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Toggle navigation. My Take This was excellent!! I do recommend you pick this book up and read it. The Cover and Title The cover is clever with a pretty colonial blue background and a goldfish peeking out from the side. Like this: Like Loading Same Genre 5 Star Books. Book Review: J.

Dark Matter is in my library wait list already too. I know its old but I would put the twilight series on this list, especially the first book. Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is my favorite 4th of July memory- the day I sat out on the patio in the gorgeous sunshine and read that book beginning to end! The pacing and need to know that everything will be okay will make you race through it, though the subject matter may leave you wanting to put it down.

Behind Closed Doors surprised me that it was unputdownable, too! I recently read Small Great Things. It ripped my heart out, made me angry, made me cry…so many emotions! It left me questioning so many things about myself. Thanks for reminding me it was there!

I love everything she writes, but that one never left my hands until I turned the last page. Oh, and tickled to see a Sliding Doors reference. Loved that movie. One more in-put-downable: The Heartbreaker by Susan Howatch. I chose What Alice Forgot for this category, not expecting to like it very much. But I did! I read it every chance I could get. I guess I have good taste! I am loving everything by Wallace Stegner, but I have been putting off reading Angle of Repose because I know I will just want to curl up on the couch and read until I finish it, but I am too, too busy right now.

I am only about 75 pages into it. We are leaving on a trip on Tuesday so I plan to read it on the plane for hours. Rogers so much I could not put it down. One author no one has mentioned so far is Sharyn McCrumb, who writes books set in northeast Tennessee where I live.

I read her latest Prayers the Devil Answers in one day last summer. Jane Eyre is my favorite book. Jane Steele was one of my absolute favorite books of It was so much fun! I loved all the callbacks to Eyre. I am constantly recommending it to people. Love it, love it, love it. Glad to see I Let You Go on this list. I dreamed of the characters the night before I finished the book. I have just finished Stir by Jessica Fechtor. She honestly shares her fears and feelings after a brain aneurysm at age It felt like a Jane Austen -lite- book and was great fun. Love this post! Any thoughts if Dark Matter might be an appropriate read for high school students?

I did the same thing! I also love this post and loaded up my library accounts with requests. Allison—I would hand it out to high schoolers, although probably 16 and older. I read it last summer and it was compelling, although I did not understand much of the science. It does contain murders in the story. I think older teens would love it.

Thanks for this and other lists—I love your blog and have been digging into archives these past few days! I really enjoyed it — and it literally took me 24 hours. I had a hard time getting into Guernsey. Finally I got it on Audible and that was the key. I keep meaning to start that Donna Leon series. Readers with good taste keep mentioning it in the same breath as books I love—especially Louise Penny. Thanks for the nudge! Jones or Sarah Addison Allen.

Oh my word, Second Chance Summer was a one day read for me, too. And then I sobbed and sobbed at the end! Loved that book. Well this list was dangerous to my TBR list! I spent last Friday night happy reading Maybe in Another Life. I also loved the reading experience of I Let You Go. Oh how I love that book! A Man Called Ove was my most recent unputdownable.

This was my experience with Allen, too. I hope so! The former because it was reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird and the latter because I really just wanted to know what happened!! I read this last year it was amazing. I also love The Death series, but I have listened to all of them. The reader is awesome and she has done every one in the series.

I keep hearing great things about Juniper. The Greene book is not new-I read it years ago, but obviously it stuck with me! It is laugh out loud funny at times. I remember trying to read aloud some parts to my family and being unable to because I was laughing so hard! So well written both of her parents are award winning journalists , and so compelling. Great fiction that reads like John Grisham, but sheds light on an important, tough topic of sex-trafficking.

This is well written and very good. I love John Grisham, so thanks for the Across the Sun recommendation. I listen to audio books all the time so I can still cook, clean up, and take my dogs for a walk while still getting my book fix. Your post came at THE perfect time— we are leaving soon for a quick get away and I needed to load my Kindle.

I bought 8 of the books you recommended. An ownvoices title, it won the Stonewall Award in the YA category. The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. This book is eye-opening and important to read. I loved Amanda and felt her emotions were wrenching and understandable. Brutal story with believable characters. Not for the faint of heart. This book received at least 6 starred reviews from different library journals and ended up on a few Best Books of It is very special.

Dark Matter is definitely unputdownable. I read Sleeping Giants, it was just ok for me. Excuse me, that seems rather unkind and uncalled for. Readers do not judge other readers. Have you never been so engrossed in a book that you do not move from the couch all day?

