Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Ten Books You'd Hand To Someone Who Says They Don't Like To Read

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

The Name of the Star: Jack-The-Ripper, ghosts, boarding school in England, and the legendary wit of Maureen Johnson. It is just so thrilling. I stayed up hours past my bedtime, happily sacrificing sleep for the next page.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading: It's about a person who avoids books! It is hilarious and shows how much stories impact our lives, no matter what. 

Uglies: A wild ride. A cliche saying but it was. Around every turn you wondered would the authorities be there? What would happen if they were? And was the life the authorities offered actually better than fighting for the alternative? I think the subjects posed affect us all these days and I've had success with a "non-reader" getting interested in this one before.

Candide: It was so much fun and short AND SO MANY WILD THINGS happen! It could change anyones' mind about what Classics contain.

Anna Dressed In Blood: From the first sentence the narrators voice is gripping. Snark in the best way. Then there is Anna, scary, tragic, killer, and unforgettable to get to know.

Down and Out in Paris and London: Semi-autobiography, that is entertaining, and shows that we written accounts of real life can be well written. This book is interesting enough for me to take another look at non-fiction (even though some classify it as fiction, so this one does blur the line), which I usually find too dry to be anything but work. I feel it would be the same for others.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Any nerdy or geeky person should have this book in their repertoire. And most people I know fall into those categories. The tangents and cultural references make it enjoyable and unmissable.

American Gods: A story of worship. The original Gods are being replaced, forgotten because of what the modern person worships, like TV and Highways. Who of us can't relate? And it is well written and the characters are well developed.

Lamb: Christian influence is something I think most people have been effected by, and because of that I think a well thought out and funny look at a young Christ's life would be an intriguing tale for even those who don't really read.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: I remember this book being such an impact on me. The narrator addresses the reader as this friend he's writing to, it's like you're let into the greatest secrets in his life and at one of the biggest turning points of his lifetime. It's amazing.

You guys read these? Have you gotten any reluctant friends to read any of them?

15 comments:

  1. Name of the Star is perfect. What a great list.

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  2. Oooh, I've never read Candide, and I must confess, I'm not a huge fan of the classics-- so maybe I should try that one! Great recommendations.

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    1. I will say Candide is for an older audience then most of the books I've seen you review.
      It was amazing though, and slapped stereotypes about classics in the face. I have gotten a non-reader to love it, and I hope someone who reads as much as you do enjoys it just as much.

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  3. I love the cover of Name of the Star. Every time I see it makes me want to read the book. I haven't yet though. Nice list! I'm going to check some of these out.

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  4. Oooh, definitely support Uglies on this list! It's such an interesting read. And how have I never heard of Anna Dressed in Blood?! Just the title is captivating, and I read the summary on goodreads right after - certainly on my TBR list now!

    Ashley
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    1. Ashley, it's ok, Anna was a Debut last year and there were many good ones! BUT now you know about it, go pick it up now, I wish you happy reading.

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  5. I almost put Uglies on my list. It's a really great choice because not only is it a fantastic book but it would also appeal to boy non-readers. Great list.
    My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Exactly! My Ex (still a good friend) liked it so much he tried to steal the sequels out of my hands as I was reading them. He only reads a couple books a years so I can say this one is tried and true.

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  6. lol Candide! I had no idea. I'll have to check that one out myself :)

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    1. Yes, try it, it isn't long. I hope you love it!

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  7. I picked Lamb too, I really loved that book!

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    1. I'm so glad! I've been starting to think I was alone in that, and I think it's a book many people would enjoy.

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  8. Great list! I been wanting to read The Name of the Star for awhile now. Have a great day. New Follower.

    Kayla

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  9. have to read many from your list..

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  10. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading sounds hilarious! I'm adding it to my TBR pile. Great list!

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