20 Books For Rusty Readers Recommended By Reddit Users



Been a while since you’ve read a book that wasn’t forced upon you by a high school english teacher? Here are 20 favorites that will make picking up a book again totally worth it.



1. The Martian by Andy Weir

I loved the Martian by Andy Weir. It’s an easy read (350 pgs) and is bloody hilarious. There isn’t a single boring moment in the novel. Definitely recommended.


2. Fight Club By Chuck Palahniuk

As someone who only reads casually for entertainment I’ll add my two cents. I find chuck palahniuk’s books to be the perfect mix of entertaining and intelligent. Very funny and untraditional–he’s the guy who wrote Fight Club.


3. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut


Kurt vonnegut is my suggestion too. “Welcome to the Monkey house” is a bunch of his short stories and are great reads!


4. Nine Stories By J.D. Salinger


If you haven’t read a novel in more than a decade, why not start with a collection of short stories? For example, Nine Stories by JD Salinger. Short, satisfying reads, and gorgeous prose, without the investment level that’s needed for following the plot of a full-length novel.


5. Franny And Zooey By J.D. Salinger


Definitely. Also after read Franny and Zooey. Also a Salinger novel but short in length and intertwines a bit with some of the short stories.


6. And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie. She’s surprisingly easy to read. “And Then There Were None” is amazing.

Other than that, reading short books will get you going.


7. Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie


And Then There Were None and ”Murder on the Orient Express” are the two best-plotted books I have ever and probably will ever read. Dame Agatha was a genius.


8. East of Eden By John Steinbeck


If you want a book that will throw you into the literature world, and I think is pretty approachable as a more pretentious book, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is really a good read.


9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Check out The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Not really self help per se, it’s a fictional story with a motivational slant. Quick & easy read.


10. Jurassic Park By Michael Crichton


Jurassic Park. 450 pages or so. Quick and gripping read. Very different from the movie and I find the book to be far superior.


11. Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card


Ender’s Game. Not a long read, keeps you interested, and there are sequels if you like it, but the story in this book alone is complete.


12. Gone By Michael Grant

Lenaballerina 951 points 5 months ago

I always suggest that people start with young adult fantasy. They tend to be written fairly simply, are shorter, so fast paced, but tend not to have the teenaged annoyingness that normal YA fiction can have. Gone by Michael Grant is a good one and I Am Number Four.


13. I Am Number Four By Pittacus Lore


I am number four was such a great book

Don’t watch the movie though, just don’t do it


14. Watership Down By Richard Adams


Watership Down

Such a beautiful book, one of my favorites.


15. Ready Player One By Ernest Cline


I absolutely loved Ready Player One. It’s well-written and not too long which was perfect as I hadn’t read anything for quite some time.


Ready Pl

If you like 80’s pop culture, or even if you were born back then, it’s a lot of fun too. I’ve heard a lot of people thought there were too many 80’s references, but i really enjoyed it.


16. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams


Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It proves that a book doesn’t have to be a stuffy tribute to prose.


17. Mistborn By Brandon Sanderson


Mistborn is so, so good. I can’t recommend that trilogy enough for anyone even remotely interested in fantasy books.


18. Dresden Files By Jim Butcher

I cannot recommend The Dresden Files enough.

A Wizard Detective (possible pyromaniac) with the dress sense of a cowboy in modern day Chicago get the shit kicked out of him and proceeds to crack a sarcastic joke at his apparent executioner.

Lots of fun to be had in the series. Each book isn’t too long


19. The Neverending Story By Michael Ende


Michael Ende, The Neverending Story. I have to recommend this book to everyone. My soul demands it. It was my big, beautiful, joyful introduction to reading as a kid, and despite being written for children, presents a fantastic world of universal appeal. If imagination is drawing you back into reading, then The Neverending Story will be a joy to you.


20. The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood


The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books of all time