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I agree! I was a wreck when I finished and immediately emailed the author and she responded right away:. I read one of her other novels, Secrets of a Charmed Life, and loved it. Have you read it, too? Yes, I have! I kept discovering the brilliance of the themes as I thought more and more about it. Rules of Civility is one of my favorite books, What Alice Forgot is fantastic. I just finished I Let You Go. I am glad I kept reading. Dark Matter is in my library wait list already too.
I know its old but I would put the twilight series on this list, especially the first book. Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is my favorite 4th of July memory- the day I sat out on the patio in the gorgeous sunshine and read that book beginning to end! The pacing and need to know that everything will be okay will make you race through it, though the subject matter may leave you wanting to put it down.
Behind Closed Doors surprised me that it was unputdownable, too! I recently read Small Great Things. It ripped my heart out, made me angry, made me cry…so many emotions! It left me questioning so many things about myself. Thanks for reminding me it was there! I love everything she writes, but that one never left my hands until I turned the last page.
Oh, and tickled to see a Sliding Doors reference. Loved that movie. One more in-put-downable: The Heartbreaker by Susan Howatch. I chose What Alice Forgot for this category, not expecting to like it very much. But I did! I read it every chance I could get. I guess I have good taste! I am loving everything by Wallace Stegner, but I have been putting off reading Angle of Repose because I know I will just want to curl up on the couch and read until I finish it, but I am too, too busy right now.
I am only about 75 pages into it. We are leaving on a trip on Tuesday so I plan to read it on the plane for hours. Rogers so much I could not put it down. One author no one has mentioned so far is Sharyn McCrumb, who writes books set in northeast Tennessee where I live. I read her latest Prayers the Devil Answers in one day last summer. Jane Eyre is my favorite book. Jane Steele was one of my absolute favorite books of It was so much fun! I loved all the callbacks to Eyre.
I am constantly recommending it to people. Love it, love it, love it. Glad to see I Let You Go on this list. I dreamed of the characters the night before I finished the book. I have just finished Stir by Jessica Fechtor. She honestly shares her fears and feelings after a brain aneurysm at age It felt like a Jane Austen -lite- book and was great fun. Love this post! Any thoughts if Dark Matter might be an appropriate read for high school students? I did the same thing! I also love this post and loaded up my library accounts with requests.
Allison—I would hand it out to high schoolers, although probably 16 and older. I read it last summer and it was compelling, although I did not understand much of the science. It does contain murders in the story. I think older teens would love it. Thanks for this and other lists—I love your blog and have been digging into archives these past few days!
I really enjoyed it — and it literally took me 24 hours. I had a hard time getting into Guernsey. Finally I got it on Audible and that was the key. I keep meaning to start that Donna Leon series. Readers with good taste keep mentioning it in the same breath as books I love—especially Louise Penny. Thanks for the nudge! Jones or Sarah Addison Allen. Oh my word, Second Chance Summer was a one day read for me, too.
And then I sobbed and sobbed at the end! Loved that book. Well this list was dangerous to my TBR list! I spent last Friday night happy reading Maybe in Another Life. I also loved the reading experience of I Let You Go. Oh how I love that book! A Man Called Ove was my most recent unputdownable.
This was my experience with Allen, too. I hope so! The former because it was reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird and the latter because I really just wanted to know what happened!! I read this last year it was amazing. I also love The Death series, but I have listened to all of them. The reader is awesome and she has done every one in the series. I keep hearing great things about Juniper. The Greene book is not new-I read it years ago, but obviously it stuck with me!
It is laugh out loud funny at times. I remember trying to read aloud some parts to my family and being unable to because I was laughing so hard! So well written both of her parents are award winning journalists , and so compelling. Great fiction that reads like John Grisham, but sheds light on an important, tough topic of sex-trafficking. This is well written and very good. I love John Grisham, so thanks for the Across the Sun recommendation.
I listen to audio books all the time so I can still cook, clean up, and take my dogs for a walk while still getting my book fix. Your post came at THE perfect time— we are leaving soon for a quick get away and I needed to load my Kindle. I bought 8 of the books you recommended. An ownvoices title, it won the Stonewall Award in the YA category. The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
This book is eye-opening and important to read. I loved Amanda and felt her emotions were wrenching and understandable. Brutal story with believable characters. Not for the faint of heart. This book received at least 6 starred reviews from different library journals and ended up on a few Best Books of It is very special.
