What do Harry Potter, a U.S. general, a therapist in Los Angeles, and a young football player have in common? Their stories are unputdownable — and customers finished them faster than similar books.
Chores, children, pets, and beloved spouses were cast aside over the summer months in favor of the insights found in these seven books. Whether you want to become highly effective, go toe-to-toe with Voldemort, dig into how to heal a broken heart, or become ensnared by a thriller about ominous in-laws, these books are the ones to crack open next. Just make sure you clear your schedule first.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows snagged the Unputdownable badge eight out of 13 weeks over the summer on the Amazon Charts Most Read Fiction list, indicating — in case there was anyone left who still doubted — that J.K. Rowling’s series finale still weaves its unstoppable storytelling magic. After six books — and six years at Hogwarts — Harry and friends decide that doing what they’ve done before is not the way to win the battle against Voldemort. Extra props to The Deathly Hallows for keeping readers enspelled through almost 800 pages of swords, Horcruxes, and double-crosses.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Impressively, Stephen R. Covey’s self-improvement classic grabbed the Unputdownable badge on either the Most Sold Nonfiction list or the Most Read Nonfiction list for eight of 13 weeks this summer, matched only by The Deathly Hallows. Covey’s recommendations on how to be highly effective kept driven types glued to the page even during the height of vacation time. Hopefully all the lessons learned about becoming more effective will lead to readers being able to spend more time on their next vacations by actually taking time off.
Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis and Bing West
General Jim Mattis delves into the moments during his military career that helped him define and refine his leadership philosophy. Between the battlefields of three wars and the very different struggles enacted in the halls of Washington, D.C., Mattis learned how different leadership styles are needed for different situations. Pair this with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to become a living inspiration yourself.
Broken Knight by L.J. Shen
L.J. Shen seized readers’ hearts and refused to let go with Broken Knight, winning the Unputdownable badge for four weeks in a row on the Most Sold Fiction list during the final weeks of summer. Shen’s emotionally complex and riveting story of a high school football player and his tomboy neighbor gained an average of 4.8 stars on more than 1,600 customer reviews. One customer praised Broken Knight for not shying away from the truths that “love is fickle, love is strength, love is family, love is friendship, love is nature, love is nurture, love is evil, love is broken, love is forever.”
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Also showcasing how complex and scarred the human heart can be is therapist Lori Gottlieb’s funny and wise memoir of how she struggled to recover from a romantic breakup that took her by surprise. While Gottlieb works through her own issues, trying to understand and heal, she’s still helping her own patients with their problems. And her own “aha” moments lead to a greater empathy for the relationship challenges that her patients struggle with.
Here to Stay by Mark Edwards
Everyone knows that one’s in-laws are to be avoided at all costs. Everyone but new husband Elliot. In Mark Edwards’ thriller, devoted Elliot agrees to his new wife’s request that her family come and stay with them for a few weeks. But a sense that something’s not right with his sister-in-law and wife’s parents turns into an all-out battle over control of Elliot’s future… and maybe even his life. “A rollercoaster ride of emotions,” said one customer about Here to Stay. “Buckle up.”
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Journalist Lisa Taddeo spent eight years interviewing women about their relationships. Three Women centers on the stories of a trio of women with astonishingly varied love lives, though readers might question how much “love” is truly a part of the relationships that are woven between the various persons peopling the pages. Said Amazon editor Chris Schluep about Three Women, “At first blush, this may seem like a book about sex. But really it is more about desire — and really it is about more than that.” Not only is Three Women unputdownable, you’ll want to talk about this with friends as soon as they finish reading it as well.
This article was originally published on October 2, 2019, on Amazon Charts.
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