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Books My Husband Loved

I hope this list of books my husband loved can help you find some book recommendations for yourself or someone you know.

If you teach English, you have met someone who does not enjoy reading. It could be someone you met in public, and once you told them you were an English teacher, they immediately told you they “don’t read,” or it could be a student in your class who announces they have never finished a book. 

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My Most Challenging Reluctant Reader

My most challenging, reluctant reader was my husband, Chris. I used the same process on him that I use with my middle school students to get him reading. I have outlined it for you to use with your students or any reluctant reader in your life.

How To Help Someone Enjoy Reading

  1. Identify what it is the person does not like about reading. For Chris, it was that books were cumbersome and boring.  
  2. Try to fix the issues. We got Chris an eReader, and I found books that interested him.
  3. Ask the person about books they have read in the past and about their current hobbies and interests. Chris told me about the books he read as a child and some books he had read in college. I knew he loved learning about extreme adventures, survival skills, and space exploration. He was a Boy Scout once upon a time. 
  4. Find books they might like and meet them where they are. I recommended Chris read ‘Hatchet’ and ‘My Side of the Mountain.’ I know these are considered kids books, but I felt the quick win of finishing a book would encourage him to keep reading. From there, he moved on to high-interest adult books like ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir. 
  5. If they find an author they like – let them read more books by that author. When Chris finds an author he likes, we try to find out what other books they have written so he can read them.
  6. Always have more recommendations ready for when they finish a book. It can be intimidating to walk into a library or a bookstore and find books you like. Having a list of interesting books helps reduce the stress of searching for that next great read. Websites like What Should I Read Next? or Goodreads can provide book suggestions. 

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Here Is A List Of Books My Husband Loved 

Books Suitable For Middle School Students

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  2. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  6. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  7. The Fever Code by James Dashner

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

This is a survival novel about a 13-year-old named Brian Robeson who must navigate the Canadian wilderness alone after a plane crash. Using only a hatchet to survive, Brian faces numerous challenges in a gripping tale of resilience and resourcefulness.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Sam Gribley, a young boy leaves his New York City home to go live in the Catskill Mountains. Determined to live independently, he learns survival skills, makes friends with animals, and faces the challenges of living alone in the wilderness.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the Glade, which is surrounded by a maze, he and the other boys must find their way out of the maze to survive. This book is part of a series – Book Two, The Scorch Trials, and Book Three, The Death Cure. You can also read these two prequel novels, The Kill Order and The Fever Code.

Books Suitable For Adults

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  3. Artemis by Andy Weir
  4. Falling by T.J. Newman
  5. The Appollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
  6. The Defector by Chris Hadfield
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  9. Spectre Rising by C.W. Lemoine
  10. Avoid. Negotiate. Kill. by C.W. Lemoine
  11. Archangel Fallen by C.W. Lemoine
  12. Executive Reaction by C.W. Lemoine
  13. Brick by Brick by C.W. Lemoine
  14. Stand Against Evil by C.W. Lemoine
  15. The Helios Conspiracy by C.W. Lemoine
  16. Fini Flight by C.W. Lemoine
  17. The Fool’s Run by John Sandford
  18. The Empress File by John Sandford
  19. The Devil’s Code by John Sandford
  20. The Hanged Man’s Song by John Sandford


The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is an astronaut stuck on Mars who has to figure out how to stay alive when things go wrong during a mission. Unsure of when he’ll be rescued, he must figure out how to grow food, make water, and deal with other challenges. 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

An astronaut named Ryland Grace must find a way to save humanity; there’s only one problem – he’s awoken alone on a spaceship without a memory of who he is or why he’s there, and his only companions are the corpses of his fellow crewmates. Will he be able to save humanity in this race against time?

Artemis by Andy Weir

This is a science-fiction novel set on the Moon in its only city, Artemis. Jazz Bashara is a smuggler who sees nothing wrong with making a living smuggling the odd contraband into the city, but when she goes to commit what she thinks is the perfect crime, she ends up in the middle of a conspiracy for control of the city. 

Falling by T.J. Newman

Before a flight to New York, a pilot’s family is kidnapped. Little do the passengers know is that to save his family, he must crash the plane.   

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

Set in the Cold War era, this novel follows three astronauts who must make the journey on the Apollo 18 mission for their country and for science. But what happens when troubles arise and the astronauts are a quarter million miles from home? You can also read Book Two in this series, The Defector.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044. When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he leaves a series of challenges for players to complete in order to inherit his fortune. Teenager Wade spends his days escaping into the OASIS and realizes that not only must he survive the virtual world and the players who are ready to kill for the prize, but he also must confront the real world that he longs to escape from. You can also read its sequel, Ready Player Two.

The Spectre Series

Spectre Rising by C.W. Lemoine

When former F-16 pilot Cal “Spectre” Martin’s fiancee – also a fighter pilot – goes missing during a training mission, Spectre sets out to uncover the truth.

The Kidd Series 

The Fool’s Run by John Sandford

This mystery novel follows computer hacker, Kidd, and his partner in crime, LuEllen, who are hired by a tech company to take down their competition. Little do they know is that they may have gotten into more trouble than they originally thought. This series continues with Book Two, The Empress File, Book Three, The Devil’s Code, and Book Four, The Hanged Man’s Song.

I hope you enjoy this list of books my husband loved and were able to find some book recommendations for someone you know.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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