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How to choose a good fit book

Updated on July 12, 2011

As a teacher I come across many children with an aversion to reading.  The trick is, to find subject matter that they are interested in.  Basically high interest but written in a way that's easy to read.  This is often a problem, as many books are written for avid readers, not reluctant readers.  The fact that you are reading and writing on Hubpages is very encouraging, as that means you are already better than the average Joe.  So, don't put yourself down.

Okay, what to read?  Well, I take it you are wanting suggestions of books and not magazines.  First off, I don't think you should start on any of the classics that were mentioned as honestly, between you and me, some of them are really heavy going.  Once you get into them they are okay, but man oh man, some of them are so slow and the language is a little old-fashioned, they are difficult to get in to.  For me, a book has to grab me in the first chapter, otherwise I put it aside for later.  Sometimes I do get past the slow beginning and get really into the book later on, but often I never pick up that book again.

So, think of something that interests you and that's the book you'll choose.  It can be non-fiction or fiction.  Maybe, you might want to try and read a book that had a movie made of it.  Don't be tempted to choose a thick book just because all your friends are reading it.  Choose a book with about 180-250 pages that you'll be able to finish quickly.  Once you've got a few of those kinds of books under your belt, then you'll be ready to start reading more challenging books.  If you like a little humor and a real-life type of story then you can try my book, Stop the world I need to pee, which is available from Amazon. 


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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Hi Lorlie, the thing is most boys prefer to read non-fiction. I teach Grade 5 and we actually did a survey in class a few weeks back. Out of 12 boys, only one read fiction, one occasionally read fiction after he'd seen the movie of the book, but all of them loved reading the Guiness book of Records, Fact books, all types of non-fiction. As I tell the worried moms, this is still reading.

      They usually get into the fiction when they are older, usually in their late twenties, thirties. So, don't worry, but don't make a big deal about it and force your literature love on him. The best way to nurture a love of books, is by being a good role model and modeling how you read at home. Show, don't tell lol. Hope this helps!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Cindy-I see that this hub was written around a year ago, but I wanted to respond to it nonetheless. I don't know what grade you teach, but my son has always had this aversion to reading. My question is: Do you think a parent can overdo her love for reading, rendering the child a 'hater' of books? I have always wondered if I was too enthusiastic in my love for literature.

      He's 21 now and reads only technical manuals for work!

      Anyway, if you have a moment, I'd love your opinion on this.


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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah, I guess. This hub was one of my first in response to a request. I think I've got more into hubbing since then and it is keeping me away from my writing. The other hubs all have the amazon link to my book, but I doubt anybody even notices that. I must admit, I'm not very good at marketing myself and would probably feel awkward trying to hawk my books. But yeah, an info hub on publishing books is an idea. Thanks, mmmmm, now you've got me thinking...

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      gee cindy, i'm not so much responding to this hub but that fact you are a published writer. you really should write a hub about how you got the book published, the process and all, that's not hawking the book but providing info to hubbers. i just wonder how many hubbers are working on books that will never see the light of day.