Love Reading - for Adults

Per Dyslexic Librarian

Per Dyslexic Librarian

So I don't think being dyslexic is a reason to not read. I love reading I'm slow at reading, some times I muddle  words up and go back and re read sections of text once, twice maybe even three times to fully understand what's going on. Some nights  reading a paragraph is enough, other nights I want to read more.  When talking about books with friends, because my mind works differently I see things they may have missed.  

 

The following books are books I found easy to read for different reasons or sometimes offered a bit of a challenge but mainly recommended because they're good books (these are not books designed for dyslexic readers I plan on doing a separate list for those books) . I sometimes read digital books (which allow for dyslexic print, to change background colour, font size etc) but sometimes I like to read a physical book. I'm very much of the opinion that reading is reading and it doesn't matter if it's a digital, audio or a print copy the story is the same and you will benefit from having read or listened to it.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

16,98 € 15,79 €

So full disclosure I'm a librarian, so Matt Haig kind of had me at the title of this one! I've read many Matt Haig books over the years and really enjoyed them. His writing style real appeals to me and the stories are really great. I struggled to read during the first UK lockdown and this is the book that got me reading again, about a girl at a crossroads in life who finds herself in the midnight Library able to go over the choices she has made in life and how these choices have effected her. Its a book that makes you think and although I guessed the ending before I got there it didn't matter one little bit. In terms of reading I found this fairly easy I read the hardback version (which I've referenced here) , the pages are off-white , not the startling white on black. The text size is average, with standard spacing. But the chapters are fairly short which meant I could read short amounts and not feel like I was leaving the story at a critical point .

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness

7,99 € 7,43 €

So this is a Young Adults book, I read a lot of YA books basically there's just some great books out there for teenage/young adult market. I'm a big fan of Patrick Ness and really recommend reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy as well. It follows the story of a teen who just wants to graduate highschool, go to prom but finds his town in a supernatural disaster. Despite this he still has the same teenage angst as before. This is a great read dealing with problems you can relate to (or remember having as a teen) but set against the back drop of a sci fi novel. YA books are great they tend to keep language simple because of their market, without compromising on fantastic storytelling.

Falcon & Winter Soldier Vol. 1

Derek Landy i Federico Vincentini

11,99 € 11,15 €

So if you read my list for kids you'lknow I like comic books. I think very much in images, so anything with pictures really helps me but it has to have a good story too. I'm a sucker for a superhero comic and a big marvel fan got a copy of this as soon as it came out .

The Snow Child: The Richard and Judy Bestseller

Eowyn Ivey

9,99 € 9,29 €

Set in 1920s Alaska it follows the story of a couple setting up home in a harsh environent, still haunted by the loss of a child many years before, struggling in their new home things change when a young girl starts to appear it brings a sense of wonder & purpose back to their lives. This has the feel of a 20th Century Fairytale. I think nearly entirely in imagery, my memory, thoughts are like an ongoing movie playing in my head. When I think back to the books I'm recommending it's very much like pressing play on a film rather than thinking of the text in the book. The author Eowyn Ivey's descriptions of place and people is so beautiful done and detailed that it real helps me to fill in the pictures in my head and enjoy the story.

His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet

8,99 € 8,36 €

I'll be honest if I see Man Booker Prize winner/Shortlisted for on a book cover it can make me a little anxious about choosing a book. Sometimes I will challenge myself, other times I'll go straight to audio! But this book was recommended by a friend, who has similar taste . This is not an easy read, but not for reasons of typeface, spacing, paper colour but because it deals with three brutal murders, sometimes in graphic detail. Set in 1869 in a small community in the Scottish Highlands, it tells the story of the murders from the perspective of eye witness reports. Medical records and the accused's memoir. This book will keep you guessing and changing your views on events. It feels like an historical non-fiction book but is, I found myself googling to see if events were true. The style of the book in terms of reports, diary entries was very accessible. There is the use of an oldstyle handwritten font in parts of the book but not used so much that I struggled to read it. This book is not for everyone it can be very graphic and some readers may find it upset. Having said that this book really made me think about what is truth and how it changes from different people's perspectives and when you don't know the whole story. Well worth reading.

Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen

Greg Jenner

9,99 € 9,29 €

Often when I'm struggling to read, I turn to non-fiction books. Non-fiction is where I began to realise that reading doesn't have to be a chore and can be something you enjoy even when it's sometimes a challenge. This is book is very accessible written almost in a conversational why (In my ongoing movie playing in my head I like to imagine sitting down with the author at the pub whilst reading this book). Although obviously the author knows his stuff this is a book aimed at the general public rather than as an academic history text. The stories are told with humour and empathy sometimes a little sad other times very funny. I really enjoyed this book. In terms of fonts and print it's very much a standard book (maybe a slightly larger font than some), but the combination or the writing style and the chapters each telling a story made for an read and Iny opinion accessable to most adult readers.

Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

8,99 € 8,36 €

So this book is written as a stream of consciousness, which is very daunting for many. The book is written in just one very long sentence, being dyslexic grammar really isn't my strong point, so the lack of it didn't really bother me to be honest. But I was engrossed in the story. About a man's everyday life from his job as an engineer to his marriage and children, whilst Marcus Conway the main character of the book contemplates how fragile some of these everyday things are.

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration behind Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

Philip K Dick

8,99 € 8,36 €

I'm inçluding this purely because it's my favourite book and finding that book that really captures your imagination, can be a catalyst to learning to love reading. I love the imagery painted by the author of a post apocalyptic world, following Rick Deckard a bounty hunter who dreams of owning a real animal. Following the Rick as he takes on a job with a huge reward, but it never quite goes to plan.

Girl in Snow

Danya Kukafka

14,99 € 13,94 €

This book retells the story of the murder of a 15 year old girl, through the eyes of three people with secrets to hide. Again the writing style of this book appealed to me and I found it very difficult to put down. I try to challenge myself to read different types of books each time (otherwise I get bored and stop reading for a while). I chose this book as it felt like a unique way of looking at a murder mystery novel. The characters are based in reality.

Holding: The Sunday Times Bestseller - AS SEEN ON ITV

Graham Norton

8,99 € 8,36 €

I love this book, it makes you both laugh and cry. Set in a fictional town in Cork it follows the discovery of human remains, leading to secrets being revealed effecting the whole town. Graham Norton sets the scene of a Cork town perfectly, as someone very familiar with this part of Ireland I could picture myself there amongst the people of the town, who are equally well written and believable. This could be a story told in many an Irish town , Norton captures the culture of the time, without the use of Irish Stereotypes. The style of writing and the flow of the book made this an easy read for me, and the slightly larger text of the hardback also helped. This is a great summer read

The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel

Margaret Atwood i Renee Nault

20,00 € 18,60 €

The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

9,99 € 9,29 €

The Night Bookmobile

Audrey Niffenegger

16,98 € 15,79 €

Ireland: A Novel

Frank Delaney

10,99 € 10,22 €

Normal People: One million copies sold

Sally Rooney

8,99 € 8,36 €

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

9,99 € 9,29 €