Yesterday, I read this blogpost about films:
The author discusses a list he gave to a friend to help them get into films. And it got me thinking, I know a lot of people who do not read outside of what it necessary for their work or studies, so what would I recommend to them to get them reading?
Much like the original post, this is list may include some of my favourites, but is more intended to cover a scope of different genres, linguistic styles and stylistic choices and narratives in the hope that anyone could find something they’d love which may bring them to reading. In fact, some will be novels that I most definitely did not like, but that are wonderful examples of what can be done and which though they may not be my preferred reading I appreciate artistically and know are loved by many.
- If on a Cold Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino – 1979
- The Accidental – Ali Smith – 2005
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – 1847
- Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – 1892
- Dracula – Bram Stoker – 1897
- Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell – 1949
- American Gods – Neil Gaiman – 2001
- On Beauty – Zadie Smith – 2005
- Dawn – Octavia E. Butler – 1987 (Part of Lilith’s Brood or Xenogenesis Trilogy, both names for same trilogy)
- His Dark Materials (tilogy) –Philip Pullman – 1995
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – 1979
- Beloved – Toni Morrison – 1987
- It – Stephen King – 1986
- Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding – 1996
- Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – 1937
- The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger – 1951
Some romance, comedy, realism, fantasy, science fiction, horror…a few of each in the hope that anyone who does not read, can hopefully find something that might convince them to read more. As well as various genres, different writing styles and ways of presenting narratives that will hopefully open people’s minds to what books can be.
I won’t tell you why I have chosen each as I don’t want to influence people who don’t read, but give some a go, learn to love reading!