Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Books I'd Hand To Someone Who Says They Don't Like To Read.
I hear it all the time… “I don’t know what to read.” “I don’t like to read.” “I want the shortest book possible to get through this assignment.” Well, first of all, there are lots of great books out there on all sorts of topics and as long as you have a pulse, there is something out there for you. Really.
Below are some of the books I often recommend to students (and staff!):
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
This is a well-written, light-hearted book that is very interesting. Definitely one of the better books I have read.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
There have been a lot of dystopian society books written in the past couple of years but Divergent is one of the few that created a solid setting with interesting characters that one can feel emotions (love, hate, fear, etc) toward.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
So many people with different interests love this book and this series. It is great for people interested in mythology. It is great for those interested in fantasy. It is great for those who like stories of friendship, action, and adventure.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
There is love, sarcasm, travel, friendship & a little bit of random history. This is just a fun book to read.
Any Books by James Patterson
I have a lot of respect for James Patterson. He is a diverse writer who really just wants people to read. The great thing about his books is that he has a lot of chapter books, but he also has a lot of comic books/graphic novels. His Maximum Ride series is the most popular, but most of the library’s James Patterson books are quickly checked out because he is just that awesome.
Vladimir Tod books by Heather Brewer
Basically, it is drama & vampires that both guys and girls can enjoy.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
This is realistic urban lit, but told in the form of a script (with a little bit of narrative) which makes the book different and more interesting than others.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is an expert in creating creepy and engaging books. Most people know that I HATE scary books/movies, but even though The Graveyard Book was definitely creepy, it was also a really awesome book with interesting characters. In fact, I never realized that dead people could be so awesome.
Speak or Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson’s books definitely capture readers’ attention. Even people who aren’t too interested in reading are usually wanting to know what happens next in her books. (And, no, I am not sure when the final book in the Seeds of America series will come out. It should be next school year.)