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How do you know when you’ve found a truly exceptional book? It’s in the way the narrator’s voice grips you from the first page. Or how you want to devour it in one sitting. It’s when you have the urge to dog-ear every other page because you want to remember certain phrases. Maybe it’s how you put off reading the last chapter because you don’t want it to end. Perhaps you know when you can’t stop telling people about it. Whatever it is that clues you in, when you find a great book, you just know.
We’re only a few months into 2017, but this year promises to be one of the best ever for books. These nine books stand out for their ability to embed themselves in your brain and get under your skin. Crack your spine and settle in. You’ll want to binge-read ’em.