Sometimes you just *need* a book that immediately sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you’ve read the last page.
You know – those ‘lay down on the couch, don’t get up unless you have to eat or pee,’ kind of books.
As I was thinking about this list I realized that most of them are Y/A books that I read in high school or college. Which makes sense because Y/A books tend to be written in a fast-paced, character-interaction driven way. So a lot of times the interaction, dialogue, and active plot of Y/A books keep you constantly needing to turn the page as you’re sucked into the world-view of your protagonist.
Honestly Y/A books are lit. (No pun intended).
(Also sorry for using the word ‘lit.’)
But onto the list.
8 Great Books to Binge-read:
Honestly anything – and I mean anything – by Colleen Hoover.
For the purposes of this list let’s go with Verity
Verity is a little more dark and sinister than Colleen’s other books so if you’re not into the creepy-mystery type deal you could try out the Colleen Hoover book in the cover pic of this post: All Your Perfects.
Divergent – by Veronica Roth.
I know this series is by no means new. Everyone’s heard of it, everyone’s read it and it’s in the past. But when I first picked this book up in high school I read this straight through the night until my 6am school alarm went off. So I appreciate Veronica Roth for creating something that made high school me jump into a world and not want to come out. If you are a part of the small percentage of the population who hasn’t read Divergent and you’re into that sort of thing – go ahead and give it a try.
Angels and Demons – by Dan Brown
I’m not entirely sure why this one hooked me to be honest. It’s not in my normal genre of things to read and the plot on the surface isn’t really for me. But I read it in one day. I wasn’t too into the ending though and most people say they liked The Da Vinci Code way better (which I haven’t read).
Carry on – by Rainbow Rowell
Vampire academy – by Richelle Mead
See now this one may be cursed by a stupid name – but the content is A+ Y/A fantasy. This is a series of (I think) 6 books and I wish I could go back and have the experience of reading them all for the first time again. These books will easily pull you down the rabbit hole and the main character is super funny so it’s a good time. (Skip the movie though, it’s not good.)
I’ll Give You the Sun – by Jandy Nelson
Not your run-of-the-mill Y/A contemporary novel. It’s imaginative, with meaningful relationships and the plot is quite a bit different from any other contemporary Y/A novel I’ve read. Definitely worth your time.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – by Trevor Noah
Now I’m not going to lie, I did listen to this one as an audiobook. However I listened to it in a day so I feel like that counts as binge-reading. Trevor’s life story is just so different from how I grew up and he tells his story with a touch of humor that keeps you smiling even as he’s discussing some serious topics.
And you know what? I’m just going to go out on a limb and throw in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – by Michelle McNamara
Even though I’m currently reading it now, I’m flying through it. Michelle has a way of making your heart sink and soar in a single sentence. It’s a true crime novel about the search for the Golden State Killer – a novel which played a great part in ultimately finding the identity of a killer who had evaded police for decades.
What are the books you’ve binged the fastest? I’m always on the search!
-a twenty something