Being an avid reader and one who is mystified by those who don’t actually read, I find it a fun challenge to suggest books that I think everyone will love, even if they claim this whole “I don’t like to read” thing. Given the right book, even non-readers can be turned and join the crowd here in the land of reading adventures!
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: This book, or rather series, is a given as it’s already been proven to make readers out of all sorts of people worldwide. Still fancy yourself a non-reader and haven’t read Harry Potter yet? Give it a try and my guess is you’ll be hooked for at least six more books! I’m thinking the whole world can’t be that wrong!
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Everyone loves the movie, right? And if you love the movie it follows that you’ll also love the book. And if you’ve seen the movie it will help you to “get” the book. Also, we all know that the book is always better than the movie anyway. This one is no exception. But wait. That movie is pretty dang good! And guess who’s coming to Comic Con? Sweet Westley himself! (Or is it the Dread Pirate Roberts?) Sweet or dreadful, either way, this book (and movie) is (are) a blast.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: Here’s a wonderful little book that seems to especially turn boys into readers. I’m not sure why boys love this book so much, maybe they identify with it somehow. But I’ve heard story after story of boys loving this one, then reading all the rest of the series, then reading the companion series, then maybe trying other OSC books and then branching out to other science fiction and beyond. It’s an awesome thing. (PS. Girls love it too!)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: This is a more recent book that has everyone turning to reading. The buzz for this book is intense! Everyone is talking about it (and the movie of course) which makes those non-readers suddenly decide that they can read after all! And love it! And then pick up more John Green, and then maybe some Maureen Johnson, and maybe E. Lockhart and then… BAM… a reader has been created. (By the way, it’s my own secret wish that John Green will be a Salt Lake Comic Con guest sometime soon! Crossing fingers.)
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: You may say “what?” to this suggestion, but seriously. . .there are lots of pictures and not many words, and the words that are there, are so funny. And what’s more, funny for both kids and adults! I love it when that happens. People who struggle with the very act of reading should have no problem with this books and its sequels. Try it, you’ll like it!
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel: I might suggest this book to readers who like non fiction but aren’t fond of fiction. Because, this book feels real. In fact, it sets you up to think it’s real. But you know it’s not real, and then in the end, all you can think is. . . wait? Was that real? I love how it messes with your head and I think that many others, whether they read or not, will find that they love it too. And it makes you think, so those thinking non-fiction lovers will love this fiction book!
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I tried not to list yet another so very popular book, but let me just say, this book is hard to put down. HARD I tell you. And if you aren’t much of a reader, than what better book to suggest than one that you truly can’t put down. Now, if you’ve seen the movie and you know what’s going to happen, then, yeah, maybe you can stop reading and put it down for a bit. (Though I still doubt it!) But back in the day before the movie exists, this book is the very definition of a page turner. I know I, for one, read it in nearly one sitting, at the expense of lots of family visiting for the holidays. Oh well, I say. It had to be done.
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Maybe this book isn’t necessarily a book for non-readers but maybe more a book for classically-challenged readers. Wilkie Collins is one of those under appreciated writers who seems to always slip under the radar when classics are discussed. But he should be at the top with his funny, witty, page turning tales. This book, The Moonstone, is probably his most popular (he’s written a ton) and will make any reader (and maybe even the non-readers) happy.
- The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman: This author can capture the voice of a mischievous teenager like nobody’s business. Younger non-readers will love it and relate. Older ones will enjoy the smartness of the story and laugh a lot. And once they’ve read this one, they’ll want to check out all the other books this author has to offer! He writes wonderful stories that non-readers will find hard to resist.
- The Adventures of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Just like The Wimpy Kid mentioned above, this book will appeal to those that shy away from reading because of its most awesome pictures. It’s not really a picture book, it’s not really a graphic novel, and it’s not really a mainstream novel… it’s sort of in a category all its own… the AWESOME category! Adults and kids alike will love the story and the pictures. Try it and see if you aren’t caught up in Hugo’s adventure!
What a pile of awesome books! I would love to be able to go back and read them all over again for the first time. If you fancy yourself not a fan of reading and haven’t read them yet, I envy you the adventure that awaits. Here’s hoping you put aside your reading reluctance and give one or two, or all of them a try!
Suey is an Official Salt Lake Comic Con Blogger.