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20 Books That Will Stay With You Long After You Read Them

As recommended by BuzzFeed Book Club members.

Last month we asked BuzzFeed Book Club members to share books they couldn't stop thinking about, in honor of our July selection, Just Kids by Patti Smith. Here are the books that got the most love:

1. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Yearling

"For anyone who loves to think, loves time travel, or fell in love with L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time quintet, you will LOVE this book. I read it along with three other friends a few years ago, and I swear we spent months arguing about the entire plot of time travel and all of its implications. This book is pretty easy to understand and uses simple language (it’s written for a younger audience), but the topics it brings up are absolutely mind-blowing. It talks about the ‘real’ physics behind time travel and one of the main theories of it — not the made up stuff seen in movies. Honestly, I could go on and on about this book (I already have), and I hope you guys check it out!" — Ashley Oki, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $7.59, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or Indiebound for $7.99.

2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Alfred A. Knopf

"Tartt has an amazing ability to develop her characters into such complex and interesting people and by the end of the book you feel that you know them on a personal level. The storyline is intriguing and suspenseful. Her writing offers the perfect amount of description without making the pace of the book seem slow. This book was very hard to put down once I started it, as was the case with her first book I read. Her writing style is different, in such a wonderful way, from the popular authors of today. I cannot wait to devour the next book of hers." — Taylor, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $13.39, Barnes and Noble for $13.80, or Indiebound for $16.95.

3. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

W. W. Norton & Company

"It's a fascinating historical novel about a slave who is forced from her home in East Africa, sold to American slave owners, escapes to Canada, immigrates to Liberia, and then retires in Canada. Beautifully written, tragic, and heartbreaking story." — Molly Willeford, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $13.15, Barnes and Noble for $15.78, or Indiebound for $16.95.

4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Harper

"This book has stayed with me for not just days, but months. It was a beautiful depiction of the importance a family pet plays. What truly made it so wonderful was how I got to experience the life of the dog instead of the human. It is so easy to forget that when we go through tough times in our lives, our pets go through it with us. They love and support us no matter what. Whenever anyone asks for a book recommendation, this is always my go to." — Rachel, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $23.94, Barnes and Noble for $10.90, or Indiebound for $16.99.

5. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Penguin

"This is the one book that has really stuck with me this year. The characters were written so well, and felt so real, that I was devastated by the ending. I still think about them all the time." — Kristin Shaak, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $14.40, Barnes and Noble for $14.83, or Indiebound for $16.

6. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Flatiron Books

"Rao's story celebrates the transcendence and transformative power of love. With brilliant determination, two young Indian women who fall into the pit of international trafficking search for each other. The connection they share is a lambent flame that, despite massive odds against them, burns steady and bright.

The writing is poetic, vivid, and evocative. Rao addresses issues of forced marriage, sex trafficking, and the condition of women with sensitive care. It's an extraordinary story told with singeing realism." — Elizabeth Sommers, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $11.06, Barnes and Noble for $16.43, or Indiebound for $17.99.

7. The Power by Naomi Alderman

Back Bay Books

"My palms itched and my fingers tingled all throughout this amazing, subversive novel about power and gender. It was thrilling to envision a world where men finally understood what it meant to be oppressed, afraid, and less than. I enjoyed how the novel revealed the new world order through the lives of several characters, which allowed us to see how different elements of society — politics, crime, religion — handled the massive change in power dynamics." — Paula Chaffee, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $9.25, Barnes and Noble for $13.59, or Indiebound for $16.99.

8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Vintage

"This is the best novel I've read in a long time...Mandel's writing is incredible: The descriptions of each character's reaction to the events as they unfold for them individually are magnificent; the manner in which she makes mundane details (washing clothes, preparing meals, remembering the comfort of electricity) seem striking and pivotal within the tale; and the intermittent moments of suspense that took my breath away. I've carried this story around with me for days, both while I was reading it and since finishing...I couldn't put it down or stop talking about it...I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique, thought-provoking read; it will definitely stick with you afterward." — Tara at Running 'n' Reading, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $12.88, Barnes and Noble for $13.78, or Indiebound for $16.95.

9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin's Griffin

"The book is based around the lives of two sisters and their separate struggles to survive during WWII. I was expecting certain things that the book gave, but it offered so many other angles of a woman's life that I wasn't expecting. The author's attention to detail was so spot on I felt transported, as if I was viewing the life and scenes witnessed, just as the characters might...Her writing style is so fluid you never miss a beat. She develops the characters in a slow, but steady, pace, so you feel as if you know them as the story unfolds. I finished this book in two days; I literally could not put it down. Days later, I continued to think about the storyline, the characters, their fate, etc. I'm still asking myself 'What would I do?' in the situations that the characters faced throughout the story." — Shoe Addict, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $8.24, Barnes and Noble for $11.12, or Indiebound for $17.99.

10. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Penguin

"Sister Carrie has stayed on my mind for years. It has been called 'the greatest of all American urban novels,' and though it was published in 1900, it is still extremely relevant today. Its storyline centers around a country girl and her journey through romance, disillusionment, and a bitter self-empowerment as she tries to find success in New York City. It has a chillingly dark end and I couldn't love it more." — Camryn Mothersbaugh, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $8.95, Barnes and Noble for $15, or Indiebound for $16.95.

11. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Vintage

"The language of this book is extraordinarily evocative in a way that makes you re-read sentences many times over. The storytelling itself is also such a mixed bag. It genuinely aids in your understanding of the underworld of restaurants in early 2000s NYC." — Andrea Gauvin, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $14.40, or Indiebound for $16.

12. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Anchor

"It’s an amazing thing when an author can draw you into a book so completely that you feel a part of that world and invested in the lives of its characters. How does that happen? What is the secret ? Is it that the writing is so beautiful or so ordinary? Who knows? But, The Little Life has definitely stayed with me." — Annmarie Puleio, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $16.20, Barnes and Noble for $16.64, or Indiebound for $18.

13. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Ballantine Books

"Her books always have such interesting concepts and events that happen that show you that there's always two sides or more to every story." — Christina Guzman, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $11.10, Barnes and Noble for $12.16, or Indiebound for $17.

14. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Back Bay Books

"A book that stayed with me for a while was Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. It's relevant to the political narrative on abortion now more than ever, leaving me in a daze for days." — Madeline Guillen, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $10.11, Barnes and Noble for $15.29, or Indiebound for $16.99.

15. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Grand Central Publishing

"I read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee back in March and still think about it regularly. Its characters are so compelling and, even when they made choices I disagreed with or didn't understand, their motivations and humanity felt so real to me." — Amanda Alexander, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $9.39, Barnes and Noble for $13.59, or Indiebound for $16.99.

16. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

St. Martin's Griffin

"This book is especially haunting because it challenges the normal conception of what ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is. This is a book you don’t want to love, but do because the characters are so haunting and relatable at the same time." — Jamie Pavlou, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $8.54, Barnes and Noble for $12.79, or Indiebound for $15.99.

17. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Hogarth

"Conversations with Friends is a book that stayed with me days after reading — such an incisive, clever book that really made me think about the little ways people are terrible to each other, and the thoughts behind the things that a lot of us do or say, but normally don’t recognize." — Olivia Chen, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $8, Barnes and Noble for $13.60, or Indiebound for $17.

18. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Gallery

"I recently finished Queenie and it was a book that stayed with me for several days afterward. When I was reading it, I felt like I was her friend going through all of her experiences with her. When it was over, I still wanted to know what was going on in her life." — Christy Smith, BuzzFeed Book Club

Find it at Amazon for $12.59, Barnes and Noble for $12.59, or Indiebound for $16.

19. Recursion by Blake Crouch

Crown

"This book. This wonderful book. This wonderful, mesmerizing, highly entertaining book. I’ve been existing in a daze since I finished Recursion yesterday. Crouch's skill at writing is exceptional, but it’s the characters that come to life under his pen that you’ll remember. Flawed, haunted, and grieving both personally and for the world, the two main characters are folks you’d like to know, people you would want to hang out with. You will be highly entertained, but more importantly the concept will make you think, and maybe even open up some new neural pathways in that brain of yours. Go for it. You absolutely will not be sorry." — Tnmtnduo, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $13.50, Barnes and Noble for $13.50, or Indiebound for $27.

20. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Penguin

"I read Little Fires Everywhere in one sitting. It is a book that begs not to be put down. The questions it raises will rattle you: The complex nuances of motherhood, of ownership of feelings, of what we owe ourselves and what we owe others. Never before has a book laid out so many shades of gray that still have me puzzling over what is right and what is wrong. Never before have I both loved and hated a character, and both understood a characters intentions, yet also been perplexed by them. It's a fantastic book that will leave you breathless and puzzling for hours after its conclusion." — Michelle Burke, Amazon

Find it at Amazon for $10.29, Barnes and Noble for $10.91, or Indiebound for $17.

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