Books for People Who Hate Reading

It’s that time again. The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to pick out gifts. I find picking out the perfect present a stressful hassle, but I know that everyone, even those who absolutely despise reading, can take pleasure in the gift of a good book. Without further ado, here is the third annual holiday gift guide:

For the person who “doesn’t like reading”: 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi feels simultaneously like a sweeping multi generational family story and a collection of vignettes of each family member. This lends to easy, yet thoughtful readability.

For that one cousin you see at every reunion but have never actually talked to:

National Book Award winner Far from the Tree by Robin Benway is perfect for everyone. Far from the Tree follows three birth siblings torn apart by adoption, but reunited through interesting circumstances.

For the person who just wants to see the movie:

We all love Amandla Stenberg, and her newest movie, slated for release in 2018, is based off Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give. The Hate U Give follows Starr, a black teenager who witnesses her unarmed friend get shot by a police officer.

For your friend who’s still talking about The Fault in Our Stars:

You’re in luck! Five years after The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has just released a new book, Turtles All the Way Down. Based off of Green’s own experiences with OCD, Turtles All the Way Down is Green’s realest, rawest book yet.

For your little cousin who’s just started to love Young Adult:

Marissa Meyer is excellent at writing cute, page turning sci fi and fantasy novels. After you gift this cousin Meyer’s latest, Renegades, which centers around a super hero and super villian battling it out, make sure to tell them about her first series, The Lunar Chronicles.


For the friend who camped out overnight for the iPhone X:

Just futuristic enough that it seems only a year away, Warcross by Marie Lu is a stunner of a sci fi. The story is centered around the titular virtual reality game, Warcross, and the competition to be the world’s best player.


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