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10 Most Downloaded Books from Barnes & Noble Over the Last 10 Days

So, what's everybody reading while they're hunkered down?

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Let the binge-reading begin!

The last few weeks have been the perfect time to curl up with a good book, and many people have been doing just that. So, what makes a book “good,” especially right now? If you look at the most downloaded novels from Barnes & Noble over the last ten days, you’ll find a list filled with page-turners, best sellers, romances, and thrillers. They may seem very different on the surface, but they all have something in common: They’re books that allow readers to get completely lost in another world. Use them to escape from our current reality and the relentless news cycle for a little while, and once you’ve worked your way through this list, check out the biggest best sellers from the last decade.

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Watch Me Disappear

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If you like your mysteries spiked with intimate family drama, Janelle Brown’s best-selling thriller is for you. Set in Berkeley, California, the story follows a wealthy wife and mom who goes on a hike and never returns. Her forlorn husband and teenage daughter, Olive (who’s coping with her own problems), are bewildered with grief. As they pick up the pieces, they’re forced to question everything about the woman they thought they knew. You’ll feel drawn into Olive’s story as she grapples with visions of her lost mother, while her father is determined to find out what happened—no matter where the truth leads.

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The Boy from the Woods

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Warning: If you pick up one of Harlan Coben’s books, you won’t be able to put it down. His page-turning suspense novels keep readers enthralled, and you may have seen the series Safe on Netflix, which was adapted from one of his books. His just-released thriller, The Boy from the Woods, is sure to satisfy fans of his twisty, heart-thumping plots filled with drama and intrigue. This is the book to read if you love masterful surprises. In it, TV lawyer Hester Crimstein (a character in prior books) investigates missing children and taps the expertise of a man, Wilde, who was found as a child alone in the woods. The two pair up to unravel mystery after mystery. Here are more of the most binge-worthy authors of all time.

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How to Walk Away

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Pick up Katherine Center’s best-selling contemporary romance if you’re looking for a novel that offers inspiration in the middle of devastating circumstances. This novel follows a young woman, Margaret, who seems to have it all, including the perfect fiancé, a pilot who takes her on a harrowing flight that changes her life forever. Readers adore Margaret’s witty, relatable humor as she faces a changed world and figures out what love really looks like. If you’re a fan of strong women, here are another 10 novels with fierce female characters.

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The Last One Left

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When you’re in the mood for a hard-boiled mystery, there’s no better writer than John D. MacDonald, author of The Executioners, which was adapted (twice) into the movie Cape Fear. The Last One Left was first published in 1967, but it’s still captivating readers decades later. Novelist Dean Koontz wrote the introduction to the recent edition, where he describes reading each of MacDonald’s novels “at least three times, some of them twice that often.” This is your next read if you want to be swept away by a master of suspense. Check out these 18 books that became hit movies.

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Little Fires Everywhere

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The first three episodes of the television series adapted from Celeste Ng’s best-seller Little Fires Everywhere just premiered on Hulu. Future episodes are released just one per week. If you’re a fan of the series or want to read the book first, dive into this novel about two moms of teenagers, from different worlds, who clash as their kids and lives get thrown together. In the TV series, Reese Witherspoon plays Elena, an uptight perfectionist and wealthy mother of four. Kerry Washington stars as the single mom who drifts into her orbit and turns it upside down.

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Pretty Girls

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Fans of Karin Slaughter’s popular mysteries praise Pretty Girls for luring them in from the first page and keeping them on the edge of their seats until the final twist. Prepare for lurid subject matter because Pretty Girls follows two sisters coping with the aftermath of harrowing crimes and investigating what happened and why. Follow up this must-read with these true-crime books that will keep you up at night.

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Sweet on the Cowboy

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Can a novel be comfort food? Yes! For proof, take a look at this Western romance set in a kitchen where the heroine bakes pastries and a handsome cowboy takes notice. Wrap yourself in sweetness and warmth with Sasha Summers’ romance about two characters with achy-breaky hearts who find hope and love, even though it’s the last thing they’re looking for. If you’re in love with love, don’t stop here! Swoon away with the 60 best romance novels of all time.

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My Husband’s Wife

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If you loved Gone Girl’s alternating narrators, check out Jane Corry’s psychological thriller that asks: “Do you ever really know someone you love?” Get drawn into the world of newly married Lily, a lawyer assigned to a murder case that introduces her to a convict she’s willing to do almost anything for. Soon, she also finds herself entangled with her young next-door neighbor, Carla. Readers will love Corry’s twisty thrills and expert pacing that mix family drama with criminal intrigue. What else should you add to your list? These 18 thrillers you should read right now.

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The Last Letter from Juliet

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Readers who love historical fiction will adore Melanie Hudson’s novel that explores the experience of the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. Bonus: This one is sprinkled with a dose of holiday romance, as well! One Christmas, Katherine escapes to a cottage in Cornwall, where she finds Juliet’s old journal, which details her adventures as a pilot during the war. Ultimately, the tales of two women from different generations weave together for a heartwarming and uplifting ending.

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The Lemon Sisters

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The sixth book in Jill Slavis’ beloved Wildstone series delves into the relationship between two sisters who are more alike than they realized. Slavis is known for breezy, beachy books filled with relatable characters, funny moments, lots of uplift, and doses of romance. The Lemon Sisters is a feel-good page-turner set in familiar Wildstone, but you won’t be lost if this is the first book you read in the series.

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Molly Pennington, PhD
Molly is a writer and professional astrologer with a PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She covers the zodiac, books, movies, TV, and culture for She loves puns, puzzles, people, the planet Mars, and philosophizing.