By CATHI AYCOCK

My hubs loves to read. Now. Like after a decade of watching me devour books and feeling left out. And having me laugh, cry and scream while I immerse myself in books that he isn’t reading. (Again, feeling left out.)

When we first married, he never read more than the business section of the local paper. Today, he loves reading almost as much as I do.

Even if your partner says they hate to read … there is hope. It is all in choosing the right book to lure them in. Some books are completely chick-lit domain. But there are books that are perfect for couples to read together. Think dogs, a manly take on loss and love, a true story of heroic survival, an iconic Western and the perfect sci-fi read.

OK, so these books are basically great for anyone, but if your guy is a reluctant reader, these picks may do the trick.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Ed Stein
Ever wonder what your dog is really thinking?

This book gives a glimpse of the inner workings of a dog, Enzo, as he learns to navigate the world with his owner Denny Swift and daughter Zoe. Though Enzo is the wiser of the trio, human Denny learns life lessons that are poignant without being sappy.

 

 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Judging a book, or a man, by the dour exterior they show the world becomes laugh-out-loud funny in this book about a man who is mourning his beloved wife. When new neighbors move next door and interrupt his plans for suicide, the layers that created Ove begin to peel back. You will love the book and it will give your guy permission to ponder if the strong and silent method of grieve works. My husband and I devoured this book.

 

 

The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz and Peter Stevens
The real life story of Bronx born Arthur Meyerowitz who was shot down over German occupied France. Joining with the French resistance, Meyerowitz navigates evading the Gestapo by pretending to be a deaf mute and travels over the Pyrenees mountains to escape.

 

 

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
As much a love story as a Western, this classic was one of the first books to hook my husband as a cant’-put-it-down reader. Beautifully written with characters that are as real as your own friends and family, this book is remarkable for keeping the Western genre alive without falling into cliches.

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Soon to be a Spielberg movie, this is a sci-fi tale that keeps you enthralled until the last page. A dystopian tale about a world that has a depleted energy supply and warring factions, video gamers are unlikely heroes whose gaming skills become life or death instead of merely child’s play.