Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Books For Non-Readers

TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and thought up by my awesome friend, Jamie!

Guys, let me be honest: I don't often make book recommendations to non-readers. I read a lot of YA and am STILL in the phase where I'm quite embarrassed by this. If someone asks me what I'm reading (DAMN me for reading something that's not on my Nook!) I'll slowly turn the book over and say "oh, nothing special." But there are a select few that I've given my awesome bookish advice to and here are the books that I chose.

1. The Twilight Saga
Why? Because it's what got me reading. And from like 1998 - 2007, I probably read a grand total of 15 books for pleasure. Love it or hate it, this stuff has worked. Though I'm running out of people to recommend, because they've all seen the movies and still don't like to read. (Ahem, losers.)

2. Harry Potter

Why? Because I listened to the audiobooks and, while it takes longer to complete, you can read while doing other things. People aren't going to ask you what book you're listening to, because they're going to assume that you're listening to music. Plus, they're effing phenomenal. The movies don't do them justice.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why? Well, there's going to be a movie from them. And following suit with every other movie in existence (except Breaking Dawn), the book is probably better.

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Why? Because it's easy breezy. I recommended this book to my sister and, even though she hasn't read it yet, I still maintain she'll love it. Who doesn't adore this love triangle, anyway? It's a good one.

5. The Shade Series by Jeri Smith-Ready

Why? Because it shows that not all YA is "young." Sure, the characters are, but this is heavy material here. And it's painful. There's not much fluff found in this series, but that's why I love it. It makes me feel.

6. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

Why? Because how can you not fall in love with this world? If a non-reader is looking for fantastic world-building, gripping storytelling, and an unreliable narrator who is 100% unsure of herself, so we learn as she learns, this is definitely something they'll want to check out.


  1. I would definitley recommend THG trilogy and the HP series. Great picks!

  2. Awesome we have Twilight and HP both on our lists :)


  3. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a good choice! Definitely something I'd recommend to teenage girls.

  4. YES! I was going to put Shade down too for that reason but I forgot!!

  5. #s1-4 are a HUGE YES!!! I would have said every one of those. Good list!

  6. Shade is the only one I haven't read, but it's on my to-read list now!:) I was the same way with Twilight. I mean, I've always read a lot, but it's what got me started on YA:)

  7. Great pick! I love the comment about Breaking Dawn movie being better than the book! :P lol. I like both :)

  8. I am with you on the Twilight thing. Those books got me reading, too. But damn it woman - be proud of reading YA as an adult! haha I just don't care any more :)

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  9. Great picks! HP would definitely be my pick. So it THG.

    Here are my picks:

  10. Oh yeah, the Gemma Doyle books. They're perfect for non-readers. Although they'd have to be pretty committed by the time they get to book three, or they'll pass out from the sheer size of it. You're totally right in your description, though. ;)

  11. I agree with you on the Gemma Doyle series! Wow, haven't heard that one in a while. I should do a re-read of it. That world was fantastic.

  12. These are all SO good!! Perfect list for nonreaders! And im glad I'm not the only one who sometimes feels embarrassed to admit what I'm reading because of the genre...or sometimes the title.

  13. I love that you are a series fan.

    More than that - I love that you are now an official HARRY POTTER FAN. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

  14. All people should be readers!
    That aside, I love your suggestions :] I'm still trying to get my husband to read The Hunger Games before the movie :P He's not a non-reader, but he doesn't really venture into YA Land.

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