Top Ten Books I'd Hand to Somebody Who Claims They Don't Like to Read
This is actually an interesting prompt for me because a lot of the kids in my grade claim that they don't like to read. Many of the cited reasons are that they're boring and they take too long. While my standard response for this is usually "think of your favorite movies and guess how many of them are based off books", a more effective method is to hand them an extremely compelling book and persuade them to just read one. Before long, they're hooked.Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at the Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is a great one. Top Ten Tuesday is a really fun meme so if you're a blogger, you should definitely check it out! I have to admit that a lot of these TTT posts feature the same books for me but they're really the books to watch. They all apply, but I'm going to try to branch out and find more diversity in these topics.I'll admit that I absolutely adore getting people to read. It's my own personal nirvana. Not to go all English-teacher preachy on y'all, but reading is a gift and a passion that anyone can have. It lets you escape. Here are the books that pull you in...1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsI can already anticipate this being on so many Top Ten Tuesday posts simply because it's true. The majority of the guys and girls in my grade started reading because of this series. It must be the greatest feeling for the author to know that she's sparked the love of reading in so many people. It's a phenomenal series with action, romance, and killer twists. It simply has everything.2. Twilight by Stephanie MeyerThis seems to be the week for stereotypes but it's true that this book has also sparked the love of reading in so many people. I know so many bloggers who have said that they hadn't read in a while but then they picked up this series and realized why they loved it in the first place. Seriously...a ton of established bloggers cite this book as the reason.3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithLike I said in my review of this book, it gives you hope and makes you fall in love with everything and fills you with everything that you could hope for in a book. It's incredibly spun with spirit and a sweet storyline that makes you never want to let it go.4. Matched by Ally CondieMatched is one of those hot dystopians that it seems like nobody can get enough of. It's a solid series that you see almost everywhere and it deserves it. The writing is great, the plot is interesting, and the overall execution is flawless. My friends all LOVE this book.5. Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterYou have to read a book by Maggie Stiefvater. It's practically a law in the world of YA. Her lyrical prose and incredible imagination stun you with their complex simplicity (I know, oxymoron, but I don't know another way to describe it) that you simply have to read to understand.6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss is one of those cute, poignant novel that leaves you wanting more from the author. It leaves you satisfied and happy, and it is truly wonderful for anybody to read.7. Before I Fall by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall haunts you. It leaves you flipping the pages long after you should be sleeping and then lying awake for hours simply thinking about it. Everything about this is spot on and this book carved Lauren Oliver a permanent place in the YA world as someone who was just born with a gift with words. Wow. A lot of girls in my class started reading because I lent it to them; my copy was passed across the grade over the course of a few months and came back to me with questions of whether or not the author had written other books.8. Divergent by Victoria RothDivergent is one of those clever books that is instantly a hit. When this released shortly after I began blogging, there was a frenzy for it. With action, strong characters, and a fabulous ending, this is one of the most effective debuts that I have read.9. Water for Elephants by Sara GruenThe description in this book is so vivid and rich that it seeps into the storyline and weaves an extraordinary tale. It plays with your emotions and puts you in awe of Sara's talent.10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi The lyricality of Tahereh's writing leaves me breathless. Her creative use of strikethroughs and language made her debut shine and there's a reason that there was so much buzz about this novel. Wow, just wow.