40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

You know that book. The one you read in one or two sittings. The one you practically swallowed whole. What an exhilarating experience –– to be so captivated by a book that you cannot bear to do anything until you get to the last page!

I polled our ~3,000 HPB Bibliomaniacs around the country about which books they devoured. And they had much to say on the topic. So, if you’ve never read them, give these books a try. Without further ado, here are 40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down.

There seems to be something for everyone on this list — mystery, romance, biography, contemporary literature, classics, even paranormal. So, did your favorite quick read make the list? Add yours to our list by making a quick comment below.

— Julie

366 thoughts on “40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

  1. I have a few picks that are quite dated (as am I) but I clearly remember feeling compelled to finish them in a single sitting, difficult for me as I am not a fast reader: My list would include Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, Peter Benchley’s “Jaws” and Robert James Waller’s “Bridges of Madison County”, all destined to be made into movies. I found reading the books, however, to be even more engaging than the films.

  2. Just re-read (for about the 5th-6th time since it was published in 1984) BRIDGE OF BIRDS by Barry Hughart which, I have decided, is my favorite book. It still had me laughing out loud on one page and crying buckets a couple of pages later. It’s a wonderful picaresque historical, mystery, fantasy, love story, adventure set in “An ancient China that never was…” but, as someone says on the back cover, “Oh, it should have been!”

    • unless you’re referring to the trilogy as BRIDGE OF BIRDS, there are two more books by the same author. i love the second one myself.

  3. I heard Terri Gross interview Toni Morrison and I fell in love with Ms. Morrison. Now I need, (yes need, not want ) to read all of her books. At 73 years living on this good earth, I know I can learn from Ms.Morrison how to live the rest of my life and not give up trying to understand it all.

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