Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Hand to Someone Who Says They Don't Like to Read

Honestly, this week's topic for the Broke and the Bookish often stumps me. Because anyone who knows me knows I am a huge bookworm, I am often asked to recommend books and sometimes to people who say they don't like to read.

I don't know what it feels like not to love reading. I have always loved stories and was read to even before I could read. I remember the mechanics of learning to read were difficult and I recall struggling with it, but that's the only disincentive to read I remember. And I still wanted people to read to me. I have a lot of sympathy with kids (or adults) who are learning to read, and especially with kids I've worked with and known personally, reading a fantasy book with them, such as Harry Potter or The Hobbit or even Eragon, has inspired them to want to read or read more.

But for adults who don't like to read? It's complicated. Some look down on fantasy or science fiction, refuse to read on principle or just have no interest. Some will read "trashy" romance or mystery novels, for the thrills and suspense. Others refuse to read anything but nonfiction, because they consider themselves above all that. (Well, no wonder they think reading is boring*).

Recommending books to someone who doesn't like to read is all about that person's individual tastes and what they will tolerate. I don't think there are universal books that everyone will like. Like I said, kids seem to be a little easier to get into reading than adults. I'm going to list 5 books that are tried and proven to get kids into reading and my 5 best guesses for adults, but again, these are books that I've liked that I really don't know if the average adult would be into.

Top 5 Books for Kids Who Don't Like to Read

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling-and on from there.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Sadly, probably only the girls will go for this one).

5. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Top 5 Books for Adults Who Don't Like to Read

1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

5. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Sadly, probably only women will read this).

*Kidding! I know not all nonfiction is boring.


usagi, said...

It seems almost everyone has "Harry Potter" on their lists - which is good, but it's also hilarious.

And yay, you chose "Dragon Tattoo", too! Awesome. :)

My TTT for the week

Sue Jackson said...

Interesting lists! I also made one list for kids and one for adults. You have some of my favorites here and also some I need to check out!


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The Bookworm Hun said...

Interesting take on "books"... it seems like you understood it to mean "novels." I like how bloggers take this meme and make it their own, and I appreciate your thoughts. However, even though I've been a lifelong bookworm, I took my list in a whole different direction... Have a look: http://www.thehunsblog.com/2012/02/top-10-tuesday.html