Top Ten Tuesday (plus a Giveaway!): Books I Could Not Put Down

March 21, 2017 giveaway, Top Ten Tuesday 151

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Read in one sitting” which posed a bit of a dilemma for me. I read most books in one sitting.  I thought about doing favorite novellas (and I might yet do a post of that) but Annie from Just Commonly suggested that I do a post on the books I just couldn’t put down.

What’s the difference, you may ask, between books you read in one sitting and books you can’t put down? A fair question. The books on today’s post are some of the stories that have so captivated me that basically the world could be ending around me and I wouldn’t be able to tear myself away until the book ended too. Husband tries to talk to me? “Mmmhmmm” is my default mumbled answer, my eyes never lifting from the page.  I ate meals as needed but couldn’t tell you five minutes later what I’d eaten.  And sleep? Forget about it. Not until I’ve read the last word and then sat for several moments reflecting on the masterpiece that author created. I probably even go back and re-read my favorite scenes, my favorite quotes, not quite ready to say goodbye and move on to the next book.

Book hangover? It’s a thing. And all of these books are prone to induce it. 😉

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“…I can’t go another minute without telling you that there is a God. And he loves you so much. He aches for you.”

The Lady & The Lionheart (Joanne Bischof)

“…he was more handsome than a man had a right to be.”

The Memoir of Johnny Devine (Camille Eide)

“Do not despise your scars…They have brought us to this place. To each other.”

The Thorn Healer (Pepper Basham)

“Even before I knew how much you’d changed from the rumors I’d heard, I was entirely too intrigued by you.”

The Cautious Maiden (Dawn Crandall)

“I am learning that obedience to God means that you do not put your eyes on your longings, but instead, you simply place one foot ahead of the other into the space that the Lord opens.”

Land of Silence (Tessa Afshar)

“Honor always comes at a price, else it would be worthless.”

The Captive Heart (Michelle Griep)

“…God’s redemption reaches past the things we think are impossible.

Blue Columbine (Jennifer Rodewald)

“My whole life is the prodigal son.”

Told You Twice (Kristen Heitzmann)

“Bound souls always find one another.”

Unblemished (Sara Ella)

Casey Cox is smarter than the average fugitive.”

If I Run (Terri Blackstock)

Granted, this is not a comprehensive list of all the books that have captivated me. But these are the ones that immediately came to mind when I mulled over this topic in my head.

And because I love these books so much, I’m giving you a chance to win one of your choice! If the great-and-mighty Rafflecopter selects you as the winner of this giveaway, you can pick from any of the books on this post and if you’re in the US I’ll gladly send you a paperback. International readers, you can enter too (except where prohibited by law) but your copy will be ebook. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policy which can be read on the Disclosure page.

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What about you? What are some books that you’ve been unable to put down lately?

Carrie

151 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (plus a Giveaway!): Books I Could Not Put Down”

  1. Katie Donovan

    Okay, so embarrassing confession. You just TOTALLY saved me from doing next week’s Top Ten list this week! I don’t know why I looked at the wrong one, but SHEESH! Thanks, pal! And totally great list!

  2. Sylvia M.

    Never Forget by Jody Hedlund and A Fine Gentleman by by Sarah M. Eden. These two authors rarely write a book that’s not an all-nighter.

  3. Lisa

    Double Up (Gretchen Archer) – her entire Davis Way Crime Series is Exceptional!! Life After (Katie Ganshert) is beautifully moving. If I Run (Terri Blackstock) is super suspenseful. Desert Secrets (Lisa Harris) is a romantic suspense. Also, Pursued – The Nikki Boyd Files Book 3 (Lisa Harris) is a phenomenal suspense!!

  4. Rel Mollet

    Nice list!

