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Gen Z is bucking trends and embracing physical books as a popular habit. The 22-year-old model Kaia Gerber recently launched her own book club, Library Science, dedicated to sharing books and building a community of readers. In the UK, physical book sales reached a record high last year, with gen Z favoring print books and visiting libraries more often.
Books have always been the great love of my life. Reading is so sexy.
Gen Z's reading habits are diverse, with appreciation for literary fiction, memoirs, translated fiction, and classics. The popular TikTok account Books on the Bedside highlights the broad range of genres loved by gen Z readers. Kaia Gerber's book club hosted the Iranian-American writer Kaveh Akbar for a discussion on his debut novel, Martyr!
The gen Z book sphere is incredibly broad. There is a lot of appreciation for literary fiction, memoirs, translated fiction and classics in particular.