My husband never reads and wants to start reading as a new hobby. What is a good book that you would recommend for a 40 year old man? Not self help books, but maybe something with action. I think he would like the Bourne series, but he saw all the movies so he's not interested, but something similar.

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“Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson is an incredible true crime story that will give you a lot to talk about.

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Loved this book!

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If he’s not someone who is used to reading, the crappy airport thriller series recommendation is a good one to start with. Those books are like reading an action movie.

Brad Thor (the Scot Harvath series), Vince Flynn and then later Kyle Mills after Vince died (Mitch Rapp series), Brad Taylor (Pike Logan series), Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)

No judgment btw, I’ve read them all, they just are what they are — the book equivalent of junk food

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I always call James Patterson books junk food haha

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Absolutely love Jack Reacher series.

What are his other interests? Does he like history, cooking, travel, etc? Maybe books that feature his other interests would keep him engaged longer.

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Jack reacher series undoubtedly. If he doesn’t love them, tell him we think he’s not fit to be a man anymore. Also, the Fight Club book is still one of the best things I’ve ever read. The movie made it even more awesome, but still, that story and that language jumping off the page is about as tight as it gets.

Self help books are a good way to bore somebody who needs to get motivated for reading IMO - useful but they’re not a good start. I think action is a good idea. I’m a 29 year old man and would recommend The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Very good and will keep you hooked! Look up online for the plot, and please let me know what you think.

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Highly recommend The Devil in the White City!

Look up authors Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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John Grisham, John Sanford

If he likes thrillers- Dan Brown and John Grisham are good

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Ken Follet is great and highly readable. He has a couple of books set in the spy world

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Second ken follett. He has multiple spy solo books and then 2 “trilogies” which are both really good.

Start with the Da Vinci Code, and he’ll be hooked on all reading after that 👍

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So we’ve gotten into these illustrated books in the Harry Potter series and they are awesome. The last three books I think we got the illustrated one where practically every other page has some cool drawing or graphic, the kids really got into the book even more because of the awesome artwork in it. Thinking the Da Vinci Code (or any of the series) would be incredible with that! Detailed maps of churches and relics and archives? Thanks for the tip!

I hate reading, but Ive started getting into it recently.

I like non-fiction like If Then, Bad Blood, etc. - great, true stories that I can learn from.

I also like fiction (Dan Brown, Game of Thrones, etc.)

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John Grisham books are interesting

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His older books are a lot better I feel.

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All the light we cannot see

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Absolutely loved this book. I was on a WWII reading phase in 2018 and this was my favorite read

Fantasy:
The Witcher is very good
American god was also good
Good sci-fi:
The three body problem
The foundation
Hyperion
Crime :
Any of Jo nesbø’s Harry hole series ( good pacing especially if he likes bourne)
Standard Novels
The overstory

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Ender’s Game is an easy entry point and the subsequent books in the series get more grown-up quickly

Harry Potter

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What about The Godfather series? Or some thrillers like The Silent Patient, which has been trending this year.

I second Bad Blood if he’s into business/non-fiction. Flash Crash by Michael Lewis was also fantastic.

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I read Bad Blood recently, and man it read like a thriller.

King Killer Chronicles - twont disappoint 🤩

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Except when he learns the third one won’t be out in a long time, if ever

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Michael Connolly - Harry Bosch series.

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Everyone seems to love pillars of the earth

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I don’t read much, but I love reading Stephen King.

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Fiction set in the old west by Louis L'Amour if you don't want action-thrillers.

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lol my grandpa used to read these! And he never read, so they must be good.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It's a thriller, sci-fi that is hard to put down

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