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I was talking with one of my friends about reading, and how some books just suck you in and you can't stop reading. Or if you have to stop reading for a while, you resent the time away from the book and you're really still there with the characters and the story. So I went through my slowly compiling reading list (now 3 years and 4 months long) to pick out the books that I remember really drawing me in, that I couldn't put down, that cut way into my sleep schedule because going to bed didn't seem to matter at the time.

This isn't to say these are my favorite books (although many of them are) -- this isn't to say that there weren't other books I didn't enjoy just as much. These were just GRIPPING: the narrative moved along so well and so seamlessly that I didn't ever want to stop reading.

So here's the list I compiled of those books. They are all kinds and types. You may think a picture book can't count that way, but I counted a couple of them. So there.

Also, the only order they are in is the order I read them in, according to my records.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Princess Acadamy by Shannon Hale
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
What I was by Meg Rosoff
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
Bone (omnibus) by Jeff Smith
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Y: The Last Man (all 10 volumes) by Brian K. Vaughn
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Troll's Eye View ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling
Relentless by Dean Koontz
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


So there you have it. What makes a book zip along, impossible to put down? I dunno, but these are the ones that worked for me. How about you -- any that you just couldn't set aside?
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Books finished in April 2010:

Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith, ill. Charles Vess
School Days by Robert B. Parker
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
Where's My Cow?* by Terry Pratchett
The Ticking by Renee French
Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
The Gunslinger* by Stephen King
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, ill. Charles Vess



I also would have finished Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, but it was too boring, and I gave up on it and sent it back. So that doesn't count but I'm mentioning it anyway for some reason. (Possible discussion?)
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