However, I want to know a little something about the reader in question before I simply list out books. If you have a less-than-enthusiastic middle schooler, tell me more: what has this person read and liked? disliked? Do they have interests, preferences for form and format? Hobbies? In other words, tell me more, so that I can put together some recommendations that honor the individual. Not all reluctant readers like the same things in books (though I can make some generic observations). Length is not always a factor. Gender does not always play a role. Nor does age. Reading ability may or may not influence choices.
Doing a good job of recommending books means knowing something about the reader.