Friday, December 20, 2013

Follow Friday ♥ Reluctant Reader Recommendations

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This week's question/activity:

Pick a book in your favorite genre that you would recommend to a reluctant reader.

I'm supposed to have a favorite genre? Eek. ;)

There are so many great books out there that I would love to recommend. In my job as a librarian, I often have to think about books to recommend to a wide range of reading capabilities and a wide range of willingness to read. For those who struggle with either reading itself or a want to read, I try to find books that are known to be attention grabbers, books that are more action driven than character driven (since for a "non-reader" those can sometimes seem slow and they lose interest more easily), or books that feature a subject that particular person really enjoys (for example, if they love horses I would probably recommend Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races).

All that being said, in general, not knowing a specific person to recommend to, I'll do it this way:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Divergent by Veronica Roth (not only great books, but if they love it or even like it enough, they will continue reading the series... it's a win-win) 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)  Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins or Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert (either a sweet, light-hearted, and fun story, or a dark and gritty one... pick your poison... both are so well told and captivating).

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  Ballads of Suburbia

Splintered by AG Howard (Such an amazing world Howard has created... I, personally, can't wait to dive back in... and again, if they enjoy it, they'll continue on with the series... yay!) or Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (An awesome story in a vivid world... joins the mystical with the real-world in such a convincing way).

Splintered (Splintered, #1)  Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Just Creepy:
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (Have you seen that cover? If that doesn't get a reluctant reader (who's interested in creepiness) to take a gander, I don't know what will...) or Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (I loved this one. I didn't love Girl of Nightmares as much (the sequel), but this one I still think would be a great recommendation for a reluctant reader.)

The Replacement  Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) 

So I didn't do a straight recommendation from my favorite genre (I still don't know what that is... lol), but these are ones I would definitely think about for a reluctant reader.

What about you? What would you suggest?



  1. Great suggestions! I haven't heard of Ballads of Suburbia - I'll have to check that one out. Anna Dressed in Blood is on my bookshelf, just waiting for me! Old-ish bloglovin' follower, Roxy.

    1. Ballads was a pretty intense, gritty read for me. I hope if you read it you enjoy it as much as I did, though. Anna is just very well done on the horror... I was disappointed in the follow up, Girl of Nightmares, but it didn't take away my love for the first. :)


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