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10 Best Novels to Read When Bored

When you're bored and you just need to dive into a different world, the choice of books can be overwhelming. Don't worry, though - we've got you covered with a variety of novels that are sure to drive the boredom away. Here is a selection of books to read when bored...

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1. The Girl on the Train

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Paula Hawkins

This psychological thriller is sure to provide some edge-of-the-seat reading that will guarantee no dull moments. The novel follows Rachel, who, on her regular train commute, witnesses something she shouldn't have seen -and now her life will never be the same...

2. The Hunger Games

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Suzanne Collins

This YA dystopian series has taken the world by storm over the last few years with both the films and novels known for being relentlessly thrilling. Regardless of your age, if you still haven't picked up Suzanne Collins's heart-pounding series about Katniss, the young girl who becomes part of a brutal gameshow where children fight to the death, then now is your chance!


3. American Gods

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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel has recently been adapted into a hit series on Amazon, so why not delve into the original work and see what all the fuss is about? When Shadow is released from prison and offered a mysterious new job, he finds himself thrown into a world of danger and mythology in one of Neil Gaiman's most thrilling novels yet.

 4. Bridget Jones's Diary

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Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding's witty novel about unlucky-in-love Bridget is a brilliant read that is sure to chase the boredom away. Based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist and hilarious results, it's no wonder this series has been turned into several much-loved films.

5. The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you are looking for a shorter book, then F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of parties, money, excess and the price we pay for love is a quick read at only nine chapters. However, despite its length, it is an enthralling and fascinating exploration of the American dream, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's beautiful writing is sure to cure your boredom.


6. 'Salem's Lot

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Stephen King

If horror is your go-to for scaring away boredom, you must check out Stephen King's personal favourite of his many books. Salem's Lot is about author Ben Mears who attempts to write his own work of horror fiction - only to find himself in the centre of a real horror story, as he discovers his hometown is filled with vampires...


7. The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, this captivating story is narrated by Death and follows Liesel, a girl who becomes an avid young booklover - and is shocked by the destruction of books by the Nazis. When Liesel has to help hide a Jewish boy in the basement, the power of words and books to enrich the soul is explored by both youngsters as they try to evade danger and even death. This spellbinding and striking story is a must-read and a gripping boredom buster.

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If classic detective stories with the opportunity to crack the case yourself are more your thing, then give some Sherlock Holmes a whirl. The Hound of the Baskervilles is definitely not one to leave you bored with Holmes and Watson finding themselves tracking a demonic hound across the moors. This unusual mystery will keep your brain working until the very end. 

9. The Buddha of Suburbia

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Hanif Kureishi

This hilarious story about family and race in Britain is a brilliant read and both the comedy and the social commentary will keep you turning pages. The novel follows Karim, a wannabe actor and mixed-race son of a very eccentric family, and is both heart-warming and terrifically silly in equal measure.

10. Peter Pan

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J. M. Barrie

When you're bored, why not revisit this childhood classic? Reading Peter Pan, the story of the boy who never grows up on the magical island of Neverland, is just as magical for adults as it is for children, and with the added touch of nostalgia, you're guaranteed to be engrossed.


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