10 Book Recommendations for Beginners

I have been asked to recommend books for beginners on various occassions by people who wish to start reading. There are so many good and easy reads to begin with that I was confused what books to suggest.

Here’s a few that I think many can sit through as a starting book. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

1. Any book from the famous five series by Enid Blyton

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Childrens’ Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

I have only read one and it was literally the first novel that I ever read. It is a series of children’s adventure novels. It features a group of 4 young children- Julian, Dick, Anne, and Georgina aka George and their dog, Timmy.

Why read? There are 21 books in the series to choose from, you can have your pick based on the setting, as they aren’t dependent on each other you can read any book from the 21 books. The books fall roughly between 200-300 pages so they are not too much or too less for a beginner.

 

2. Chocolate Guitar Momos by Kenny Deori Basumatary

choc gui momosContemporary Romance

This book starts with Joseph who is a young aspiring musician, getting kicked out of a relationship by his third girlfriend. He believes that relationships won’t work unless they are destined to be. So, he decides to track down a girl who smiled at him from across a bus stop eight years ago. The only thing that he remembers is that she was wearing a grey skirt. He knows nothing, not her name, not her address, he doesn’t even remember her face.

Why read? There are so many funny moments in this book, the writing style is raw, it will keep you hooked in, the ending is sad which perfectly balances the light-heartedness going on. It has some really creative insults that will leave you giggling like a kid saying a curse word for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜›

3. Diary of a young girl- Anne Frank

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Non- Fiction

Most of us either had a chapter based on this book or on Anne’s father Otto Frank in our English books. In the back of our minds we already have our interests sparked because we are a little familiar with this book, thanks to our academics.ย It shows a simplistic, individualistic account of a part of the Nazi period of history, not the political, public view but a glimpse in lives of humans who were the most affected by it.

Why read? Because it is in the form of a diary (addressed as Dear Kitty) it is much easier to read as beginners than other books and much meaningful to experience.

4. The fault in our stars by John Green

tfiosYoung Adult, Fiction

The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl with cancer. Her parents force her to attend a cancer patient support group where she meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to cancer and wears a prosthetic. There is an emphasis on metaphors in this book that became a representing feature of the book.

Why read? This book is a beautiful journey, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, The ending is totally unexpected, it took a really sad turn. (Ofcourse) The first book that made me cry. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

5. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

1000 splendid sunsFiction

This, despite being fiction, feels real when you read it, maybe because it was somewhere inspired by reality. This book focuses on 2 female characters- Mariam and Laila and their lives and struggles in Afghanistan when taliban was in power.

Why read? This again is an individualistic take on a mass affecting circumstance and event. This book touches various aspects of reality and dynamics of various relations written in a way that keeps a reader reading.

6. Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

between the linesFairy Tale, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

A 15 year old teenager, Delilah finds this fairy tale in a library and becomes obsessed with it. She is a bookworm and kind of an introvert. The fairy tale is called “Between the lines” and is about Prince Oliver. She has a punky, rock bff who is fun to read about.

Her dad divorced her mom when she was a baby, being lonely she confides her worries to Prince Oliver and guess what… he talks back. To cut a long story short, they fall in love.

Why read?ย A fairy tale inside a fairy tale. A fresh concept, it is an interesting read and fairy tales are fairly easy to read, most of us have read or been read to.

7. What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

This book is about the self discovery of a 17 year old girl, named Mclean Sweet. She hates the fact that her parents divorced and her mom married her dad’s favorite basketball team’s new coach, Peter Hamilton. Her dad’s job makes them move a lot, she decides to take on a different persona each time, creating a new name for herself, a new personality, a new Ume page. (similar to a Facebook profile)
On the 4th move, she somehow ends up being herself, she makes a lot of friends and is truly happy but then her secret is revealed and everything starts going downhill.

Why read?ย ย It’s a journey of self discovery written in a very engaging manner. The flow of the story is good, the stories of the supporting characters make Mclean’s story more enjoyable.