    Life After – Katie Ganshert
    The Lady and the Lionheart – we are twinning!
    True to You – Becky Wade
    Ronie Kendig & Tamara Leigh’s novels…yep,pretty much all of them 😁
    Havah by Tosca Lee
    The Guardian by Dee Henderson
    Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
    The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter
    Freefall and Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann

    Stopping now…

    • Carrie

      hahaha! You sound like me when I’m trying to narrow down these lists 😉 So excited to read True to You and Life After soon!

  5. MH

    Any of Ronie Kendig, Roseanna White books….but the last two book I read that kept me up until 2am was The Memory of You by Catherine West and Love’s Shadow by Nichole Van.

    • Carrie

      love Ronie & Roseanna! The Memory of You is on my list to read today or tomorrow – yay!

  6. Victoria Bylin

    I just bought Unblemished. The ebook is on sale for $1.99 🙂 Have you read Long Way Gone by Charles Martin? It’s at the top of my personal “best of the year” list!

  7. Nadine

    Recently a nonfiction book, White Trash, was riveting and I even reread parts.

  8. Megan Y.

    I loved Unblemished! Recently, I couldn’t put down Storm Siren by Mary Webber and Still Life by Dani Pettrey. So many good reading choices! Thanks for sharing. 😊

  9. Rebecca Maney

    I would have had some of the very same choices; great post! More recently, “Moonbow Night” by Laura Frantz captivated me from start to finish and I absolutely devoured “The Lost Girl of Astor Street” by Stephanie Morrill.

    That Tesha Afshar title keeps popping up as a favorite read, I don’t read much biblical fiction, but it seems that I must read this one.

    • Carrie

      I don’t read much biblical fiction either, Rebecca – though Tessa Afshar is always on my go-to list. Land of Silence is my absolute fave of her books so far!

  10. Toni Shiloh

    Out of your list 3 I haven’t read, but one of them is on my nightstand. I completely agree with the rest of the list. I’d add anything by Ronie Kendig and Ashen City by Sara Baysiner…both epic writers!

  11. Debbie Clatterbuck

    The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. It is fabulous and I am almost at the end. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  12. Melony Teague

    Yay! Some of my faves here. I have read 5 of them. I have some catching up to do though 😊

  13. Janice Moore

    My list of recently read books which were hard to put down include:
    “Healer’s Apprentice” by Melanie Dickerson
    “Substitute Bride” by Janet Dean
    “Deadly Encounter” by DiAnn Mills
    “The Heiress of Winterwood” by Sarah Ladd
    “A Soldier’s Valentine” by Jenna Mindel
    “Moving Target” by Lynette Eason
    Thank you for the list of great books to read!

    • Pepper

      🙂 YAY!! Thanks Rachel! (and you’re not a contemp reader, usually, so that makes me smile all the more 😉

  14. Steph J

    I have read Unblemished and The Captive Heart. They are both great books! I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s book Whispers in the Reading Room.

  15. Mikal

    Ah! I’ve only read a few of these books!! Shame on me. But books I couldn’t put down? Life After (Katie Ganshert), The Illusionist’s Apprentice (Kristy Cambron), Still Life (Dani Pettrey–seriously, SO good), and Moving Target (Lynette Eason).

    • Carrie

      STILL LIFE! yes! I should have included that one on today’s list. Unputdownable book. Katie’s and Kristy’s books are on my list to read in the next week or so. Yay!!

  16. Lea

    Wow! I am so behind in awesome reads! I have a few of these on my list to read but haven’t yet. I just finished Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden. An older book but everything she writes captivates me! My list of favorite books (aka my “cereal for supper” list) includes Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander. I read it the first time over a year ago and STILL can’t stop thinking about it. There is one particular line so well written I had to stop and catch my breath. I’m not going to spoil that discovery for anyone, but it was simply beautiful!

  17. Rachel Dodson

    If I run was definitely one that i couldn’t put down. I can’t wait for the next one. I also agree with you adding the lady and the lionheart. Another fantastic read! I’d love to read the others on your list. Life after by Katie Ganshert will probably be added to your list of you get a chance to read it. It was fabulous!

