As a person who writes about books (and a former bookseller) I have definitely honed and fine-tuned my book recommending skills to near perfection over the years. I've got my best handsells in my back pocket for anyone looking for something they might have missed in YA fantasy, or one of the all-time best, must-read contemporaries. I've got book comparisons for days, from adult to middle grade, fiction to non-fiction, and tons of "If You Like This, Read That" lists under my belt. Introducing someone to a book that you know they will love, one that might become one of their favorite books of all-time is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of being part of the bookish community.
But what's harder is to make those unexpected book recommendations; the books that, on the surface, might have nothing in common but in actuality would make ideal reading combinations for various reasons, from themes to settings, characters and atmosphere. If you can get someone who loves young adult to pick up a modern classic, or someone who is a literary fiction reader to grab a graphic novel... well, then you've helped broaden someone's reading horizons and open them up to more of the great lit out there. Below are seven unexpected and unconventional pairings that, with an open mind, will make for some seriously awesome reading experiences.