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Recently, I put together a list of 27 Highly Readable Books to Jumpstart Your Reading Habit. This book list is aimed at anyone who is looking for a truly absorbing read, but it’s especially meant for those of you who are trying to read more books.
With so many distractions and busier lives, it’s easy to fall out of the reading habit, and figuring out how to pick it up again can be a struggle–especially if you don’t start with the right books.
The “right books” aren’t the books that anyone says you *should* be reading.
The right books are the page-turners that keep you riveted and picking up the book again and again.
They’re the books you don’t want to put down, and they’re the ones keep you searching for that next great read.
The 27 books on my previous list cover nine different genres or types of books, with three books in each category. Narrowing it down to just three from each, though, wasn’t easy.
So I thought I’d expand on each of the categories and share more of my favorite unputdownable page-turner books from each.
I’m starting with literary fiction. Literary books can be difficult, because they tend to be slower, sometimes esoteric, and character-driven instead of plot heavy.
Literary fiction is not always the best place to look for page turners, but not all literary books are slow.
When you can find great ones, reading literary fiction is so worthwhile: it tends to be smart and complex, with interesting characters who tackle thorny issues.
For these reasons, I gravitate to this genre (or more accurately, to books that straddle the literary and popular fiction designations, which some of these do). But it can be hit-or-miss.
The best ones keep me thinking about them long after I finish reading. The books below have stayed with me, and they are great ones to try if you also like literary or literary-adjacent books.
11 Literary Page-Turners You Won’t Be Able to Put Down
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What are your favorite literary page turners?