books in elementary and maybe jr. high but I always liked the longer ones with a deeper plot and so I grew out of them pretty quickly. With school and work now I admit I read less then I use to but if I find a good book or my sister recommends one to me, I will always read it start to finish within a few days lol.
shannon_xo shannon_xo 6 years
I've been a huge reader since I was about 5; even now at 25 I read about 2-3 novels a month.
LaSigh LaSigh 6 years
I was a BabySitter's Club girl who turned into a Stephen King teen who turned into a more busy adult who reads less (between job, 7 year old, fiance, and regular old life) but is more varied- my norms are Ramsey Campbell, Ira Levin, Richard Matheson, David Sedaris, Shakespeare (certain plays that I love), Jane Austen- but I'll pretty much read anything if given the time. The most random book I've ever read is "KKK a romantic history" because it was given the award for worst book ever written. That was a challenge given the subject matter and the very poor writing.
Safety-Pin Safety-Pin 6 years
I now read for the sheer enjoyment rather than to learn. Now I love reading classics such as Crime & Punishment, Pride and Prejudice and works by Plato. But then I also have a to chuck in extremely trashy novels by Marian Keyes.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I read more books now compared to when I was in school since I don't have required reading anymore, just get to read for me now.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
My reading habits didn't change as a teen. They changed after I became an adult and got a full time job. Now I don't get to read as much as I want to.
Yersinia Yersinia 6 years
I read about the same in high school, but that's when I turned to classic literature (Anna Karenina) and more modern, but rich literature (Rebecca). I wasn't very entertained by most YA literature. Now, although I still read, because of my busy college schedule I don't devour books in a matter of days, as I used to.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I actually read a lot more during high school then I did before. I did slow down a bit during my senor year because I had a lot of other things going on. Now that I am in college and working I don't have much time for reading things other then course related books.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I lost interest in fiction. :( After having to analyze, predict, ferret out inferences and symbolism, and basically dissect works of fiction for four years, I lost my taste for it. After I graduated, I went to visit my dad. He handed me a book called "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do," a nonfiction book about consensual crimes. I thought, wait a minute...there are actually entertaining books about things that are true? And since then, I've been voraciously snapping up nonfiction.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I read less on my own accord. I always had assigned reading. I didn't really start reading again until this summer, after college.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I started reading way more in high school than I did in elementary or middle school. I started finding stuff outside of what was required for school and realized there is a giant, interesting world out there when it comes to literature. Stephley, I also didn't always really read the required reading. Most of the books were annoying and tedious and I'd just get the Sparks notes. However, I read quite a bit outside of the required stuff.
stephley stephley 6 years
I read more, and more serious books. YA never held any appeal for me. I don't remember doing much of the required reading - I'd listen in when classmates discussed the books before class or a test and skated by on that.
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