Top Ten Books You’d Hand To Someone Who Says They Don’t Like To Read
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If an absolute stranger told me they don’t like to read, and I wanted to get them interested in reading, this is the list I’d provide them.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone by J. K. Rowling
The reason this one is so high up is because the chances are a non-reader is already going to have preconceived notions about the Harry Potter series i.e. “isn’t that a kid’s book” so I think it’d be easier to get them to read it AFTER they trust your judgement.
9. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Great series, but it takes a bit long to draw the reader in. A non-reader might not have the patience to get to the excitement which is more to be found in Pretties and Specials.
8. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
This book draws you in pretty quickly, but the narrative and language can be a teensy bit complicated (I mean, it is Atwood).
7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This book is excellent because it is so well-written, but like Uglies there’s not as much in immediate excitement as you’ll find in some of books listed below.
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I might not agree with some of Clare’s character choices, but she knows how to write an engrossing novel. The high page count might startle non-readers away, however.
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Quirky and fun, this book’s narrative is easy on new readers. Again, the length might be a deterrent, but as soon as the reader meets Étienne you’ll have them hooked for life.
4. I’d Tell you I love you but then I’d have to kill you by Ally Carter
Quick, light, and fun read. This series is sure to hook a new reader and have them devouring the whole series.
3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This book grabs you right away and won’t let you go. It’s very much like the Hunger Games; however, the third book was a bit of a disappointment which is why it is slightly lower on the list than it could have been.
2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I am reading this book now and I can’t explain how it attaches itself to your brain like a parasite that injects itself into your thoughts always. However, a new reader might not appreciate being made to FEEL SO MANY THINGS at once. It’s scary sometimes.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I went into The Hunger Games with no expectations and I devoured it in one sitting. That is not normal reading behaviour. I imagine it would have the same effect on a non-reader.