If not, I am very sorry for you indeed. Is it in the length of the sentences? The number of pages? The thoughts within? Even the simplest of prose can contain the most challenging of ideas. I am all for challenging and pushing oneself to greater heights of reading, but not at the cost of tearing others down. I hope they bring you as much enjoyment as my assortment will provide me! But … but … Ethan Frome! Narrative of the Life of an American Slave! The Metamorphosis!

The Old Man and the Sea! Heart of Darkness! The Awakening! The Little Prince! Henry James! But some amazing authors through the centuries have written works that they hoped and prayed and intended their audiences would consume quickly whether by reading or listening , in a day or two aka 24 hours or even in one sitting. I read to be entertained, to escape, or to be edified. Easy or hard? Fast or slow? Reading is reading. I have a couple of these books right now! Great list — the only downside is my Amazon wish list is getting bigger all the time!

The Likeness is my favorite Tana French book. Hands down. What a great post! Theres a couple there that ive gone and added to my amazon wish list! I love reading and this post has just fueled my addiction!


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I am choosing this book for my April book club selection, because it will definitely make for a terrific discussion. What a fun post topic! Reading is personal… so personal. The Alex awards go to ten books written for adults that are considered great crossover books into the YA world. Great comment, Barb!

I read Small Great Things in 24 hours….. Same here, Carol! It was painful but in a good way. I am so glad I read this one and hope the lessons I learned stick with me as well as continue to develop. Love, LOVE this list! Great book that I highly recommend. Read it this year as part of my PopSugar Reading Challenge! I just saved a bunch of these picks, so thank you. Also, I need to say that The Sea of Tranquility is absolutely nothing like Eleanor and Park with the exception of the two main characters starting off as unlikely friends.

Not sure where you saw that comparison. I love this list, and have added all but 2 to my TBR! She has become a fast favorite. Tana French is one of my favorites, too. I read the first two Murder Squads and agree that The Likeness is a little farfetched, but it captivated me none the less. Just let go and enjoy the ride. Oh boy, now I have to request some of these at my library! I read Behind Closed Doors by B. Based on what you said, neither is overwhelming with profanity or gore, although both are certainly present in each.

You have to read Bird Box by Josh Malerman, I am not usually a fan of books that scare me but this book I could not put down!!! It was so good! I love your list! Now I know what to get next time I go to the Library, Thank you!!!! It felt too modern at times for the a s setting there was one mention of a woman being out and about in tight jeans, which would have a been a major fashion faux pas and not even how jeans were made! Towles has said that he values story over historical accuracy although he was specifically referencing Moscow at the time, not rules.

However: I think sometimes authors painstakingly check their facts, much more than we give them credit for. I just finished When Breath Becomes Air. You will need a few tissues for this. This is about a young doctor who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Simply amazing how he became such a big star of a great show. Thank you Anne for this wonderful post!!!

Your the best!!! There are three books in this series, each one I loved and devoured. None of these are my cup of tea. I stayed up way too late reading it! I can sit and read the day away! I read Good As Gone last night in under five hours! I am excited to try some books on your list. I love Unputdownable books.

I have started listening to Audible while I cook and drive and am reading way more than I used to. Excited to try a few of yours. It was probably my favorite of the year. Both of these last two have a common thread and I feel entertained and dare I say, educated at the same time. All three of these are excellent. If you are struggling with only one audiobook a month, hoopla has a good selection available and you can access them through your local library!

I was just going to suggest checking with your library for downloadable audiobooks. Beth, I was extremely happy to discover that there are now several apps that are free that allow you to check out audio books from the library. They seem to accept any library card in the country. That allows me to listen to many more books than I could afford to otherwise. Check them out. Would have been one but one but it was during the week and I had work.

Such a fun read. Races, long odds, war, shark attacks, and starvation. Lovely post, and great recommendations! Such an interesting list! I made a note of 14 of these — will definitely be checking them out! Thanks for this!


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I love a good nail biter! They are different than books listed here, but a fun escape to worlds only imagined. I ended up staying up all night because I could not put it down. I love all Neal Shusterman! His newest book Scythe, YA dystopian adventure did not disappoint. Set in a society where death, war, hunger have been conquered…His Unwind trilogy are my favorite dystopian novels. I read Scythe in less than two days!

I could never read a real book in 24 hours no matter how good it was. Too many kids to give me that kind of nice quality time with a book. I completely agree with the Nightingale being an amazing book. Another one that I would say was just as good and in this category of historical fiction is The Orphan Train. Happy reading!