Dark Matter is definitely unputdownable. I read Sleeping Giants, it was just ok for me. Excuse me, that seems rather unkind and uncalled for. Readers do not judge other readers. Have you never been so engrossed in a book that you do not move from the couch all day? If not, I am very sorry for you indeed.
Is it in the length of the sentences? The number of pages? The thoughts within? Even the simplest of prose can contain the most challenging of ideas. I am all for challenging and pushing oneself to greater heights of reading, but not at the cost of tearing others down. I hope they bring you as much enjoyment as my assortment will provide me!
But … but … Ethan Frome! Narrative of the Life of an American Slave! The Metamorphosis! The Old Man and the Sea! Heart of Darkness! The Awakening! The Little Prince! Henry James! But some amazing authors through the centuries have written works that they hoped and prayed and intended their audiences would consume quickly whether by reading or listening , in a day or two aka 24 hours or even in one sitting.
I read to be entertained, to escape, or to be edified. Easy or hard? Fast or slow? Reading is reading. I have a couple of these books right now! Great list — the only downside is my Amazon wish list is getting bigger all the time! The Likeness is my favorite Tana French book. Hands down. What a great post! Theres a couple there that ive gone and added to my amazon wish list! I love reading and this post has just fueled my addiction!
I am choosing this book for my April book club selection, because it will definitely make for a terrific discussion. What a fun post topic! Reading is personal… so personal. The Alex awards go to ten books written for adults that are considered great crossover books into the YA world. Great comment, Barb! I read Small Great Things in 24 hours….. Same here, Carol! It was painful but in a good way. I am so glad I read this one and hope the lessons I learned stick with me as well as continue to develop. Love, LOVE this list! Great book that I highly recommend.
Read it this year as part of my PopSugar Reading Challenge! I just saved a bunch of these picks, so thank you. Also, I need to say that The Sea of Tranquility is absolutely nothing like Eleanor and Park with the exception of the two main characters starting off as unlikely friends.
Not sure where you saw that comparison. I love this list, and have added all but 2 to my TBR! She has become a fast favorite.
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Tana French is one of my favorites, too. I read the first two Murder Squads and agree that The Likeness is a little farfetched, but it captivated me none the less. Just let go and enjoy the ride. Oh boy, now I have to request some of these at my library! I read Behind Closed Doors by B. Based on what you said, neither is overwhelming with profanity or gore, although both are certainly present in each. You have to read Bird Box by Josh Malerman, I am not usually a fan of books that scare me but this book I could not put down!!!
It was so good! I love your list! Now I know what to get next time I go to the Library, Thank you!!!! It felt too modern at times for the a s setting there was one mention of a woman being out and about in tight jeans, which would have a been a major fashion faux pas and not even how jeans were made! Towles has said that he values story over historical accuracy although he was specifically referencing Moscow at the time, not rules. However: I think sometimes authors painstakingly check their facts, much more than we give them credit for.
I just finished When Breath Becomes Air. You will need a few tissues for this. This is about a young doctor who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Simply amazing how he became such a big star of a great show. Thank you Anne for this wonderful post!!! Your the best!!! There are three books in this series, each one I loved and devoured. None of these are my cup of tea. I stayed up way too late reading it! I can sit and read the day away! I read Good As Gone last night in under five hours! I am excited to try some books on your list.
I love Unputdownable books. I have started listening to Audible while I cook and drive and am reading way more than I used to. Excited to try a few of yours. It was probably my favorite of the year. Both of these last two have a common thread and I feel entertained and dare I say, educated at the same time. All three of these are excellent. If you are struggling with only one audiobook a month, hoopla has a good selection available and you can access them through your local library!
I was just going to suggest checking with your library for downloadable audiobooks. Beth, I was extremely happy to discover that there are now several apps that are free that allow you to check out audio books from the library. They seem to accept any library card in the country. That allows me to listen to many more books than I could afford to otherwise. Check them out. Would have been one but one but it was during the week and I had work. Such a fun read.
