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    Posted on Sep 26, 2017

    15 Unputdownable Books That Will Grab You From The First Page

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    1. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

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    "Detailed, gripping, and utterly terrifying in many different ways. You'll genuinely fear for anyone you know who's living alone in a foreign country. I completely identified with the powerlessness of the victim's family in the face of such horrific violence, bureaucratic red-tape, and ill-equipped investigative procedure."

    – product1977

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    2. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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    Do you like bullied, ridiculed, and overlooked bastard sons who go on to train to become skilled fighters, are revealed to be more than they seem, and potentially go on to save the world? Then you'll enjoy this novel (the first in a trilogy) set in the fantasy kingdom of the Six Duchies and packed with warring political factions.

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    3. Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

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    "This absolutely beautifully collection of retold fairy tales by Irish author Deirdre Sullivan is as wonderful to read as it is to look at. Featuring lovely, feminist angles on your favourite fairy tales and beautiful full spread illustrations, it deserves a space on your shelf stat." – Chelsey Pippin

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    4. Letters To My Fanny by Cherry Healey

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    "As with How to Be a Woman, Healey uses her own experiences to create a hilarious memoir filled with confessions about sex, the female body, and other weird, wonderful, and taboo aspects of 21st-century womanhood. " – Hilary Mitchell

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    5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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    "It's about six outcasts that have to pull off a daring heist. From plot twists to cliffhangers, you can expect just about anything! Considering it's my all time favorite book, I would love to see it turned into a TV series." – lilbug

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    6. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin

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    "This amazing novel by award-winning writer N.K. Jemisin is the first in the "Broken Earth" trilogy. It's set in a world with a huge, single supercontinent called the Stillness. Every few centuries, the planet goes crazy, and they endure a "fifth season" of cataclysmic environmental changes". – Hilary Mitchell

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    7. It's All In Your Head: A Guide To Getting Your Sh*t Together by Rae Earl

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    "I have been plagued by anxiety for most of my life. It still tries to invade my head and take over. As you know, I nearly gave up this book because I felt like I couldn’t write it. Good opportunity here to let the anxious part of my brain take over, so you can see what it whispers to me:

    "Publish the book then! And everyone will say it’s crap. Or they will read this bit and think you’ve put that in there to make sure they say it’s not crap. Stop fishing. They’ll know. They’ll say it’s crap anyway because it is. All the reviews. You’ll be a laughing stock. You can’t help anyone. They know it. They look at you and you KNOW THEY know it. You’re fluking this and everyone is going to find out. They’ll find out you’re a total fraud and that you should be sat back in your bedroom in Stamford doing doodles and listening to Blur. By the way, that pain you have right now? Pancreatic cancer. Definitely. You are…"

    WHATEVER, SIR BASTARD OF ANXIETY. WHATEVER. SHUT IT.

    So he’s still there. Galloping into my head on his mighty steed of terror when I least want him to. Even writing that made me breathless. But I’ve developed coping mechanisms to stop him taking over completely." – Rae Earl

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    8. Atlas Obscura by Ella Morton, Joshua Foer, and Dylan Thuras

    9. The Power by Naomi Alderman

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    "This award-winning YA novel has been described as "The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale". All over the world, women discover that they have "the power", and can inflict pain and death with a flick of their fingers. Ouch." – Hilary Mitchell

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    10. 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

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    "I love Jamie Oliver's cooking, but when it comes to cookbooks, I want inspiration rather than prescription. If I want to find out a recipe for, say, aubergine curry, then I'll probably look up a cooking blog. But if I want to know what to make when I've only got eggs, spinach, and sriracha in the house, then the internet is less helpful.

    That's why Jamie's new book is so useful. Each recipe only has five ingredients, and there are plenty of time-saving tips (like buying tinned cooked lentils etc). It's especially good if you want to start making more vegetable-focused dishes, or if you're making a quick meal for one person." – Ailbhe Malone

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    11. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas

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    "The author, John Douglas, was one of the original FBI profilers and some of the cases he writes about haunt me to do this day."

    – Kristina Houde Barry, Facebook

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    12. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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    "One of the best series ever!" –princetonhopeful17

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    13. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

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    "It's an amazing book that introduces readers to women around the world that were/are leaders in their field. The illustrations are by female artists and the stories about each woman are told in a storybook format. Best book I have ever purchased." — tylerstaplesr

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    14. A Change Is Gonna Come by various authors

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    "This stunning anthology from BAME authors is an absolute must: With stunning stories, poems, and more, it's a brilliant round-up of untold stories from well-known and new writers, and proves how important and vital representation in YA is." – Chelsey Pippin

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    15. The Cousins War by Philippa Gregory