One of my favorite Thrive Microsteps that I use every day to recharge is to read a few pages from a book that has nothing to do with work. Listed below – in no order whatsoever – are 50 unputdownable page-turners I’ve devoured since July 2022. The only thing these books have in common is that once I started reading them, I was hooked. I’ve also included 5 books I pre-ordered and can’t wait to read. Nothing makes me happier than book recommendations so if you have a favorite book you think I’d love, please let me know! My email is [email protected]!

Thrilling (but not thrillers):

  1. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin
  2. There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job – Kikuko Tsumura  
  3. Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Read
  4. All’s Well – Mona Awad
  5. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  6. Gabriel and Julia – Gregory Beyer (not published yet!)


  1. Beartown – Fredrik Backman
  2. The World Cannot Give – Tara Isabella Burton 
  3. Social Creature – Tara Isabella Burton
  4. I Will Find You – Harlan Coben 
  5. The Chain – Adrian McKinty
  6. Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
  7. The One – John Marrs
  8. The Quarry Girls – Jess Lourey
  9. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  10. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  11. All the Dangerous Things – Stacy Willingham
  12. The Girls Are All So Nice Here – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
  13. A Day Like This – Kelly McNeil
  14. The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
  15. Small Game – Blair Braverman
  16. The Writing Retreat – Julia Bartz
  17. The Patient – Jasper DeWitt
  18. Little Disasters – Sarah Vaughan
  19. Watch Me Disappear – Janelle Brown
  20. Home Before Dark – Riley Sager
  21. Final Girls – Riley Sager
  22. Lock Every Door – Riley Sager
  23. The Family Across the Street – Nicole Trope
  24. Through the Wall – Caroline Corcoran
  25. The Locked Door – Frieda McFadden
  26. The Housekeeper – Natalie Barelli
  27. The Family Remains – Lisa Jewell
  28. The It Girl – Ruth Ware
  29. The Night She Disappeared – April Henry
  30. Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier
  31. What It Seems – Emily Bleeker
  32. The Stepchild –  Nicole Trope
  33. The House Across the Lake – Riley Sager
  34. Aesthetica – Allie Rowbottom
  35. Never Lie – Freida McFadden
  36. We Were Never Here – Andrea Bartz


  1. Breaking Through: Communicating to Open Minds, Move Hearts, and Change the World – Sally Susman
  2. Without a Doubt – Surbhi Sarna
  3. Massive Change – Bruce Mau
  4. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brené Brown
  5. About Love – Bell Hooks
  6. Bookends – Zibby Owens
  7. The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
  8. Four Thousand WeeksOliver Burkeman


  1. Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet – Taylor Lorenz
  2. The Only One Left – Riley Sager
  3. The Pivot Year – Brianna Weist
  4. Bright Young WomenJessica Knoll
  5. Zero Days – Ruth Ware


  • Libby Duke

    Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships at Thrive Global

    Libby Duke is the Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships at Thrive Global. Check out to see the latest news about Thrive, and email [email protected] if you'd like to connect. Prior to joining Thrive in 2018, Libby spent over 10 years leading PR, marketing, and event planning initiatives at tech and media companies and non-profit organizations, including Condé Nast, NowThis, Scopely, City Year, and Americorps. Libby lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband Zach and their two chiweenies.