10 Books Every Non-Bookworm Needs to Read

Some books leave a mark on society and our lives. Whether or not we can dive into a book the way some of our more intensely bookish friends can, they are essential to life, whether as a guide, or just a really great story. These are some of those books.

1. Silver Linings Playbook

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Although this may seem like an unconventional start, the book made movie is the a tale about Pat Peoples who has just been released from a mental health facilitate, while trying to piece together his former life, he meets a mysterious woman named Tiffany who is also rebuilding her life. The book itself ultimately is about second chances- something that everyone can relate to?

2. Catcher in the Rye 

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Catcher in the Rye, a classic in it’s own right. Follows the notorious Holden Caulfield throughout his journeys with procrastination and self discovery. His teen angst and rebel without a cause attitude attracts many people to the novel but tells an interesting story of someone who sabotages himself, yet leaves the hope that one can find their own way.


3. The Outsiders 

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If you weren’t forced to read The Outsiders in middle school, here’s your chance. This book, while taking you on a trip back to the nostalgia of the 50s, also has an extremely compelling storyline that helps one see that although everyone is different, we are more alike than we appear.


4. To Kill a Mocking Bird

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Another middle school classic, this beloved novel is set in the Deep South, and explores rumors, social perceptions and what the word justice means, while letting you fall in love with an iconic cast of characters.


5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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While many people would have chosen The Sorcerers Stone, the Order of the Phoenix is far more important. Not only does it tell the story of a kid who never gives up, it also relays the important message that governments may not always tell us the truth or have our best interest at heart. Question it all, and fight for what’s right.


6. A Clockwork Orange


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Another book that teaches the importance of asking questions, follows the story of Alex small gang leader who is captured after committing heinous crimes, and is drafted to be apart of experimental rehabilitation. The book questions what human nature is and what limits it can be pushed to in the most extreme sense.


7. Brave New World

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A book that shows that, looks are not all that meets the eye and not to get caught up in the most superficial parts of life, and the dangers of living a utopian society. Read it if you dare, it’s the brain twisting story your library needs.


8. 1984


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Who hasn’t heard the phrase “Big Brother is watching?” If you haven’t, or you didn’t know where that reference came from, 1984 is the book to read. Setting in a dystopian society, is set in the province of Oceania is a novel about the resistance of oppression and being an individual.


9. The Kite Runner


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A profound novel about friendship, loyalty and the facing the ugliest parts of life, this book is a favorite of many people and teachers alike- this book will leave you shook. 



10. Fahrenheit 451


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If you aren’t a big reader, you’ll definitely love this one! A book warning against censorship and the importance of right to educate yourself on the topics you please (and it is the right to read because we all know readings the best). Nevertheless, in a world of fake news, and filtered content- can we really deny the importance of this book?



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