Book Recommendations for Non-Bookish Friends

Posted August 15, 2017 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Top 10 Tuesday / 2 Comments

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We all got ‘em. We all love ‘em.  But what are we gonna do with ‘em?  You know what I’m talking about… those friends who don’t read books!!! Imagine a recent conversation I had while prepping for an upcoming girl’s trip:

Friend:  Oh. Can you recommend a book for our upcoming trip?
Me:  Well, what do you like to read?
Friend:  I don’t know. Ermmm….books?

Now, this is a stressful situation as 1) we book bloggers are the keeper of all things book recommendation-ish and people depend on us as their reading salvation and 2)  this is a golden opportunity to convert a non-book lover into the next Urm… me. book lover! DON’T MESS THIS ONE UP,  MALLORY!

Luckily, I had a librarian on-hand (I kid you not!) who made a safe and generic recommendation to save the day.  (And no, I don’t remember HER recommendation because I was too panicked trying not to mess up MY recommendation). So without further ado, here are my top 10  recommendations for Friends Who Don’t Read Books in my genres of choice:



Now, this depends if they like YA or not because there are some GREAT YA fantasies out there.  If they like the sound of YA, you can’t go wrong with the Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass.  For those less inclined for YA, Daughter of the Forest by Juliette Marillier has long been one of my favorite books (ever).




This one’s easy.  For the non-vampire lovers…. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andres.  For the vampire lovers… Halfway Through the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost.



Guys, I’ve got this one!  My three go-to’s for contemporary romance are Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting (Minnesota’s a big hockey state), Tapping the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) by Max Monroe, or Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. Oh.  And if all your friend has ever read is 50 Shades of Grey you can always recommend Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day.

the classics

Ahhhh the classics.  Now granted I don’t get a lot of requests for recommendations on these, but you can’t go wrong with Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice or John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

(*note my general technique of recommending the first book in a series.  That way if said non-bookish friend LIKES the book, they’ll so absorb in consuming the series that they won’t ask you for anything else for a looong time)


What are some of your go-to-recommendations for your not-quite-so-bookish friends? I’d especially love recommendations in the Mystery of Political Suspense genres!



2 responses to “Book Recommendations for Non-Bookish Friends

  1. I still want to read The Hating Game, I’ve heard it’s so much fun… I can’t recommend any political novels as it’s a subgenre that I tend to avoid, but for mystery… well I can recommend Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas, which both have a really good twist… and I’m reading The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay now and there are multiple suspects here to choose from :-). For detective novels there’s Carol Wyer, Caroline Mitchell, Angela Marsons, M.J. Arlidge, Robert Dugoni and Robert Bryndza. I could go on and on but I’ll stop now ;-). Sorry 🙂

    • Mallory

      Wow – Local Girl Missing sounds sooo good!! I never have great luck with the mystery genre (I think I just have a bad book radar sometimes) – just grabbed the first Caroline Mitchel/Ruby Preston book for my upcoming vacation 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

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