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The Best Books To Recommend For Someone Who Doesn’t Read Much

Picture this: it’s a rainy day, your errands are done, and you’ve got the house to yourself. You sit down on your couch with a warm blanket, a hot cup of tea, and settle in to lose yourself in a good book. That sounds fantastic, right? If you’re not a reader then this probably sounds like a boring way to spend your day. Reading can be thrilling and imaginative with the right kind of book. Everyone has that friend that has never and swears that they will never crack a book and start reading it. There’s no way to force someone to love books, but you can help them out by suggesting a few great titles that may peak their interest enough to pick up another book afterwards. Here are a few good titles to recommend for someone who doesn’t read much.

The Diary of an Oxygen Thief

This book is under 200 pages and reads more like a diary entry than a novel, hence the name. It’s realistic and does have a bit of humor in it. The author of this book is Anonymous, but once you’re finished reading it, you’ll probably think it’s better that you don’t know who wrote it. Be cautious though, this book isn’t a lighthearted book with a happy ending. It has some dark themes in it but the author does explain that this is his personal diary and not for the public to indulge in so he can’t be held accountable for anything he says. For someone who doesn’t read, this book will surely entertain them.

Jurassic Park

Yes, this is a book too. In fact, this is a fantastic book. If you loved the movie then you’ll love the book even more for all of the dinosaur and jungle descriptions that’s in it. The movie was action packed but the book has double the action and suspense than the movie. Steven Spielberg is a great director, but Michael Crichton does a fantastic job as an author giving you the suspense and action you long for in this novel. If you don’t usually pick up a book, you’ll want to read this one.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Written by the same author as The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseini shows you a whole new world like you’ve never experienced. This novel follows two girls living in Afghanistan who face tremendous troubles and fears in their life. This story gives you a real look into a country that you’ve heard so much about but have yet to want to experience. Even if you hate reading, this novel will grab your attention with the magnificent country Hosseini describes and the events that occur in each of his characters lives. Their stories will teach you about unlikely friendships, love, and how to hold on to hope when it seems you’ve lost it all.

Water For Elephants

There’s a reason why this book is a best seller and an award winner. Sara Gruen brings you into the exciting world of being part of a circus and the consequences that come with it. Tag along with these inspiring characters and ride horses, elephants, and tame lions with them. Even though this book has an air of romance to it, the consequences of falling for the wrong person and deciding your own fate is just enough to keep you interested. If you’ve never read an entire book through, guaranteed this will serve you well.

Eleanor & Park

This book may be about teenagers but it isn’t just for teenagers. Even adults can relate to these characters, despite their teenage antics. It is an inspiring story of two unlikely teens who become friends and more. There is nothing sweeter than a blissful teenage relationship, all of which this book encompasses. Although this book is described as sweet, it does involve some dark themes that teenagers deal with, giving this novel a realistic and relatable feel. Even those who don’t read will fall in love with the cute relationship Eleanor and Park share.

1984

For those of your friends who love talking politics and current events but don’t like novels, this book will be very relatable for them. 1984 is George Orwell’s prediction he had for America which, to this day, has a very familiar and current feel to it. Anyone interested in government conspiracies, corruption, or new age government will love the novel Orwell has written. Despite the dark themes in this book, he does make light of the world by creating a satire out of this novel, too. Next time a friend complains about how the world is collapsing, hand them this novel and watch as it changes them from a non-reader to an avid reader.

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