I love The Broke and the Bookish and their fabulous Top Ten lists. This week’s list was “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Someone Who Doesn’t Read”. The list below reads like my re-read list, as I’ve read several many, many times.
The Godfather Mario Puzo – The modern classic of a Mafia don and his rise to power, I was in the middle of reading this for probably the fifth time some years ago when my purse was stolen. Even though I knew how the story ended, I went out and bought a new copy right away just so I could finish it.
Out Natsuo Kirino – I recommended this to a book club I was in a few years ago. One of the members said it read like a bad Japanese gangster film. Me, I thought it was awesome. Four women band together to get rid of the body of the husband of one of the women, and the consequences prove to be a bit more than they can handle.
LA Confidential James Ellroy – A tangled, complex story of three cops investigating a mass murder at a local coffee shop, this novel turned me on to Elroy in general. He’s still one of my favorite authors. A friend of mine read another of his novels, Clandestine, and started her own Ellroy collection.
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler – The BF doesn’t read. I told him to read this. He did. He loved it. Phillip Marlowe takes on what he thinks is a simple case of extortion. Of course, it’s not that simple. It’s never that simple.
A Dirty Job Christopher Moore – OMG. When I read this, I had to be careful not to read it on the bus, because I’d start laughing randomly and people would look at me funny. After Charlie loses his wife, he thinks he’s Death. The Grim Reaper. What ensues has him running around San Francisco chasing after men in mint-green suits, animals made up of random parts, and the Emperor of San Francisco.
Random Family Adrian Nicole LeBlanc – So maybe this isn’t for a the non-reader. I’d say it’s more for someone who doesn’t like nonfiction. This book will change your mind in a heartbeat. Following the lives of Coco and Jessica from the mid-1980’s up through the year 2000, Family unfolds in a Bronx riddled with gangs, drug wars, and welfare.
The Fever series Karen Marie Moning – Again, more for someone who doesn’t read paranormal romance. Light on the romance, heavy on the mythology and epic fighting, Mac Lane ends up in Dublin after her sister is murdered. She soon finds herself hunting down an ancient book that holds the key to rebuilding the walls between the human and fae worlds.
Anthem Ayn Rand – I recommend this only because it took me maybe an hour to read. Rand’s story of a utopian society free of one unutterable word speeds by right quick and most likely served as the basis for Lois Lowery’s The Giver.
House of Leaves Mark Danielewski – This is for the reader who thinks books aren’t challenging anymore. I dare that person to read this book and understand it all on the first go. The one sentence summary: It’s the story of a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It’s actually a lot more complicated than that, full of footnotes and random formatting, but it’s a damn scary book.
Okay, so it wasn’t quite ten. Honestly, when someone tells me they don’t read, I’m inclined to let someone else try to tackle the problem of making them see the error of their ways.