Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading. I’m not crazy about the phrasing, especially since I have a couple of non-readers in my family. I know they don’t “claim” to not liking reading, it’s really just not their thing and it’s legitimately not something they enjoy doing regularly. Just like playing online games or jogging or collecting stamps is not my thing. I’m not just claiming that, it’s true.
That being said, it doesn’t mean they dislike reading all books/magazines/stories and I dislike every online game. I’d rather be reading, they’d rather be gaming. I find that usually when people say they don’t like something, it’s meant in an offhand way in which they really mean it’s just not their thing.
Being as I have non-readers in my life, half of my choices today are books they’ve read and enjoyed. Does it mean they’ve decided to continue reading on a regular basis? Nope. Is that okay? Yep. The other half of my choices are books that were, to me, fully engaging, not too long, and may lead the reader to want to read more by the author.
Books My Non-Reader Loved Ones Have Read and Enjoyed
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
Watchers by Dean Koontz
Different Seasons by Stephen King
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Engaging Books I Often Recommend
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Tru Blue by Melissa Foster
Repeat by Kylie Scott
Alex by Sawyer Bennett
One last thing I’d like to remind my fellow readers, some people struggle with reading. There are a myriad of learning disabilities that make reading a chore instead of a joy. Some people find tricks that work for them that make reading more enjoyable, some people like using audio books for reading, and some still pass on books for the most part. All of those options are okay. Not to mention, many people who don’t read novels enjoy reading magazines or newspaper articles or other periodicals. All of which are reading. Being overly pushy about books and reading to someone who already thinks it’s not an enjoyable pasttime will most likely just push that person further away from reading. I personally feel saying something along the lines of, “I understand reading isn’t for everyone, but if you ever want to give it a try again I’d be more than happy to help you find a book you may enjoy.”
I think you are very wise. Yes, many people don’t enjoy reading, and it’s not my job to bring them over into my patch of the woods. However, I am always happy to share some books with others they might enjoy, if they are asking for suggestions!
Stephen King is a great pick for people who don’t generally enjoy reading. So many of his books have been made into films and TV shows, too!
And, yes, I completely agree with your stance against pressuring anyone to read. It’s totally okay to have other interests in life. 🙂
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-would-hand-to-someone-who-claims-to-not-like-reading/
Grave Mercy surprises me, but it was a great book.
It’s been quite a few years since I read Grave Mercy, but I remember I was fully immersed and have recommended numerous times since.
I guess I think of it as being a slower read, but I shouldn’t because it’s been so long since I read it and I did love it.
I hear what you are saying, and would never try to push someone to read. But I a so known as “the reader” among my friends, that I am frequently asked what I would recommend, you know, IF they decided to read something. So that was the perspective that I approached from.
Also, some of these books look really good!
I definitely feel that was the intent of this prompt, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way it was worded.
And Then There Were None is a great way to introduce a reader to Agatha Christie!
I totally agree with your comment about not pushing reading on people who don’t enjoy it. Do I wish my kids would spend less time staring at a tv, phone, or computer? I certainly do! But I will not force them to read, especially if it’s a book they don’t enjoy. I just offer them book suggestions and then leave them alone.
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I get what you’re saying. My daughter, for instance, doesn’t like to read most books, but she does like having them read aloud to her. She also loves to read graphic novels and manga. Different strokes for different folks.
I approached my list more from the vantage point of people who are apprehensive about reading for whatever reason but haven’t outright decided that it’s not for them, and the kinds of books I thought would be good for that sort of person, though I do agree the wording for this prompt is not great. It’s also hard because the kind of book I’d recommend to someone who wants to get into reading would depend very much on their personal interests and it’s not really something you can make generalisations about!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/11/02/top-ten-tuesday-340/
I love this post! Thank you, Cheri. Seeing some of those old favorites from when we were kids made me smile. ❤