Instead of writing a book review, or writing about books I really want to get my hands on, or even about what I’m currently reading, I want to talk about book recommendations.
Recommending a book is hard. I work at a book store and when customers come up to me asking for a recommendation for books similar to so-and-so or whatever-else, sometimes I freeze and I don’t know what to say. Other times, I have the perfect (or so I personally think) book to recommend.
A lot of the times, it’s really hit or miss. One of my favourite (successful) recommending moments was during the holiday season. A woman had come up to me looking for a book series her son could get into. He didn’t like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or the Inheritance series, and he was in the 8 to 12 age group. She wanted to find a book that would make her son at least like reading, because at that stage, he just wanted to watch tv and play video games all day.
It took me a moment (and a couple of questions to figure out what the boy was interested in) but then I remembered a book series that was really popular among the boys in my elementary (grade 5-6) class. It had actually caused an argument between one of my classmates and myself because I had borrowed the only copy of the first book before he did and when his bargaining for it didn’t pull through, he got mad (I shake my head remembering this. Boys).
The book series I’m talking about is Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
I remember loving this series (even though I still have yet to finish it; actually, I’m pretty sure I saw the last book arrive this morning at work), and a lot of boys loved it too. I mean, Boy genius criminal mastermind? That’s one great hook right there. Add a whole new world of of (not too girly) fairies and it’s like finding gold.
In the end, the woman had come back a few days later to buy the rest of the series and thank me for recommending it. Her son was enjoying the first book a lot, which was enough for her to be motivated and get the rest. If I still had sales shifts in the kids’ department, I would hope to see her in the next few days to pick up the last one.
Anyway, it felt nice that a recommendation went well :)
If you had to recommend a book series to a boy who didn’t care much for books or reading, what would you suggest? I tried to think of others in case this wasn’t really what a boy would like and fell short.
I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this so, until next time~!