Top 10 Favorite Books by Someone Who Likes Books but Never Reads Them
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
One of the most unique and thrilling novels in the mystery genre, this story follows a 15-year-old boy named Christopher as he investigates the murder of his neighbor's dog. Heavy elements such as familial issues and dealing with being different are woven into the plot, and surprising twists make the novel a real page-turner.
2. A Monster Calls
Another book with a heavy tone, A Monster Calls is about a teenager named Conor O'Malley who struggles to come to terms with his mother having cancer. He is plagued by reoccurring nightmares, and a monster visits Conor the same time every night to tell him a story. A Monster Calls is a tearjerker in the least cliche of ways, and you will appreciate and admire the symbolism used after reading it.
3. The Knife of Never Letting Go
Written by the same author as A Monster Calls, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a science fiction novel about a human-colonized, alien planet where the colonists can hear each other's thoughts. The protagonist is the Todd Hewitt, the last boy in a group of the last surviving humans who all happen to be men. He finds a spot where he cannot hear other people or creatures thoughts, something that should be impossible. The premise may seem strange, but as the story progresses, more of the history of the planet is unveiled, and Todd is swept up in a dangerous quest to find the truth.
4. Howl’s Moving Castle
This fantasy novel centers around Sophie Hatter, a girl who worked in her family's hat shop until she is cursed by a witch. The curse turns Sophie into an old woman, and she sets off on a journey to lift the curse. During this time, she comes across the moving castle belonging to the Wizard Howl and decides to work there as a cleaning lady. She makes a deal with Howl's fire demon, Calcifer. If Sophie can break the contract between Calcifer and Howl, then Calcifer will lift the witch's curse. The situation does not turn out to be so simple, and the plot follows Sophie as she is whisked into a whimsical life of adventure and intrigue.
As a nonfiction book, DogTown tells the story of homeless dogs at the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal-rescue sanctuary located in Utah. Each chapter focuses on one of the dogs that arrived at the sanctuary and was deemed unadoptable by others. Thankfully, each of the cases has a happy ending, but the roller-coaster journeys DogTown takes the reader on will never be forgotten.
6. The Phantom Tollbooth
Although The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's book, it is a classic that deserves a spot on this list. The main character, Milo, is transported to a fantasy world that is similar to a more logical version on Wonderland. He and his companion watch-dog, Tock, travel through this world full of puns and wordplay and encounter unique characters and odd conundrums. Although meant to be an adventure book, The Phantom Tollbooth invokes a feel-good mood and is sure to give its reader a good laugh.
Meggie is a young girl whose life is turned upside-down when her father, Mo, is kidnapped. Mo has a special ability; he can bring characters out of a book and into the real world by simply reading aloud. His gift has a price; there must be an equal exchange. In the past he accidentally read three characters out of the book Inkeart, and his wife and their two cats disappeared into the book. Now, those three characters from Inkheart are back for Mo, and Meggie must rescue him. Meggie's amazing adventure keeps readers on the edge of their seat, and the action-packed novel never leaves a dull moment.
This book is the very opposite of its title. Normal is about a nameless protagonist with daddy-issues whose biggest hobby is murdering young girls. From showcasing how to clean up after oneself after committing a crime to instilling a fear of Ford Transits in the reader, Normal reaches for a captivating narrative filled with dark humor. It contains one of the most unexpected and unbelievable plot twists, and makes for a entertaining read if nothing else.
9. A Street Cat Named Bob
Another nonfiction novel, A Street Cat Named Bob is a heartwarming tale about the bond between a busker living in subsidized housing and the cat whose life he saves. James, the busker, is a recovering drug addict whose life is turned around after Bob, the cat he saves, decides to stick around. The journey to a good life is a rough one, but together, James and Bob show that life is full of second chances.
10. Invitation to The Game
Invitation to The Game is a good novel for those looking for a dystopian story without modern young-adult cliches. It brings the classic class struggle to a whole new level, and although the workings of the world are not explained too in depth, they are interesting. The problem-solving involved in overcoming the corrupt system is refreshing, and the group of seven main characters have a fascinating dynamic.