Every once in a while, I pick up a book that’s so compelling I just can’t put it down until I reach the last page. Sometimes it’s because the book is flat-out amazing; sometimes it’s because the book is good enough and the plot is amazing.
Disregarding the “why” for a moment, I polished each of these 7 books off in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put them down:
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell. I finished this one on a weekday afternoon when I was supposed to be working, because all I wanted to do was finish this book. (Interestingly, I also inhaled Rowell’s newest, Landline, which just came out yesterday. But I didn’t like it nearly as much.)
The Sea of Tranquility, Katja Millay. I blew through this novel from my YA summer reading list over the weekend, even though it’s almost 400 pages. If you loved Eleanor & Park, read this next. It’s not a read-alike, but it has enough in common with E&P to make it a safe bet. One of the best books I’ve read this year.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: a Veronica Mars Mystery, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. This wasn’t high literature or anything, but it was so much fun (and had such good narrative drive) I didn’t want to stop until I knew how it ended.
The Likeness, Tana French. I’ve flown through every book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series—though I’ve enjoyed some more than others—because her mysteries are so darn compelling. Can’t wait for her next one to drop this September.
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles. This gorgeous novel can almost be categorized as literary fiction, which too many readers dismiss as inaccessible. Don’t make that mistake. This Gatsby-esque novel pulls several shocking plot twists, and I deﬁnitely didn’t see that ending coming.
What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty. This novel had me pinned to the couch for two days (or it might have been just one). It reads like the breeziest chick lit, but has a surprising depth that makes me love it even more.
The Expats: A Novel, Chris Pavone. I just finished this debut novel from my summer reading list last night. I’m not sure if it will stand the test of time (will I be recommending it in a year?) but I read it in a day because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. (And it’s possible my introvert batteries needed recharging, too.)
Tell us about the last book (or three) you read that you just couldn’t put down.