I have always loved to read, but my reading life has changed since becoming a parent.
I’ve always loved reading the kind of book you can’t put down – a page-turner, a book that’s so good I want to keep it on the passenger seat of the car so that I can read a paragraph during red lights. (True story.) However, since becoming a mom, I’ve found that “can’t put down” is practically a requirement.
For me, I typically don’t have an endless amount of time to read. I read in little pockets of time – ten minutes while the boys play cooperatively in the backyard, and then I pause to help the boys navigate a sibling squabble. Twenty minutes at bedtime, and then I remember I need to pack lunch for the next day. It’s rare for me to be able to sit and read for an hour or longer.
And so – I need these books to pull me in with an element of can’t-put-it down suspense. If there’s no dead body, no compelling mystery that I am dying to find the answer to, the book simply doesn’t grab my attention strongly enough. I lose interest, and I end up abandoning it in favor of a new title.
A thriller can be a great read for someone like me; they can be incredibly suspenseful and compelling, and I do often enjoy this category of books. But I also don’t want to only read books that are thrillers. That said, I am often in search of books that are can’t-put-down page-turners that are NOT thrillers.
If you’re like me and occasionally want a can’t-put-down book that I wouldn’t label as a murder mystery or thriller, here are a few of my favorites:
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
- The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.
- Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
- Before The Fall by Noah Hawley.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
- Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
If you DO love a thriller – and believe me, I do! – here are a few of my favorite thrillers:
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.
- Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel.
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
- Falling by T.J. Newman.
- The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian.
I have many other recs for thrillers I’ve enjoyed, so feel free to reach out if you want more! If you have recommendations, please share. Parenting is hard – we need good books to give our brains a break.