Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to the Reluctant Reader
As a reader, I find it really difficult to pick a favourite genre. I tend to dip in and out of a really wide variety of books so rather than sticking with just one theme today, I’ve decided to go with books I’d give to someone who doesn’t read, or at least someone who doesn’t read much. As the woman herself, Ms J K Rowling once said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”. I’ve recently discovered that giving book recommendations is a lot harder than it looks! So I’ve picked the following from my Favourites shelf on Goodreads and tailored each pick to the type of reader/person I think it would suit.
1. For the romantic who likes to be surprised – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I loved this book, and I did end up pushing it on my sister, who I’d say is now a fan. Aside from the mixed media element, which was genius, I thought this was a really unique read and very refreshing for a NA novel (you can check out my full review here).
2. For the action-packed paranormal heroes – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. If you prefer your fiction to pack a paranormal punch, I’d highly recommend the Shadowhunter world. This has become one of my favourite series, and one of my favourite worlds, which is why I rushed out to buy The Infernal Devices trilogy as soon as I finished The Mortal Instruments. You can check out my series overview here.
3. For the contemporary swooner – Boys Like You by Juliana Stone. This was my first 5/5 review for 2014. This book really resonated with me for some reason, and while I may love it more than your average reader, I found the swoon-levels should come with a warning!
4. For the social commentators – Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This book is so much more than a YA novel with a coming-of-age storyline and teenage romance. I reread this novel (and the rest of the series) this year, and I still found it to be a fantastic read. And it’s the first book I remember that made me cry.
5. For the rebels and the freedom-fighters – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I don’t think this series is perfect, but I raced through the three books in one weekend and couldn’t put them down. A fantastic dystopian that re-ignited my love for reading around a year ago. Perfect for the inner rebel.
6. For the darker side of humanity – We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This is a seriously under-rated book that needs much, much more exposure, and I tend to talk about it every chance I get. Loosely based on real-life events, this story looks at the eternal “nature vs nuture” conundrum and tackles some very dark and intense issues.
7. For the Kings and Queens in all of us (or just the history buffs) – The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. After falling head over heels in love with both The White Queen TV show and The Tudors TV Show, I needed a historical-fix, and I’ve become fascinated by this era. Fabulously written, this series won’t bore you like History class did.
8. For the ones who like to get hot under the collar – 50 Shades of Grey by E L James. Ohhhh yes I did. I went there. While I do understand a lot of the gripes people have with this series, I also have a bone to pick with those who slam the series without actually giving it a go (be warned, by the end of book 1, even I hated Christian. But there is a story in there – trust me). I’ll always suggest this to people who aren’t afraid of books that get down and dirty.
9. For the un-put-down-able quickie – Love Virtually – by Daniel Glattauer. This was a fabulous little find I had never heard of before, but I added it to my shopping basket on The Book People, because it had great reviews, it was a hardback, and it was £1. I was pleasantly surprised. Told entirely by email, this little gem took me 2-3 hours to read. I loved it.
10. For the inner child in all of us, who still believes in magic – Harry Potter by J K Rowling – Did you really think I could make a list of book recommendations, and not include my favourite book of all time?? Everyone. Should. Read. This. Series.
*Post name-change thanks to Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook*
Have you read any of the books I’ve recommended? What theme did you go with today? What are your top recommendations? So many questions! Link me up to your posts in the comments.