The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“Don’t panic,” reads the tagline on the covers of several editions of the Guide. Originally a BBC radio series, this five-book “trilogy” became immensely popular in the early 1980s and the books still have a huge influence on popular culture today. Its spot-on humour, short chapters and well-rounded characters make it an undemanding yet thought-provoking read.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The recent release of Peter Jackson’s movie versions of The Hobbit might inspire some non-readers to give the book a try. It is not nearly as lengthy or as arduous to read as the The Lord of the Rings trilogy – the narrative is much more playful as the novel was originally aimed at children, although it should definitely not be dismissed as a simple children’s book. The book also offers endearing characters which make the already captivating plotline that much more interesting.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The first few chapters of this enticing thriller are riddled with legal terms that might send many readers fleeing. However, a great reward awaits the reader who manages to wrestle through the early chapters: a thrilling mystery in straightforward language that makes the novel exciting and appealing to a wide variety of readers.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Considering the substantial excitement surrounding the newly released movie version of this book, giving it a read is sure to be worthwhile. Green has a direct, uncomplicated writing style that makes his works accessible to even the greatest loather of reading. The novel somehow manages to be light-hearted, deeply saddening and philosophical all at the same time, without being intimidating or overwhelming.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Yet another book with a recently released movie version to compliment it, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written as a series of letters to an unknown recipient – a format which makes the novel approachable and almost effortless to read while still managing to make the reader think. It is definitely not the type of book one reads only once – the haunting narrative is vivid, powerful and distinctly memorable