Top Ten Tuesday #8 - Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to a Reluctant Reader

 Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To a Reluctant Reader

This year there have been quite a few people I have converted into readers. I haven't turned them into completely avid readers, not yet anyway, but I have had them reader more books than they usually do. Below are some of the books I have recommended and will recommend to future reluctant readers!

Top 10 Recommended Reads

1. Divergent - Veronica Roth

One of the most intense novels I have read. It really draws a reader in, with non-stop action not even the most fidgety of people will be able to put this down.
Divergent (Divergent, #1)

2. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Yet another dystopia. The Hunger Games is a frightening novel that deals with what could be of the future. A read that will have you staying up the whole night.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

3. Life As We Knew It - Suzanne Pfeffer
I LOVE this book! One of the first every dystopian/ post-apocalyptic books I have ever read! Gives a frightening glimpse into the future and approaches the idea of what we would need to do in order to survive if the earth's resources were suddenly cut back.

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy - Jenny Han
Another trilogy I have come to adore. This has been of the most popular books I have recommended this year with most of the people coming back and stating that they enjoyed the trilogy. Romance, summer, the beach and loveable characters. Who wouldn't love it?!

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

5. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
This book tore my heart to shreds, but then slowly, with each captivating word the author wrote, my heart was slowly patched back together again .This book will make every reader laugh, cry, smile and realise all the beauty in life,

The Sky is Everywhere

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick ness
Although this book is slightly hard to grasp at first, you will eventually become immersed in the story and fall in love with the characters and the world. This book shows us how hard it would be to live in a world where everything can hear each others thoughts , and the conflict that will inevitably arise.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

7.  Wonder - R.J. Palacio
A compelling novel that sensitively deals with being born with defects and how one boy can change everyone's lives for the better. It's beautiful and a pure gem.


8. The Mortal Instruments series - Cassandra Clare
Need I say more? These books are filled with betrayal, heart-ache, humour, shockers and an intriguing story line that I think anyone would enjoy!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

9. The Emerald Atlas - John Stephens
Quite a new series, but a fantastic one at that! A reader of any  age will be astounded at the bravery these three children show throughout their life-changing journey,  I couldn't put it down! It's filled to the brim with loveable characters and an action-packed plot!

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning #1)

10. Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan
I love these books! Greeks gods who had offspring with humans to create these powerful demi-gods who get sent to Camp Half-Blood to train against evil monsters, uh, yes PLEASE!The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

These are my top ten books I'd recommend to a reluctant reader! What are yours?


  1. Great blog post, Kyra. I completely agree with you about Percy Jackson and 'The Hunger Games' pulling reluctant readers in, and Patrick Ness is a brilliant writer. I also recommend Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts and Crosses' and virtually everything by Neil Gaiman, Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson and Diana Wynne-Jones to anyone who wants a great story.

    1. I love Anthony Horowitz's books! Really want to try out Malorie Blackman and Neil Gaiman's books too. Thanks for commenting! <3

  2. Great list. Almost every book on this list is one of my favourites.

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  3. I love The Knife of Never Letting Go. And The Sky is Everywhere. And Wonder. They are such good books!

  4. Oh, nice list! I can see how each of these books would appeal to a reluctant reader, too - especially THE HUNGER GAMES and PERCY JACKSON. Well, and of course the Patrick Ness pick is my favorite! *grin*

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  5. Love Divergent, City of Bones and the Hunger Games - all excellent choices! I've never heard of Life as we know it but I'll have to check it out!

  6. Percy Jackson, heck yes!! I would recommend that series to reluctant and devoted readers alike, lol. It's so flipping fantastic. :D

  7. Good idea for a list! Wonder looks so good!! I keep meaning to read it even though I don't read a lot of MG. That one seems like one that I'll like. Also Life as We Knew it. I don't see it talked about a lot, but I really want to read it. It sounds intense.

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  8. Great list! I need to add some of this to my wish list. thanks for sharing.

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  9. lots of love for Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Sky Is Everywhere on lists for TTT! they are so well-deserved of it!

  10. I think the Hunger Games and Wonder are fantastic book recommendations for reluctant readers. I also think finding a book with some genuine humor is a good idea for people who generally avoid reading. I recently read a super funny, super witty novel by author A.R. Taylor called, “Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion” ( It is rare I find a book that makes me laugh out loud and this book has done that successfully throughout! I also think that the title alone should draw in some reluctant readers :) The protagonist of the book is brainy Casanova, David Oster. David is spending his adulthood with a complicated web of girlfriends, sex, and minimal career advancement. When he gets a job offer in Washington allowing him to escape his very sad reality he takes it. Unfortunately, the new job doesn’t bring him any closer to his dream of studying underwater physics and only creates more chaos when there is a murder linked to his employer, colleagues that clearly want him to fail and never-ending miserable weather. The book is extremely well written and addictive. A.R. Taylor has a really sarcastic, intelligent way of writing..A good example of this and one of my favorite lines in the novel:
    “Really, his face was distinguished, he kept telling himself – and why wouldn’t he, since his girlfriends told him so too? But soon they’d be saying something else, possibly with a restraining order at the end of the conversation.”

    I recommend this book to reluctant and seasoned readers for sure :) It's got something for everyone


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