Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Someone Who Doesn’t Read (What? I know.)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re chatting it up about the top books I’d recommend to someone who doesn’t read. I’m going to focus on YA, since most of the people in my life are readers, but some of them still think YA is goofy. Or hokey. Or all about vampires.  I mean, they have a point, I guess, since there are many books like that, but those aren’t the books I’d recommend anyway.

Also, I think it goes without saying that The Harry Potter series should be assigned reading for the entire world, so I’m not even going to list those (but technically I just did, didn’t I?).

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I’m somewhat obsessed with this book right now because it has it all: foreign sites, mythology, possibly doomed love, kissage, and gorgeous writing.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– I know. Duh.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth– Double Dog Duh

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness– Oh this one kills me! It slays me! So freaking good. Just trust me.

5. Anything by Sara Zarr– My favorite is probably How to Save a Life, but seriously, they’re all good. Take your pick.

6. Anything by Melina Marchetta– She is amazing. Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca are two of my favorite books (though she’s written others).  Try them.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman– I know that the premise sounds like a super, mega downer and I’m not gonna lie, there are some very sad moments. But so much of this book is about life and those moments that make you love it. This story delves into familial love and friendship and romantic love and dreams for the future. You’ll smile and maybe swoon a bit. And yes, you’ll cry. But it will be so worth it.

8. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan- Are you thinking “Blah blah blah. She always talks about this book”? I do. It’s true. It’s so good though, the way it explores love and how we’re connected to one another.

9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano– This one is disturbing, but it’s a good one.  And it’s totally unique.

10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore– I love this book. I need to read it again so that I can review it because it is so totally excellent.  This has another strong heroine, which is good, but I felt that the basic story was not only really well written , but very different.

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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Someone Who Doesn’t Read (What? I know.)

  1. I’m rapidly scribbling down these titles because from these ten, I’ve only read Hunger Games. I’d like to check out ALL of them, especially Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Thanks for the list!!

    And ‘Someone who doesn’t read’??? What kind of foreign being is this? They are sooo missing out!

  2. Oh! I like how you did yours, just a list for people who don’t read. Jellicoe Road, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, How to Save a Life, Wither, Graceling, AND The Knife of Never Letting Go are all in my TBR stack. I’ve heard such good things about all of them. I love knowing that I’ve got really good books just waiting to be read, seeing them on your list just makes me more excited!

  3. Seriously awesome list – I’ve a few of the books and 100% agree – Hunger Games, Harry Potter = sweet! I haven’t gotten to Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet, but intend to really soon.

    • 🙂 I recently re-read The Hunger Games for my book club. It had been about two years since I’d read the original. Still TOTALLY blew me away.

  4. My list actually looks really similiar to yours. 🙂 And even the books on your list that i haven’t read are currently in my TBR pile.
    i totally agree with the Harry Potter as required reading thing. Every book in that series is pretty perfect.
    i finally wrote down I’ll Be There on my Books To Buy List (yeah, i’ve got a Books To Buy List. sooooooo nerdy!) i have GOT to read that book so i can properly understand your fangirldom. 🙂 Plus i really like its cover!

  5. Graceling! Hunger Games! I love these both SO much. And my copy of Divergent arrived in the mail this morning. I am CRAZY excited. EEEEEEE! And I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone sitting at home waiting for my attention. You have so many good books on this list. You’ll make a reader out of someone yet!

    • Molly this makes me SO happy for two reasons. 1) We need to spread the love about awesome books (I learned about Jellicoe Road from the ladies at Forever Young Adult and had they not fangirled so hard for it, I probably never would have picked it up). And 2) Because I know how good it is and how it made me feel to read it, I love knowing that someone else is experiencing that! Thank you!!!

    • YES. It is awesomely cool. This is the only Cahsore book I’ve read and it reminds me that I need to read Fire (and then Bitterblue in May). This one is really good (and it gets kinda steamy). She’s a great MC.

      • Ack, what a dolt I am; I meant Wither. I’ve definitely read “Graceling” (and “Fire,” which is awesome, but I liked “Graceling” a teensy bit more, because sometimes I prefer no love triangles).

      • 🙂 Yes, it’s good. The setting and the conflict is, I thought, very creative. The love story didn’t totally draw me in, but the MC is good and she does a great job at giving us totally hateworthy bad guys and bad guys who are still somehow likeable (you’ll see what I mean). I think you’ll like it.

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