    • Carrie

      yes, that’s on my list to read in the next couple of weeks. Katie’s books are always unputdownable.

    • Carrie

      i haven’t read Rachel’s book yet – but goodness If I Run is amazing, isn’t it?

  18. Patty

    I just finished To Whisper Her Name, the first Belle Meade Plantation novel by Tamera Alexander. Loved it and I dove right into To Win Her Favor the second in the series. Both excellent! Just outstanding writing in my book.

  19. Kay Garrett

    The most recent one I read that I just wanted to keep going (even though due to life I wasn’t able to finish until next day) was Karen Rock’s A COWBOY TO KEEP.

  20. Stacey Jones

    Excellent post and choice of books, Carrie! I try not to read too many great books back to back because I go beyond a book hangover! Of course some sneak up on you and well, you just can’t put them down. One book I would add to this list is A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. I was so absorbed in the Kentucky wilderness that it took me a long time to realize I was still home curled up on the couch reading a book in the year 2017! Love your blog. Thanks for all you do for authors and readers.

  21. Andrea Stephens

    Excellent list! There were a couple on there that I couldn’t put down either.
    I’ll add The Illusionist’s Apprentice and The Memory of You as recently unputdownable.
    Of course, there are many more.

  22. Pepper

    The Cautious Maiden!!! YES!! Definitely. WHAT a wonderful story and a SWOONY hero!!

    Told you So! Oh my word, I rarely sit down and zoom through a book in a few hours on my ‘day off’, but good heavens, I couldn’t put it down.

  23. Tracey Hagwood

    I’ve only read 3 of your 10, but have several more of your picks waiting on my kindle. Must get a hold of a copy of The Lady and the Lionheart soon!

  24. Kasey @ The Story Sanctuary

    Two of these are on my TBR list! To Get to You by Joanne Bischof is on my read-in-one-sitting list, too. I love her! I’m excited to see Unblemished on your list– I’ll be reading it soon. Here is my list: TTT

  25. Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

    I agree with several of the books on your list! 😀 Definitely The Lady and the Lionheart, TTH, The Cautious Maiden and The Captive Heart. Still need to read Blue Columbine and Unblemished…

    A few other books I have not been able to put down lately are:

    Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky, The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green, Catching Lucas Riley by Lauren Winder Farnsworth, as well as Long Time Gone and No Way Up by Mary Connealy. Just to name a few…

  26. Courtney

    I stayed up way too late reading Unveiling by Tamara Leigh. I also have been completely captivated by Melanie Dickerson’s Regency Spies of London series and Rachael Anderson’s Tanglewood series!

    • Carrie

      i need to check out the Tanglewood series and I still need to read a Tamara Leigh book (shameful, I know). Melanie’s Spies series is fantastic!

  27. Annie JC @JustCommonly

    Thanks for the shoutout. And I agree with you on everything onyour list that I’ve read. I’m still missing a few! Hmmm. Will need to remedy tht one day. I would also add Pepper’s The Thorn Keeper,Julie Lessman’s Isle of Hope and Ruth Logan Herne’s Home onthe Range. Jen Turano’s In Good Company also had that effect on me. O goodness…i think I can go on and on….

  28. Deanne Patterson

    Some amazing books I haven’t been able to put down recently are The Girls of Ennismore,An Extraordinary Union (Loyal League #1) and A Mother’s Love
    by Charlotte Hubbard.

  29. Tracey Hagwood

    I forgot my favorite Could Not Put Down book picks, lol
    I totally agree with the Tessa Afshar and Michelle Griep choices,
    two of my favs from 2016.

    Of the thirty books I’ve read this year, two arc’s are my standout top picks,
    I’m not trying to tease you or anything, but if your wondering what to expect:

    Denise Hunter’s Sweetbriar Cottage is fantastic, put it on your June list!

