The best books that I couldn't put down

Deena Lee Davis Author Of Class A Felony
By Deena Lee Davis

Who am I?

When I was in third grade, I received a note from a boy that stated, “I like you. Terry.” I learned that just a few words were necessary to convey emotion and that every word in a story needs to have purpose. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University and remembered Terry’s note. These are my favorite books. They get to the point and take me on an adventure. I’ve studied them and written my debut novel in such fashion. In addition to my novel, I’ve published many non-fiction human interest stories, short prose, and poems. I credit any awards or recognition I have received to four words from Terry.  

I wrote...

Class A Felony

By Deena Lee Davis,

Book cover of Class A Felony

What is my book about?

Sparks fly between Chloe Loucks and her irresistible co-worker, the gorgeous Travis Trammel, starting with their first kiss. Chloe can’t believe someone so handsome wants to be with her, so she’s willing to forgive minor instances of rude behavior. Although she discovers Travis is not quite a perfect Prince Charming, their relationship deepens. There’s no turning back once Travis shares secrets that Chloe finds disturbing, frightening―and illegal. Shocked, Chloe fights her feelings but finds herself drawn ever deeper until Travis commits an unspeakable act that reveals his true character, forever shattering her trust. As she tries to pick up the pieces, Chloe realizes there’s only one way she can get on with her life. She puts her plan into motion and learns revenge may indeed be a dish best served cold.  

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The books I picked & why

Miss Benson's Beetle

By Rachel Joyce,

Book cover of Miss Benson's Beetle

Why did I love this book?

Set in 1950, Margery Benson and her quirky assistant embark on a quest to find a beetle that may not even exist. This book not only keeps you reading to enjoy each adventure they encounter, it also explores a deep friendship that evolves between two women with completely different personalities. Personally, I love any book where ordinary people with ordinary problems take me on an adventure.  

By Rachel Joyce,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Miss Benson's Beetle as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'The perfect escape novel for our troubled times.' PATRICK GALE

It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.
Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in…

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

By Marie-Helene Bertino,

Book cover of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

Why did I love this book?

Madeleine is a nine-year-old girl with big dreams to sing jazz at the Cat’s Pajamas, and she’ll let nothing stop her from attaining this goal. This book simply cannot be put down. As the time crept toward 2 A.M., the tension built. I laughed and I loved and rooted for Madeleine to make her debut.  

By Marie-Helene Bertino,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An enchanting novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters as they search for love, music, and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia.
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn’t realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas,…

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman,

Book cover of Anxious People

Why did I love this book?

This book tells the tale of a group of strangers viewing an apartment that is for sale who are held hostage by an inept bank robber. The humor and humanity of the situation compelled me to read this book in a weekend. The twists and turns keep the reader glued to the page. For me, any book that has you thinking about the characters long after the book has ended is worth the read.

By Fredrik Backman,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Anxious People as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The funny, touching and unpredictable No. 1 New York Times bestseller, now a major Netflix TV series

'A brilliant and comforting read' MATT HAIG
'Funny, compassionate and wise. An absolute joy' A.J. PEARCE
'A surefooted insight into the absurdity, beauty and ache of life' GUARDIAN
'I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know' BUZZFEED
'Captures the messy essence of being human' WASHINGTON POST

From the 18 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove

It's New Year's Eve and House Tricks estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when…

Book cover of Little Fires Everywhere

Why did I love this book?

In this seemingly perfect neighborhood, all that glitters is not gold. This is the story of the unraveling of Shaker Heights, an opulent neighborhood in Ohio. A single mother and her daughter rent a house and change all the unwritten rules in this seemingly perfect community. The story unfolds in a matter that you simply must know, literally, what is going to happen next. The characters are well developed, and you find yourself rooting for the underdog. 

By Celeste Ng,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked Little Fires Everywhere as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." -Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning

"To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears." -Reese Witherspoon

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Our Missing Hearts comes a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their…

Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett,

Book cover of Bel Canto

Why did I love this book?

Any book that begins with a hostage situation cannot be put down! An adored opera singer has been hired to entertain diplomats only to be interrupted by terrorists. Tension keeps the reader glued to the page and all the while, we glean the viewpoint from all those involved. This allows us to immerse ourselves in a narrative that communicates how unlikely bonds could occur between diverse groups of people.

By Ann Patchett,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Bel Canto as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The poignant - and at times very funny - novel from the author of The Dutch House and Commonwealth.

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honour of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerised the international guests with her singing.

It is a perfect evening - until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves…

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