I Can’t Find a Book to Read


Dear Sally, I can’t find a good book to read. Have any suggestions?

Finding a book to read is easy enough, especially if you already know what kind of book you want. Fortunately for us readers, books are divided into lovely categories, genres, and subgroups. Not to mention there are oodles of online generators that will give you ideas for books to read.
The first thing you should do is look through all the books you own and sort them into books you’ve read and books you haven’t read. Then look through them and see if there’s one you want to read. I don’t know about you, but I only keep books that I like or may like around. It isn’t likely that you’ll find one in there that won’t interest you. If you’re simply not in the mood for one of them, then your journey won’t end there.
One of my favorite pastimes is to find a nearby used bookstore and search every shelf. Sometimes I find books I’ve been looking for, sometimes I find books I read as a kid, and sometimes I find books I’ve never seen before but think they look interesting. It’s a good way to find books that may become your favorite.
Or you may wonder around a dusty, weird-smelling shop for an hour and find nothing. Here’s where my treasure trove of book suggestions come into play. We’ll do this by book types.
1) The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. This book falls under the category (named by yours truly) of “Don’t read unless you’re interested in philosophy and intense vocabulary.” One of the things I like the most about this story is about how every character has more layers than the usual fictional character. These layers are perceived from the perspective of a little girl who can see more than she should be able to.
2) Paper Towns by John Green. This book is a young adult fiction novel about a young man who imagines himself in love with a childhood friend and mis-imagines his world as one of black and white. The best part about this novel isn’t that it challenges your understanding of the way society works and it isn’t that there is a fantastic element of mystery to the story, it’s that the ending isn’t what you’ll expect for the type of story it turns out to be.
3) Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoevsky. This is an old classic piece of literature originally written in Russian. This makes the name something of a pain in the butt to get past, but once you do, you’re rewarded greatly. This novel is one of the greatest portrayals of psychology in action that I’ve ever read. A man named Raskolnikov (Rass-call-knee-cough) becomes both desperate and confused, which is never a good combination. The thing I like the most about Crime and Punishment is that a satirical view of the events produces an interesting story filled with layers of meaning.
Well, I could probably go on for forever, but you have some books to read. Happy imagining.