8 must-read books I couldn’t put down

must-read booksThere are some evenings where I crave curling up with a good book and just reading for an hour. Even on a Sunday morning it’s a lovely thing to do with a nice cup of coffee or tea. Today I’m sharing 8 must-read books that I just couldn’t put down when I bought them. This list of books was inspired by my obsession with ‘Gone Girl’. From page one, I was SO HOOKED. 💕📚

I usually do a lot more reading in the summertime as there’s a lot of sunny days by the pool and/or beach. It’s also great just heading to the park to read a great book. I have a lot of friends with new babies who aren’t able to leave the house as often as they’d like….I hope you find some reading inspiration from this as well. 💕 (Click on the book image in order to shop the book from Amazon.)

My Book List

1.  Gone Girl – As I mentioned above, this book kicked off my little obsession with thrillers. And was the inspiration for this list of 8 must-read books! Since it’s release, it has been turned into a Hollywood movie, featuring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike (#girlcrush), and Edward Norton. The movie was great but I still preferred the book.

2.  The Girl on the Train – Another great book turned movie, starring the lovely Emily Blunt. Funny story, I actually saw Luke Evans at a restaurant in London that we often frequent. He plays Megan’s husband in the movie. He is super nice (and handsome) in person!! ☺️ This book was really great because I literally had zero clue who was guilty! That’s always fun when there are so many twists. Read the book before seeing the movie!

3.  Luckiest Girl Alive – This book was recommended by one of my friends. It’s definitely one of my faves on this list of 8 must-read books. There are so many plot twists! It really keeps you on your toes. I’m forgetting the ending now but I remember being surprised the whole time reading it. For me, that’s a sign of a great book!

4.  The Kind Worth Killing – I was blown away by the twists and turns in this book. It’s also slightly different of a plot which I really appreciated. I highly recommend this book. It had me gasping the whole time with surprise! You really won’t be able to put it down until you finish. The whole story line is so clever!

5.  The Obsession – Wow I was on the edge of my seat with this one. The only time I put it down was because it actually got a little bit scary at parts. I had to stop reading it at night! 😂 The author develops the characters so well that you actually want to see them succeed. I won’t say which characters so that you’re surprised when you read it!

6.  All the Missing Girls – Not going to lie….this one creeped me out! But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t amazing. When I read these books I like to try and guess what is going to happen next. Or who the guilty party is. This one had me completely gob-smacked!!

7.  The Woman in Cabin 10 – Such a captivating read and a completely different setting. This one ranks lower on my list but only because the ending wasn’t really what I wanted….I’ll leave it at that. But still really entertaining and I think I finished it in 3 days because it was so captivating.

8.  The Couple Next Door – A great read but my least favourite of the list. I like to figure out “Who dun it?!” Maybe I’m a great detective or something but I figured it out from the beginning of this one which made me a little sad. haha. But don’t let that stop you from reading it!

  • These sound so interesting. I’ve always wanted to read the girl on the train!

  • I got three books on this list that I haven’t read yet but super keen to start them soon! I think I’m most excited for The Couple Next Door!

    • Oooo how exciting!!! What other two books did you get? Let me know what you think!!!


  • Amber O’Neill

    If you enjoyed these you should check out the author B A Paris. I absolutely loved Behind Closed Doors!

    • Hi darling!! Sorry for the delay in my response! 🙊Took some time off for my wedding and honeymoon! Oooooh thank you for the book recommendation. I’ve added it to my Amazon basket as I speak (type?) 😂 What was your favourite aspect of the book? From the reviews, it sounds like a really addictive read!!! I can’t wait. We are heading out of town next week for rest & relaxation so a new book is perfect. If you have any other recs please do send them my way!

      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!


  • I need to read Gone Girl so badly and Girl on the Train.


    • Yessssssss you totally should! But be warned, they are so addictive!!! Have you seen either of the movies yet? If not, then wait until you’ve read the books! It’s actually a perfect time to read them in the lead up to Halloween as they both have some twists and turns that kind of remind me of Halloween. I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think.


  • Ohhh yes! I’ve been looking for good book recommendations. The only one I’ve read is Gone Girl and it was AMAZING. Loved the movie too. Definitely need to read Girl on the Train! I’ve been wanting to read that before I go see the movie. Great list!


    • Hey babe!! Yay glad these are useful!! If you loved Gone Girl then for sure this list is for you! Have you started any of them since you read this? (PS so sorry for my delay!! Took some time off for wedding/ honeymoon LOL).

      How is everything going with you?? And Honeydew Blog??


  • Chi Chi Uguru

    Gone girl kind of freaked me out. Omg. I would like to watch girl on the train. Maybe I should read the book first like you say. Most times the books help better explain the movies made out of them.
    Interesting list of books you got here.


