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10 Unputdownable Books

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 27, 2019

Merriam Webster definition of unputdownable:
unable to be set aside : RIVETING
an unputdownable book

Hibernation Season

The hectic holiday season can feel so taxing, especially as the daylight dwindles and the air turns frosty. It's natural to just want to curl up in a warm place and read. So we say, just give into it. Throw caution to the wind! But you'll need some really captivating books in order to forget your responsibilities worries and remedy your guilt stress. We have ten riveting reads to help you do just that. Bonus: Affordable, used copies of these unputdownable books are currently available, so now's the time to stock up!

Assassin's Apprentice

The first in a gripping trilogy by Robin Hobb, this epic medieval fantasy about the outcast bastard son of a prince will appeal to Tolkien fans. As young Fitz begins to realize his powerful legacy, threats to the kingdom propel him into action.

Dark Matter

This engrossing sci-fi thriller by Blake Crouch will pull you right in and keep you turning pages. A physics professor on his way home from work is taken captive and injected with a mysterious substance that alters his reality. What The Martian did for space exploration, Dark Matter does for physics.

Fall of Giants

From the great Ken Follett comes a sweeping historical drama, the first in his Century Trilogy. The story of five interrelated families grappling with World War I and the Russian Revolution moves at a propulsive, thrilling pace.

I Let You Go

Many suspense novels have that one big shocking plot twist, but this crime thriller by Clare Mackintosh will make your jaw drop again and again as you follow the story of a mother in the aftermath of tragedy. It's a wild ride!

Jane Steele

This wildly inventive story from Lyndsey Faye is not exactly a reimagining of Jane Eyre, but more of a tribute. The whipsmart titular narrator even names the original book as her inspiration. Brontë fans will delight at all the sneaky references.

Kafka on the Shore

Mesmerizing magical realism from the masterful Haruki Murakami. The award-winning Japanese author paints a compelling, surreal world that enfolds and entrances readers. Get lost in a dreamy landscape where cats talk and fish fall from the sky.

Lilac Girls

Set against the backdrop of World War II, this absorbing historical novel by Martha Hall Kelly follows three young women as their lives collide as a part of an underground resistance movement. An intriguing take on true historical events.

Rules of Civility

By Amor Towles, this Gatsby-esque story presents a shifting landscape of wealth and class, luck and fate. Two young women living as roommates in 1938 Manhattan vie for the affection of the same man—until one impulsive decision changes everything.

Tell Me Three Things

Barely two years after her mother's death, Jessie is trying to figure out how to navigate an intimidating social scene at her intimidating new prep school after a sudden move from Chicago to L.A. This young adult romance from Julie Buxbaum is a perfect mix of love and loss.

What Alice Forgot

Bestselling author Liane Moriarty again delivers compulsively readable material packed with intelligence, humor, and intrigue. After a bump on the head, Alice wakes up having forgotten the last 10 years of her life. How does she reconcile the life she remembers with her new reality?

These are just a few of the books that we found captivating. And they're all currently available at great used prices so now's the time to snap up your copies. Do you have any unputdownable books to recommend? Let us know in the comments! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily book suggestions, book news, and more.

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