In the bookish world, there are good books, and then there are GOOD books. The difference? The GOOD books suck you in, dig their claws in, and force you to hang on for the ride.
While that’s not the most pleasant image in the world, most will agree it’s fairly accurate. Here are the top ten books that grabbed me from page one and just wouldn’t let go.
I read this book in seven hours. From the moment it was dropped on the doorstep to when I turned the final page on Rowling’s work, I didn’t move. This is the only book I know the read time for and one I’ve read again and again.
Space opera meets Romeo and Juliet? Yes, please. Kaufman and Spooner’s unique take on a standard love story blew me away.
Perfect for those longing for an Outlander fix, Moning’s first Highlander book is a fabulous mix of sexual tension, beautiful atmospheres, and time-traveling Scottish warriors.
YA romcoms, meet your match in Rowell’s simply stunning tale of two teenagers, both from uniquely different worlds, who find a genuine meaning of love and friendship in each other. Just thinking about it makes me *sigh.*
Need a little silly? Janet Evanovich’s introduction to the goofy, trouble-attracting bounty hunter Stephanie Plum hits the spot. Bonus: It’s short enough to read on your next flight.
If you haven’t already met Phillips, her Kiss An Angel is an excellent introduction to the queen of relatable romantic comedy, chockful of funny characters, detailed plots, and lots of laughs. This circus-based romance is no different.
Think of Hal fondly, but long for an updated version of the story? Add in some YA romance, unique storytelling, and a thrilling plot, and you’ve got what might be my new favorite author pair. Also included: Gemina
An uncertain young girl caught between the forces of time and the family who rules it, Passenger is a must read for any time travel, Outlander, or YA fantasy lover.
True crime lovers, unite! Okay, so this book isn’t a true crime, but the investigative look at how the crime affects the criminal’s family is purely fascinating. The atmospheric small town setting and the spunky heroine are just a bonus.
Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Palmfiloff
What happens when a hardworking girl whose business is falling apart has to rely on the one man she swore she’d never depend on? Trouble.