At Readers.com, we love a good, can’t-put-down book — or maybe even a whole library full of them. From fan favorites and must-read lists to up-and-coming authors, we’ve interviewed the greatest literary enthusiasts around. So what exactly is on their nightstand? Read on to find out, and be sure to check back regularly for the latest page-turning talk.
Our latest What’s On My Nighstand? highlight is Tiffany of Book Cover Justice. Tiffany is a book enthusiast and blogger who loves reading everything from Young Adult and Chick Lit to Crime and Suspense. Take a look at the books that’ve made her must list of all-time favorites, and be sure to curl up with each one of these for the first time (or read them again and again)! With hits like these, you’re sure to find a book to fall in love with.
1. The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel is one of my favorite books of all time. I know that the idea of teaching a dog to talk sounds a little ridulous, but it doesn’t come off that way at all. Inside these pages is a heart-breakingly sad story of a man desperate to learn what happened to his wife. You will ache for him as he tries to figure out what went wrong, and you will want to hug your dog for hours after turning the last page.
2. The Hunger Games
I know, this is on everyone’s list, right? This book is special to me for many reasons. Aside from being just an asbolutely fantastic story, this is also the first Young Adult book I ever read. I only picked it up because I just couldn’t stand hearing about the series everywhere and not having a clue what people were talking about. I wanted to see what all the hype was for myself, so I gave it a read. Ever since then, I can’t get enough of dystopian or Young Adult books. It honestly changed my life.
3. Dance With the Devil: A Memoir of Murder and Loss
This is the unfortunate true story of Dave and Kate Bagby’s struggle with the murder of their son and the struggle to gain custody of their grandson. There’s a documentary about this case called Dear Zachary which absolutely destroyed me. This book is written by the father of the murder victim and chronicles their battle with the Canadian goverment and with the murderer herself. No other case has ever affected me as much as this one. I highly recommend watching the documentary and reading this book. But keep a large supply of tissues nearby — you will need them.
4. The Opposite of Me
Any girl who has a sister knows what it’s like to bicker and fight and even compete with each other. What I loved about The Opposite of Me was that both women were struggling in their perceived position in the family and never thought to discuss it with the other. I thought this was a truly touching story of friendship and sisterhood.
5. Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed is the story of two women, Rachel and Darcy, and their lifelong friendship and shared love interest, Dex. What struck me most about this book was the relationship between Rachel and Darcy; it was kind of a love/hate friendship. I was immediately sucked into this book because I, too, had a friend like Darcy who had to compete with everything I did. I struggled with the loss of that friendship, and this book really helped bring out some perspective. That, and it is pretty hilarious.
6. Drowning Instinct
It has been over a year and a half since I read this book, and it still continues to linger in my mind. It’s the story of a teenage girl who enters a relationship with a teacher and the impact that relationship has on both of their lives. This book left my jaw wide open and hanging on the floor. It makes you rethink anything you think you know about these kind of relationships and leaves you desperate for more.
7. Still Missing
Chevy Stevens can make you turn the pages faster than any other author. Still Missing, her first novel, is one of the best suspense novels I have ever read. I am a little obsessed with kidnapping stories and true crime (like I mentioned before), and even though this was a work of fiction, it didn’t read that way. I was shocked by a twist that I didn’t see coming — and that doesn’t happen to me very often. If you love mysteries, this is a must read!
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