8. P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

ps i love youFiction, Romance

This story revolves around Holly and Gerry, a married couple. They are deeply in love but they fight occassionally. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her and how insignificant their arguments were.
Holly is grief stricken and she withdraws from her friends and family. She loses herself. Then the letters start to arrive. They are from Gerry, each signed at the end with p.s. I love you.

Why read?ย This is a touching story about love and the strength of true love. This is about being there for the people you love even when the circumstances are not favorable. The curiosity of what each letter contains will keep you reading. You will feel the emotions that Holly goes through and even though this book is 500 pages, I think it is an easy read.
Romances are generally easy reads and the anticipation of Gerry’s next letter will keep you going.

9. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

amy rogerFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

The story is about Amy Curry, who is not happy with her life. Her dad died in a car accident and now she has to take a cross-country drive, because her mom decided to move from California to amy roger playlistConnecticut, with Roger who is her mom’s friend’s son. Amy hasn’t seem him in years but the road trip develops a bond between them.

Why read?ย The story is written in a very nice and visually pleasing format, the narrative is accompanied with scraps from the road such as bills, tickets, playlists, etc.
The book is not just filled with words but as relative visuals too so it will hold a beginner’s attention.

10. Asylum- 13 tales of terror by Matt Drabble

asylumHorror, Fiction

This is a collection of 13 short stories about the residents of Blackwater Heights, a mental health hospital. These 13 tales tie into a single main story regarding Martin Parcell, who is an ex-journalist and wanted to be an author, after a car crash’s injury he is forced to take a custodian’s position is Blackwater Heights.
Martin is deeply troubled as the tales unfold before him and is worried about his own sanity.

Why read?ย It’s a really well written book, the author knows how to make you feel his words. This book gave me real chills. Being written as short stories, it mentally prepares a beginner to read one more and one more and when all the stories tie into a single story you get the sense of reading a complete novel without the pressure of reading a full fledged novel. I feel like rereading it right now. ๐Ÿ˜›


These are my recommendations as of now. If you would life to watch it in video format click on the pictures. ( I divided it in 2 parts because I explained it all a bit more aka going on rambling. ๐Ÿ˜› )

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Review | Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernardo

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

Title: Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs
Author:ย Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Illustrator:ย Courtenay Fletcher

Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Inner Flower Child Books

Publishing date: 1st May, 2017
Pages: 32

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a beautiful new book with a simple but powerful message: love last forever.

Lyrical writing and delightful illustrations provide perfect bedtime reading for any child. The book is also ideal for supporting children through grief, separation anxiety, divorce, illness or other traumatic situations, by wrapping them in a warm and comforting emotional security blanket and opening a dialogue on the nature of love.

Even when loved ones cannot be with us, we can feel their presence through our deep connections to the natural world.


My Take:

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All that I want to say about the book is already said in the summary. I loved the lyrical writing in this and the illustrations were very colorful and detailed.

 

 

The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because of the ARC copy I received. I usually am very thankful for the ARCs I receive and ignore few grammatical errors because it’s an uncorrected copy but sending out a book which is difficult to read is obviously going to alter the reading experience and will affect the review.

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This was the case with most of the book.

I don’t know if all the ARCs sent out were like this or it was just my copy’s problem but it was surely irritating enough for me to reduce the rating. If not for the format issue, it would have easily been a 4 or even 4.5.

I was so disappointed by my copy that I couldn’t enjoy the wonderful writing.

That being said it is a beautiful little lyrical tale about how distance doesn’t mean that you don’t love someone and there are ways to remind people of how much we love them even when they are far from us.

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Why would I pick it up?

