Friends, it is time to put down the phone, and pick up a book.
No, it's not just because your digital device is probably messing up your sleep, and scrunching up your neck muscles. Instead, it's to stop the panicked feeling so many of us get when we're without our smartphone for a few minutes, a reaction that's been likened to addiction.
We've decided to replace the instant gratification of video games and social media "likes" with one that takes just a bit longer — crazily compelling, plot-driven books that will have you flipping pages late into the night.
Of course, we acknowledge that all book recommendations are subjective, so consider this list a starting-off point for fiction to try out this summer. There are plenty of (previously published) series included, which means you can satisfy your craving for the next one in as much time as it would take to check your email.
Check out 25 of the best page turners ever:
The Thirteenth Tale
A book of suspense anchored in classic gothic twists, this tale of a biographer writing the life story of a reclusive author is spellbinding, creepy and completely impossible to put down.
See Jane Run
If you think you don't like psychological thrillers, this could be the book to change your mind. A woman finds herself at the grocery store with complete amnesia about her life, and gets taken home by a man claiming to be her husband. You can imagine how well that goes.
We Need To Talk About Kevin
There's no way around this one — this book is haunting, and painful, and difficult to read. That said, you'll probably find it impossible to stop, thanks to Shriver's breathtaking writing and the story of a 'bad seed' child that goes beyond anything you thought you could imagine.
And Then There Were None
Christie's best-selling novel ever is a story of 10 people lured to an island, all of whom have been complicit in murders in their "real" lives, under false pretenses. And then, justice is served.
City Of Thieves
This book has all the elements of an addictive summer read, despite being set in the frigid cold of Leningrad: two boys' fledgling friendship, a World War II-era setting, a hunt for treasure and solid sense of humour.
A book that takes twists and turns can be either frustrating or fantastic to read, and Flynn's novel falls firmly into the latter category. Read it before the movie comes out.
Harry Potter Series
If you haven't read the seven books of the Harry Potter series, consider this summer your time to get seriously involved with Hogwarts, magic and the (mostly) gentle fantasy that is Rowling's world. Since each book gets progressively longer, it's that much more satisfying.
Hunger Game Series
The trilogy (<em>The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay</em>) may be better known as big-budget Hollywood films these days, but that should only prove the addictive nature of the source material.
The book may have changed since its original 1978 publication (and it may, as of 1990, stand at over 1,100 pages), but this epic tale of a post-apocalyptic world and the almost Biblical battle that ensues will be your go-to for a summer long read.
The Big Sleep
When it comes to plots that make you want to read on, nothing is better than crime. Few writers are as great at crime as Raymond Chandler — this book of blackmail, backstabbers and disappearances is an important part of the Los Angeles' noir narrative, and not to be missed.
Another series geared towards young readers, this quartet (<em>A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind In The Door, A Swiftly Tilted Planet and Many Waters</em>) sees a pair of siblings and a friend battle forces of evil, including the rather adult nemeses of disease and nuclear war.
John Dies At The End
It's no surprise this book, which was originally published online in a serial format, has gained cult status. But don't let that stop you from getting involved in this tale of drugs, evil forces and alternative universes that will have you debating the conclusion for ages.
Life After Life
The premise of this book, which is about constantly being reborn, isn't a new one, but you won't be able to stop reading about what it means when Ursula Todd is born (or, for that matter, what it means when her life ends).
Life Of Pi
One man, one lifeboat, one tiger. If you haven't yet read Martel's masterpiece about spirituality or adventure (depending on how you choose to read it), take the time this summer to get lost in it.
The Lovely Bones
It's a mystery as told by the ghost of the victim, and the fact that the ghost is a teenage girl who has to watch her family and friends continue on with their lives makes it only more poignant and unputtdownable.
Never Let Me Go
Who are these students who are introduced at the beginning of the novel as being in the care of "guardians"? Readers know there's something different about them, but as the true story is revealed, it becomes increasingly fascinating — and above all, heartbreaking.
A book that combines multimedia elements, online articles and photography that could only have been written in 2014, this mystery drags the reader into worlds they could never have pictured at the start of it, and the conclusion is all the better for it.
The Pillars Of The Earth
This sprawling historical fiction looks at the development of Gothic architecture in the 12th century — but don't let that turn you off. Follett's compelling characters and thrilling ends to chapters pushes the reader to keep going through each and every one of its 974 pages.
Dennis Lehane's books invariably get made into movies, which is one way to tell that his plots are inherently addictive. For <em>Shutter Island</em>, widely considered his best work, the less readers know beforehand, the better. So suffice to say you should be prepared for a twisting mystery of truly great proportions.
The recently crowned Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has the boring-sounding plot of being based on art theft, but in reality, Tartt's surprising characters, imaginative twists and generally inviting writing will take readers for a completely unexpected ride.
Another post-apocalyptic tale, this isn't the sunniest of beach reads, but that doesn't mean it'll be any easier to put down. McCarthy paints a gloomy, if realistic, picture of what life could easily look like in the future, and readers won't be able to stop wondering what will happen next.
Probably better known as <em>"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"</em> series, this trilogy that was originally published in Swedish might have a clumsy translation and roughly sketched out characters, but impressively, that doesn't make you want to devour these books about solving crimes (often involving violence against women) any less.
The Prince Of Tides
This 1980s classic might be a little dated, but Conroy's tale of a unique Southern family and their bouts with mental illness, abuse and even a pet tiger are set against the backdrop of stunning scenery and crafted words that can't help but keep you reading.
The Time Traveler's Wife
Is it ever possible to put down a book about time travel? Well, possibly, but not when it's as well-written with as compelling a love story as this one. We dare you not to adore it.
One part mythology, one part science fiction, all parts rabbit hole of a plot that doesn't even satisfy you with a proper ending, but you'll be so enthralled by the book, you won't even care.
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