Ask Reddit, here are the best books to get you back into reading again.
1. Jurassic Park. I know reading books after seeing the movies can sometimes be dull, but the book is waaay darker than the movie. Muldoon driving around drunk as fuck on whiskey, swearing like a sailor and blowing up dinos with a rocket launcher for example.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones!!! I hadn’t read a book purely for pleasure in years. This August, I saw it on a bookshelf at my parents’ home. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I opened that book at 10am, finished it at 8pm the same day. Please go read it!!!!!
4. Shutter Island. This is one of my favorites in the mystery/thriller genre. Absolute fucking page turner especially if you’ve never seen the movie (which is also great). This is another one I’d rather not spoil just go in blind.
With phones, TV, etc reading requires concentration, which requires practice, so a book with chapters that short is ideal to start reading again.
This is 100% the book you are looking for.
8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson are both very page-turner-y quick reads that don’t have any of the triteness you might expect from something called a “page-turner”.
It’s definitely more grown-up than high school material, it’s at its core a great thriller/mystery novel which is rewarding but not difficult to read. The characters are very memorable, the story is well crafted, and the themes are very relevant both then and now.
I’ll add a caveat that the depictions of sexual violence and abuse in the book might be triggering for some, so people may want to consider that before starting.
16. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not a native English speaker, and yet I enjoyed it a lot. It is written in brief chapters that allow you to read a few pages or a lot at a time. I think the characters are well developed and the story well planned for such a short book (it’s not super short, but it’s not 600 pages), and the story is really entertaining, and as usual, the book is much better than the movie.
19.The Song of Achilles is my favorite book because it involved greek lore (obviously) and it’s about the relationship between Achilles and his lover, Patroclus. It is told from Patroclus’ perspective.
Only downside is that the last book in the trilogy has no release date in sight so you’ll be stuck in an endless search of other books to fill the void in your soul where book three should be.
30. The Princess Bride. It’s a delightful read, it’s easy, and everyone I know that has read it has absolutely loved it… I’ve recommended it to several friends, including like 8 people in a work book club, and again, 100/100 across the board.