So You Don't Like to Read? We Found Some Books That'll Ease You In
There's a book out there for everyone!
Books For People Who Don't Like To Read
Not everyone enjoys reading and that's okay! It's not for everyone the same way video games and knitting aren't for everyone. But I do believe if non-readers picked up the right book, like one of these books for people who don't like to read, they may just find themselves a little more willing to give it a try.
Sometimes the trick to easing into a good book is finding something you're already familiar with and enjoy. For example, the books Wild and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are on this list and both have movies based on them. If you enjoyed the movies, you may enjoy reading the books and getting even more details on the characters and plot. Another thing that could help ease people who don't like reading into it is by giving them the book of someone they already love. Trevor Noah's memoir made the list and it's a truly incredible read. Sometimes just a compelling synopsis is all you need for your interest to be piqued. Well, we've got that covered too!
Take a look at these books for people who don't like reading - hopefully you'll find the book that will ease you into your next hobby!
1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Based on books by Gillian Flynn, the Gone Girl movie and Sharp Objects TV show were bit hits. However, it's her book Dark Places that's my personal favorite. I the novel, no one has forgotten the Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas, especially lone survivor Libby Day. She was just seven when sisters and mother were killed and later testified that her older brother Ben was the killer.
At 32, Libby is contacted by the Kill Club, a group obsessed with true crime who believe Ben may have been wrongfully convicted. Libby's willing to work with them, but only if it'll put some money in the bank. She agrees to reconnect with people from her past and pass the information along to the Kill Club. When the truth emerges, Libby is right back where she began at the age of seven, a killer on her heels.
2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Rachel Chu is a New York girl through and through. So when her boyfriend, Nickolas Young, asks her to spend the summer in Singapore with his family, she she envisions a humble family home, figuring the trip will give them plenty of time to spend together. The problem is that Nick forgot to mention a few things before the arrived. Like the fact that his house is basically a palace. Or that his family uses private planes more than care. Or that he's apparently the most eligible bachelor in the country.
Unbeknown to Rachel, she has a target on her back from the get-go. It's clear she doesn't fit in with his family filled with nosy relatives or the scheming social climbers all around them.
3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild, is one of my favorite books I've ever read. It's also a great book to jump into if you aren't a big fan of reading. At only twenty-two, Cheryl's life is falling apart. Her mother has just died from cancer and her marriage is falling apart. Within four years, she feels like she has nothing left to lose and makes the impulsive and life-changing decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The trails stretches 1,100 miles, all the way from the Mojave Desert up to Washington state.
Without an long-distance hiking experience, the trail began as "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." That promise was the opportunity to piece her life back together even as she faced bears and rattlesnakes, the heat and snow, and extreme loneliness that comes with hiking alone.
4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
You probably know Trevor Noah as the host of The Daily Show, but he lived a life before that. In Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, he shares it with us. The child of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, Trevor was born during a time when his parents' union would have gotten them imprisoned for five years. He had to spend his early years indoors for fear the government would take him away from his family. When South Africa finally changed the laws that would allow Trevor to live openly, he and his mother began embracing their newfound freedom after centuries-long struggle.
Throughout the book, the reader watches Trevor grow from a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist." His relationship with his mother who would do anything to break him from free from the cycle of poverty, abuse, and violence common to black people in South Africa.
5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
In 1969, the four Gold children sneak from their home in New York's Lower East Side to see the mystical woman who is rumored to be in the area. Supposedly, she is able to tell anyone the very day they will die. The prophecies the children receive will inform the next five decades of their lives: the family golden boy, Simon, and his escape to San Francisco; Klara's journey to become a magician in Las Vegas and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy; Daniel living as an army doctor in a post-9/11 world; and Varya, a woman who delves into longevity research, testing the boundary between science and immortality.
The heart of The Immortalists is the love between family, the distinctions between destiny and choice, reality and illusion. Our world and the next and power of belief hold weight within the novel just as much as the familial bonds do.
6. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Set in a few different timelines, Fannie Flagg's classic, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, is a novel set in the 1980s and follows Mrs. Threadgoode recounting the escapades of two women back in the 1930s to Evelyn. The two women, Idgie and Ruth, run the Whistle Stop Cafe together, live together, and even raise Ruth's son together. Their love story is a beautiful part of the novel and will make you laugh and break your heart in the same chapter.
Meanwhile, in the present day of the 1980s, Evelyn is stuck in a rut and it is through listening to Mrs. Threadgoode's tale that she finally begins to feel invigorated again.
7. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez's In the Time of Butterflies is a novel about four sisters, Las Mariposas, the Butterflies. Alvarez takes the reader from their early years in the Dominican Republic into adulthood when they become involved in politics, working against dictator Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. On November 25, 1960, three of the sisters - Minerva, Patria, and María Teresa - are found near their jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff.
Their deaths are reported as accidental in the official state newspaper, but everyone knows who Las Mariposas are and can guess what really happened. Dedé, the only remaining sister, survived because she was not in the car. Alvarez takes you through the sisters' lives, from the mundane to the horrifying, peeling back the layers to show a novel fill with courage and love despite the political oppression around them.
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