Hi friends,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is: books to give to someone who doesn’t like reading.

First if someone doesn’t like reading, I don’t think I’d gift him or her a book! For even if they are my passion, the purpose of a gift is to please the person you are giving to!

But let’s imagine that said person decided to try reading and asked me, known as a true booknerd, to choose something that could please him or her!

What would I do?

Well, I think I’d try to gift a book matching that person’s interest!

So let’s give it a try.

For someone who loves cooking, I’d give: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

If they love baking and are fan of The Great British Bake-Off, I’d go for Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall.

They have a passion for sewing? Then I’d go with Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim.

If they crave sport like ice hockey, then I’d go for The HookUp by Kristen Callihan.

What? It’s music they adore? Then I’d choose A Wish for Us by Tillie Cole .

If it’s wildlife that is fascinating them, then I’d gift: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen.

Fan of second world war and history? Then I have a long list as: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, The Huntress or The Rose Code by Kate Quinn , The Tattooist of Auschwitz or Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

If they love listening to true crime podcasts I’d go with Sadie by Courtney Summer

If they love fashion or pageant/beauty contests, I’d go with: The Selection by Kiera Cass

And finally if they love art and painting, I’d recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor.

Bonus: if they simply asked me to give them my most favorite books, I’d choose the winning trio: Making Faces by Amy Harmon; Sorcery of Thorns by Margareth Rogerson and The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.

That’s it! What do you think of my choices?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Excellent list, Sophie. I think if someone asked me that question, I would start them out with the books that turned me into a reader, Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, Tom Sawyer, etc. These stories gave me a thirst for reading that’s lasted for generations. I’d say the authors did a good job 🙂

  2. Oh wow, I love the approach you took for this!
    Of course lots of thoses were on my list already, but I added Tosaline Palmer takes the cake aswell as making faces (anything but war novels.. on the fence about the second, but dont look too too focused on the war itself)

    Personally.. I feel like i’d wanna give them any non-fiction from Matt Haig. Either reasons to stay alive or the comfort book, especially if they share my anxiety & depression.

  3. That’s a great take on today’s topic! You put a lot of thought and effort into it!! I have heard great things about Kate Quinn’s books, but haven’t read them.

  4. If I know someone isn’t a reader, the last thing I would do is gift them a book haha but if I had to it would be a well loved author like JD Robb, or classic Clive Cussler or Mary Higgins Clark.

  5. I love your take on the topic, Sophie! Great choices here!
    Also, I read and LOVED 2 out of the 3 of your favorite books, so I’ll need to try the third as well (Making Faces)