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.  

The books I picked & why

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Miss Benson's Beetle

By Rachel Joyce,

Book cover of Miss Benson's Beetle

Why 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.  

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

By Marie-Helene Bertino,

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

Why 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.  

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman,

Book cover of Anxious People

Why 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.

Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng,

Book cover of Little Fires Everywhere

Why 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. 

Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett,

Book cover of Bel Canto

Why 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.

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