Best Books for People Who Don't Read

Encouraging someone who doesn't typically read to start can involve introducing them to books that are engaging, accessible, and cater to a variety of interests. The gift of a fine leather bound edition may help to inspire people who don't read. The following are some recommendations across different genres and styles that might appeal to individuals who are new to reading.

Short Story Collections

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri - A collection of beautifully written short stories exploring themes of love, identity, and cultural differences.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - A collection of science fiction short stories, each with its own unique and thought-provoking premise.

Graphic Novels

Maus by Art Spiegelman - A powerful graphic novel that tells the story of the Holocaust using anthropomorphic animals.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - An autobiographical graphic novel that depicts the author's childhood and early adult years in Iran.


Bossypants by Tina Fey - A hilarious and witty memoir by the comedian, offering insights into her life and career.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - A humorous and absurd science fiction novel that is highly entertaining.

Mystery / Thriller

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - A gripping mystery novel with a compelling plot and well-developed characters.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - A psychological thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - A fascinating true story about science, ethics, and the impact of one woman's cells on medical research.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - An accessible and thought-provoking exploration of human history.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - The first book in the beloved Harry Potter series, known for its engaging storytelling and magical world.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - A classic fantasy adventure suitable for readers new to the genre.


Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - A collection of modern poetry that covers themes of love, loss, and healing.
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - A delightful collection of whimsical and humorous poems suitable for readers of all ages.

Remember that everyone has different tastes, so it may take some exploration to find what resonates with an individual. It's also helpful to consider audiobooks, as they provide an alternative for those who prefer listening over reading.


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