People Are Sharing The Books So Good That They Ignored Their Jobs, Bedtimes, And Lives In General In Order To Finish Them

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We all want to read more, but between work and school and going to the dentist and watching The Last of Us and social media and calling your mom and doing the dishes and figuring out what to make for dinner when all you have in your fridge is half an onion and, you know, the rest of life itself, it can be difficult to find the time. One solution for this? Finding a book that is just so good you read it all in one sitting.

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spongebob flipping through a book

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Luckily for us, there were lots of responses when Redditor u/jollyflyingcactus asked the bibliophiles of r/books, "What's a book that was so good/enjoyable that you couldn't put it down?" Here are 19 books that'll break a reading slump (and maybe ruin your sleep schedule, but hey, it's for a good cause).

Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

1."I’m currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and I can’t put it down. I’m a big fan of multiple POVs in a story, and each character’s story throughout the book so far has been very interesting. I’m excited to see how they all come together in the end (I’m about halfway through). I also have not read many novels with LGBT representation, specifically WLW representation, and this is the reason why I sought this book out in the first place. Shannon does a very good job depicting a genuine sapphic romance. It’s over 800 pages and my girlfriend has to remind me to eat on the weekends because I’ve been obsessed, lol. I’m off to read it right now actually!"

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2."Just finished reading Circe by Madeline Miller and I stayed up until 5 a.m. one night to finish it."

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3."The first time I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, I couldn't put it down. I was late for stuff."

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4."Most recently it was Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. I really enjoyed the author's writing style."

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5."I've read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath around 7 times. I think I recall reading it the first 3 times in about 2 days."

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6."The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold. The ultimate, absolute package time travel novel. It contains every possible ramification of time travel: Every paradox, every twist, every last way time travel could be used or abused, all in one astonishing story. Despite being entertaining, it also serves as the ultimate treatise on every last thing anyone has ever, or will ever, do with the concept of time travel, all in one book. It is the most complete time travel story ever written. Or, that probably ever will be written."

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7."Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One of the rare books that had me sobbing at times. It makes you question the world around you."

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8."This was years ago, but I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in one sitting, then immediately went to the library to get the other two and read those within a day."

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9."I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. I read it after they found him, but her writing was still so good it sucked me in. I started it right before bed, planning to read a couple chapters, and ended up staying up to finish, then was too freaked out to fall asleep for a while. I ended up calling out sick to work."

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10."The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Rarely have I been so blown away when I had mediocre expectations. It's one of those sci-fi stories where the setting is used to its full potential."

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11."The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It's brilliant and like drinking hot chocolate under a blanket on a cold snow day."

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12."Recently, The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz. It’s a supernatural thriller that morphs into something almost completely different, so the actual plot and pacing of the story kept me invested. But the main character, Alex, is also very fascinating. At the beginning of the book, she’s warped by guilt and shame, and it’s really interesting to see what lessons she takes from the things she’s forced to go through. Some of them are surprisingly amoral. I read it in about five hours."

—adwoafinewineWhat's it about? A young writer who considers herself a failure is drawn into a high-stakes novel writing competition at a retreat run by an esteemed horror author. However, the opportunity that seemed like a dream soon reveals itself to be a nightmare. 

13."The Silo series (Wool, Shift, and Dust) by Hugh Howey, and other books by this author. He is very descriptive and teaches the dystopian world through various primary characters: their history, current life, and perspectives. Apple TV is adapting Silo into a TV series, releasing in May. The author has been included in the production."

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14."Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I loved the world, the descriptions, and Piranesi's view on the world. And I was satisfied with the ending, which doesn't happen often to me."

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15."Severance by Ling Ma. I’m not really into apocalyptic fiction but I couldn’t put this book down and I ended up finishing it in two days."

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16."The Stand by Stephen King! I picked it up on a whim and it absolutely gripped me."

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17."Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I read myself to sleep every night. Not the night I started Fight Club. I was awake all night reading that one."

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18."I read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro in a day. I just sat in my garden for hours reading it. Still one of my favorite days in recent memory."

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19.And finally: "The A Court Of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I inhaled these 400–600 page books in one-to-two days. Something is still missing from my soul after finishing the series and nothing else can fill the void!"

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