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For the beautiful writing and the illustrations. โค

Review | Rick and Jake Meet King Arthur by R.T.Johnson

Rick and Jake Meet King Arthur (Rick And Jake Series Book 1) by [Johnson, Richard]

 

Title: Rick and Jake Meet King Arthur
Author: R.T. Johnsonย 
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: CreateSpace

Publishing date: 12th March, 2016
Pages: 190

My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

 

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

King Arthur and King Ralic battle fiercely for Cornwall. When Merlin the Wizard is captured, King Arthur and his men lose the kingdom to Ralic. The only way to redeem the kingdom and save King Arthur’s lineage from the dark side is through his 70th generation grandson, Rick. Rick must pass five tests of honor and bravery in order for the kingdom to return to its rightful owner. If he fails just one of the tests, King Arthur’s kingdom and lineage are lost forever. Present day Rick is thrown into a world of kings, knights, battles, and life and death. Will he be able to save the kingdom? Will he be able to save his lineage?


My Take:

This was a fun and easy read. The colorful cover caught my attention at first, then the summary had my interest piqued.

“The only way to redeem the kingdom and save King Arthur’s lineage from the dark side is through his 70th generation grandson, Rick.”

70th Generation?!ย Now, that sounds interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (In the book it’s 50th Generation)

It was kind of funny reading the *sound effects* ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

“King Arthur wielded his sword high. SWOOOCCCH.
THUMP. Down fell the Damonion soldier.”

THROOOOOWWWWP. An arrow shot passed the King’s head, almost grazing the skin.:

“Sir Simon sat straight up in his saddle. “I will give the order, Sire. Bugler, sound the horn.”
TOOT TOOT TOOT TOOT TOOT”

This is an educational book hidden under fantasy. This book teaches about kindness, patience, honesty, selflessness, and bravery. ๐Ÿ˜€

“While King Ralic spoke, King Arthur heard a voice travel through the air. “Tell him evil has prevailed this time. There is pure evil and there is pure good. Pure good cannot be tainted with evil.””

Despite the back story being historic, the scenarios used to test Rick of all these qualities, who is 13 years old, is of the modern day and pretty believable. Not some unrealistic situation but something anyone can face. What we choose is what makes us who we are.

“So, you think you and your line would never falter. Well, I decree that your grandson of 50 generations will be given five tests. Each of those tests will tempt his purity. The lineage will well be weakened by then. If he fails just one of those tests, I will be proven right. It will be that there is no pure good. And, your entire lineage will be doomed to misery and hardship. And, you will lose your Kingdom forever.”

I liked the way it was written. It won’t bore anyone reading and learning about right things in a story is always a plus when that book is intended for middle graders, or kids in general.

“Do not worry, Richard. It is not always the size of a man’s weapon that will determine victory or defeat. Just be on guard.”

Calling Rick with his real name, Richard, can be a hit or miss; a) miss for, he is called Rick in the title so it kind of breaks the link with the whole book where he is called Richard. b) hit for, even when the story is taking place in today’s world, him being called Richard gives a hold to the back story as Rick would sound too modern.

Overall, the premise for the story is interesting and the characters unique. This is a good read for children and a quick easy read for adults. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ The illustrations, which are actually sketches are good too. You can use them to color, because why not? ๐Ÿ˜›


Why would I pick it up?

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For the easy read with life lessons. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€


My review of another book by the author:

Review | The Quinn Family Adventures: The Mayan Ruins by Erin Ritch

The Quinn Family Adventures Book One: The Mayan Ruins

 

Title: The Mayan Ruins
Series: The Quinn Family Adventures (Book 1)
Author: Erin Ritch
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Createspace

Publishing date: 5th November, 2015
Pages: 90

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

13-year-old Dawn is the daughter of two famous archaeologists, Stanley and Alana Quinn. Their adventures have taken them from one end of the world to the other – and this time, they will travel to the mysterious rainforests of Guatemala. The Quinn family have been sent to find the Mayan Ruins, structures hidden near the sleeping volcanoes of the country’s Northern Region. Aided by local guides and Dawn’s new friend, Juanita, the Quinn family starts their expedition only to be split up in the rainforest’s thick maze. After the girls are saved by a wild girl of the jungle, Dawn learns that her parents are in danger. With the help of her new friends, Dawn must use all her skills to find the Mayan Ruins, escape the jungle, and save her family.


