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This post I wrote on 15 books you can’t put down has been one of my most popular posts to date, and as an unexpected bonus, I have gotten over 228+ comments with readers leaving their OWN favorite books you can’t put down.

Which is beyond awesome, because those comments are now my go-to list for book recommendations of books you can’t put down.

There is nothing I love more than having a book so good I can’t wait to pick it up again.

Since that first list, I have some read some more really great reads, most of which were reader recommendations, so I wanted to share a follow-up list for anytime that made it through the first one!

Great Reads – More Books You Can’t Put Down 

1. Before I Go to Sleep

This book was SO GOOD. I love a good mystery and it leaves you guessing until the very end. It’s about a woman with a rare case of amnesia who wakes up each morning with no memory. Nothing. She has no idea who she is, where she is or who she’s sleeping next to. With the help of a journal she keeps secret from her husband, she is troubled by her own written words, “Don’t Trust Ben” and she learns many things are not what she thought them to be.  It asks the question – who are we if we lost our collective memories and experiences? SO GOOD!!!!!! Read it!

2.The Girl You Left Behind

One of my favorite books from my first list is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes so I waned to give another one of her books a go.  I loved The Girl You Left Behind, not quite as much as Me Before You, because that one is hard to top but this one is also a great read. It’s the story behind a 100-year-old painting and the love, loss and sacrifice behind the portrait of a beautiful young woman during World War I in Paris.

3. The Goldfinch

At over 700 pages, The Goldfinch is a commitment, especially for a busy mom, but it was so good I devoured every page.  It’s the story of a 13-year-old boy who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother, an event that seals his fate. The ending was so beautiful, my one regret is that I didn’t read this book with a book club because there were so many themes to discuss.

4. The Paris Wife

Oh, how I loved this book, the story of Hadley Richardson and her love affair with Ernest Hemingway in Jazz Age Paris.  The author chose to write the novel in Hadley’s voice after reading Hemingway’s memoir, in the final pages, when he said of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” A delicious, and fascinating love story which will leave you wanting to know more about the life of Ernest Hemingway.

5. Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

I am reading this book right now and it is SO poignant for anyone currently navigating the world of parenthood.  In a collection of essays written by Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery.com, you will find yourself laughing at one, and crying at another. Her essays are raw, brave and real and will make you look at your own messy, beautiful life with an aura of newfound acceptance. Mamas, great read.

6. Yes, My Darling Daughter


Haunting. Yes, My Darling Daughter is the story of a single mom raising a sweet and bright daughter, Sylvie, who begins having unexplained tantrums and outbursts. As Sylvie starts to share chilling details of what seem to be past-life experiences, her mother reaches out to a professor in the paranormal for help.  Which ends up in a disturbing murder mystery. Page turner.

7. The Glass Castle: A Memoir

This book should have been on my first list, and when the first reader commented and mentioned it, I was like, OF COURSE! YES! I couldn’t believe I forgot to include it. The Glass Castle is the most fascinating real life story of the author’s dysfunctional family and her crazy experiences growing up. But even with the erratic behaviors of her parents, the drinking and the wanderlust, it’s really a story of unconditional family love. Read this one!!!

8.Big Little Lies

I am absolutely in love with Liane Moriarty. What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret have been two of my all-time favorite books, so I was VERY excited to see it was finally my turn after months on the library wait list (yes, I still read books from the library and intend to for as long as they are around!) to read Big Little Lies.  Readers commented and said they loved Big Little Lies even more than The Husband’s Secret.  I have to disagree, I liked the former better, but Liane still writes an amazing story that you can’t put down.

9. The Light Between Oceans

This is the story of a husband who takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on a remote island off of Australia, and his daring wife who agreed to go with him. Years later after miscarriages and a stillbirth, a baby washes up on the shore in a boat carrying a dead man.  Tom, the husband, wants to report the infant immediately, but Isabel, his wife, feels the baby is a gift from God, and claims the baby as her own.  When the baby is two they return to the mainland and are faced with the choices they made when they see the devastation it has caused others.  This book raised so many questions on morality, right and wrong, and will have you rooting for Isabel even though you know you shouldn’t. Loved this book.

10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I never saw the movie with Reese Witherspoon because I was afraid it was going to ruin this book for me! Wild is the true story of a broken young woman who makes a crazy, and life changing decision to hike more than one thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone. First off, a physical feat of that magnitude is astounding to me, but even more so was the fact she did it ALONE. Her story of how this experience shaped and healed her is astonishing.

11.The Rosie Project

The main character in this book, Don, a quirky, socially-inept professor of genetics might be one of my favorite characters ever.  His actions are so wrong, but his heart is just so right.  The story revolves around Don’s quest to find a wife, based on his orderly, scientific knowledge and the development of a 16 page survey to filter out potential mates. Rosie is quickly unqualified but as their friendship grows, Don realized sometimes you don’t find love, it finds you. Adorable, feel good love story of the most quirky kind.

Please add your favorite great reads and books you can’t put down in the comments! I need to keep the recommendations coming! Thank you!

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Reader Recommended Books You Can’t Put Down

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Disclosure: Links to Amazon in this post are affiliate links and help support my blog – thank you!  25 Reader Recommended Books You Can't Put Down

Back in August I made a personal list of 15 books so good you can’t put them down and it became my first official “viral” post with over 65,000 pins and enthusiastic readers commenting with their absolute favorite books.

I was thrilled people were sharing more and more book recommendations because I am always on the search to add books you can put down to my reading list.

Therefore, I am going to share their recommendations with you in a series of posts because there were so many comments!

