When I was a kid, I devoured books. In first grade, I was already reading MG/YA and classic novels as opposed to those little readers that they give you in school. Therefore, it was always anathema to me when my brothers or my friends would complain about HAVING to read books, because I was really interested in reading EVERYTHING EVER. As I grew and matured, I discovered to my shock and horror that this was not an uncommon attitude. Even now, there’ll be times when I run into people who say that they just don’t like to read, and give me a mildly dismissive shoulder shrug.
So I, of course, must rise to the challenge and recommend books to these people. When I saw that today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Top Ten Books That I’d Hand To Someone Who Says They Don’t Like To Read, I just HAD to join in. 🙂
Top Ten Books That I’d Hand To Someone Who Says They Don’t Like To Read
This one is obvious. It got my brothers reading, it got my friends reading, and it started a wildfire in the world of young adult literature.
2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett
This was the first novel I was able to get my youngest brother to read that wasn’t for school. Success!
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I’m guessing this is going to be on a lot of lists. Got my brother and three friends to read this one.
4. Anything by Patricia C. Wrede
Wrede’s witty, lighthearted style is sure to convert even the most hardened book haters.
5. Anything by Cassandra Clare
For that girl you know who says “I don’t read, but I did like Twilight.”
Only, Clare is obviously tons better than Meyer.
6. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
For that girl/boy you know who likes adventure and paranormal TV shows but doesn’t read.
7. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
For everyone. Ever. It’s impossible to hate this series.
I am personally not as into these books anymore, but they do tend to get young people reading (and even writing!).
9. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Again, something of better quality for the Twilight-and-nothing-else chick.
This is a good one for boys or girls who are fond of The House of Anubis/similar shows but have a hard time finding something that suits their taste in books.
So, those are my (admittedly somewhat genre-slanted) offerings. What books would YOU recommend for reluctant readers? Let me know in the comments or link me back to your own Top Ten Tuesday post!