5 Page-Turners For Cozy Afternoons

There's nothing better than getting lost in a good book, but sometimes it can be challenging to find ones you just can't put down. You know, the ones you will stay up late reading only to be exhausted at work the next day. Well, get a big cup of tea ready, because not only will you not want to put these books down, you'll miss them when you finish.

The Magician's Assistant

Imagine losing your one true love. Now imagine you learn of a shocking dark secret that makes you question your entire life with them. The Magician’s Assistant reads almost like a coming of age story even though Sabine is well into adulthood. Easily fall in love with her as she came to know the man she married in the months after his death unlike she ever thought possible.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness: Susannah Cahalan: 9781451621389: Books

I bought this book because I forgot my earbuds and I needed something to occupy my time on a long flight. This book is as terrifying as it is captivating. Don’t start reading at night because you’ll stay up all night ripping through pages as she races against her deteriorating mind.

Five Feet Apart (9781534437333): Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis: Books

Yes, this is young adult. Yes, the characters could be deeper and better developed, but a good story is a good story. Sometimes you want an easy read with some excitement, and this is exactly that. Imagine a life where you can’t touch, hug, kiss, even breathe too closely to the one you love. Adventure, young love, and tension you can feel make this easily read in an afternoon.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story: John Berendt: 8601419310258: Books

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the non-fiction book for people who only like fiction. This author manages to take a true story and make it read like the most fantastic fantasy. Each character is painted so clearly and their personalities come alive. Spooky, flamboyant, and mysterious, this is one of my favorite non-fiction works. If you ever plan a trip to Savannah, you must read this first.

Where the Crawdads Sing

This complex and beautifully written story melts coming-of-age with murder mystery and a deep love story. You will follow Kya through her life as she navigates deep wounds of abandonment, prejudice, hope, love, loneliness, and joy set in the poor marshlands of North Carolina. Painfully beautiful, I will read it over and over for years to come.

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