And again, if you have books you have LOVED, books so good you haven’t been able to put them down, PLEASE comment below so I can keep adding to my list!

Here is Part I:

Reader Recommended Books You Can’t Put Down 

The Pact

Yes, My Darling Daughter

I read this one and loved it. Haunting. 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

I read this years ago and adored it. I had forgotten about it for my last list, so I am glad readers reminded me. This is a must-read.

The Light Between Oceans

I also loved this book – great book club selection to answer “What would you do?”

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

My husband read this book and loved it.  I have been afraid of the disturbing aspects of the story, but it was recommended so many times by our readers, I think I will have to give it a go.

Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

This Book Will Save Your Life

I just started this book – so far so good.

The Night Circus

White Man’s Grave: A Novel

The Story Sisters: A Novel

The Book Thief

The Ladies’ Room

The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel

Just finished this one per a reader’s suggestion. Great read.

The Storyteller

By Wally Lamb: I Know This Much Is True

Read this many years ago and remember I loved it.

The Hour I First Believed

Big Little Lies

Love this author! The Husband’s Secret was one of my favorite reads of the year. On my list!

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

House of Daughters (House of Peine)

In the Castle of the Flynns: A Novel

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Heartsick

The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

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15 Books You Can’t Put Down

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15 Books You Can't Put Down

Last summer I got addicted to reading again after a long hiatus and I realized how much I love to read.

But here’s the thing. As you fellow mommies know, finding spare time in the day to to read a book can be hard to come by so I don’t have the time or patience to “get into a book.” It has to grab me from the first chapter and be so good it becomes one of those books you can’t put down.

Over the past year I have read lots of books that fall into the books you can’t put down category, so I wanted to share the titles with you.

Many thanks to those that respond to my Facebook inquiries asking for “books you can’t put down” suggestions and the readers that helped me compile this “Good Summer Reads” list from last year, of which many of these books came from. Here goes:

15 Books You Can’t Put Down

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1. Gone Girl

Given. Most everyone and their mother has read this book, but if you haven’t, put this first on your list. Gripping who done it.

2. What Alice Forgot

One of my favorite books of all time about a woman who wakes up after a bump on her head with no memory of the past 10 years (or the three children she had during that time)! Hilarious, touching and thought-provoking. Poignant read for our stage of life.

3. The Language of Flowers

This book just touched my soul. The story of a girl who grew up in the foster care system, and newly emancipated at 18, realizes the gift she has for choosing flowers for people based on their meanings and the chance meeting with a stranger that will change her life forever.

4. The Silent Wife

This book is about a marriage in crisis; told in alternating voices of he said she said. Murder, lies and chilling surprises. Beautifully written. 

5. Me Before You

The beautiful story of a quadriplegic man grieving the life that once was, the lost soul that came to care for him and the lessons they both learn from each other.  Get a tissue box ready. 

6. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

I don’t typically read memoirs, but this one came highly recommended and was so gripping, again, I couldn’t put it down. It’s the real life story of a healthy 24-year-old New York reporter and the illness that suddenly sent her into the depths of mental madness. Story chronicles her journey to diagnosis. Fascinating information on the brain and the chemistry it takes to keep us in working order. 

7. The Fault in Our Stars

The beautiful love story of a terminal cancer patient and the handsome boy she meets in the Cancer Kid Support Group. Once again, give me a tissue please.

8. Reconstructing Amelia

An academic overachiever at a private high school accused of cheating has jumped to her death. Or did she? The story of a mother’s struggle to vindicate the memory of her daughter to discover the events that lead to her death.

9. The Snow Child

The story of a childless couple in brutal Alaska in 1920 breaking apart from the stress of the farm and the wife’s desperate loneliness.  During the first snowfall they build a child out of snow and the next morning the snow child is gone -but they glimpse a young, blonde girl running through the trees.  I wish I was in a book club to discuss this one.  The ending had me thinking for weeks to come. 

10. The Husband’s Secret

I just finished this one on vacation last week. One of the best books I have ever read. The story of a letter from a husband that was not supposed to be found, or read, and the secret that will change everything. 

11. Defending Jacob

A legal thriller of the story of an assistant district attorney in suburbia whose fourteen-year-old son has been charged with the murder of a fellow student. The devoted dad rallies to protect his boy, of course, believing his innocence. But as facts are revealed he realizes how little he knows of his son which leaves him questioning everything he once believed to be true. Chilling read. 

12. Sarah’s Key

The story of a ten-year-old Jewish girl brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’ Hiv’ roundup directed by Nazi authorities in 1942. Sixty years later, journalist Julia is asked to write an article about this black day and stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah.  Haunting.

13. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

This one was not my “typical” read but so gripping and fascinating, again, I couldn’t put it down. The author intertwines the true story of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Incredible research and impeccable storytelling make this a can’t put it down read.


14. When She Woke

The futuristic story of a stigmatized woman living in an America where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are not longer imprisoned,  but chromed – their skin color genetically altered to match the class of their crimes and then released into the population to survive best they can. Hannah is a Red, a convicted murderer, and hers is the story of discovering her path to safety in a hostile world.


15. The Kitchen House

This story takes place on a thriving plantation in the decades before the Civil War and follows an Irish orphan, Lavinia, who arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and placed as an indentured servant under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. As she is accepted into the kitchen house she has to straddle the worlds between the kitchen house and the big house, but her skin color forever separates her from Belle and the other slaves. And, once again, have a tissue box ready.

If you have your own books you can’t put down to add to our list, please leave it in the comments! I have to get started on creating a new list…

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