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Book Recommendations for New Readers

Are you someone who always wanted to get into reading, but never was quite able to make that leap? Maybe your last read was Shakespeare in highschool,  or maybe you tried to read Twilight when you were fourteen but it failed to resonate with you. If so, maybe we can help you choose a (better) book and finally get you into reading.

The biggest problem readers – even regular readers face is figuring out what to read. With libraries full of best-sellers and hot-new trending books, it is difficult to pick. The best way to tackle this problem is to identify your favorite genre by thinking about your favorite movie or Netflix show, then start searching for books by following these genre-specific recommendations for new readers.

The most popular in contemporary youth demographics is the young adult genre. This genre is saturated so recommending one book was tricky. Therefore we picked two book series – Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. These are big names in the book community and will help with your ‘media literacy’.

Fantasy as a genre is gaining popularity, with long-form series like Cosmere. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind is a masterclass in fantasy, with a beautiful, easy-to-follow language and three books long series.

For sci-fi dystopias, our pick is George Orwell’s 1984. The world in this novel depicts a bleak, dystopian society which disturbingly mirrors our own.

If you love crime-mysteries, look no further than Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd get our nods for being two of Christie’s best self-contained mysteries.

For something a bit more mature, Khaled Husseini’s The Kite Runner is the one – dark tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption, however reader’s discretion is advised. Again, there is Stephen King’s 11/22/63, a novel, explores time travel, love in the 60s, and JFK, making it a unique and captivating romance pick.

With that our list of beginner books concludes, aiming to help you find the genre that resonates with you and begin your reading journey.

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