Races, long odds, war, shark attacks, and starvation. Lovely post, and great recommendations! Such an interesting list! I made a note of 14 of these — will definitely be checking them out! Thanks for this! I love a good nail biter! They are different than books listed here, but a fun escape to worlds only imagined. I ended up staying up all night because I could not put it down. I love all Neal Shusterman! His newest book Scythe, YA dystopian adventure did not disappoint. Set in a society where death, war, hunger have been conquered…His Unwind trilogy are my favorite dystopian novels.
I read Scythe in less than two days! I could never read a real book in 24 hours no matter how good it was. Too many kids to give me that kind of nice quality time with a book. I completely agree with the Nightingale being an amazing book. Another one that I would say was just as good and in this category of historical fiction is The Orphan Train. Happy reading! It is a very well-crafted book and fun reading. It is also a very good book for a book group discussion. I find myself thinking of Jeannette Walls frequently and I wonder if her story will, in fact, be made into a movie as mentioned.
An inspirational, yet sad story. TY so much to all the contributors—have added these titles to my list as well as some of the other suggestions. I cant believe no Colleen Hoover book was included on this list! Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. However, just be warned she writes about unhealthy relationships so some people may not like her books. The Shack! We were on vacation a few years ago and it was a suggestion on my kindle.
I was raised catholic and religion is such a touchy subject!! But I bought it!!! Read it in less than 24 hours. Beautiful book. Very touching. Gave me a new perspective on my faith!! Sad but beautiful. And Defending Jacob! Thank you for the blog!!! One of my favorites. I was reading it at work and i would finish a chapter and so oh he did it.
I drove my co-workers nuts! Completely agree. I started reading Defending Jacob on the flight to our D. Same kind of different as me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Check it out before you see the movie. The Nazi Officers Wife.
For me this was beyond belief, I was half way through the book before I realized it was a true story. We have no concept of what people went through during WW2. I always forget about that author yup loved what I read. Still alice was so good and inside the obriens was also good.
I still need to read her Anthony book. I have recently fallen in love with Susanna Kearsley. I forgot about going to sleep and finished the book around a. I loved it so much, I read it again on Saturday! What a great story! Through a Glass Darkly, Karleen Cohen. Literally read the book in 24 hours, did not sleep.
Amazing book. Awesome list! I love that book! I might need to read it again! That was one of them! I have read a lot of books that I wanted to keep reading but they were too thickl to finish in a day. Also an all time favorite for me is Midwives by Chris Bohajalian. Empty Mansions was great. Colossus non-fiction. He even makes you feel a little sorry for him. May I send you a complimentary copy? Anything by Elena Ferrante. I could not put down the Neopolitan novels. The story of Lila and Elena through the years was captivating. Another one that I just could not put down. Replay, by Ken Grimwood.
Came out in the s, but I reread it recently and it still holds up. And again? I read this the first time when I was supposed to be studying for a final the next day; I intended to read a couple chapters, but read the whole thing and never did get any studying done. After the final which I did well on, whew! I went home and read Replay all over again. I finished it feeling informed, empathetic and inspired. One of my best reads in my entire life. Sea of Tranquility, yes!!!!
I recommend Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Danielle-I agree about Jodi Picoult. I have pulled some all-nighters because of her-so much fun! To go along with the Jodi Picoult theme of these last few comments, I read the entirety of Small Great Things yesterday.
It was incredibly riveting and eye-opening — it provides a sharp acknowledgement of contemporary racism and its effects. It was phenomenal. Look forward to books on your list! I second The Nightingale! Loved it. And love this list. Just having trouble deciding where to begin! I agree that there is value in reading books by authors from a wide variety of backgrounds. That said accusations and shame rarely achieve the desired result — they are more likely to make people defensive than affect change.
You know what? You and Laura are exactly right. I should have responded differently. With less of a throwaway comment, and more along the lines of attempting to be helpful. Thank you for pointing that out. When we choose to erase race from the conversation, we have a default to whiteness. It means that People of Color are excluded. In terms of suggested titles, I will happily provide some. I will get back with some others.
Thanks again for the suggestion. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Here are some books by authors of color that fit this blog post theme. It was absolutely delightful. Hope others chime in as well. I have some serious reading to do. Not a 24 hour read—but well worth the time. People are loving this Facebook post and all the great shares. SO many amazing books.
