There's something about flipping that final page on a riveting read—it's equal parts excitement and dread. You can't wait to read the closing moments, but you don't want it to end either. When I finish a good book, it usually takes a while before I can find a suitable replacement. Thankfully, when it comes to literature, we are literally spoiled for choice.
From novels that make you happy to classic titles that boost your career, there's a great read to suit every purpose and personality. In our search to find the next great page-turner, we asked you, our dear readers, for the books you're loving right now. Scroll down to find out.
From the outside, working in fashion is often glamorized as a magical place where larger-than-life characters wear beautiful clothes, and, for the most part, you'd be right. As the editor of Cosmopolitan, Amy O'Dell knows what it’s really like to work in the fashion industry. Her hilarious and fearless tale is a must-read for its insider view, celebrity interviews, and tips along the way. Don't believe us? Even comedian Chelsea Handler said it was "hilarious, insightful, and smart" and "a must-read for anyone who wears clothes.”
If you're ready for a life-changing read, this one's for you. Author Jim Gilliam documents his real-life journey from being raised in a Christian fundamentalist community to connecting with people on the Internet who saved him. We all have varying opinions about the World Wide Web, some positive and some negative, but you will see it through very different eyes after reading The Internet Is My Religion—"a testament to the power of a connected humanity."
When someone is named one of the "most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th century," you pay attention. Author Aldous Huxley is world-renowned for his prophetic prose, philosophy, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction books, which have delighted, terrified and enchanted readers of all ages. Modern Library ranked Huxley's Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 Best Novels. If you liked George Orwell's 1984, then you'll be riveted reading this "cautionary dystopian tale."
I'm constantly researching the habits of successful people hoping that by implementing them into my own life, I, too, will become successful. From healthy habits to financial ones, there's always something new to learn. But after we've read about these things, how do we really make them stick? Well, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg wants us to understand why habits exist at all, and how they can be changed, in The Power of Habit. He believes that the key to exercising often, losing weight, boosting your productivity, and realizing success is understanding how habits work.
Every now and then, a captivating story finds its way into your hands and you never want it to leave. Set in 1946, The Secret of Magic tells the story of a young female attorney from New York City who is defending a black man in the Deep South. This powerful novel is a page-turner from the minute you open it, and according to Amazon reader reviews, it makes you want to step into the pages and "live there for a while." A must-read.
Judy Blume is notorious for her fearlessness, writing young adult classics about traditionally taboo topics—racism in Iggie’s House, bullying in Blubber, and sex in Forever. But it's her honest approach that has won over fans worldwide and labeled her New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her latest title, In the Unlikely Event, is an unforgettable read about Miri Ammerman, a ninth-grade Jewish girl growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey whose life and community are derailed after a succession of airplanes fell from the sky. We think this is set to be a best-seller too.
If you're a fan of old-world romance, courtship, and that colorful Downton Abbey dialogue and witty banter, then Venetia is a must-read. This is a captivating tale of lords and ladies set on a family estate in the countryside with all the scandal, secrets, and intrigue you've come to expect from this Jane Austin–style genre.
This philosophical book fuses satire with humor and wit when addressing the often serious topics of monogamy, infidelity, and relationships. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is about a man who is a womanizer; he has sex with many women but loves only his wife, Tereza. It's about his personal battles with being frivolous and being tied down. One Amazon reader said the book begs us to ask the question, "Should we attach importance and weight to our actions, or should we live a life without consequence, doing whatever we want, whenever we want, and to whomever we want." Read the book and see what you think by the end.
Can you imagine risking your life for a cause? Anabel Hernandez did when she spent five years investigating the Mexican drug lords and their godfathers for Narcoland. She faced post-publication death threats and the National Human Rights Commission had to assign her two full-time bodyguards. Hernandez takes you to the front lines of the “war on drugs” in Mexico, one of the most violent places on the planet. It's become a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Even at a great personal risk, Hernandez brings the world this story so that we can all be aware of the atrocity and hopefully incite change.
It's a literary classic for a reason. Charles Dickens knows how to write prose that speaks to generations. This coming-of-age novel has a colorful cast and a powerful message of resilience, showcasing life's many contradictions: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, good and evil. If you haven't read it yet, we highly recommend you do.
Do you find it hard to pick up another book after finishing a great read? What are you reading right now that you don't want to end? Share it below.