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The major aim of this research was to determine whether or not young adults are reading books from recommended reading lists. The study was conducted on a sample of 801 students in grades six through twelve who were administered a questionnaire survey designed to determine what young adults are reading and why they read. Overall, the data was quite consistent with similar studies that have been done. This study found that females read more than males and usually read because they want to while males read because they have to. Both genders prefer to read fiction over nonfiction. A small percentage of students read 10% (five books) or more than 10% of the books on the recommended reading lists. More females than males read one or more books on the recommended reading lists. Middle school students read more titles from the lists than senior high school students. Findings suggest that the majority of young adults are not reading books on recommended reading lists.

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Master of Arts


Division of School Library Studies

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Barbara Safford


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