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    People Shared Books They Always Recommend To People Trying To Get Back Into Reading, And It's Wonderful

    Because some of us are trying to get hooked on phonics!

    Listen — getting back into reading as a hobby can be truly overwhelming, especially if you haven't really read anything for pleasure since your teenage years. Like...where do you even begin?!

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    Well WONDER NO MORE, because this week, Redditor Amigo_del_Cartel asked, "What book would you recommend to people who haven't finished a book since high school?" and people did not disappoint!

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    So, here are just a few wonderful, not-intimidating-in-the-least books people suggest you pick up if you're trying to reignite your love of reading:

    1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

    Gollancz

    "I've read a lot of fantasy, but this is by far the best series I've read. The sequel is even better. Warning: The only downside is that the last book in the trilogy has no release date in sight, so you'll be stuck in an endless search of other books to fill the void in your soul where book three should be!"

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    2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Penguin Books

    "It's a serious page-turner and a very quick read, but it doesn't have any of the triteness you might expect from something called a 'page-turner.'"

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    3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

    Riverhead Books

    "I'm not a native English speaker, and I enjoyed it a lot. It's written in brief chapters that allow you to read a few pages at a time, and I think the characters are well-developed and the story is well-planned for such a short book. The story is really entertaining, and (as usual) I found that the book was much better than the movie."

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    4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

    Arrow

    "I know reading books after seeing the movies can sometimes be dull, but the book is WAY darker than the movie. It has Muldoon driving around drunk as fuck on whiskey, swearing like a sailor and blowing up dinos with a rocket launcher, for example."

    Dewy_Wanna_Go_There

    5. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Yearling

    "It's a great book about a kid dealing with life and growing up. I don't remember everything about it, but it's my favorite!"

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    6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

    HMH Books for Young Readers

    "It is my all-time favorite. It isn't very long, but the story is amazing and was one of the first 'special teen changes utopian/dystopia society by being special' stories that I recall experiencing. It's absolutely amazing."

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    7. World War Z by Max Brooks

    Three Rivers Press

    "It has a lot of short stories that tie into the greater story. I illegally downloaded it when I was really poor, but I liked it so much I ended up buying it out of appreciation!"

    HappycamperNZ

    8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

    Ember

    "Premise: What if superheroes were the bad guys? It’s a YA without being shallow and the first chapter hooks you."

    disneylandmines

    9. The Martian by Andy Weir

    Broadway Books

    "The book had me laughing out loud! My son did not understand how a book about a man alone struggling for survival on Mars could be funny, but it is!"

    Maddie215

    10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    Del Rey

    "100% funny as hell, short chapters, and while the vocabulary isn't difficult, the humor requires careful reading, and sometimes re-reading."

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    11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Young Readers Paperback Tolkien

    "If you didn't have to read it in school, it's a quick read for a fantasy and keeps you engaged the whole time. I know some people say it is a 'kid's book,' but I honestly think it's a great read at all ages!"

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    12. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Dial Press Trade Paperback

    "It's engaging, profound, and short. I rarely read books twice, but I've read this one and The Catcher in the Rye three times."

    SleepyConscience

    13. The Stranger by Albert Camus

    Vintage

    "It's a short read, but it’s very interesting and philosophical. It’s written in plain language, so it should be easy to get through if you haven’t read a book in a long time. I don’t want to spoil anything about this one, so just go in blind and thank me later."

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    14. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    W. W. Norton & Company

    "I'm usually terrible at focusing, but it kept me engaged throughout. It's a short read too, so it doesn't feel overwhelming, and the plot is quite captivating as well!"

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    15. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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    "I hadn’t read a book purely for pleasure in years. This August, I saw this one on a bookshelf at my parents’ home. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I opened that book at 10 a.m., finished it at 8 p.m. the same day. Please go read it!"

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    16. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

    Miramax Books/Hyperion

    "Especially if you're into Greek mythology!"

    PatrickRsGhost

    17. John Dies at the End by David Wong

    St. Martin's Griffin

    "The first chapter is hilarious and makes it clear that books aren’t just the boring old things you read in school!"

    MoobyTheGoldenSock

    18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

    MacLehose Press

    "The original Millennium Trilogy is incredible, but especially this first book. It's definitely more grown up than high school material. At its core, it's just a great thriller/mystery novel that is rewarding, but not too difficult to read. The characters are very memorable, the story is well-crafted, and the themes are very relevant."

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    19. And finally — The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    "It's a delightful read. It's easy, and everyone I know that has read it has absolutely loved it. I've recommended it to several friends, including people in a work book club, and again, 100/100 across the board."

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    So, now it's your turn! What's a book you'd recommend to someone looking to reignite their love of reading? Share in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T Reddit.

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