These lists are a bit different from the bucket list book series I put together last year. There is some overlap, but the purpose is different.
The reading bucket list is more fitting for people who are already reading a lot. In fact, a lifetime reading list–carefully curated–is a good idea for avid readers who feel overwhelmed by how much they want to read.
These page-turner books, though, are geared for all types of readers. Both avid readers looking for their next great book and lapsed readers looking for a book to get them back into reading again will find great suggestions here.
Finding books that keep you turning the pages is key to making reading a hobby, and something you want to continue.
There’s nothing like finding a book that you can’t wait to dive back into, that takes you into the world of the characters and makes them seem real.
That’s one of the reasons I love historical fiction. The best historical fiction takes you to another time and place, and often into lives that are different from your own simply because of the time in which the story is set.
Whether the characters are real, fictional, or a mix of both, historical fiction does for me what reading straight history often fails to do: it adds the drama, emotion, and motivation to the lives of the people who lived during those times.
When it’s done well, it helps me learn the history, while enjoying a riveting story.
If you also love historical fiction, here are eleven page turners you may want to try.
A generational novel following the descendants of two sisters born in Ghana 300 years ago. Deftly demonstrates how systemic racism and oppression remain pervasive 150 years after abolition. One of my best reads of 2017.
Allison is a dedicated book lover, writer, and lifelong learner with an undeniable passion for books and reading. As the founder of Mind Joggle, she helps busy, overwhelmed women reclaim their mental space and make books a transformative part of their lives. She holds an Ed.M in Technology in Education from Harvard University and a BS in Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota.
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