5 Addictive Books You Need To Read This Year

 

A good book can take you anywhere. A great book can make you want to go back there again and again. I read a new book almost every week, and my favorites are the kinds of books that crawl into my head and stay with me for days afterward. The characters and the story are as real as my life, and I race home to sit in my reading corner and finish just one more chapter.

If you’re looking for the kind of book you wouldn’t dream of putting down, I’ve got a few suggestions for you. These are the most addictive books according to the internet.

1. Quicksand by Malin Persson Gioloto 

What’s it about? 

This is crime fiction at its best. It’s a courtroom thriller based around a school shooting in Stockholm. Maja Norberg is the suspect. She killed her boyfriend and her best friend. But how did she fall so far from grace? It’s an unsettling read that will have you racing to the finish line to find out what really happened, and the motives you uncover along the way. Buy it here.

2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

What’s it about?

Simply put, it’s about a small town that hopes a hockey game will put them on the map again, a terrible incident that splits the residents and the bravery it takes to go against a community. But it’s so much more than that. Written by one of the world’s best novelists and translated from Swedish, what makes you thumb through the pages as fast as possible is the characters and the feeling that you just have to make sure justice is done. Buy it here.

3. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid 

What’s it about?

When someone pushes a book like this into your hands and tells you to read it, you know it’s going to be good. Please, whatever you do, make sure you read this one. Saeed and Nadia meet and it’s your typical boy meets girl. However, their land becomes unlivable, their country is torn by war. So they decide to leave. Rather than being a jarring story about escaping a country, Mohsin tells their story with magical realism. All they have is a coyote who can find magical portals, and the desire to find a place they can call home. Buy it here.

4. The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 

What’s it about?

This story is all about Samuel Hawley and his daughter Loo. Samuel Hawley is escaping his criminal past, he’s teaching his daughter to survive in the world. He teaches her to hotwire cars, build a relationship with her grandmother and learn about her late mother’s past. It’s sweet and moving and unlikely, and the characters build together so well. But the main story is the twelve bullet wounds Samuel has on his body, each representing a different life. Buy it here.

5. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan 

What’s it about? 

This is the last book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy but can be read alone. It’s a whirlwind of a read with complicated characters that all want one thing, the inheritance from their dying rich grandmother. Scandal after scandal will make you laugh, and by the last page, you’ll be wishing the book never ended. Buy it here.

 

Photographed by Career Girl Daily at LA Suite West. Makeup by Jane Pirosko. 

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Beth Macdonald

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I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.

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