5 Books To Get You Into Reading

Reading isn’t for everyone, but some of us are trying to make it a better habit. Of course, if you ask any of your friends who read more avidly for book suggestions, they’ll probably say something like Les Mis or Moby Dick. Not that those aren’t wonderful books, but when you’re trying to make a new habit, it’s best to start with something lighter and a little more digestible. So, here are 5 book recommendations for people who want to get into reading.

1. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson

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It Gets Worse is Dawson’s second memoir. It’s the follow-up to the famous Youtuber’s I Hate Myselfie, which was also a New York Times Bestsellers. In his second book, Dawson discusses his misadventures in discovering his sexuality, battling bulimia, and his career as a filmmaker, all while struggling to write a single page without taking a cheap shot at himself. His laugh-out-loud humor makes the book a page turner and great for anyone hoping to make reading a new hobby.

2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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For anyone who’s hoping to find a book that challenges the standard form of novels, just about anything by Vonnegut will suffice. However, his most famous book Slaughterhouse-Five will be a good stepping stone for those who are unfamiliar with his work. The book follows the story of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time. You’ll have to read the book to find out exactly what that means, but Vonnegut’s satire carefully guides the reader through the dark, twisted landscape of World War II with finesse and a touch of irony.

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Originally written in Portuguese by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist follows the adventure of a boy named Santiago who sets out on a journey to Egypt to find a treasure in the Great Pyramids. The novel is short and poetic, perfect for anyone who enjoys adventure stories.

4. The Stranger by Albert Camus

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For anyone interested in getting into literary fiction, Camus’ first novel The Stranger is an excellent starting point. A short, dense novel set in French Algeria, it is so tightly-packed with symbolism and deeper meaning that only several re-readings could serve both the novel and its reader justice (pun intended).

5. The Revenant by Michael Punke

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The Revenant is the basis for the 2016 film of the same name that won Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar for best actor. The novel follows Hugh Glass, a fur trader who survived a bear attack before fighting against the odds to execute revenge on the men who left him for dead. The novel, which is very different from the film, is short and full of adventure, danger, and Glass’ seething will to seek revenge.
Those are my personal book suggestions for people who want to get into reading. Is your favorite on here? Was I so rude as to leave it out? Let me know in the comments below!

Paul Pelech

Paul Pelech is a sophomore at Purdue University. When not in class, he rows, reads, and regresses, sometimes all at once. He spends his free time thinking about thinking about his free time – he’s very meta. Originally from Indiana, he lives inside his head.

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