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Title: Best Page Turners?
Post by: KatyD on May 17, 2013, 10:04 AM
I am not a fan of flying, and I'll be taking a long trip this summer that will include a couple of eight hour flights. So I'm looking for can’t-put-downable page turners that will really keep my mind occupied. Whatcha got? Any favs? Can be children's, YA, or adult. Thanks!
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Post by: olmue on May 17, 2013, 10:09 AM
My current favorite escape series is Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red series. The last one doesn't come out until October, but the first two (Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue) would be nice distractions. Girl YA/time travel/mystery.

Deva Fagan's Circus Galacticus is another great book to fall into to take your mind off the real world. Upper MG interplanetary scifi.

If you like historical fantasy/mystery, there's Elizabeth C. Bunce's Starcrossed and sequel Liar's Moon.

My favorite fairy tale retelling is probably Heather Dixon's Entwined (12 dancing princesses)--it's a standalone, but nice a long.
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Post by: Debby G on May 17, 2013, 10:48 AM
Some books for adults I couldn't put down:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a fantastic character-driven romance. You may be crying your eyes out on the plane though.

The Help is great historical fiction for adults.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a page-turning legal thriller.

Gone Girl is a well-written, creepy suspense novel.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a terrific nonfiction book.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is a fascinating bio.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on May 17, 2013, 11:04 AM
Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series, if you like mysteries and Sherlock Holmes.
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Post by: Artemesia on May 17, 2013, 01:05 PM
If you like scary ghost stories, Anna Dressed in Blood and the sequel Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake are pretty awesome. The Gone series by Michael Grant is a real page turner. One of my favorite read over and over series since I was a teen is the Bandy Papers by Donald Jack. They are about a WWI fighter pilot, are extremely funny, but are also a very accurate portrayal of WWI, and in the later books, WWII and beyond. Also loved the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.

And I second Marissa's rec for the Mary Russell series.
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Post by: TracyH on May 17, 2013, 01:09 PM
I'm reading The Last Will of Moira Leahy right now and can't put it down. It's the reason I am so sleepy right now :)
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Post by: KatyD on May 17, 2013, 01:20 PM
Thanks, guys. These look great. I'm making a list so I can choose my favorites.
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Post by: terrylynn on May 17, 2013, 01:38 PM
Angelfall by Susan Ee - couldn't stop reading this one
the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (also the second book in the series is awesome too)


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Post by: MysteryRobin on May 17, 2013, 02:09 PM
I say this every time someone wants a page turner and it's still true - Jack Reacher!!!! I lose all track of time when Jack comes to town. ;) (They're written by Lee Child. Don't let the movie throw you - I'm blocking it out of my consciousness...)
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Post by: Jaclyn Dolamore on May 17, 2013, 02:10 PM
I second the Kirsten Gier ones, very fun and page turning. (Actually I still haven't made it to the second book yet, as I have barely had time to read in the past year and a half, but I'm looking forward to it.) I also find Maureen Johnson's books very fun for flying, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes is even about travel, which makes it kind of appropriate somehow (although Suite Scarlett & sequel are my favorites of hers...at least, so far, because I haven't had time to read her recent ones either).
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Post by: cindoh on May 17, 2013, 04:39 PM
Breaking Beautiful, Gone Girl and Defending Jacob.
Have fun!
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Post by: CC on May 17, 2013, 05:21 PM
It's old but, ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris. Funny essays.

I think I've pushed this 80 times now, but I really loved A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY by Lauren Grodstein a ton.
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Post by: kristiana gregory on May 18, 2013, 07:15 AM
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Post by: Dawn Bonnevie on May 18, 2013, 07:38 AM
The Outside Boy, Jeanine Cummins

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Post by: Tammi on May 18, 2013, 09:55 AM
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassen

It's the best teen novel I've read in a long time. 

Some of the reviews:

“Sprawling, messy, vulgar, sexy, irreverent, violent, bighearted, harrowing. These are just a few of the many adjectives about to be hurled in the direction of this roaring freight train of a debut… Gutsily conceived, written, and edited, this is, quite simply, a great American novel.” (Booklist (starred review) )

“[Crash and Burn] is a must-read for teens and adults alike who want to understand the lack of empathy that permeates contemporary culture; it offers no answers, but the mirror it does present may be chilling enough to awaken readers to the costs of not getting it right.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) )

“Michael Hassan has written a darkly funny story about a school shooting. I didn’t know it was possible but I knew it was brave. Thankfully, he pulls it off.” (Ned Vizzini, author of It's Kind of a Funny Story and The Other Normals )
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Post by: eileenmf on May 18, 2013, 11:35 AM
I flew through ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Loved!
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Post by: anita on May 18, 2013, 05:07 PM
An oldie but goodie -- the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Definitely adult - historical, romance, paranormal, time travel--practically defies definition. There are about 6 or 7 in the series so far, plus side books, and it isn't finished. It will absorb you.
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Post by: Cali on May 19, 2013, 12:28 PM
Another oldie but goody, if you haven't already read it, Anne of Greengables.
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Post by: smichel on June 03, 2013, 05:47 AM
Anita Shreve's books, The Pilot's Wife and Resistance are good page turners.  I especially loved Resistance, a work of historical fiction/ romance set in WW II.

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, and Laini Taylor's book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone are wonderful YA fantasies. I also enjoyed the Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson and The Scorpio Races, by Mary Stiefvater, and Every Day, by David Leviathan.

If you love realistic fiction check out Sara Zarr's, The Lucy Variations, or The Namesake, by Jhump Lahira.

Stella
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Post by: Abracabarbara on June 03, 2013, 06:04 AM
I love anything by Jhumpa Lahira and Anita Shreve. Two of my favorite writers.
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Post by: 217mom on June 03, 2013, 10:01 AM
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The first page-turner, and still one of the greatest.
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Post by: KatyD on June 03, 2013, 10:41 AM
GREAT suggestions, everyone. Thank you!

I'm going to have to plan another trip so I can read them all! :-)
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Post by: Jeanne Ryan (Serenissima) on June 03, 2013, 12:26 PM
Another vote for GONE GIRL. My favorite adult book last year.