READER REPORT:

Books for people who don't usually read

JO MORGAN
Last updated 07:45 30/12/2013
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PUPPY POWER: The only reason Jo Morgan perservered with George RR Martin's book A Game of Thrones was to see what happened to the dogs.

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Once upon a time I was an avid reader. Then I went to university, got a degree which included English literature and took a holiday from reading.

That holiday ended last year when someone gifted me with a book that reignited my love and passion for the art of joining sentences together to create a great and magical place of escapism.

That book was George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

I'm not going to harp on and on about A Game of Thrones, but I will, however, produce a list of books entitled:

Books people who don't read should read (in no particular order)

1. A Game of Thrones

I lied when I said I wouldn't talk about this great work of fiction - it deserves a few words. Upon unwrapping this gift I could feel my blood boiling in rage at my little brother who sat smirking on the other side of the room as I stared at this strange thick book.

He has this tradition where he finds the crappiest book series and gifts me one book every Christmas. 2011 ended with the Twilight Saga (which sits unread still on my bookshelf).

Anyway, a few days later, I saw the book, shrugged my shoulders and thought I'd give it a chance.

Needless to say, I don't have to wait seven Christmases to get each book as I went on to read all that has been written so far.

I'm going to be honest here; the only reason why I kept reading A Game of Thrones to begin with was because of the puppies. I'm a girl, I love animals, it's only natural that I'd read to make sure each dog lived a long happy life with the Stark children.

As I read on, I did become more invested in the other characters and their storylines. Martin has a fascinating way of writing. Every time you feel like giving up, something in the plot twists and turns and you have to keep reading.

2. Warm Bodies

Written by Isaac Marion, who was initially a bum like myself turned writer, I enjoyed this book purely because of its take on zombie life from the point of view of a zombie.

For a zombie enthusiast who cried in I am Legend, created an earthquake pack after World War Z and soiled myself watching Quarantine, Warm Bodies was funny and easy to read.

It will make you feel a bit cooler for not abiding by the Whitcoulls Top 100 List.

3. The Hunger Games series

This series ain't no Twilight.

Most of you have probably read and enjoyed this series or at least seen the movies. 

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For once, the movies do justice to the book, but I feel that to truly understand what you're watching, it is essential to read the books.

All I have to say to you non-book readers is: read them.

Any of these books could be read on your summer vacay.

Comment and add your own list of books that non-readers should read and I'll check them out, but I don't want any Manbooker-whatever award-winning novels, just something that will take me a day or two or week at most to finish, has a bit of violence, maybe a bit of romance, and likable characters... is that too much to ask?


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