With a few exceptions, most guys prefer to play or watch a game to reading a book. The explanation for not wanting to read could range from “It’s too long” to “I don’t want to.” Even though reading is such a fun activity, you cannot make someone who does not want to read read. Perhaps because of this, the last thing that comes to mind when considering the best gifts for men is a book.
Purchasing books for a person who barely reads is difficult. You must not only choose a genre that appeals to them, but also a book that they will truly want to read. For those non-reading men who simply don’t have the patience to read books, here are a few novels that are recommended:
Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
About: It is about Holden Caulfield’s adolescent anxiety and alienation as he shares with the readers his experience of his 24-hour stay in New York City. Here, he learns that adulthood is nothing more than a façade, and he resolves to keep his youthful innocence when he grows up.
Who: The Catcher in the Rye, which was first published in 1951, is regarded as one of the best novels of the 20th century. The book’s target demographic eventually shifted from adult readers to a more appropriate group—young adults. They were the ones—along with many other adults—who believed they could identify with the protagonists’ adolescent struggles. The realistic themes and characters, expertly developed by Mr. Salinger, make it a novel that anyone may believe.
by Joseph Heller’s Catch-22
Approximately: According to Amazon.com “This is the tale of the legendary, whiny bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is enraged because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. It takes place in Italy during World War II. However, his army, which continually raising the amount of sorties the troops must fly to finish their duty, is his actual issue, not the adversary. Yossarian will break Catch-22 if he tries to back out of the dangerous missions that were given to him.”
Whom: Men who fervently enjoy action, battle stories, reasoning, and dark humor would prize this book without a doubt.
Rabindranath Tagore’s collection of short stories
About: This collection of sixteen short stories by Tagore, who wrote them between 1891 and 1917, shows the range of human emotions as men and women negotiate the restrictions of modern Hindu society.
Who: One of India’s best authors, poets, painters, and musicians, Tagore, portrays Indian life in all of his stories, and this one is no exception. The readers must form their own judgments because he does not pass judgment in his novels. This work is undoubtedly for people who are moved by uncomplicated beauty, great compassion, and understanding.
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children
About: Saleem Sinai, the main character, was born on August 15, 1947, the same day that an independent India was born. He soon understands that the incident occurring in post-independent India has a direct bearing on his time of birth. Additionally, he becomes aware of his telepathic abilities, which link him to thousands of other children who were born at 12:01 am on August 15, 1947, and their unique abilities.
Whom: With its magical realism, this work will appeal to readers who have grown to enjoy historical fiction. From the first page to the last, Salman Rushdie’s vivid storytelling technique holds the reader’s attention.
Author Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie
According to Wikipedia, “Sports columnist Mitch Albom recalls his time spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor Morrie Schwartz at Brandeis University, who was passing away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” (ALS)… The resulting book provides a description of the fourteen Tuesdays that they meet, along with Schwartz’s lectures and personal anecdotes, mixed with flashbacks and references to current affairs.
Who it’s for: It’s for men of all ages who have lost sight of the true purpose of life and the best ways to live it.
If you are a voracious reader yourself, it doesn’t exactly fill you with satisfaction to deny your loved ones who don’t read the immense satisfaction that comes from losing yourself in a book. Therefore, the next time you need to buy a gift for a man, think about books as well because they will hold his attention throughout. The market is flooded with ‘page-turners,’ a term for books that move quickly, are simple to understand, and are active.