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Earlier this year, I kicked off a series on page turners featuring books you can’t put down. You may remember that the first post was a list of 27 highly readable books to jumpstart your reading habit.
If you’re trying to get back into reading, or just looking for compulsively readable books, this list of 27 books–covering nine different genres–is a great place to start.
After that post, I decided to continue the series and add more to each genre because three for each just isn’t enough.
I’ve also covered these genres with lists of some of my favorite page-turners in each:
- Literary fiction
- Historical fiction
- Light, funny, or uplifting books
- Mysteries and thrillers
That’s a lot of books! If you’re having trouble deciding where to start, take this handy quiz for a personalized recommendation:
Unputdownable Contemporary Fiction
I tend to read more contemporary fiction than any other genre, and my favorites usually straddle the literary and contemporary lines–they aren’t too highbrow, they tell a great story, and they have excellent writing and character development.
Of course, not all books that fall in these categories could be called “unputdownable”–a book that keeps you up way past your bedtime, or that has you hiding in the closet to read it, or saying, “just one more chapter!” because you have to find out what happens next.
The ones that get that designation usually have characters you care about deeply, high stakes, or an interesting timeline (very short or very long often captures my attention)–or some combination of all of these.
It can be a little hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a book a page turner, but I’d love to hear what elements make a book unputdownable for you–and also share your favorites! Here are eleven of mine.
11 Contemporary Fiction Novels You Won’t Want to Put Down
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What are your favorite contemporary fiction page turners?