7 Books I Could Not Put Down

I have no attention span these days. Part of the problem is that I am multitasking on steroids, rotating with alarming speed between doing my job and parenting and running a house, while also functioning under a steady moderate to high level of anxiety. Not the most conducive circumstances for reading. Yet, reading is what I crave. So it is taking a special group of books to hold my attention now. Here are some of the books from past reading years that I simply could not put down. Maybe they will grab your attention in these remarkable days as well.

In no particular order:

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve (historical fiction, literally the most addictive read ever)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (smart romance)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (bittersweet, start of a trilogy)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (literary fiction about race in modern America)

The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (psychological thriller)

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (juggernaut Southern novel)

The Risen by Ron Rash (brothers with an old secret)

Stay safe and happy reading.


  • Jen Cook
    April 10, 2020 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Gayle! Just the list I need.

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2020 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Great list. I have read all but “The Risen.” Will pursue it!

  • Susan Peck
    April 11, 2020 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you!! Just downloaded The Stars Are Fire from my library.

  • April 11, 2020 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks I have read 4 of the 7 of these. I’m most curious about the Anita Shreve novel which I’ll check out. I liked her book The Weight of Water …. which is the only one I’ve read of hers. I’d recommend it.

    • gayle
      May 1, 2020 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

      The Stars Are Fire is impossible to put down.

  • April 15, 2020 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I can’t concentrate either. I have been pushing myself to read because I have many review copies staring me in the face. Many of which I am dying to get to but the motivation… ugh.
    Once I get through my Zoom book club meeting tomorrow I should be better. These people do not know how to use technology so last month’s meeting was 45 min of trying to get them to adjust their volume. I am really dreading tomorrow’s meeting. And it’s my book to discuss, Just Mercy.

    • gayle
      May 1, 2020 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think I could read Just Mercy now either. Ugh.

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