It is a very well-crafted book and fun reading. It is also a very good book for a book group discussion. I find myself thinking of Jeannette Walls frequently and I wonder if her story will, in fact, be made into a movie as mentioned. An inspirational, yet sad story. TY so much to all the contributors—have added these titles to my list as well as some of the other suggestions. I cant believe no Colleen Hoover book was included on this list! Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. However, just be warned she writes about unhealthy relationships so some people may not like her books.

The Shack! We were on vacation a few years ago and it was a suggestion on my kindle. I was raised catholic and religion is such a touchy subject!! But I bought it!!! Read it in less than 24 hours. Beautiful book. Very touching. Gave me a new perspective on my faith!! Sad but beautiful. And Defending Jacob! Thank you for the blog!!! One of my favorites. I was reading it at work and i would finish a chapter and so oh he did it.

I drove my co-workers nuts! Completely agree. I started reading Defending Jacob on the flight to our D. Same kind of different as me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Check it out before you see the movie. The Nazi Officers Wife. For me this was beyond belief, I was half way through the book before I realized it was a true story. We have no concept of what people went through during WW2.

I always forget about that author yup loved what I read. Still alice was so good and inside the obriens was also good. I still need to read her Anthony book. I have recently fallen in love with Susanna Kearsley. I forgot about going to sleep and finished the book around a. I loved it so much, I read it again on Saturday! What a great story! Through a Glass Darkly, Karleen Cohen. Literally read the book in 24 hours, did not sleep. Amazing book.

Awesome list! I love that book! I might need to read it again! That was one of them! I have read a lot of books that I wanted to keep reading but they were too thickl to finish in a day. Also an all time favorite for me is Midwives by Chris Bohajalian. Empty Mansions was great. Colossus non-fiction. He even makes you feel a little sorry for him.

May I send you a complimentary copy? Anything by Elena Ferrante. I could not put down the Neopolitan novels. The story of Lila and Elena through the years was captivating. Another one that I just could not put down. Replay, by Ken Grimwood. Came out in the s, but I reread it recently and it still holds up. And again? I read this the first time when I was supposed to be studying for a final the next day; I intended to read a couple chapters, but read the whole thing and never did get any studying done.

After the final which I did well on, whew! I went home and read Replay all over again. I finished it feeling informed, empathetic and inspired. One of my best reads in my entire life. Sea of Tranquility, yes!!!! I recommend Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Danielle-I agree about Jodi Picoult. I have pulled some all-nighters because of her-so much fun! To go along with the Jodi Picoult theme of these last few comments, I read the entirety of Small Great Things yesterday. It was incredibly riveting and eye-opening — it provides a sharp acknowledgement of contemporary racism and its effects.

It was phenomenal. Look forward to books on your list! I second The Nightingale! Loved it. And love this list. Just having trouble deciding where to begin! I agree that there is value in reading books by authors from a wide variety of backgrounds. That said accusations and shame rarely achieve the desired result — they are more likely to make people defensive than affect change.

You know what? You and Laura are exactly right. I should have responded differently. With less of a throwaway comment, and more along the lines of attempting to be helpful. Thank you for pointing that out.

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When we choose to erase race from the conversation, we have a default to whiteness. It means that People of Color are excluded. In terms of suggested titles, I will happily provide some. I will get back with some others. Thanks again for the suggestion. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Here are some books by authors of color that fit this blog post theme. It was absolutely delightful.

Hope others chime in as well. I have some serious reading to do. Not a 24 hour read—but well worth the time. People are loving this Facebook post and all the great shares. SO many amazing books. Jemisin Person recommended pretty much anything the author writes How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon Said it was her best read in all of As someone said on the Facebook post, that is one badass list. And folks can alternate, if they choose, to take in more of the richness of writers in America.

Thanks to those who are actually open and interested in doing this. I hope you find some great reads on all these lists. Great list! I can never put her books down and tend to reread them! I highly suggest it! Thank you! You are absolutely right. I responded above to Brandyn, but wanted to make sure you saw that comment. I totally agree Sarah D.

If a book sounds good I read it. The color of the author never even crosses my mind! I read for the story! Add to this Girl on Train. The movie was good but the book is incredible. I love this list and will look for these. I feel the same way!

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Loved Girl on a Train. The Nightingale…..

A must-read and one I hope they make into a movie. I loved this book! Both are amazing books! Talk about plot twists! I was reading the same ideas over and over. I pay more attention to the authors I choose now, and my reading lists is much healthier because of it—and my world view more complete. I promise this is my very last comment. And how smart you are, Criss! I just tripped over this post that listed 34 books by Women of Color.

Inclusion has real consequences. They are all new releases for Added them to my long long TBR list. Thanks for sharing. This list is may cause my TBR to topple over!

