Readers love sharing their passion for books with other people. But what if your loved ones, be they friends or family members, are not massive readers? Can you still gift them books for Christmas? If they truly hate reading, the answer is probably no. However, if they are just not overly enthusiastic about the act of sitting down and read for a while, there is probably still a chance that they may not loathe receiving a book as a gift. Possibly, that book may even make them pick up other books in the future.
This post is not a list of specific books that I recommend to reluctant readers. Although I mention a couple of titles (the majority of which I haven’t read myself) as examples, I’ve just mainly decided to share with you some ideas about the types of books that unenthusiastic readers may be more willing to pick up, depending on their interests.
Companion books for TV series and films
Those who are huge fans of certain TV series or films may like knowing more about their production. Luckily for them, there are various books that focus on the behind the scenes of various shows and blockbusters. If they like Game of Thrones, for example, there are various books about the making of the show – Game of Thrones: The Costumes by Michele Clapton with Gina McIntyre, The Art of Game of Thrones – The Official Book of Design from Season 1 to Season 8 by Deborah Riley with Jody Revenson, or Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond by Miles McNutt. I don’t own any of these books, but they look stunning! There are also various such books about the Harry Potter films, for instance.
Books about art or written by visual artists
If you know someone who is really into visual arts, they will probably love one of the many books published by Taschen. You just need to discover who are their favourite artists! Another possibility may be to offer them a book written by a specific artist. I’ve been meaning to buy the Letters of Vincent Van Gogh for ages. The Folio Society edition is gorgeous!
Graphic novels which are adaptations of other books
Some people, despite enjoying stories, find pages and pages full of only words intimidating. Why not gift them graphic novels that are adaptations of previously published books? They may even feel more inclined to pick up the original stories afterwards. There are graphic novels which are adaptations of, for example, The Handmaid’s Tale, Animal Farm, Anne Frank’s Diary and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Non-fiction books on specific issues of interest
If you know a person who has a great interest in a specific issue or personality, you can always offer them a non-fiction book. There are plenty of memoirs that they may find attention-grabbing.
Do you know someone who likes dragons, mermaids or other mythological beings? Adams Media Corporation has published a couple of books that they may like to receive. Dragons: The Myths, Legends, and Lore by Doug Niles, Fairies: The Myths, Legends, & Lore and Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, and Lore by Skye Alexander look exciting.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a gift for a person who is interested in less fantastical themes, Oxford University Press publishes the Very Short Introductions series that comprises hundreds of little books on a diverse range of issues, including International Relations, Economics, History, Literature, Ancient Greece, Climate change…
Cooking books that feature stories
Do you know someone who loves cooking? There are books that not only feature recipes, but that also have stories within, be they fiction or based on more personal experiences. More or less two years ago, I read Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson and very much enjoyed it. Various people have also been raving about The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater.
Books that have been adapted to screen
Those who love a film or a TV series that is an adaptation of a book may be more inclined to read the original work, particularly if they sporadically pick up a book, despite not being massive readers. I discovered some of my favourite books (Atonement by Ian McEwan and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) thanks to their adaptations. Do you know someone who has recently watched the Netflix adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? Gift them the book! They need to know how great it is!
Have you got any other ideas about which types of books to gift to reluctant readers? Tell me in the comments!