Who Needs Sleep When You Can Read?
Whether you're stuck in a book rut or just want to test the limits of how little sleep a person can survive on, reach for these books to keep you glued to every page and furiously reading until dawn. Library power user tip for the books everyone's reading at the same time: if there's too many holds on the physical book, try getting the ebook, eaudiobook, or audiobook instead. Ebooks are automatically returned when they're due, so the hold queue usually moves along faster.
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
I dare you to read this book and not immediately want to press it into the hands of your favorite friends. I've yet to recommend it to someone who didn't tear through it and love it. The protagonist Myfanwy wakes up with amnesia in the strangest and most alarming of circumstances and must piece together what in the world she was doing and who in the world she is. Turns out she's pretty high up in the administration of a top secret British government agency in charge of keeping a lid on supernatural crimes. With only the aid of letters her pre-amnesia self wrote to herself, she'll have to fake it 'til she makes it (out alive) and unravels the conspiracy that's threatening her life and maybe the world.
The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
Being stranded and left for dead on Mars would be my worst nightmare, but Weir manages to make this nail-biter less grim and more hilarious and sometimes touching. You'll never look at a potato the same way again.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Carr imbues this chilling historical mystery thriller with vivid period details. Dr. Kreizler, an alienist or Freudian psychiatrist, a fictionalized and dashing Theodore Roosevelt, and the New York City police force work together to try to bring a serial killer to justice. It's hard to say what's more terrifying - the gruesome nature of the serial killer's crimes or the analysis into the killer's warped psyche. Either way, be prepared to lose a lot of sleep.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel, the unreliable narrator, has her bad decisions jeans firmly on and like a horror movie victim who ventures into the woods to investigate that strange noise, she'll make you want to yell "No!" at her at every turn. Her struggles with addiction and relationship issues are pitiable and frustrating, and her obsessive interest in a suspicious disappearance seems like the worst idea ever. Will she ever be able to turn her life around or will she get in way too deep with an abuser or even possible murderer?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the near dystopian future, James Halliday, an 80's obsessed nerd, designs OASIS, the Internet of the future and virtual reality playground on steroids. When he dies, he leaves his massive fortune to whoever can find the "Easter egg" or hidden message in OASIS. Teenage gamer Wade happens upon the first key in the game and manages to clear the first challenge gate with ease, launching him into a dangerous treasure hunt with cutthroat competitors dogging his virtual and IRL steps. Even if you can't tell a joystick from a remote control, you'll be sucked in by the fast-paced narrative that's more addictive than Candy Crush.