It’s hard to read. It’s even harder to finish an entire book!
It takes a lot of patience and free time to be able to sit down, turn off your phone, close your laptop and get far enough into a book that you can build a reading routine.
People spend hours in school being forced to read, so who can really blame you if in your spare time, reading is the last thing you want to do?
We live in a world of having a hundred tabs open on Google Chrome while you play Spider Solitaire. Books can’t keep up anymore with our short attention span!
So maybe, you haven’t been able to give reading a chance. Every book you pick up from a friend’s recommendation or a list on a random blog (uh oh) has led to boredom and unexpected naps. Here are 10 books that are perfect for you if you hate reading, get bored easily, and want to make reading a habit for the future.
1. Maus – Art Spiegelman
Graphic novels are a great way to get into reading. The pictures help you zone out when you’re bored or too lazy to read and the actual amount of text is very little. Maus is a clever take on Nazi Holocaust narratives where the author depicts Jews as Mice and Nazis as Cats. It’s hard-hitting, suspenseful, and painfully real, and a great first book to start that evening reading routine.
2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson
If you’ve always been interested by space and science but feel intimidated by the math, big words, and complicated theories, Neil Degrasse Tyson is the perfect remedy. This book is an easy-to-read, simple and clear introduction into astrophysics and explains the science behind the universe we live in. Astound your friends with intergalactic knowledge at the next backyard kegger with this quick read that’ll leave you looking up at the stars for nights on end.
3. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane – Gucci Mane
Rap legend, street legend, and overall mystery man, Gucci Mane stunned the world with his brash and aggressive rap that has birthed an entire movement in the Atlanta music scene. As important as his music is to the new youth movement, this autobiography details the tough lifestyle and work ethic that Guwop has praised for his survival, and this is a great start to reading biographies. With a tone and style of language fit for anyone to identify with from Wall Street bankers to the O-est of O.G’s, this book is a great source of motivation, hip-hop knowledge, and business smarts.
4. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
You’ve probably seen this book in the hands of various Starbucks and Chipotle customers. Rupi Kaur delivers a heart-tugging and immensely deep collection of poetry and prose with minimalist illustrations and sketches that portray the pain and emotional suffering that comes with growth, life, and unexpected happenings. For the casual reader who doesn’t want to feel forced into a commitment to read a book from front to back, Milk and Honey is perfect for random reading and lots of tissues.
5. Paper Girls Vol.1 – Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
When in doubt, look for pictures. As said before, comics and graphic novels allow people with book-phobia to swim in the shallow end and get awesome stories with plenty of depth without reading hundreds of thousands of words. Paper Girls fits this profile with beautifully drawn 80’s inspired art and palette, and a nostalgic story mixing mystery, suspense, girl power, and the process of growing up. Above all else, this book is a breathtaking piece of art that will keep you looking for the sequel.
6. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
TV Show and news headlines aside, this is a really good book. Finally an accurate representation of high school life for this generation, Jay Asher brings everything we loved about Degrassi, Saved by the Bell, and any Archie comic, and ramp it up with pain, real teen issues, mental health, and a very controversial look into the way in which teens suffer in silence for a variety of reasons in today’s western world of schools, social media, and pop-culture. It’s a tough read as far as plot goes but for any one looking for a book that is guaranteed not to be boring, I can tell you there’s more than 13 reasons to pick this one up.
7. Rumble fish – S.E Hinton
Although written way back in 1975, S.E Hinton’s Rumble Fish still speaks knowledge about living in the inner city, coping with violence, and being forced to grow up fast. It’s an incredibly short read and perfect for readers of all ages with the shortest of attention span. The dynamic of two brothers is told in a vibrant and violent story that takes you back to times of pool halls, malt shops, bell bottoms, and biker jackets.
8. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa-Puffs – Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman writes a lot about American culture and tries to break down the insanity behind it. This book is a collection of his essays that are as humourous as they are informative. While the essays aren’t meant to give you all the answers, they certainly help in pushing readers to ask deeper questions about why we do the things that we do. For quick bite-sized reads that feature real social commentary, pick up this collection of essays.
9. Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World – Jean-Francois Mallet
What better way to get into reading that to find a book that gives you a skill you can use in your everyday life? This book is a member of a series of “Simple” books that aim at teaching the reader skills such as cooking in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With most recipes in this book involving fewer than six ingredients and taking at most four steps to make, this is a breeze of a read that can really benefit the kitchen too!
10. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Before you all run to watch the movie and throw this recommendation aside, I must stress that as always, the book is better than the movie. Set in the 1930’s this romance chronicles the life of a vet-student turned circus animal medic and the wife of a tyrant ring master. Based on the real Ringling brothers’ circus, this book is as much a cool view into the early days of the circus industry as well as a cute romance of yester-years. With fluid language, good pacing, and multiple story lines, this is a great novel for readers looking to have a novel that will take time but won’t drag on.
Did I miss any books? Comment below! Reading is something that can help people to learn, relax, heal, and create. Help that friend or loved one get into a great book, and pick a new one up yourself.