I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me “I don’t like to read … I can’t finish a book … It’s hard for me to focus … I prefer listening or watching … I am a visual learner.” In fact, I felt this way at some point also. Particularly around the time when I was a student in high school and the books on the mandatory reading lists simply didn’t resonate with me. As a kid, I always enjoyed reading [and writing] but once I felt forced into reading  – I convinced myself that reading was just not my thing. “I am a visual learner” was particularly the cool thing to say.

The reality is it’s not that you don’t like to read or that you can’t focus … you just haven’t found the right book. And when I hear the same narrative from “visual learners,” I quote J.K. Rowling: If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

Think about your absolute favorite hobby, your favorite celebrity, or sport. Something you are really passionate about at a given point in time. You know, the kind of thing that would make you impulsively buy anything associated with it. I am willing to bet money that if I gave you a well-written book about it – you’d read it! Anyway, I won’t spend too much time convincing you because since you are here … you are probably a reader already. The reader in me was re-born in college when I was reading during my commutes and during my breaks. I was reading a lot. So much so that I was even learning and practicing speed reading. And I was reading so much because I was reading the things that I wanted to read.

I recently asked my audience to recommend page-turning books as I am always expanding my own library. As much as I love reading informative, non-fiction books … I also love reading to get away from reality. To enter another dimension. To “live in someone else’s shoes.” Here are some of my favorite page-turners that I finished in less than 3 days. I already posted my list of must-reads for your next flight so make sure to save those, too. And on the bottom of this page, you will also find a long list of recommendations from my readers and followers. If you’d like to recommend another book – please leave a comment!

Elona’s page-turning book recommendations for April 2021:

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Page-turning books recommended by fellow readers:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 

The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Becoming Michelle Obama

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Mystic’s Musings by y Sadhguru

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré 

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Ugly Love Collen Hoover

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Namesake by Adrienne Young

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

A Thousand Splendid Suns by  Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by  Khaled Hosseini

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

1984 by George Orwell

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Educated by Tara Westover

The Archer by Paulo Coelho 

Children of Blood snd Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Body Keeps the Score by  Bessel van der Kolk M.D. 

The Why Cafe by John Strelecky

Conscious Capitalism by Rajendra Sisodia

Conscious Leadership by John MackeySteve McintoshCarter Phipps

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