When I was in junior school mum always bought the woman's weekly summer reading special, which was full of short stories that we read together, some romantic, some thrillers, some spooky, a whole mix. They still publish it and peoples friend is similar too so have a look in the newsagents, instead of big books grab these, curl up together every evening and read one together. By asking inference questions as you go along you will help her and as they are simple adult literature they are great for sharing together. I still remember some, one in particularl about a robin that visited a lady in her garden every day, she chatted away to it as she was so lonely after becoming a widow, but it vanished and she forced herself to socialise as she realised how lonely she was without it. She then found the robin months later, it had nested in her shed in an old teapot and was with hatchlings.....awwww. I loved that story and checked the shed every spring for years!
Do regular comprehension with her too, but I am with the others, don't force heavy children's books on her, she will simply turn off from reading for pleasure and that would be a shame.
What a lovely idea southbucks! I love this. My boys are voracious readers, one of anything zombie (Charlie higson the fallen etc esp faves at mo) and the other fantasy (lotr, Northern lights etc), but they also love the commando comic books you can get in wh smiths, bottom shelf of story comics. Understand these are more 'boy' but just in case someone similar issue with boys and reading. They are very gung-ho, but good for encouraging reading none the less.