Do you know anyone who doesn’t like to read? Does it frustrate you to no end? It frustrates me!! What would you recommend they read? Or would you just leave it alone and let them lead a bookless existence? I could never do that (mostly because I’m nosy and controlling), so here are ten books I would recommend to someone who dared tell me he or she doesn’t like to read:
- The Hunger Games. My younger sister, who doesn’t read pretty much ever, has been completely mesmerized by this book. I’d been bugging her to read it forever, and finally something convinced her (I think it has something to do with the fact that a professor—who she has a big crush on—recommended it to her). So when she asked me to send her my copies of the second and third so she could read them, I bought her a boxed set instead and had it shipped to her. 🙂 I’m so excited that she’s finally enjoying reading that I couldn’t resist!!
- Ender’s Game. It may not have worked for my sister, but I don’t know anyone who hates (or hated, I guess) reading as much as she does. That’s something I don’t understand at all. But Ender’s Game is easy to read and the characters are easy to like. What more do you need?
- Harry Potter. Okay. Easy to read, likable characters, and incredibly captivating. Seriously. How is it that people exist who don’t like to read?? What is this madness??
- The Shining. This one might be a bit of a stretch, but I think it’s one of the most recognizable (and tackle-able) Stephen King novels, and I couldn’t not put him on here. Good buildup of tension, hard to put down—even if they don’t like to read, I don’t think they’ll be able to help finishing this one!
- Anything by Mary Higgins Clark. Now, I put this on here not because I’m a huge fan of Ms. Clark’s (I’m not) but because I’ve read a book or two of hers and found them reasonably enjoyable if not totally amazing. Decent amount of intrigue, good (if clichéd) dialogue, happy endings. Basically, easily digestible books.
- Tuesdays With Morrie. Just as I am not a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark, I am also not a fan of the entire “inspirational” genre. But other people are, and Tuesdays With Morrie is one of the less preachy “inspirational” pieces that I’ve read. Plus it’s short and I like the way Mitch Albom writes.
- The Alchemist. Anyone who’s been around my blog since the beginning a little over a year ago knows I HATED The Alchemist. Frankly, I thought it was stupid and condescendingly written. But while we’re in the “inspirational” genre, I figure I should list it because it’s about the easiest book to read ever, language-wise. Staying-awake-while-reading-wise, not so much (at least for me). My point is, if they’re looking for something easy to read, I might suggest this and try my hardest not to reveal how dumb I thought it was.
- The Know-It-All. “One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World.” It’s non-fiction for all the non-readers-but-don’t-want-to-read-made-up-stuff out there. Plus it’s awesome. I love A. J. Jacobs’ style.
- The Devil Wears Prada. This book reads enough like a magazine article that I think it would be good to suggest for teen/twenty-something women who say they don’t like to read but probably read Cosmo or Vogue religiously. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I can see its value, at least as chick lit. (As any other “lit,” not so much.)
- Angels and Demons. Another fast-paced, suspenseful page-turner. Better than The Da Vinci Code by far, in my opinion. Also, just very human-interest-y, if that makes sense. And Robert Langdon’s kinda badass for a 40-something symbology professor. (But seriously, did anyone else think Tom Hanks was NOT the right guy for this role?? I don’t picture Langdon like that at ALL.)
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