These are the best books that you can’t let go
When the real world gets a little too calm (or a little too much), we can always rely on the power of a good book to take us elsewhere. Whether it’s a gripping thriller or a gripping memoir, there is something to be said for getting lost in the pages of a book that you just can’t let go.
While the taste of the book is undoubtedly a personal thing, there are several titles that are universally considered bingeable. From well-known authors to newbie writers, there’s no telling what could be a success, but when the world collectively decides to love something, you can’t deny its power.
Below are 14 books that you won’t be able to let go of once you start them.
Lily King Writers and Lovers
31 years Casey Peabody is going through a crisis. After moving to Massachusetts on her own to pursue a career in writing, she falls in love with two very different men, which only further complicates matters. As her life begins to fall apart before her eyes, she has to go through the end of one chapter of her life while embarking on the next.
Ghosts of Dolly Alderton
When Dolly Alderton writes, you have no choice but to be captivated. Her first fictional novel follows the life of Nina Dean, a food writer in her thirties who thinks she has found the man of her dreams. That is until he apparently disappears without a trace and leaves her to question everything.
Bri Lee Eggshell Skull
This gripping memoir draws you in from the first page as Bri Lee takes you on a journey through both sides of the legal system. The first is her experience as a partner of a judge, the second as a complainant in a landmark sexual assault case. It is without a doubt a compelling and thought-provoking read that every young woman should have in her library.
Where Delia Owens Crayfish Sing
You’ve probably heard this book title before (especially since it’s currently being turned into a movie courtesy of Reese Witherspoon). Located in a peaceful fishing village in the 1960s, Kya Clark (also known as the “Girl of the Marshes”) finds herself embroiled in a murder case as a prime suspect. After getting involved with two young men, the unthinkable happens to one of them and all eyes are immediately on her, given her status as an outcast of society.
Is she a killer? Or is she a misunderstood young woman desperate to belong?
Such a fun age by Kiley Reid
Exploring themes of race and privilege, this book revolves around a young black babysitter named Emira and her wealthy employer Alix Chamberlain (and all the complexities that unite them). After Emira is accused of kidnapping the Chamberlains’ toddler from a supermarket, video of the incident quickly goes viral. Unsurprisingly, this sets off a chain of events neither of them can undo and unearths someone from Alix’s past who could change everything.
How to Kill Your Life by Cat Marnell
Cat Marnell has a truly addictive voice, and her memoir detailing her upbringing, her drug and alcohol addiction battles, and her hectic work at Condé Naste will seduce you from the start. It’s an unshakeable vision of how we can ruin our own lives if we allow them to get out of hand. Must read.
Three women by Lisa Taddeo
As the title suggests, this bestseller follows the lives of three women – Sloane, Lina and Maggie. One fights in a loveless marriage and embarks on an affair with a man from her past. Another is in the middle of a criminal case against her high school teacher, with whom she claims to have had an inappropriate relationship. The latest is married to a man who enjoys watching her have sex with other people. A raw look at female sexual desire in all its mess, this book will keep you going from start to finish.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
A New York Times No.1 bestseller for a reason, this book follows the Vines twin sisters, separated by distance but forever bound by blood. After growing up together in a small community, their lives as adults turn aside until their daughters’ stories intersect. How much does your past shape your future and can you ever truly get past who you really are?
Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
This book is outrageously absurd in the most addictive way. By telling the story of a new mom who slowly turns into a dog (yes, you read that right), you won’t be able to stop reading, if only to understand what exactly is going on.
Bee by Craig Silvey
Bee will break your heart and put it back together. Sam Watson arrives on a bridge ready to kill himself. Before jumping, he sees an older man who appears to be about to do the same. Their meeting was nothing short of fate, and their friendship might just be the thing they both needed to get out of it.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
If you’ve watched the TV adaptation of this movie starring Paul Mescal and this infamous chain, then you have to read the book that started it all. Promising to exasperate and delight you in equal measure, this novel follows the complex relationship between Connell and Marianne – desperately in love, painfully unavailable and unbearably complex.
The Sick Heart by Jessie Stephens
Grief is a universal human experience, but so many of the stories we tell lack the personal element we truly yearn for. This book turns that around, weaving three stories of love and heartbreak to remind us that we are never alone in our experiences of emotional pain (and that you can always find a way to heal).
Emotional Woman by Yumiko Kadota
Show as Grey’s Anatomy can certainly glorify the medical world, but this book is an honest account of what the industry is like (especially for women). Yumiko was a work-packed young female surgeon with the desire to succeed, but after launching her career in the Australian hospital system, she was consistently denied a seat at the table. For anyone suffering from burnout, this is the book to read.
The guest list by Lucy Foley
Crime enthusiasts will find themselves obsessed with this exciting read. Guests gather on an island off the Irish coast to celebrate a wedding. Everything is fun and playful until someone dies, and suddenly everyone on the guest list is tagged as suspect. The guests are trapped, abandoned to old grudges and twisted friendships. They may all have a motive, but who is the real killer?