I have read a lot of books in my day. And yet, I sometimes find that if somebody asks me to recommend a good book, I go blank, like a deer in the headlights. It seems like the “search” function of my brain goes on overload and then shuts down. Or something. This post is an attempt to remedy that problem.
On this list are novels that I personally found to be page-turners. They made me want to stop doing whatever else I was supposed to be doing so that I could finish them. I want to emphasize that being a page-turner is not necessarily the same thing as having high literary merit. There are other books that deserve more praise and are worth re-reading and discussing.
Another disclaimer is that I have almost certainly forgotten some other books I have loved because that’s just the way my memory is (not) working lately.
So, here are a few novels that I have read in the last year or so that I really enjoyed. I am too lazy to describe what they are about so I’ll provide links to Amazon instead.
Life after Life, Kate Atkinson. Amazon link.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn Amazon link.
The Girl on The Train, Paula Hawkins Amazon link
The Signature of all Things, Elizabeth Gilbert Amazon link
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese Amazon link
Defending Jacob, William Landay Amazon link
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver Amazon link
The Given Day, Dennis Lehane Amazon link
The Piano Teacher Janice K. Lee Amazon link