February 7, 2012

Top Ten Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Doesn't Like to Read

This weeks top ten, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is books you would hand to someone who doesn't like to read.  Shocking, I know, that such people exist.  I selected a variety of books so that depending on their personality and interests I would select one of these and dare them to tell me it wasn't great fun to read!!  My first three selections I have also picked for past lists.  I think that only means they are really that good!  I tried to select books that weren't too long in length and not difficult reads.

  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - I think EVERYONE should read this book.  I hope someday it is required reading in high school.  It will make your heart break a little, but it will also make you smile.
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I actually did hand this book to someone ...my son.  He was fussing about having to read for school and I handed him The Hunger Games.  I said read this and then try to tell me reading can't be fun.  Mom won ...he read the whole series in two weeks time and is anxiously awaiting the movie release.
  3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova - An emotional look at a real and scary disease that can happen to anyone.
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman - To a lover of fantasy movies I would say read this ....and then American Gods and then ....you get the point ...just pick up some Neil Gaiman.
  5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith - I would totally hand this to a history teacher.  The best part of the book is how well he blends the lore of vampires with actual history.
  6. The Firm by John Grisham - I consider this his best novel and it's a definite page turner.
  7. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - For it's pure entertainment value.
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell - I wanted to include a classic.  I went with this one due it's length and readability.
  9. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper - If you are looking for to laugh while you read then this is your guy. 
  10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - The unique perspective of this narrative makes this a must read and it just sooooooo good.  This is the next book I plan to hand to my son!!


  1. Animal Farm is such a great choice for this list!

    Here's my Top Ten List of Books I'd Hand to Nonreaders.

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  2. Great list! I like your idea of including a classic, and Animal Farm is a great one for its length and readability. And, yeah, John Grisham is great for page-turning fun.

  3. I need to read Stardust ASAP, the movie is SO good. I also want to read Abraham Lincoln before the movie comes out, I have heard good things! Here is my Top Ten

  4. I have a Neil Gaiman book on my list too, although it was co-written with Terry Pratchett. Both excellent fantasy writers. Great list!

    Neither Blogpost nor Blogger are letting me comment while logged in. Here's my Top 10 Tuesday for the week.