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Bookish Gift Suggestions: Books for the Non-Reader

Welcome to Rather Be Reading for another gift-focused post! Estelle and I were talking about what gifts we would be purchasing for our friends and family this year. A few times I mentioned having friends that are just getting into reading. They read The Hunger Games or some other popular young adult book and now they’re hooked. The problem? They don’t know what to pick up next in the overwhelming aisles of books at Barnes & Noble.

This is where we come in! I looked through my list of 2012 reads and selected eight books for the non-readers (or maybe new-to-reading readers) would enjoy.

gifts to give people who are new to reading

  1. Bunheads by Sophie FlackGoodreads | Amazon | My Review – This book would be excellent for an older teen or young adult reader who is trying to find their identity. Hannah is struggling to figure out what she wants to do with her life, especially since what she wants could mean abandoning her lifelong goal of becoming a professional ballerina.
  2. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Goodreads | Amazon | My Review – Sometimes books can speak to us in a completely new way. This would be a lovely gift for someone who has lost someone important in their lives and needs help figuring out how to move on.
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Goodreads | Amazon | My Vlog ReviewShatter Me is the book for someone who would love Tahereh’s unique writing style. Most newer readers seem happy to get sucked into series because they can connect with characters that will be around for a while. Mafi has written a short story that is also out, Destroy Me, and Unravel Me will be released in early 2013 so the wait won’t be long for the next book!
  4. Graffiti Moon by Cath CrowleyGoodreads | Amazon – Graffiti Moon is so beautiful and well-written. The entire book takes place over a few short hours, but it tells a full, well-rounded story about a boy and a girl who are so perfectly made for each other.
  5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver Goodreads | Amazon | My Review – The premise of this book is 100% unique and my gosh, Oliver’s writing is phenomenal. I fell in love with Delirium, but then Oliver blew me away with the sequel, Pandemonium. I’ll be mourning the end of this series when the final book, Requiem, is released in early 2013. This is definitely for people who enjoy the dystopian genre.
  6. My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickGoodreads | Amazon | My Review – With a full (awesome) cast of characters and a sweet love story that will have the reader reflecting swooning, this is the perfect read for someone who may not want the over-the-topness of some chick-lit books but still enjoys a good love story.
  7. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill Goodreads | Amazon | My Review – Is your friend a traveller? This book sweeps you off your feet and takes you to London. It’s full of laugh out loud funny moments, a girl who needs to loosen her obsessive-compulsive reins, and a quirky boy that teaches her how to let go.
  8. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker Goodreads | Amazon | My Review – Clem is suffering from the aftermath of a terrible situation in which she fell for her best friend’s boyfriend. Her family sweeps her away on a summer-long sailing trip. She battles her little sister’s silliness, her parent’s refusal to leave her alone, and new feelings for the boy she keeps seeing along their route when they dock.

I hope this gives you a good starting point for immersing your friends into the world of books. What book suggestions do you have for non-readers or new-to-young-adult-book readers?

December 14, 2012 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Holidays Ideas for the Book Obsessed - […] Earlier this week, Magan conjured up a list of books for those who may be apprehensive about reading the young adult genre. […]

December 12, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - the graphics in this post are so qt and I love the list too!! because it is me, i would give melina marchetta for new to ya readers.

December 12, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m so happy to see some of my favorites of 2012 on this list (especially My Life Next Door, which I LOVED!). Definitely going to keep these books in mind!

December 12, 2012 - 7:19 am

Lori - I love everything about this post! There’s still several on there that I haven’t read! Delirium is one of my favorites, though. I think The Dairy Queen series would be a great choice and Leila Sales’ books!

December 11, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Jess - Like everyone else I really like what you did with the graphics. I think this list is also great for people who are unsure about YA. I want to read Meant To Be.

December 11, 2012 - 10:32 pm

Kim @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - I LOVE this list! WHat an awesome idea! I live by the philosophy that every person on my gifting list each Christmas should be given at least 1 book, but I often have the hardest time picking up books for others.. Thank you for the suggestions!

December 11, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Lisa the Nerd - SUCH a good list.

December 11, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Candace - This is a great list! I’m with Cynthia in that anything by David Levithan and John Green tends to be popular with non readers. It seems I’m constantly giving their books as gifts. Divergent is definitely a great one as well!

For boys, middle grade and up, I suggest Nick James Skyship Academy books. I liked them a lot but the whole time I was reading I was imagining how much my nephews would love it and they did! They aren’t big readers, but I’ve introduced them to some series they fell in love with.

This is an adorable post! LOVED it!

December 11, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jen - I can’t even handle how adorable this post is. Like Anna said, LOVE the graphics. Your blog is too cute for words. I love this list and have read every book except The Survival Kit and My Life Next Door (I KNOW, what is wrong w/ me?) But I will be sharing this list with some of my non-reading friends and forcing them to pick and choose which ones they’ll need to be devouring in the near future.

WONDERFUL list, ladies <3

December 11, 2012 - 9:59 am

Cynthia - Love this! ! I’ve had Bunheads on my tbr pile for about two years and haven’t read it yet. Must do that soon! I think I would recommend Divergent, Delirium and anything by David Leviathan and John Green. 🙂

December 11, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - For the Hunger Games fan, I usually point them to Delirium or Shatter Me next (if they haven’t read Divergent yet – but that one is gaining popularity very quickly with the “non-readers” too!) Lately for my adult friends who love contemporary novels, I’ve been suggesting Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It seems to be a good fit for a lot of new readers!

December 11, 2012 - 8:10 am

Anna - Cute list and cute graphics! Love it!

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