Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Top Ten Books for Someone Who Doesn't Like to Read

Today is Tuesday and that means it's Top Ten day over at The Broke and the Bookish!  Head on over there to check out all the amazing top ten lists.  Today's topic is Top Ten Books I’d Hand To Someone Who Says They Don’t Like to Read.  Here are my Top Ten, with the reasons and/or type of people I'd hand them to:
  • Any book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich - fast-paced and fun, a perfect starter book for people who like a lot of action and humor.
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - for fans of reality TV.
  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb - for people who enjoy watching holiday movies; it's also light and short.
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – one of my favorite books of all time – ‘nuff said.
  • She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – I could NOT put this book down.
  • Anything by Stephen King – who is King of can’t-put-it-down suspense – my favorite is The Stand but it’s probably too long for a non-reader to start with: any of his early suspense/horror novels will entice the most reluctant reader.
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl – a wonderful example of how magical a novel can be, for anyone who enjoys feel-good love stories.
  • Room by Emma Donoghue – especially for those who were fascinated by the story of Jaycee Dugard.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett – just because it is such an amazing book – who wouldn’t like it?
  • Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers - a novel told in short notes between a mother and daughter - easily digested in a single sitting but emotionally powerful.

I could have made a list twice as long!  What books would you lend to entice a non-reader?


  1. Anonymous7:38 PM

    I am just starting Stephanie Plum- half way through book four and loving them! So much fun.

  2. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Ooh, I found a book-soul-mate. We like the same stuff!

  3. You know I love your recommendations - I hope to get to The Help soon; and agree Glass Castle was amazing.

  4. I've seen The Help on so many lists this week (and um...every week!). I picked it up this last week on audio, and am excited to finally join its team. I agree on the Stephanie Plum series! My sister who's New Year resolution was to 'read 3 books' a couple years ago picked up this series and now reads all of them! She even got me to read one, and it's usually not my type of read but I enjoyed it.

  5. I have The Poisonwood Bible on my shelf. I've heard amazing things about it. I started it but haven't finished it yet. I'm enjoying it!

  6. I've read a couple of the Stephanie Plum books, and thought they were fun and easy to get into.

    Intrigued by Life on the Refrigerator Door - will definitely track that one down!

  7. I like how you made separate lists for YA and adults. Once again, I haven't read any of these books, but a couple of them (Room, The Poisonwood Bible) have been on my TBR list for too long.