I want to start off by saying that not liking to read is valid. We all have different hobbies and passions, and I believe that forcing someone to read is counterintuitive and will likely not spark a love for it. However, there are books that I would put into someone’s hands who told me they historically haven’t liked reading but want to give it a chance. I will highlight ten of those books in this post and would love to discuss them and any recommendations you have in the comment section!
I think that any of Liane Moriarty’s books are perfect recommendations for someone who is looking to get into reading. They are compulsively readable, have interesting and flawed characters, and there is always a mystery at the center of the story. I also think that the fact that both Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers have been adapted into popular TV series makes them an easier sell. Apples Never Fall is my favourite of her work, so that is why I chose it for this list!
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one of my go-to book recommendations! It is sweet and heartwarming and is set at a bookstore on a small island. The characters truly shine here and I love the romance! I found the writing to be very accessible and the characters to be memorable. Everyone I have recommended it to has loved it!
WWII fiction can be really compelling and I know that it is one of the genres that got me into fiction. There are many that I can share, but I think that The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society is the one I feel most confident about universally recommending! The fact that the story is told through letters makes it a quicker read and I thought that the movie adaptation was well done.
Much like A.J.Fikry, A Man Called Ove is one of the books I recommend most often. Ove is one of the best characters of all time, at least in my opinion. I loved his character development and seeing how his relationship with his neighbours develops into something so damn sweet. I think someone who is getting into reading will read this book and realize how emotional books can be!
I had to recommend a nonfiction title because a lot of readers tend to prefer nonfiction and that may turn out to be the case for a reluctant reader. I think that Bad Blood is the perfect recommendation because the story is so wild and it reads like a podcast. I loved that the author was so deeply involved in exposing Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, so we get a lot of behind-the-scenes info.
Homegoing is one of the most beautiful and harrowing books I have ever read. I think it is a good book for someone who is looking to get into literary fiction. There is something so special about Yaa Gyasi and it is a book that I am confident in recommending to most people.
Norse Mythology is a perfect book for Marvel fans, which I know many people are, myself included. Anyone who likes the dynamic between Loki and Thor will absolutely love Norse Mythology. I also think that most of Neil Gaiman’s books are great for someone looking to fall in love with reading!
The Martian and/or Project Hail Mary are my go-to SciFi recommendations! In fact, someone in my real life is currently borrowing my copy of Project Hail Mary. I know many people who would not consider themselves readers who have read and loved Andy Weir’s books. Plus, The Martian is a fantastic movie, and Project Hail Mary is being adapted with Ryan Gosling starring in it.
The One was the first book I thought of when I saw this week’s prompt. It is one of the books I buddy read with my irl best friend, who is not a big reader. We both flew through it and still talk about it over a year later. It is such a good and unique thriller!
Of course, I had to recommend a romance! I think that The Unhoneymooners is one of the more accessible ones for anyone looking to get into the genre. It reads like a romcom and is being adapted. It also has quite a few of the classic romance tropes, so it is a good one to read if you want to discover which tropes you love and which ones you don’t!
What is a book you would recommend to someone who says they don’t like reading?