updated 08/15/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/15/2013 AT 5:15 PM ET
You can’t wait to find out what happens and you’re learning a little something – now that’s an unbeatable combo.
Check out three novels that fit the bill for our staffers – and let us know what you’re reading.
Her Pick: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
This book made GOL (gasp out loud) twice. That’s because the secret, which threatens to upend Tupperware consultant Cecilia Fitzpatrick’s life, is a doozy. The rest of the time I was totally wrapped up in the nuanced characters and their everyday, one-of-a-kind happiness and heartbreak. I wanted to talk to them. I wanted to talk about them. And for the first time ever … I wanted to go to a Tupperware party.
Nicole Weisensee Egan, Staff Writer
Her Pick: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult has never been afraid to tackle difficult subjects – which is why she’s one of my favorite authors. This time it’s the Holocaust. Sage Singer is the emotionally damaged granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. She hides from the world by working overnight at a bakery and keeps most people in her small New England town at a distance – until she meets Josef Weber, an elderly man whose friendship forces her to fully confront her heritage. The Holocaust is a weighty topic, for sure, but this book reminds us once again why it’s something we should never forget.
Mark Gray, Staff Writer
His Pick: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
This is my first Hiaasen book, but it won’t be my last. The idea of a bizarre crime being investigated by a goofy former cop isn’t exactly new, but Hiaasen manages to make the premise feel fresh and entertaining. Just when you think the story can’t get any wackier, it does.
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s awesome audiobooksand more great book finds here.