My Take:

This book is a real quick and good read. It’s an interesting book and is sure to hold children’s attention. This book can be turned into a picture book and the magic can be more defined. ๐Ÿ˜€

Dawn is the daughter of two famous archeologists as told in the synopsis itself. Dawn and Junaita make a good team as for their knowledge and curiosity. When they find Caine or rather when Caine finds them, the story takes on a more interesting turn from there. ๐Ÿ˜€

The little mystery to who Caine actually is, is a rather simple and predictable thing for grownups but for kids it can be mind-blowing. They might as well start believing in destiny or the wonderful ways our universe works.

She couldn’t have befriended any better stranger than the child of the people who are sponsored by her late dad’s fortune. How convenient but it sure is more humane than how I made it sound. Dawn’s parents are really nice people and they agree to let Caine stay with them because Caine was so scared of going to the orphanage.

Not even a volcanic eruption could scare her enough for her life to choose orphanage over the wilderness.

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This is an easy read and is fast paced, the descriptive parts are as good as the conversational parts. I liked how everything played out. ย โค


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick and interesting read. โค

Review | What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss

Childrenโ€™s Books: WHATโ€™S FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER? (Delightfully Fun, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Making Friends and Being ... Ages 2-8) (Happy Children's Series 5)Title: What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?
Author: Sally Huss
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 4th November, 2014
Published by: Huss Publishing
Pages: 50

My Rating: 4/5 stars ย 

 


Synopsis:

In this book you’ll meet several fine-feathered folks (a duck, a goose, and a turkey) who, after some tricky beginnings, become friends. With amusing rhyming verse to tell the story, the point gets across… that anyone can become a friend. This story is one to tickle the heart of any child, and subtly spark the spirit of gratitude within them. It emphasizes the importance of being thankful.


My Take:

It is a well written book- beautiful with lots of illustration, easy and rhyming verses. ๐Ÿ˜€ Everything required to hold a child’s attention. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is a tale of making friends. Well, this is kind of an awkward way to make friends but this also teaches that something good can come out of every situation.

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This book follows the story of three species of fine-feathered folks who plan on making each other their thanksgiving dinner. It takes understanding and kindness on their part to agree to not eat each other and decide on a meal that they all can have without having to kill each other, which is a pumpkin pie.

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This book teaches thoughtfulness, togetherness, and problem resolution and most important, it teaches to be thankful. ๐Ÿ™‚


Why would I pick it up?

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For the rhyming verses and pretty pictures! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Review | Bess’s Magical Garden by M.E. Hembroff

Bess's Magical Garden

 

Title: Bess’s Magical Garden
Author: M.E.Hembroff
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction
Publisher:ย FriesenPress

Publishing date: 21st Oct, 2015
Pages: 90

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place. From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters. During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there. In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She – with Josie and Megan’s help – also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?


My Take:

This book covers serious topics in an easy manner. I always thought that teaching how to deal with heavy issues to young minds is easier through stories and this tale is one such proof. Dealing with physical and emotional illness and hoping for the best is portrayed in this book. ๐Ÿ˜€

It was a no nonsense story from the start to end, no unnecessary page filling, all relevant turns to the story. I like that in a book. I think cutting out all the irrelevant sentences made this book a quick read with just 90 pages. It gives the 1950s vibe and the characters are all very likable. ๐Ÿ˜€

The mystery to the magical garden comes into attention when Bess starts noticing strange things and then makes a new friend. Having left her best friend behind when she moved is a bit harsh on her in addition to all that she is already dealing with so spending time in the garden, making a new friend and solving the mystery is what keeps her going.

The mystery is kind of hit or miss. Not exactly magical. Some people will like the simplicity of it and some won’t but it still makes for a decent read.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read or when I want to read something significant but still with an easy pace. ๐Ÿ˜€