What Do You Mean, You Don’t Like to Read?!

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
What Do You Mean, You Don’t Like to Read?!

1.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…It’s a compelling story, but more than that, it is very easy to get caught up in the drama of the games because you’re not struggling with the writing.  It is well written, but not dense or difficult.  I’d recommend it to anyone who complains reading is boring.

2.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett…Not just because I loved it (and I really, really l-o-v-e-d it), but also because it is a nearly perfectly constructed book.  The story is compelling, certainly, but it is also historically relevant, hilarious, infuriating, and touching.  All of those elements should make it a great read for anyone.

3.  “Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty…a short story, great for dipping a toe in the water before committing to an entire book <gasp>.  Further, it is riotously funny, and as true as any story can be in relating the shenanigans & foibles of a crazy Southern family.

4.  The Green Mile by Stephen King…Though it has sense been published in book format, I read it when it was originally published in serial format, which for this particular book is ideal.  That is how I would recommend it, because each section is short, lightweight, and unintimidating.  Plus, it’s a fun throw back to the serial publication style that used to be popular.

5.  All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot…and really, I’d recommend his entire series.  They are exceptional, and have such a quirky cast of characters that any reader will be stifling guffaws of laughter…and perhaps a few tears.  These are stories worth reading, reading again, and then reading to your kids.

6.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare…my most favorite book from my childhood.  I have read it several times, and while it is an (obviously) simple story, it is set back in early Colonial times when witch hunts were widespread, making it a great introduction not only to reading, but to historical fiction as well.

7.  The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama…it is a beautifully written story set during the 1930s when the Japanese invaded China.  The main character is a young Chinese boy who is sent to coastal Japan to recover from a bout of tuberculosis, and the book chronicles his year there.

8.  Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson…these are very quick reads, as are all of James Patterson’s books.  However, these are a complete departure from his regular murder mystery fare.  They are sweet & touching stories of love & loss.  I loved them both.

9.  Playing for Pizza by John Grisham…I generally read Grisham when I’m looking for lighter fare, and this is no exception.  However, it is a unique story in that it is not a thriller at all, but the story of a football player who has to find an alternative option outside of the US leagues in order to continue playing football.  More than just a football story, it becomes a testimony to dedication and friendship as well.

10.  Night by Elie Wiesel…of all the Holocaust lit I have read, this one is (by far) my favorite.  It is just over 100 pages, and it tells Wiesel’s own stark, horrifying story in simple yet compelling language.  An easy read linguistically, it is shocking and upsettting, but what I would call a necessary read for anyone who seeks to have a full-bodied understanding of world history.

That’s it for today!  I’m looking forward to your suggestions!



    • Thanks! I have encountered objections to reading “fiction” on quite a few occasions, and after indignantly replying that there is truth in fiction (an argument that fails to resonate in many cases), I suggest a nonfiction title. For some reason, the impediment of fiction being “untrue” is something that some readers can not overcome. 😦

  1. Great variety of genres and age groups! I LOVED The Witch of Blackbird Pond as a kid, and really need to reread it. Night is an excellent pick because it’s so gripping, short, and based on a true story.

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