Skip To Content

    17 Of The Most Can't-Put-Down Books People Have Ever Read

    So good you'll want to read in one sitting!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    A Reddit user named samjosephwebb asked folks for the most can't-put-down book they've ever read — here were the top-rated responses.

    1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    theliteraryhooker / Via

    "My dad handed it to me at 9 p.m. saying 'I think you’ll like this.' I put it down 400 pages in only because it was now 4:30 a.m., and my eyes were glazing over and skipping paragraphs. I finished it the next day because I couldn’t do anything else until I’d gotten the resolution." —archergwen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69+.

    2. Watership Down by Richard Adams

    Vanessa_Sofia / Via

    "Who would have thought a story with the cast being almost exclusively rabbits would be such an entertaining read? Totally got sucked into their world when I was reading." —Vanessa_Sofia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.04+.

    3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

    brownpeopletalkbooks / Via

    "Many years ago when I first started working, I didn't have a car and took the underground to work. For a few weeks, I chose One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez to read on the way there and back.

    The last couple of chapters were so captivating, I started reading them one morning on the tube to work, but I just couldn't close the book when I got to my station, so I carried on reading while walking in the station, on the street, in the elevator, in the corridors, then sat down at my desk and carried on reading for the next hour until I had finished the book. I knew I was possessed by the book, but still couldn't let go." —nationcrafting

    Get it rom Amazon for $9.98+.

    4. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

    breaking_the_glass_slipper / Via

    "It's probably the darkest of the Watch series, and is centered around a revolution (something that always gets my interest.) It was glorious." —Captain_Shrug

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+.

    5. Ringworld by Larry Niven

    thepreservingmachine / Via

    "Probably not for everyone but it's like a huge Wikipedia article on physics and deep space turned into a speculative narrative, I was very much addicted. Makes you wonder what's out there in the infinite speckled black." —SpyderSeven

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+.

    6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

    wcs53 / Via

    "I started it on a flight to my in-laws over Christmas and basically didn't interact with any of them the whole time until finishing it." —gohan_sebastian_bach

    *NOTE: This book was mentioned multiple times by different users.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.69+.

    7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    chronicals_of_a_bookworm / Via

    "A tale of a girl in Nazi Germany. The narrator is Death. Its a phenomenal read. Every time I read it, I get sucked in and don't want to do anything" —montanamountaingirl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29+.

    8. Killing Floor by Lee Child

    the_reader_el_lector / Via

    "Page-turner from the first few words. My dad wasn't into reading and would always talk through every flight. I handed it to him at an airport and no one heard from him for like six hours." —HitEject

    Get it from Amazon for $5+.

    9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

    kcwb_c / Via

    "The Name of the Wind is the best book I've ever read." —screechmarin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+.

    10. The Stand by Stephen King

    clovesandbuttons / Via

    "I read the unabridged version with everything that got taken out put back in. It's a long book, but I recommend it heavily." —[deleted]

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39.

    11. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

    robhalfpenny / Via

    "Not long after I saw the movie in the theater, I read Jurassic Park in one sitting. It was fucking amazing." —Krinks1

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39+.

    12. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    findmelostinwords / Via

    "Aside from Harry Potter and Name of the Wind series, I remember literally not being able to go to sleep because I could not stop reading The Time Traveler's Wife." —114631

    Get it from Amazon for $8.27+.

    13. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    bookishcraft / Via

    "I tore through this in two sittings, max, and then spent the rest of the day reading about Everest. Is it weird that a book about a tragedy like this made me want to become a badass mountain climbing adventurer?" —nsdcoast

    Get it from Amazon for $10.96+.

    14. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

    podsticles / Via

    "Lonesome Dove, and many other Larry McMurtry books." —toadog

    Get it from Amazon for $11.60+.

    15. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

    thebookmanandthelady / Via

    "Thrilling and intriguing all the way through, not to mention the masterful twist ending." —Theostry

    Get it from Amazon for $12.36+.

    16. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

    realmeghankrogh / Via

    "Anything written by Neil Gaiman is on my list of can't put down books. I love his writing so much. I've recently started getting his audiobooks because I love hearing him read the stories." —Angrebeaver

    Get it from Amazon for $10.41+.

    17. The Passage by Justin Cronin

    ashlear1121 / Via

    "A very well written take on the apocalypse. He has an amazing way of developing characters and just getting lost on these amazing tangents that lead you somewhere completely different, yet always have a way of making sense in the end." —Sabahn

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86+.

    Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Books newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form