They say that those who hate reading just haven’t found the right book – and we wholeheartedly agree. Good book recommendations is what you need to develop reading interest. Here, we’ve made a list of 15 books for those who hate reading. Most of these will be names you have seen before, we’ve taken care to include books spanning all genres and those that appeal to masses. Most of these books are bestsellers, and loved by people not from the literary field.
Book Recommendations: 15 Books For Those Who Hate Reading
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
This is a must read book that follows our protagonist as he discovers that he is a wizard and goes to a wizarding school. Here he makes friends and goes on wonderful adventures with them. This book has made lots of people fall in love with reading, and is a personal favourite.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan, this is the story of two women who live in oppressed chauvinistic conditions yet form an unlikely friendship. This is a moving story of resilience, hope and strength which will make you realize the power of literature.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Japanese author Murakami’s magnum opus is a story of a man who has just lost his best friend, and is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend. Written in Murakami typical, dreamlike style, it focuses on issues of mental health and love, and we’re sure you will love it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is the quintessential classic that everyone should read because it is so accessible and interesting. Perhaps the first rom-com, this follows Elizabeth and her sisters on their quest to finding love. Love comes in the unlikely form of Mr Darcy, whom Elizabeth hates.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
This is a quick paced book following a symbologist who becomes entangled in a murder at the Louvre. Now he becomes involved with the Priory of Sion and strange secrets related to Christ. The reason we have included this book on this list is that this book is absolutely impossible to put down.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This historical fiction follows a German orphan, Liesel as she lands up at her foster parents’ house and harbours a Jewish fugitive during WW2. This book is quite long, but it is a must read since it is so heart-rending and poignant.
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
One of the most beautiful and inspiring works of philosophical fiction ever written, this follows Mitch as his mentor professor teaches him about life. This is a profound read, and also a feel good read that will make you love books.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A short, crisp novella that hits you hard, this is an allegory to the rise of totalitarianism in Russia. It follows an animal farm, where animals unite to overthrow tyrannical humans, but the pigs who rule become worse than the humans. This is chilling and frightening, in a subtle way.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This bestselling novel by Coelho follows Santiago, a shepherd who travels to Egypt to realize his destiny and obtain a treasure. In the process he meets the wise alchemist who alters his perspective and learns things which change his life. This book will teach you life lessons that you will always carry with you.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This novel deals with heavy themes of race and rape. It follows the Black man Atticus in his quest for justice when he is unfairly blamed for raping a white woman. This book is hard hitting and beautifully written.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book follows two French sisters and their separate journeys during the second world war. This historical fiction takes a feminist look at the war, and hence the novel is tender and heartwarming – a must read historical fiction.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is perhaps the most famous YA romance out there, which follows the love story of the two cancer patients Hazel and Augustus. It is witty and heartwarming, and will break your heart (but in a good way).
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This is a heartful story of friendship that transcends class n Afghanistan. Hosseini writes with sensitivity, and the plot and characterization are extraordinary. This is a highly acclaimed book with layers of beauty.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This is a science fiction which is set in a futuristic world where technological advancement has accelerated enough for the entire society to be organized based on it. This follows the protagonist who challenges such a society.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
This is a psychological thriller which follows a woman who murders her husband by stabbing him several times and then goes silent. Now a psychiatrist with special interest in her case comes to uncover her deep, dark secrets. This book will keep you hooked to your seat.