This week’s book blogger hop question comes courtesy of Amanda from Give Me Coffee and Books – thanks for this great question Amanda!
What is your go-to recommendation for someone who doesn’t read often?
This is a bit of a tricky one for me because my favourite books tend to be fairly big fantasy books which might be off-putting for someone who doesn’t read much. If I was to recommend anything from this genre, it would probably be something like Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere rather than, say, the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. As much as that is one of my all time favourites, the sheer size of it might be a bit daunting for the casual reader.
My other favourite genre is YA fiction, which again is difficult to recommend because a fair few people in my age group would maybe be unwilling to try something with a much younger target audience. For this, my recommendation would have to be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, or maybe something by John Green.
I think though for someone who really doesn’t read much, I would recommend a thriller from someone like Louise Jensen or Mark Edwards, both of whom write books that are impossible to put down because you just have to know what is going to happen next. Of Louise’s books, it’s a toss up between The Surrogate and The Family as to which is my personal favourite, but all her books are great. The same goes for Mark, but The Lucky Ones was my introduction to his books, and it led me on to read all of his others.
If they were a more romantic soul, it would have to be The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper, or something by Isabella May, books that just sweep you away on a wave of emotion. I think Costa del Churros might just pip the others to win the title of my favourite Isabella May read, but I would recommend The Cocktail Bar as the best book to start with.
There are so many great books out there, and I love introducing a new author to my friends and finding that they fall as in love with them as I am.
What books would you recommend to someone who isn’t an avid reader?