The Books That Pull You In

I've been in an odd reading slump lately; I'm reading a ton, and a lot of it is very good, but nothing is pulling me in and holding my attention the way I'd like it to. So I did what I always do in situations where I want to talk about books but don't know what books I want to talk about: I asked Twitter.

The answers were varied and wonderful, and I've collected them here for your perusal (links to Indiebound below if you're looking for summaries or more information; I've noted (US) pub dates for those books not yet on sale):

  1. The Age of Reinvention, by Karine Tuil (rec'ed by @MissLiberty)
  2. After the Crash, by Michel Bussi (rec'ed by @lolosletters)
  3. The Bronze Horseman (series)by Paullina Simons (rec'ed by @KatieEOExtras)
  4. The Cartelby Don Winslow (rec'ed by @janetsomerville)
  5. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (rec'ed by @TheShrinkette)
  6. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff (rec'ed by @erinmjustice)
  7. Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson (rec'ed by @msredpen)
    • A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay (rec'ed by @outlandishlit & seconded by @lolosletters)
    • The Incarnationsby Susan Barker (rec'ed by @s_yamkovenko)
    • The Invaders, by Karolina Waclawiak (rec'ed by @yramirez_g)
    • The Lonely City, by Olivia Laing (rec'ed by @janetsomerville) -- on sale March 1st
    • Mesilla, by Robert James Russel (rec'ed by @TBNCC)
    • Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm (rec'ed by @jsquaredink)
    • Uprootedby Naomi Novik (rec'ed by @yramirez_g)
    • When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (rec'ed by @TheShrinkette)
    • The Widow, by Fiona Barton (rec'ed by @jsquaredink) -- on sale February 16th

    And further additions to the list from commenters and continued conversations...
    1. 11/22/63by Stephen King (rec'ed on Entomology of a Bookworm on Facebook)
    2. American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennet (rec'ed by Anton of Genre Bending)
    3. The Beautiful Bureaucratby Helen Phillips (rec'ed by Katie of Bookish Tendencies)
    4. Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (rec'ed by Andi of Estella's Revenge)
    5. Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates (rec'ed by Hillary of Adventures in Never Never Land)
    6. Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh (rec'ed by Naomi of Consumed by Ink)
    7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer (rec'ed by Kat Rose)
    8. Fool's Assassinby Robin Hobb (rec'ed by Rob of Loose Logic)
    9. French Milk, by Lucy Knisley (rec'ed by Beth of Bookworm Meets Bookworm)
    10. H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald (rec'ed by Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors)
    11. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, by Kiese Laymon (rec'ed by Kat Rose)
    12. Just Mercyby Bryan Stevenson (rec'ed by Lori of Emerald City Book Review)
    13. The Martian, by Adam Weir (rec'ed by Sarah of Sarah Says Read)
    14. The Miniaturistby Jesse Burton (rec'ed by @anneboydrioux)
    15. The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff (rec'ed by Shaina of Shaina Reads)
    16. Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt (rec'ed by Andi of Estella's Revenge & seconded by Tara of Running 'n' Reading)
    17. The North Waterby Ian McGuire (rec'ed by Heather of Bits & Books) -- on sale March 15th
    18. Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell (rec'ed by Lisa of bibliophiliac)
    19. Only Love Can Break Your Heartby Ed Tarkington (rec'ed by Sarah of Sarah's Book Shelves)
    20. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf (rec'ed by Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors)
    21. The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara (rec'ed by Jenny of Reading the End)
    22. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville (rec'ed by Lisa of bibliophiliac)
    23. The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, by Matthew Dicks (rec'ed by Bookworm Jill of All the Books I Haven't Read)
    24. The Shore, by Sara Taylor (rec'ed by Katie of Bookish Tendencies)
    25. Slade House, by David Mitchell (rec'ed by Beth of Bookworm Meets Bookworm)
    26. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (rec'ed by Lisa of bibliophiliac)
    27. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan (rec'ed by Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors)
    28. The Unfinished World: And Other Stories, by Amber Sparks (rec'ed by Andi of Estella's Revenge)
    29. Watch How We Walk, by Jennifer Lovegrove (rec'ed by Naomi of Consumed by Ink)
    30. Why They Run the Way They Do:Stories, by Susan Perabo (rec'ed by Tara of Running 'n' Reading, and seconded by me!)
    31. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi (rec'ed by Lisa of bibliophiliac)
    32. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, by Sunil Yapa (rec'ed by Anton of Genre Bending)
    But really, I want to know--what would you add to the list? Old or new, fiction or non: what books pulled you so completely into their world that you couldn't get back out if you'd wanted to? The ones that make you miss your train station, ignore your phone calls, look forward to delayed doctors appointments?

    Add your recommendations in the comments below and I'll add them to the list above.

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