Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m choosing 1 mainstream pick, 1 eccentric pick, and 1 YA/memoir/nonfiction pick for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Megan, whose books are:
Love: The Thirteenth Tale, Me Before You, The Lost Husband
Meh: The Casual Vacancy
Last read: The Rosie Project
I loved Me Before You and The Lost Husband, and The Thirteenth Tale is on my list. Readers don’t love these books for their high style or gorgeous prose. They love them because they tell great stories.
And that’s what I’m looking for for Megan: novels that succeed because they’re good stories. They don’t have to be highly literary; they don’t have to be prizewinners. But they need compelling characters, in strong plots, that make you keep turning the pages.
This was a fun list to put together, because I love a good story.
Since Megan loved Me Before You, I’m recommending JoJo Moyes’s brand-new book One Plus One, just released July 1. I just finished the audiobook yesterday and really enjoyed it. (You know it’s good when you keep finding excuses to pull more weeds, wash more dishes, walk the dog again, and anything else that lets you turn on that audiobook for another 15 minutes.)
The Secret Keeper is deliciously creepy and intricately structured, much like The Thirteenth Tale. And while I’m betting Megan has already read Jane Eyre, anyone who loves books like The Thirteenth Tale should read it at least once.
I’m recommending The Power of One because it tells a great story, and because I wanted to give her another new option, since I’ve already recommended the heck out of Rules of Civility, Bel Canto, What Alice Forgot, and other simply good stories I think Megan love.
Please share recommendations for Megan, plus books that you think fit the “just a great story” category in comments. Thank you!
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