Book Recommendations for Non-Readers

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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” ― Jhumpa Lahiri


A couple of weeks ago, my Qatar-based radio jockey friend @allyontheradio asked me for book recommendations. She needed a list of easy reads for non-readers (or beginners) for her daily After Shift program at Qabayan Radio. The theme is finding new things to do during quarantine. What better time to start a new hobby and broaden your interests, right? So I thought of also sharing with you all what I came up with: ⁣


* The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ⁣
* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ⁣
* Harry Potter series ⁣by J.K. Rowling 
* Holes by Louis Sachar
* Any Dan Brown book ⁣
* (not mentioned in the program but I wanted to add) The Firm by John Grisham

First thing I noticed is that all of these have been adapted into films—which makes sense because being entertaining is one of the reasons why these all made it to mainstream. However, my criteria for choosing is not only based on the popularity or entertainment value, but more on the readability and range of these books. I think that if you’re only starting it would definitely be better to read the page-turners. But even more essential than the fast-paced narrative and plot twists are the memorable characters and the underlying message—whether a story enhances one’s morality and humanity. ⁣Do I think these are the best written books of all-time? Definitely not. Do I believe these titles will make people fall in love with reading? Not a 100% because different people will have different tastes, but in terms of probability I would easily vouch for these.

I asked my bookstagram friends: What book/s do you give someone who wants to discover the joys of reading? ⁣Below are more wonderful suggestions:

📚 From @foxynerdyrebelle:
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and The Illuminae Files  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
📚 From @levicorpvs_:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
📚 From @ineffable_twaddler:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
📚 From @bookish_4_life
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
📚 From @curioussouls:
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus and I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
📚 From @trappedinsidestories
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman


Please feel free to add more recommendations! Let’s chat in the comments 💕


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17 thoughts on “Book Recommendations for Non-Readers

    1. Forgive me for saying this but I’m surprised you have read the Grisha trilogy😄 I’ve only read the first book, but yes I do plan to go back to that universe, too.

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      1. Haha! Yes indeed- there’s nothing else like it on my reading list! It’s just super readable. Perhaps more predictable would be the wayward pines trilogy – even readable but with a little more gristle!

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      2. I enjoyed Dark Matter and his recent one was good too. The one about lost gold (was it abandon?) was not his best but the Wayward Pines trilogy is head and shoulders above his others for me. Brilliant.

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  1. I just did a post on a similar topic. And it had one of us is lying as well. I love the book thief as well!


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