Books for Non Readers

Over the years, especially since I became a book blogger, the ultimate question people asking me is:

What should I read if I don’t like to read?

Even if I can’t understand the Non Readers species, I genuinely love answering this question because 1. although the person knows they don’t like to read they made the effort to actually want to learn to love reading again and 2. it gives me a good reason to use my long list of book recommendations.

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Recommended for Boys or Girls? Men or Women? Everyone. I know men in their thirties enjoying these books as well as 16 years old teenage girls.

For People Who Are Scared of Big Books

51CBSQW0CbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Super short novel but plenty of suspense. Makes your heart skips a beat at every page. The strength of this novel is the world building. It’s disturbing and so out of place.

41a5BWKGeGL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Love Her Wild

My Favourite poem collection of all times. The poems are super simple, easy to understand but so sweet. It makes me realize that choosing the right words are way more efficient than saying a lot of them.

For People Who Enjoy Action

9781250076960_p0_v4_s550x406Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This book is written as if some movie scenes are happening in front of your eyes. The set of characters is amazing and it’s super fun to read. If you enjoy the adventures of a squad of criminals dealing with drugs and magical powers, you would enjoy this.

For People Who Enjoy Science Fiction

Fans of Star Wars movies or Star Trek? Ender’s Game? Why not try the books?

34859132Star Wars: PHASMA

Set through the eyes of Captain Phasma, It’s packed and filled with action but also happening inside of Darth Vader’s lair. A real page turner. You wouldn’t realize time passing by or that you missed your next station because you were reading in the bus. #truestory

51eHVZ-yB5L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The ILLUMINAE files series

My favourite book. That’s a big statement from me. If you enjoy weird, funny but also a psychopath A.I, you might want to try this. Do not let the references and science pages scare you. You can easily read the story.

For People Who Want A Good Laugh

wth did I just readWhat The Hell Did I just Read by David Wong

HILARIOUS. It’s a parody of horror books and movies with the right amour of humour. It’s vulgar but it’s totally justified for this medium haha.

For People Who Want To Escape 

51Xs1z2wvELMistborn: Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

A great author, definitely recommend to anyone who likes great world-building and detailed magic system with very well developed characters.

For People Who Needs Illustrations

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As much as I love reading books, I also love arts and reading graphic novels is a great combination of those two fields.

51Sc9+dTqDLGame of Thrones Vol.1 

I’m one of those people who love Game of Thrones TV Series but I can never start the books anytime soon. So I tried the graphic novel! It’s super good and you can read it in one-sitting. A lot of details that you don’t get to see on television.

123d9b136225a6c8d168b280d264906cLocke & Key by Joe Hill 

If you like a dark fantasy vibe combined with great characters and beautiful illustrations. Joe Hill is a renown author and in this series, he surpassed himself. Not only as a storyteller but as a fantasy writer.



You may have different reasons why you don’t like to read. It can be a very bad book that marks you forever or being forced to read a bad book at school. Or simply reading words on a white page is a boring activity for you. Whatever your reasons, if you wish to plunge back into this marvellous of reading, I hope this post would be able to help you a little 🙂



26 thoughts on “Books for Non Readers

  1. When it comes to recommending books I have a few standards ones across a variety of genres I’ll recommend to everyone no matter their tastes! For fantasy it has to be the Shades of Magic books, The Hate U Give, The Night Circus and The Book Thief are also up there as standard recs from me no matter who’s asking! 😀
    I haven’t read all these books you’ve featured, but I LOVED Six of Crows and Illuminae so I’m glad they made your rec list. Six of Crows is a perfect pick for anyone who enjoys action, there’s just so much happening in that duology.
    Great post Trang. 🙂 ❤


  2. I can never recommend books… Especially to people who don’t like to read! It just sounds like nothing will be good enough for them ughhh (people who don’t like to read are harder to like, man 😂)
    Next time, I’ll just redirect them to your post 😉


  3. I was put off the Games of Thrones books because they’d take me ages to read. I love the TV series though. Had no idea there was a graphic novel of Game of Thrones, I’ll have to check that one out!


  4. The Star Wars novels are a great choice. I usually go for recommending books that have adaptations or movies in some way (like DC or Marvel or Watchmen) then they can always try that and see if it’s something they would like before committing the book. Usually makes it go down easier 🙂


  5. Ah, this is a great list! I am curious, which books got you into reading? I read on and off until when the Harry Potter books were still first released and then Twilight acted as a launching pad to discover more books that weren’t classics for college. PS: AIDAN is my favorite AI that I have encountered in a book. To be fair, AIDAN is also the only AI I have encountered in a book.


  6. These are some awesome recommendations!!! I tend to think that a lot of people don’t like to read a lot because they haven’t found the right genre for them. I remember I used to read crime books and I wouldn’t read that much because I just didn’t feel enthused about reading more crime. Once I found I loved fantasy I haven’t stopped reading. These are some great books to hopefully open some genres to people!!


  7. Great suggestions!
    My BF is a non-reader, but he likes geeky stuff and crime stories on telly, so i got him a cyberpunk book, but he didn’t like it. Of all things, the book he actually expressed interest in was Leigh Bardugo – Language of Thorns 😀 I can’t even…


  8. Ahh what an amazing list of suggestions! Six of Crows is a great idea for someone looking for a fast-paced, action filled book, that’s for sure and the Illuminae series is such a great suggestion as well. This series is just so… unique and addictive 😀


  9. LOL “what should I read if I don’t like to read” xDDD good one. Although I don’t know if I could answer that question, because I just like reading 😀 it’s hard to imagine not liking it xD

    Agreed about Six of Crows! It might be a little long, but then again, non-readers can take a year on a book and still enjoy it. Very good recommendation. Same about Illuminae!

    This is a great list 🙂


  10. I just love this post! I feel like everyone should read this- readers or not! There’s some really awesome recs on here like six of crows and illuminae- I think they’d be great for non readers! And I really want to check out annihilation still- it sounds like it’d be great for non readers too.


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