Book Recommendations For Casual Readers {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s post is all about recommendations, and I specifically want to talk about books I’d recommend to casual readers. What do I mean by casual readers? I mean those people who pick up a book maybe two to three times a year (probably on their vacation). The readers who like reading, but don’t consider it a favorite way to pass the time. Most people I know IRL are either non-reader, or a casual reader. So if they don’t read that many books, I’d still recommend them to read these books below.

Let’s be real, if you’re reading my blog, you’re most likely a fellow bookworm. And I LOVE recommending books to my fellow bookworms and getting recommendations back. But the chances that I can recommend a book to one of you fellow bookworms that you a) haven’t heard of yet or b) haven’t already read yourself are pretty slim. It doesn’t always have the same satisfaction as recommending a book to a casual reader and having them fall absolutely head over heels in love with it.

So this is my recommendation post for all you casual readers out there! (And of course I secretly do hope one of these will turn you in a super bookworm…)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

What do you mean “You watched the movies, you don’t need to read the books”? Of course you still need to read these books! The movies are great, but the books take everything to a whole other level and will leave you wishing you were a wizard yourself.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Another succesful movie franchise and I hate to repeat myself, but the books are still filled with so much extra goodness that you just need to experience. Though I do admit that Catching Fire is one of the BEST movie adaptations out there.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Even a casual reader is bound to fall in love with this band of morally grey misfits and this story about the heist of their lifetime. I refuse to believe otherwise.

The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab a-gathering-of-shadows-by-v-e-schwab a-conjuring-of-light-by-v-e-schwab

This is pretty much my go-to answer if anyone asks me to name my favorite book/series. Of course I have hundreds of faves, but I feel like this series just scores the best overall – the plot, the writing style, the characters, the pacing, the romance, the friendships, the villains, the family connections, the ending. Every single thing about this series felt amazing to me so I’d recommend it to everybody.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Another book I think even a casual reader would enjoy. Though I’d keep this recommendation more for the people I know are familiar already with the story of Achilles, are into mythology and retellings and don’t mind having their heart broken by a book.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book tore my heart into little tiny pieces and I still haven’t recovered. So naturally, I must recommend it! The emotional story, the loveable characters and especially the unique narrator… this just feels like one of those must-reads, even for casual readers.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

the-hating-game-by-sally-thorne

This enemies-to-lovers story in an office setting is perfect for casual readers who prefer a little less sobbing and a lot more humor and romance. Maybe the perfect beach read for during their holidays?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

illuminae-by-amie-kaufman-and-jay-kristoff

For those people who may be casual readers, but still huge sci-fi fans I present Illuminae! In bookworm world I may be one of the last few people to read this, but in non-bookworm world I don’t think this is all that known yet, and it should be! Especially recommended to read before it’s turned into a movie!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

For casual readers who like reading about fandom life and would love or need the ton of important messages this book brings on topics such as sexuality, anxiety, misogyny, body-positivity and friendship. Also, just anyone in need of a genuinely great and heart-warming read.

The Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie

red-winter-by-annette-marie Dark Tempest by Annette Marie Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

Ok, this may just be because it’s my personal favorite, but even so I’d recommend this to every casual reader. I LOVE this series so much and would recommend it to EVERYBODY, casual reader or not. I’d recommend it to random people on the street if I would be the type to do so. Japanese mythology, kitsunes, action, romance and amazing characters, what are you waiting for?

WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A CASUAL READER? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH ANY OF MY CHOICES?

47 thoughts on “Book Recommendations For Casual Readers {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Brona says:

    For me it’s The Time Traveller’s Wife. I just recommended it to a casual reader at work today and she went away excited about reading again πŸ™‚

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Sometimes a book a week is a big accomplishment for me too! Especially lately πŸ™‚ But I’ve also had times I could read two a week, so I guess there is a balance after all πŸ˜‰
      That is a good point though about the Shades of Magic series. Maybe it’s a book for more hardcore readers instead of casual readers, but I think if they can push through they’ll love it just as much as we do πŸ™‚

  2. Kelly @ Kelly's Rambles says:

    SO so many books on this list that I adore! Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom is probably my favourite duology ever, I love everything Leigh Bardugo writes. V.E. Schwab is another favourite author of mine so I was excited to see the Shades of Magic trilogy on here too. Fantastic list!

    Here’s my TTT.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah but it’s also kind of cool that you still have the epicness of Crooked Kingdom and ACOL to look forward to πŸ˜‰ And The Book Thief’s pretty great too of course. Haha, The Hating Game does kind of stand out a bit on this list filled with fantasy, but it’s definitely one of those books I’d recommend to any casual reader looking for something fun and romantic πŸ˜€

  3. Cholla says:

    The Harry Potter series is what turned my 17-year-old into a reader. Couldn’t stand it prior to those books! Also, I’d recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because it’s just so much fun and an easy read.

    Here is my TTT.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Oh no, spoilers are the worst! Hope you’ll still enjoy Crooked Kingdom when you get to it thoough, because it’s amazing. And OMG yes those Red Winter covers are gorgeous indeed <3

  4. Carmen says:

    I love that you`ve included books from different genres. Harry Potter is a magical series that anyone would enjoy. I also loved The Hunger Games and The Book Thief. Though they`re not really my genre, I know that many casual readers tend to go for mystery novels.
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks! Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and The Book Thief are all amazing indeed! That’s a great point about mystery novels! I should read more of those myself also actually, haha πŸ™‚

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