Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Seattle's Nancy Pearl has become famous among readers and NPR listeners alike. She is a regular commentator about books on Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.
There are some books that are so good that you just don't want to put them down and get on with anything else in your life until you've turned the last page. Often the moving force that carries you along is the plot. Other times it could be the three-dimensional characters who seem to come alive off the page to keep you company, or it could be the extraordinary quality of the writing.
Here are some books that I found especially captivating -- so much so that it was very tempting to call in sick just to be able to read to the end without stopping.