    Rachel Hauck’s The Writing Desk, due out in July, is the BEST book she’s ever written and I predict it will make everyone’s top books of 2017 list, yes it’s that good! She should win an award for this one!

  30. Kim

    Totally agree with the two I have read on your list. The Lady and the Lionheart and The Captive Heart were both incredible (and recommended by you!).

    Some of my unputdownables include: The Mistress of Tall Acre (Frantz), More than a Promise (Herne), The First Gift (Herne), Ordinary Snowflakes (Rodewald), any of Becky Wade’s, any of Tamara Leigh’s…okay I’m stopping.

    Is it wrong to be a tad jealous of your posters that have read books I am dying to read that are not published yet?

  31. Katherine Good

    hmmmm I could tell you, but maybe I should do a blog post on this too! I haven’t read any your not-to-be-put-down pile, so it might be dangerous to add them to my tbr pile. And if I happen to win, I think you know which I’d pick…Everstone pops up again. I really should get around to reading that. I started reading Muffins and Moonbeams this morning waiting for the bus and had trouble putting it down…but work…

    • Dawn Crandall

      I can’t figure out how to comment today! 😝 So I’ll do it here–Thank you for adding The Cautious a Maiden (ummm, or should at just say VANCE EVERSTONE?) to this wonderful list, Carrie! And I assume you’re referring to Vance Everstone too, Katherine? I hope you win! ❤

  32. Jocelyn

    My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is the book I am rereading right now. So well written and touching. Katie Ganshert is another author who writes with such depth that I couldn’t put her books down. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund was another one I couldn’t put down. I have always loved Kristen Heitzmann’s Unforgotten, but I really couldn’t get into Told You So, or Told You Twice.

  33. Sonnetta Jonese

    I cannot put down the following authors books: Dee Henderson, Melissa Tagg, Susan May Warren, Becky Wade, DiAnna Mills and so many more.

  34. Brittaney B

    The most recent reads I couldn’t put down were Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig, The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron, The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon and The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill. There were all spellbinding in different ways!

  35. Amanda T

    Just finished When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin. Great book! Couldn’t put it down.

    • Carrie

      i have that one sitting on my “read this week” stack – so looking forward to it!

  36. Yvette-Bookworlder

    My most recent “can’t put it down” was Shelley Shepard Gray’s An Uncommon Protector (I tried to put it down at 2am, then had to pick it right back up and finish it!).

    • Carrie

      i totally agree about Melanie’s books – i need to check out Violin Dreams 🙂

    • Carrie

      i loved Everything Everything! All the Light is on my must-read-ASAP list 🙂

  37. Jen

    Holy Wow! Such a list…I’m dizzy with such a crowd! Thank you!!! My most recent rereads (my mark of books I adored) include Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter, The Redeeming by Tamara Leigh (okay I admit it…I’ve read it three times), This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof, and The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner.

  38. Terrill Rosado

    I love when you share must-reads in your top tens. If I haven’t already read them, they get moved to the top of my tbr.

    Although not much can prevent me from reading, when it comes to a book that CAN’T by put down, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut. My most recent must-read was Amy Harmon’s From Sand and Ash. It was a beautiful love story woven within a terrible time in history.

    • Carrie

      i definitely need to check that book out then! And thank you for such encouragement, Terrill! 🙂

  39. Winnie Thomas

    I’d have to add The Memory of You by Catherine West and Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert. So many people have already listed some of my favorites.

    Isn’t it great to have so many amazing books to choose from? Love it!

    • Carrie

      Those two are on my stack to read this week or next! Well… The Memory of You is. Maybe It’s You may have to wait a bit longer.

    • Grace

      Oh, and I’ve been reading a lot of books. One is “Unblemished” by Sara Ella, and another is the last book in the “Ladies of the Manor House” series. Plus a few others.

  40. Linda May

    Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber was the last book that I read that I couldn’t put down. Thanks for this oh so generous giveaway.

