What to read if you don’t like reading

Happy Monday, friends! Today we’re going to be talking about some books I’d recommend you read if you don’t like reading. The idea for this post was inspired by an upcoming Top Ten Tuesday theme, so thanks to Jana for the idea!

When picking these books, I tried to pick things that were fun and easy to read, and didn’t read too literary-y. They’re all books that I really enjoyed and highly recommend.

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe: this is hands down the best nonfiction I’ve ever read, and I think it’s perfect if you don’t like reading nonfiction. Describing Ireland in the 90s during the troubles, and following some of the main players in the IRA, it reads so much like a novel. It’s super interesting and well-written. I cannot recommend it enough if you want to read more nonfiction, but don’t typically enjoy nonfiction.

The One by John Marrs: if you want something that reads like an action movie, this is the book for you. Is it high literature? Absolutely not. But it’s super entertaining and fast-paced, and will definitely suck you in. It’s set in the near(ish) future where there is a DNA test that will tell you who your perfect genetic match is, essentially your genetic soul mate. It follows five people who have taken this test and have received their results, and how those results impact their currently existing relationships. It is so fun and twisty, and the perfect way to spend an afternoon, even if you don’t enjoy reading.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire: this is another fun, twisty, entertaining book that sucked me in. This one is definitely a little more literature-ish than some of the others, but the fun makes up for it. It follows two twins, Roger and Dodger, who were separated at birth but continue to reconnect every few years. Roger is really good at languages and linguistics, Dodger is really good at math, and together, they may be able to make magic. This book completely captivated me, and I highly recommend it.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: in my opinion, this is a great fantasy/dystopian novel for those who don’t typically love those genres but want to give them a try. Set in a world where people have lost the ability to dream, and the bone marrow of Indigenous people can solve that ailment, it follows a group of Indigenous people trying to outrun the marrow thieves. It weaves in a ton of Indigenous teachings and stories, and really demonstrates how damaging “othering” can be. Highly recommend.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton: this is just one of those books that will suck you in for 12 hours. It follows two women in their 20s, one who is completely broke and wanting to live the high life and her best friend, who is very wealthy but also selfish and jealous. It is so good and engrossing, and would be such a great book for someone who doesn’t read a ton.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: this is another one that reads like an action movie in the best way. It follows Jason, who one day discovers a device that he from a different reality made, and accidentally goes into that reality. It’s super fast-paced and high stakes, yet really easy to read. It goes a little into the science behind the device, but in a very digestible way. Definitely recommend.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: my last recommendation is my favourite graphic novel, which follows a shapeshifter who starts interning for the town super villain. It is so much fun, and is completely ridiculous. I love the humour and art style, and it manages to be fun and silly while being serious and tackling serious issues. Everyone should read it, so take this as your sign.

So there are my recommendations for if you don’t like reading! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for people who don’t like reading? Let me know!

Ally xx


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