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A few years ago I read The secret keeper by Kate Morton and loved it!! Well written and suspenseful right to the final chapter. The Secret Keeper was very good! My all time favorite is September by Rosamunde Pilcher. Like most of her books it makes one long to be in the Scottish countryside. More of a character study than a driving plot. Also excellent was Shell Seekers. Love this author. I loved Shell Seekers too. Pilcher is an excellent writer, well able to reel you into a new world. I think her The Secret Place is just as good.

Both are about friendship—it seems to be what she does best. I just joined today so I will be adding more titles that I love. This novel managed to break my heart then patch it up only to make my heart get back in the ring for round two. I read this books years ago and still I recommend it to everyone. Definitely one of those that touch your heart and linger near your soul.

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Oh how I loved this book. I listened to it and the two readers were amazing. How to write better, faster and more successfully. What do I mean by serious? So, serious means if you want to get a publishing deal or a good agent to represent you. Or if you want to sell more self-published books — because what publishers want is dictated by what readers seem to want.

Either way, this book is for you. He has also taught creative writing, and been nominated for several awards for his fiction. He has a good idea of what sells, in other words. How to write a sellable manuscript to a quality press. Although here I introduce a note of caution. Les is not a huge bestseller, and he does not teach how to write the doorstep blockbuster novels you buy in airport bookstores. So far, so uncontroversial. At least to most of us. But then Edgerton continues:. Readers — and publishers — want to be hooked from the very first line, Edgerton explains.

They want an opening that grabs them and pulls them through the book. What an inciting incident is — and how to get it right. So, we get a lot here about the importance of the inciting incident — what it is and how to use it properly. This is essential reading. Also essential to read more than once. Until you try to apply it to your own work and you realise you have a certain blindness — or lack of ruthlessness — about what an inciting incident really is, and whether or not your book has one. Indeed, he has said this to me about one of my books — one that was previously published.

So believe me when I say this is essential knowledge and essential to apply over and over until you are utterly confident that you get it. A lot of tricky concepts, each one explained with practical examples. From the inciting incident idea, Edgerton takes through related concepts:. I speak from recent experience, as at the time of writing Les has been eviscerating a story opening of mine. And I thought I knew this stuff! As I said, this is a book for writers who are serious about improving their craft. But not just that.

In summary, buy this book. Read it at least twice. First time for pleasure. Second time, make notes. As many as you need to. Ask questions. Read it a third time to look for the answers to your questions. And go back through the book with your specific work in progress in mind. Also how important it is that you fully understand how to apply it. Anyway, do make sure you buy it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Be able to recommend highly enough, I mean.

Also, come back to the blog next week for my two-part interview with Les, and my in-depth analysis of his fantastic memoir, Adrenaline Junkie. Labels: Damien Seaman , Hooked , les edgerton. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. About Me Les Edgerton Hi! Welcome to my blog. To introduce myself, I'm a full-time writer with eighteen books in print and I teach creative writing on the university level, through private coaching of writers, and on various on-line venues.

I write in a variety of forms: novels, short stories, nonfiction books, screenplays and the subjects I choose to write about are just as varied, including sports, literary fiction, thrillers, black comedy and the craft of writing. I'm married to Mary and we have a son, Mike. I have two daughters--Britney and Sienna--from a previous marriage. I immigrated to Ft.

Wayne, IN from the U. Doing my best to learn the language and adjust to the culture. I have a checkered past, having spent two-plus years incarcerated at Pendleton Reformatory back in the sixties for burglary. I'm all cleaned up now and you can invite me into your home and don't have to count the silverware when I leave. Graduated from Indiana University with a B. Email: butchedgerton comcast. Joe Lansdale Les Edgerton has swiftly become my favorite crime writer. Original voice, uncompromising attitude and a pure hardboiled style leap him to the front ranks of my reading list.

He will become legendary. Joe R. I just wanted to get on his radar and nothing else. He misunderstood and thought I was asking for a blurb Although unsolicited, it meant the world to me. Here's Mr. Bruen's email: Dear Les Thank you so much for the books and the superb novels. Here is my blurb Les Edgerton is the reincarnation of our beloved Eddie Bunker. Warmest wishes Ken Bruen. Jerry Jenkins Best-selling author of the Left Behind series and many others. Total Pageviews.

BOMB Newest novel! Spoof on "daddyball. Sent to me by my colleague Holly Love. This is my "signature store" in Boulder, Colorado. Subscribe To Posts Atom. Comments Atom. Senility isn't when you forget to zip up your pants Advice for writers: There is no such thing as a synonym. There's just the perfect word. The perfect word doesn't come in groups. If life hands you lemons Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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