Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for the list lovers among book bloggers, created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today the theme is: “Top 10 Books I’d Hand to Someone Who Says They Don’t Like To Read”.
I believe that with people like that you really need to take their own interest into consideration before ever handing them a book. And even to draw a general list, you need to bring their age into the equation. So this time you’ll get a 5+5 list of books for children and adults, and a more general scheme of how I would proceed!
- I’d start with comics or graphic novels (that’s where I learned to read after all!), because they’re less daunting than books, easier to approach, and at the same time the person would be reading and (hopefully) having fun. Children choice: any Mickey Mouse collection. Adult choice: Fables by Bill Willingham.
- Next I’d offer something short and fun. The best ones I can come up with are Italian, but I’m sure there’s plenty of similar books in English too. Children choice: Streghetta mia by Bianca Pitzorno. Adult choice: Allegro ma non troppo by Carlo M. Cipolla.
- If the previous two have kindled some interest, it’s time to move to something still simple, not too long, but completely engrossing. Children choice: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Adult choice: The Cider House Rules by John Irving.
- Now it’s the time to show them that reading is cool! Children choice: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Adult choice: The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac.
- And finally, something that will sweep them off their feet and leave a mark forever, something that they will recall years later as a pleasurable reading. Children choice: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Adult choice: Lord of the Rings by John R.R. Tolkien.
What would be your choices?