  41. Pam K.

    A book I recently read that I could not put down was Concealed Identity by Jessica R.Patch. It rather surprised me since it has a rather unassuming cover and I hadn’t read any other books by this author. It’s a romantic suspense with a pace that kept me turning the pages. I was glad I had selected it when I had the time to devote to reading for several hours (I was home with influenza as my companion). I’ve only read two of the books on your list but totally agree that they are riveting: Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann and The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof.

  42. Jenn Davis

    Carrie,
    First off, if I win, could my copy be ebook (you know why) and the books I could not put down are The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson, Hangman Blind by Cassandra Clark, The Anatomists Wife by Anna Lee Huber, just to name a few. Some are not CF though I think. I am really starting to get into the historical mystery bent and loving it!

    • Carrie

      of course it can be ebook! 🙂 Historical mysteries are one of my most recent fave subgenres!

  43. Dianne Casey

    The last book I had trouble putting down was “The Guests on South Battery” by Karen White.

  44. Loraine Nunley

    I just finished Deborah Raney’s Chicory Inn series and I found those hard to put down. She writes such great stories. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. carylkane

    Fantastic list, Carrie! I have a hard time putting down books by Dawn Crandall, Kristy Cambron and Colleen Coble.

    I’m currently reading Beast by Chawna Schroeder. I’ll finish it tonight.

  46. Courtney Clark

    Yes to book hangovers and epic stories (like Joanne’s, Kristen’s, Dawn’s, and Pepper’s)! The quotes you’ve shared are a nice touch, too!

  47. Rissi

    Goodness, I spy some favorites here! Sara Ella and Joanne’s making this list are great picks. I think I also have “Blue Columbine” on my Kindle app from a “free” promotion, so I’ll have to take a closer look at that one. 🙂

    Great features, Carrie – and as always, glad to have you stop by Finding Wonderland.

  48. E.F.B.

    One of the most recent books I couldn’t put down was “The Thief” by Megan Whalen Turner. I didn’t expect to like it so much, but it was so engaging and well written and now I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

    If by some miracle I win this givaway, I’m VERY curious about “The Lady and the Lionheart”. I’ve heard many good things about it, and on top of that, it’s set in Victorian-era Virginia, and Virginia is my home state! <3

    • Carrie

      oh you will LOVE The Lady and the Lionheart – it was my favorite read from last year!

  49. Connie Scruggs

    Pretty much everything Julie Klassen writes is a book I can’t put down.

  50. RachelS

    Love how you included quotes from the books! 🙂 I have The Lady & the Lionheart (it’s on my TBR) and have heard so much about it – I’ve GOT to read that!! Pepper’s books are definitely non-put-downable. 😉 My most recent read that was hard to put down was Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd. I had never read any of her books and I was on the edge of my seat reading that one! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  51. Jordann

    Wow, there are so many books that I could put down, but to name a few: After a Fashion by Jen Turano, the Daughters of Hampshire series by Sandra Byrd, The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall, and anything by Lynette Eason!

  52. Paula S.

    Just finished Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley! Awesome! Other favorite can’t put down authors: Tamera Alexander, Jessica Dotta, Irene Hannon, Jody Hedlund, Ann Gabhart, Dee Henderson , Lynnette Eason Sandra Byrd and Sarah Sundin. To name a FEW! I’ll stop now!

    • Carrie

      i adore all of those authors too! I know – i’m so proud i kept myself to 10 books this week. It could have easily been 50 or more haha

  53. Emilee

    This is an amazing list of books! I read The Portrait of Emily Price last week and could it put it down! Loved it!

  54. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I LOVE finding books I can’t put down!! It’s just so amazing to be so sucked into a world that zombies could be attacking and we’d be like “one more chapter”.😂😂

  55. Elizabeth

    The latest book I read and couldn’t put down was Becky Wade’s new novella “Then Came You”. I LOVE finding books I can’t put down!!!

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