Jemisin Person recommended pretty much anything the author writes How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon Said it was her best read in all of As someone said on the Facebook post, that is one badass list. And folks can alternate, if they choose, to take in more of the richness of writers in America. Thanks to those who are actually open and interested in doing this. I hope you find some great reads on all these lists. Great list! I can never put her books down and tend to reread them! I highly suggest it! Thank you! You are absolutely right.
I responded above to Brandyn, but wanted to make sure you saw that comment. I totally agree Sarah D. If a book sounds good I read it. The color of the author never even crosses my mind! I read for the story! Add to this Girl on Train. The movie was good but the book is incredible. I love this list and will look for these. I feel the same way! Loved Girl on a Train.
The Nightingale….. A must-read and one I hope they make into a movie. I loved this book! Both are amazing books! Talk about plot twists!
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I was reading the same ideas over and over. I pay more attention to the authors I choose now, and my reading lists is much healthier because of it—and my world view more complete. I promise this is my very last comment. And how smart you are, Criss! I just tripped over this post that listed 34 books by Women of Color.
Inclusion has real consequences. They are all new releases for Added them to my long long TBR list. Thanks for sharing. This list is may cause my TBR to topple over! A few years ago I read The secret keeper by Kate Morton and loved it!! Well written and suspenseful right to the final chapter. The Secret Keeper was very good!
My all time favorite is September by Rosamunde Pilcher. Like most of her books it makes one long to be in the Scottish countryside. More of a character study than a driving plot. Also excellent was Shell Seekers.
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Love this author. I loved Shell Seekers too. I think the biggest challenge facing new writers today is the trying to get readers to know who you are. Marketing your first book and trying to get people to take notice of you and your work is very hard and can be just as time-consuming as writing your book. The best way to get yourself out there is to connect with people who can help you promote your work. Make connections with other authors. Join every social media site you can think of and really talk yourself and your work up. Make connections with bloggers and ask them if they would like to read your book before it releases.
Word of mouth is the best way to get noticed. If one person loves your work, they will tell others and so on. Join reading groups on Goodreads and Facebook. Be as active as you can on social media by posting teasers and doing cover reveals before the book releases. Make yourself known before you hit publish and most importantly, engage with people who show interest. Communication with readers is the key to getting yourself out there. Lucy V. Hay is a script editor and the author of the Decision Book Series.
The reality is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. From there, it is much easier to sell more books, courses and so on to someone who has already bought and liked one product from you. It also comes down to having the financial resources to write a good book that in turn becomes marketable.
The best way in my opinion to overcome this is to not only take the time to write a good debut, but to also make use of every free platform to market your book until you have the necessary resources to use services like online advertising. Competition in the industry is tougher than what it was two years ago, so if any writer wishes to make a living from their work, setting yourself apart from the rest of the crowd is always your first step. A few, a lot, every single one? There are only two sins in writing — boring people and giving up too soon.
For my debut novel The Breaking of Liam Glass, out April , I made a spreadsheet of every single publisher in the country. I selected six a week, based on the books they already had on their list. When possible I made contact by phone. I hate rejection, but I decided to play a trick on my unconscious and I celebrated every rejection as it came in. I cheered and whooped and strangely it started to become fun.
After six months, I received offers from three different publishers and was able to choose the one I liked the best. The biggest challenge facing a newly published author is this: most authors have no marketing experience. A significant number are introverted and naturally shy away from self-promotion.
Being flexible and being willing to experiment with a lot of different avenues is the best approach. Building a large social media platform was one of the keys to my success, but if you try that, first you have to choose the right one for your book for me, it was Twitter. There are other ways to find those eyeballs, of course. Judicious use of more traditional advertising can also increase sales as well.
Start slow and experiment—build on successes, keep your ear to the authorial water cooler only listen to people who are successful now—success tales that date two or more years in the past are all but meaningless now and keep researching. The biggest challenge that new authors face is not, as we might expect, the fear that their story might be rejected.
Most writers are street-wise. They know that their newbie effort is unlikely to win a prize or contract. Serious writers put their souls into their stories. To despise their work is to trample on their soul. The only remedy is experience. Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist, a 1 bestseller in the U. Get published. Make money. Try to shop it. Fail repeatedly. Realise the first book actually kind of sucks or sucks a lot.
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