Top Ten Unputdownable Books
As I am stomping my way through 11/22/63, a book that I don't want to put down, but at 850 pages it's taking me a little longer than an average sized boo. This week I got to thinking about those "unputdownable" books. The books that keep you up past your bedtime. Those books that make you wish your lunch hour was longer (that is, if you read during your lunch hour like I do). Those books that keep you from watching tv for a week because all you want to do is read. Below is my list of my favorite unputdownable books.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: This novel is part science fiction, part romance, and entirely amazing. You've been living under a rock if you haven't heard of this book, but if you haven't given it a try yet you're really missing out on a good one.
11/22/63 by Stephen King: Ok fine I haven't finished this one yet, but it's making the list becauese I'm over halfway through and I can attest to it's unputdownable-ness. (I realize this post is full of made-up words.) I can't wait to find out how it ends, but I also don't want it to end.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Another recommended by a friend, I read this pre-blogging and it still remains one of my favorite literary mysteries. I can't wait for his second followup to this one (the first was The Angel's Game) due out this summer, The Prisoner of Heaven.
The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind: I got into this series when a friend from high school recommended it to me. It still remains one of my favorite series, following Richard Cypher as he gradually embraces his destiny as the Seeker of Truth, and sets out to stop the evil that others would unleash. Even though the books in the series are thick, I promise you'll fly through them.
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster: This book was my introduction to Auster. While I haven't come across a book of his I didn't like, this one remains what I believe to be the most unputdownable. It offers a look at the silent movie industry and a complex mystery filled with corruption.
The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer: Say what you will about Adam Langer, I thought this book was freaking awesome. The novel follows a down-and-out aspiring short story writer and the web of lies in which he becomes tangled. It's equal parts funny, thrilling and snarky.
Native Son by Richard Wright: The terms "classic" and "unputdownable" aren't often used in the same sentence. This novel is an exception. Heartbreaking and eye-opening, I couldn't wait to find out what happened in the end.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers: This one was rage inducing, in the most thoughtful way possible. It's a book I think everyone should read, the true story of the Zeitoun family in post-Katrina New Orleans examining what it means to be a Muslim in modern America. It's quite interesting and moves very quickly.
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver: This novel hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as Shriver's other novels, but it is equally compelling as most. It's an imaginative look at the implications of whom we choose to love, exploring the what-if's we all ponder at some point or another.
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