Books for Reluctant Readers

December 1, 20176 min read

Many people started reading as a child, and that sparked a lifelong love for literature. But, for those who didn’t get that early start, embarking on a reading journey may be difficult. Many people say that they would like to read but never actually get around to it. If you are not an avid reader, finding a book that captures your interest may prove to be very difficult.

Below, you will find a list of books to kick start your reading journey. The trick is to start with novels that move quickly with immersive plots. If these don’t make you enjoy reading, I don’t know what will:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:


These books were a turning point for many readers. The series is full of magic, enticing plot lines and great characters, and if you are going to read it, you will be envied. These books are so epic, that many readers wish that they could read them for the first time again. It is a magical journey through seven books and two scripts that you will never regret.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen:


If you’re into cop shows and mysteries, this is the book for you. This book is the first that follows the exploits of Detective Jane Rizzoli and Doctor Maura Isles (yes, there’s a television series based on it, Rizzoli and Isles). A psychotic serial killer, a badass detective and a brilliant medical examiner; this book is at the top of crime fiction. It is a fast pace thriller that is perfect for new readers. Believe me, you’ll finish it in one sitting.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:


It is brilliantly written and explores the feelings of two teenagers who are battling different forms of cancer. A tragic love story that can bring anyone, and I do mean anyone, to tears. Give it a try; you won’t regret it.

Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan:


GOOGLE. This book is an eccentric mixture of old, dusty tomes and Google. No, really. I am serious. The story goes from a quiet 24-hour bookstore to the Google offices, all in attempt to solve an old mystery. It’s quite amazing, and for the tech-whizzes out there, it is a dream book.

Help for the Haunted by John Searles:


Love The Conjuring? You’ll love this. Although not entirely similar, this book is one of the best suspense novels I have ever read. The main character’s parents are sort of like the Warrens, and when they are murdered, the mystery behind their death is one that may be impossible to solve. With gothic overtones and an immersive plot, this book is perfect for people who enjoy suspenseful horror films.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown:


Although it is fiction, this book has been the centre of controversy and protest — and those are usually the best kinds of books. Following Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, this story takes us through Paris in chase of answers to a great mystery. Symbology, Cryptology, art and much more! This book is, without a doubt, a page turner. This book garnered a lot of criticism, but Dan Brown’s story telling ability is exceptional. A non-reader will appreciate the fast moving plot filled with mystery and action.

Singularity by Steven James:


Singularity is a book that challenges the way you think, and better yet, it makes you think. It involves humans, machines and a combination of both. Murder surrounded by conspiracy and science, this book will pull you in immediately. Perfect for conspiracy theorists.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:


Science fiction at its best (and funniest). This book, and all in its series, is inspired by lunacy. It’s absolutely hilarious and utterly insane. Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a galactic free way and Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect embark on an eventful journey through space, with the help of quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide. Douglas Adams is an amazing mix of wit and wisdom, and it shows in his work. It is a laugh out loud ride that will never let go of your focus. If anything, you should read it, because it explores the meaning of life, and gives you and actual, no nonsense answer!

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Aishvarya Singh

Aishvarya Singh is an aspiring writer and law student. She is into books, Bollywood and social justice. When she's not writing, she is either binge watching series or reading. She lives in South Africa, and no, she does not have a pet lion. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @ai5hvarya Email: [email protected]