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.
- Bunheads by Sophie Flack – Goodreads | 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.
- 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.
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Goodreads | Amazon | My Vlog Review – Shatter 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!
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – Goodreads | 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.
- 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.
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick– Goodreads | 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.
- 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.
- 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?