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The Best Page-Turners So Far This Year

So far, 2020 has been a great year for me in books.

I’m always grateful for a good read, but I’m especially grateful lately. A book is a way for me to disappear into another world or into my imagination. A great book, for me, is easy to read, entertaining, compelling, smart, and has me so hooked that I keep the book pressed open with my foot while I’m putting on my socks and shoes so that I don’t lose a minute of reading time. (I’m not exaggerating – lifelong habit, love it, doesn’t make me a crazy person at all.)


Right now, with the anxiety caused by the COVID pandemic and the limitations on where we can all go and what we can do, I am extremely grateful for the books that allow me to become completely lost.

Here are the most addictive page-turner books I’ve read so far this year with some super-brief thoughts about them. I detest spoilers in books; I’d rather open a book with zero info about what it’s about. So, I’m pretty much the worst book reviewer ever. You’re welcome.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. So good. I’ve been recommending this book to people who like suspenseful novels with a mental health or psychological twist.

The Holdout by Graham Moore. Definitely a page turner. Plot involves the legal system and a jury, which is super interesting.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Now, apparently Glennon Doyle is not for everyone, but SHE IS FOR ME. I love her, and I love her writing. If you are a kindred spirit of hers like me, then this will be a page turner for you, too. If not, move along. No hard feelings.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. I loved this book. Lately, I am mostly into mysteries, thrillers, and the like – really suspenseful books that get me hooked and keep me in suspense. This book was different – less murder and more story about complicated family connections and relationships.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Warning: I have heard from other readers that they despised this book – sort of in a way that implied that it was silly or dumb. I loved it. I didn’t think of it as a particularly intellectual book, but it was so easy to read, compelling, and absorbing, and I think you have to be a pretty talented writer to achieve that.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Wow, was this book creepy. It’s incredibly smart and insightful and uncomfortable and engaging. For this one, check out a brief synopsis before you read if certain topics are triggering for you.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book has been on my radar for years. I knew that it was long, and that it was sad. I actually thought it wouldn’t make me cry. When I am told ahead of time that a book is sad or scary, I steel myself and I expect the worst. Usually, this means that the book can’t possibly be as tear-inducing  as others have said. That was NOT the case in this book. It is beautifully written, and it’s a beautiful story.   

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. The premise of this book is incredibly intriguing – a young kid is the sole survivor of a plane crash. The story explores the lead-up to the crash, and then follows the kid who survives. A premise like that is extremely compelling to me, and I found that the book totally held up.

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman. Interesting premise and plot. Really enjoyed it.

Long Bright River by Liz Moore. A suspensful and well-written mystery. Flew through it.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved Station Eleven, so I have been super excited to read this book. I loved it.

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. This one was addictive in an Agatha Christie-esque manner.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. It took me four tries to finally get into this book. Once I did, I flew through it. It’s short, and powerful, and insightful, and horrible, and illuminating. Trigger warning for this one, too – read a brief synopsis if certain topics are hard for you to read for any reason.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. loved this book. A great murder mystery with a “novel within a novel” twist and a few other elements that make it unique. So good. I can’t stop recommending it.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. I flew through this book, and at the point I’d read it, I was in a Reading Rut. (Reading Rut = can’t get into any book; keep attempting new reads and abandoning them after a few pages.) I also found it smart and insightful.

I’ve read other books this year, but these were the best page-turners so far. Happy reading!

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