    • Yes completely!! The Girl on a Train book had a lot more detail that didn’t quite make it into the movie. So yes read the book first! I’m always a fan of that 🙂


  • These all look like such great reads!! I feel like you are my book twin! I have been wanting to read Gone Girl for some time but can’t seem to fine the time…lol I need to get on that one asap!

    • Awww book twin!!! I love it!! In that case, I need your recommendations!!! What are some of your fave books that you think I need to read? Gone Girl is a great one – have you seen the movie yet? (Don’t! Read the book first.) I agree it’s hard to find the time. I’m always inclined to play on social media, write a blog post, etc. But reading is so peaceful – like a bit of meditation. Sometimes you just need to do you! Ya know?! Happy reading love!


  • Pam Dollesin

    I love reading and these are all interesting! I’ll give them a try later, thanks for sharing!

    Pammy – joyfulsource.com

    • They are very interesting for sure!!! I hope you enjoy them. Which one do you think you’ll start with?

  • Aarti Kamath

    I have just picked “The luckiest Girl Alive” … I am glad you have recommedned it here… I am bookmarking your list – Quite an interesting post- Thanks 🙂

    • Yayyyy! That’s wonderful to hear that you like the list. And thank you for bookmarking it! The Luckiest Girl Alive was soooooo good! I definitely stayed up late at night to read it! Let me know what you think once you’ve finished? Happy reading!


  • Jasmine Watson

    I don’t really read that much, but I think if I did, these would be the kinds of books I’d want to read! Maybe I’ll pick one up and have a look x

    • You should!!! Start with maybe Gone Girl or Girl on a Train. Because they are also movies I feel like sometimes that’s better motivation for me to start some books. Because if it’s good enough to be made into a movie by Hollywood, the chances are it’s pretty good. At least that’s how I feel?! Let me know which one you decide to pick up!


  • Barbara Janković

    Read some of those already. The other ones look interesting too 🙂

    • Awesome!! Which ones have you already read? Do you have any others I should add to my list? Always looking for new books for holidays 📚💗


  • Benita

    I haven’t read any of these books but I have seen the movie of the first two, based on your great description of The Kind Worth Killing I might go get a copy of that one.

    • Oooooh you should totally read the Gone Girl and Girl on a Train books!!! Did you enjoy the movies? I promise the books are better. 😉

      I hope you like The Kind Worth Killing!! I really loved it. As I mentioned it just has so many twists that you never see coming. What other books have you read recently that you love? I need to add more to my list!


  • IG:Suetanyamchorgh

    I haven’t read any of these books but I am interested in reading them. Thanks for sharing this list.

  • I haven’t read story books like these in a longggg time! I think I’ll start with The Kind Worth Killing since the way you described it is the kind of book I’d prefer! 😉

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • OMG it is SO GOOD. I definitely will read it again maybe next year. Once I’ve forgotten the plot (which is already foggy…I have a bad memory for these kinds of things!). Let me know how you like it? What are the books you typically go for?


  • Jia Shin Lee

    These books looks pretty interesting I will give one of them a try.

    • They are addictive to read!! Which one are you going to start with? Let me know how you like it?!


  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Your list looks like fun summer reading! I’m just about to start The Hidden Life of Trees.

    • It is a really fun and captivating list!! What is The Hidden Life of Trees about? I haven’t yet heard of it.


  • Thanks for the great recommendations here, I would like to read All the missing girls 🙂

    • Yessssss! You should!! That one was so good!! What’s your favourite book that you’ve ever read?


  • Aubrie

    Good list. It looks like you like murder with your books and tea, but if you sometimes like to lighten it up or just have a pretty quick read, try The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. It’s not quite as twisty and turny as Gone Girl, but I was so emotionally invested (literally up at night over this book). During the week I was reading it, I would talk to everybody at work about it because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how I NEEDED the end to turn out so that I could live on with my life. I’ve made my peace with the ending- it was a little flat for how gripping the rest of the book was- but it is, after all, just a book- not real life or my life 🙂

    • Hiiiiiii dear!!! It is SO NICE to hear from you!!!! And thanks for reading my blog 🙂

      It does kind of seem like I’m a twisted person based on this list, doesn’t it?! Haha I don’t know why I love them but they are really captivating. I have taken a little break from the murder books though because it was just getting a bit too grim. Currently I have some non-fiction books on my Kindle. Learning how to take over the world! (…only slightly joking there 😉)

      The Bookseller sounds really interesting. The way you describe it made me laugh out loud while reading. 😂 “I would talk to everybody at work about it…” I could totally see your enthusiasm while doing it. Brings be straight back to the Eastern audit room. Good memories! I’m definitely going to download it – sounds very interesting. My fiancé just left for his stag do (= bachelor party in British speak) today so perhaps it’s not a bad thing to read this book while he’s gone. Usually I wake him up with my Kindle light.

      Hope you’re doing well!