(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)
Top Ten Tuesday is back and I am SO HAPPY! Sure, it’s been fun trying to come up with my own topics, but it’s also been hard. I had to have a week off last week, because I was completely out of ideas.
For their returning topic, the folks at The Broke and the Bookish wanted us to choose a group to recommend books to. I’ve chosen to recommend to all of the reluctant readers out there. I’m a huge fan of reading, but I know some people find it daunting/boring/difficult. These books will appeal to ANYONE, whether they’re an avid reader or hardly pick up a book a decade.
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10) ‘Crongton Knights‘ by Alex Wheatle
‘Crongton Knights’ is the second book in a trilogy, but if you don’t mind having a couple of gaps in your knowledge it works perfectly as a standalone. Taking the traditional quest plot and modernizing it, Alex Wheatle writes realistic characters who you’ll definitely have met in real life. The first book, ‘Liccle Bit’, is a liccle bit more difficult, so if you decide to read the series chronologically you might encounter some teething issues.
9) ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars‘ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ is amazing. Targeted at a middle-grade audience, it could also appeal to younger children, teenagers or adults. Kiran crafts world stuffed with magical realism, so this book feels as though you’re reading a classic fairytale despite the fact that it’s only been out for a couple of years!
8) ‘The Bad Beginning‘ by Lemony Snicket
If you haven’t read A Series of Unfortunate Events, what are you doing with your life?! Admittedly, later on in the series they get repetitive and bland, but the first book in particular is perfect for reluctant readers. Lemony sneaks the definitions of difficult words into the narrative, meaning that you learn as you read – no need for a dictionary here!
7) ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas‘ anthology
Short stories are perfect for reluctant readers. They’re brief, so you can read them in one sitting, and it means that you can dip in and out of the book without losing the thread of the story. As well as being a great anthology, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ helped a good cause, with £1 of every purchase going to the charity Shelter.
6) ‘Entangled‘ by Cat Clarke
Once upon a time, I hardly read anything. That changed with ‘Entangled’, which I sat and devoured in one sitting. There’s something about Cat Clarke’s writing that pulls you in and refuses to let you go. Not only is the story compelling, the characters are easy to relate to as well.
5) ‘Kindred Spirits‘ by Rainbow Rowell
All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are fun, but some of them are a little long. For a reluctant reader, a book the size of ‘Fangirl’ is an intimidating prospect! ‘Kindred Spirits’ was a short story released for teenagers for World Book Day, and it’s delightful. Telling the story of two Star Wars fans queuing for the midnight premiere of ‘The Force Awakens’, it’s filled with references to nerd culture and media that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
4) Jessica Jones: Alias Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Whenever I have to think of books for reluctant readers, graphic novels always pop into my head. Featuring complex language and difficult topics, being surrounded by images makes them easier to digest. Brian Michael Bendis’ run of Jessica Jones is one of my favourite graphic novel series of all time. They’re perfect for beginners to comics and for those who don’t read very frequently.
3) ‘Doing It!‘ by Hannah Witton
‘Doing It!’, Hannah Witton’s sexual education guide, is perfect for reluctant readers (and learners!). If you feel embarrassed during PSHE class at school, you can learn about sex, relationships and everything in between in your own time. It helps that Hannah is absolutely hilarious, and there are funny illustrations throughout the book.
2) ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil‘ by Malala Yousafzai
Malala’s first foray into the world of picture books is a magical experience. Not only are the illustrations gorgeous, it tells the story of Malala’s life in a very simple form. This is perfect for younger readers and reluctant readers alike. If you’ve been interested in reading ‘I Am Malala’ but haven’t gotten around to it yet, read this as an introduction to the inspirational young woman.
1) ‘Unboxed‘ by Non Pratt
Non Pratt’s collaboration with Barrington Stoke is the perfect story for reluctant readers. Barrington Stoke publish books that are accessible to dyslexic readers, and Non crafts such brilliant characters. This book is short – less than 100 pages – but all of the characters are well-rounded, and the story absorbs you. If you read one book this year, make it ‘Unboxed’.
Thank you for reading my Top Ten Tuesday post! Are there any books that you would recommend for reluctant readers? Leave your suggestions down below.