I Don't Like to Read. Here's a List of Books I Love.

When I was 13, I told my mom that I didn’t like books. She was (rightfully) horrified. The truth is, I just didn’t like the kinds of books that everyone else seemed to get lost in (i.e. Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.). So, here’s a list of easy-to-pick-up-on reads that I personally love.

  1. 1. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

    This is the best book I have ever read (no offense to the other ones). I was told to read this for an English class in high school, so of course, I didn’t touch it all semester. Then, over the summer, I picked it up again and spent every lifeguard shift huddled in the office with my nose in this book, which is very, very off-character. The book is about a bunch of different people’s lives, and how they are all connected through similar experiences. All of their lives intertwine when Phillepe Petit walked across the Twin Towers on a tightrope (true story). The whole thing will make so much more sense when you read it, I promise.

  2. 2. The Best American Food Writing 2019 by Samin Nosrat and Silvia Killingsworth

    This is what I’m reading right now! It’s a collection of short stories/long for journalism, curated by Samin Nosrat of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame and the love of my life. This one is really good for those that don’t have a ton of time but still need a little escape every day (and for those with limited attention spans). If you love food, like really really love food, this one is for you.

  3. 3. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

    This book is not suitable for anyone under the age of, like, 16. Regardless, I carried this puppy around my middle school, prompting a great deal of eyebrow raises from my teachers. Anyways, this book is funny. David Sedaris is the king of comedic long-form novels. This book is a biography about his experience growing up, which sounds boring, but it’s not. BTW, the title refers to the fact that Sedaris had a lisp when he was growing up. He talks about it in the book. It’s funny (PS: check out all of his other books. They’re all BIG funny).

  4. 4.  My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    A REAL tear-jerker. They made a big Hollywood movie based on this book, and I haven’t seen it, but trust me, the book is probably better. This book really hits home for anyone and everyone. It’s about a young girl, named Anna, who tries to sue her parents for medical emancipation because she was essentially conceived in order to be an in-home donor to her sister, who has cancer. Yeah, it’s sad.

  5. 5. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

    Hear me out on this one. I do not, do NOT like scary things. I hate them, actually. But this book is different. It’s more like interesting. Basically, it’s about this girl that gets kidnapped and spends months in a fully-furnished (?) basement with three other women and the man that kidnapped them. It deals a lot with Stockholm Syndrome, which is uber-interesting and terrifying. Trust me, it’s not as scary as the title makes it seem. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be on this list.

  6. 6. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

    The queen. All hail. Of course, this book is good, bow down to Amy. It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s serious (sometimes). I’d include Tina Fey’s book on this list but I didn’t read it. Whoops!

  7. Buckle up, it’s story time (again lol sorry). When I was 14 and very insecure, my mom bought my entire family copies of this book, and because I was a young teen, I all but threw the book in a dumpster fire. I shoved it to the back of my closet and forgot about it until the summer before my senior year of high school when I finally realized that my mom is right about everything. Here’s the deal. This book was published in 1936. It’s old-timey yet remarkably topical. It has helped my awkward ass in countless situations. It’s pretty much my bible. Oh, and did I mention that I carry it with me everywhere I go? Yeah. Read the book.

Don’t be worried if you’re a picky reader like me. It just means that you know your taste! Keep searching for the genre that works right for you, and maybe even go to a bookstore/library and ask the staff for suggestions. Once you know what you like to read, you’re golden.


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