1. List App, I have a problem
  2. When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader
  3. I'd borrow 20 books from the library each week and read through them all. I was reading middle school books by 2nd grade because I'd gone through all the others.
    What is this 'social life' you speak of?
  4. But that tapered off and now I struggle SO MUCH to find a book I can actually get absorbed in.
  5. The last book I read was room, and honestly, before that, probably Why Not Me? well over a year ago.
  6. What do you guys recommend? I like to avoid depressing, dark books. I would read romance novels but I'm a little nervous they'll make feel depressed about my own love life. It doesn't seem like the books I loved as a kid and teen exist in adult form.
  7. My favorite books are Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Harry Potter. I've always loved adventurous books.
  8. I'm not sure if the problem is actually my anxiety, which sometimes stops me from getting out of my head and fully into a book. So maybe a light book would be best, because it would require less thinking?
  9. Let me hear it, List App: what's your best book to get someone loving reading again? 🚀📖📚
  10. The Magicians by Lev Grossman and American Gods by Neil Gaiman might both be up your alley—adult sci-fi/fantasy, very absorbing. However, can be very dark so heads-up on that
    Suggested by @LizDawson
  11. When I was going through a really bad reading slump last summer, the only book that could hold my attention was Tiny Pretty Things, about mean girls at an élite ballet school.
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  12. Game of Thrones is similar to LOTR, although more adult in that good and evil aren't nearly so obvious, and it can be dark. I also love The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; it's an adventure story with coming of age and romantic elements, and a classic to boot!
    I hope you find something you love! I'm sure you will, or you'll find stories in other ways. 😊
    Suggested by @rcwornhoff
  13. The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein
    If you're a dog person (but really, I like to think that anyone who likes animals can enjoy this book!), definitely check this out! The book is written from a dog's perspective. It's ultimately a very uplifting story, but it will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Also a very quick read!
    Suggested by @caitlin_cawley
  14. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    There's magic and romance and horses (that eat people) and a moody, misty island. It's not too magical or too romantic, but it is beautifully written. I would recommend all of Maggie Stiefvater, but some of it is dark, so read at your own risk there.
    Suggested by @mhawkeyem
  15. Eleanor and Park
    It's my go to rec because so many different types of readers love it.
    Suggested by @kates08
  16. The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    One of my favourite books of all time, it captures the essence of people who truly love books. It's a lighter read (I reread it in a day) but the story lasts in your heart for a long time. Highly recommend, especially if you are trying to get back into reading!
    Suggested by @sampantha_
  17. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    This book is one of the most important things to ever happen to me. I am so in love with this story and I keep coming back to it again and again. It's about love, family, betrayal, fate, secrets, identity, and art. That's all I want to say because it's so special. I also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee with this book (it is now the favorite book of every single person I've ever recommended it to).
    Suggested by @hannahbee
  18. Check out Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I think it's a fun read for book lovers.
    Suggested by @kcupcaker
  19. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    You may enjoy this novel, with some elements of magical living and very charming characters.
    Suggested by @andersun
  20. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
    This book. Oh my gosh it's incredible. I cannot even begin to describe what this book means to me. You just MUST pick this up. You NEED this.
    Suggested by @ReadWriteLove28
  21. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series- it may be YA fiction but I read all three in two weeks and wanted more. There's a reason it was on the NY Times best sellers list!!
    Suggested by @emmacff
  22. Stardust or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Suggested by @amieshmamie
  23. When I was feeling super unfocused & unable to finish full novels, I started reading short story collections. Total game changer. I like the length & flexibility and the way it feels like I get a ton of interesting narratives all within one physical book!
    I don't have a specific book to suggest to you based on your preferences, but I wanted to throw the thought out there that maybe a switch of form can make you feel more engaged!
    Suggested by @americson
  24. I tend to favor page-turners, and it sounds like that's what you're after. So I would recommend either These Broken Stars and the rest of the Starbound trilogy (Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman), The Host (it's by the author of Twilight, don't worry about it, it's DELIGHTFUL scifi), or I've Got Your Number (Sophie Kinsella, hilarious).
    Suggested by @brightlyanna
  25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    “Does it have any sports in it?” “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”
    Suggested by @sugar
  26. Do you like autobiographies? I used to love reading as well but as an adult I've found fiction is harder to get in to. I loved the autobiographies I read by Amy Poehler, Neil Simon, Asa Akira, Patti Lupone, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey to name a few :)
    Suggested by @clownhairqueer
  27. You fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
    This book has some pretty dark them (death, mental illness) so if you're not into that it's not for you, but it's an incredible book and what I always recommend to anyone in a reading slump. It's a fast and engaging read because there is only dialogue, nothing else. Really really interesting.
    Suggested by @yikes
  28. One More Thing
    Basically list app required reading. Engaging and a breeze to get through.
    Suggested by @yikes
  29. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    About literary detective Thursday Next in a sort of alternate universe Britain. She has to save the plot of Jane Eyre after Acheron Hades tries to change it. Very fun book, lots of word play and bookish references, and is also part of a series.
    Suggested by @jessicah706
  30. The Silent Gondoliers by S. Morgenstern (William Goldman)
    Written with the same sense of humor as The Princess Bride but much shorter and a less complex plot focused on one very loveable character.
    Suggested by @moonjockey
  31. You seem pretty fantasy minded, try The Once and Future King, The Knight (it's a trilogy), or His Dark Materials (trilogy).
    Suggested by @gayla
  32. I am pilgrim
    I'm a terrible reader, my family all judge me for it. But my sister bought me this book and it distracted me though 6 hours of tattooing. It's crime/thriller which is not what I would buy for myself but you gotta read it! It's a page turner
    Suggested by @eloisebailey