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The Best Drama Books You Must Read

For 2019

The best drama books are full of riveting conflict and dialogue. This type of drama is one of the oldest forms of storytelling and has existed almost since the beginning of humanity. There are multiple types of drama, from tragedy to comedy and a mixture of the two, tragicomedy, drama knows how to ignite the human heart with a good dramatic story. These types of of stories are not only one of the most popular forms of books they may be the pinnacle of human emotion and perseverance.

What Did These Books Do To Qualify For The List of Best Drama Books

Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the drama genre will truly enjoy. To come up with this list we took into account:

  • quantity and quality of user reviews
  • sales data
  • public perception
  • opinions of readers of this genres
  • commercial success
  • and of course personal opinion

If you love drama or the idea of anything that could give you a ride on a roller coaster of emotions then there is more than just traditional drama books that you should be looking into. Look through the categories below to not only find the best drama books but great movies, podcasts and more..

Best Drama Books

Here are the best drama books:

1)Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

  • Book Summary: Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

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2)Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

  • Book Summary: Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
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3)Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • Book Summary: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
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4)The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

  • Book Summary: Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.
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5)Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

  • Book Summary: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
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6)Another Love by Amanda Prowse

  • Book Summary: In the early years, she was happy.

Romilly loved her stunning house, her kind husband and gorgeous daughter. Sure, life was sometimes exhausting – but nothing that a large glass of wine at the end of the day couldn’t fix.

But then a glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Once, Romilly’s family were everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love…

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7)Click by Kayla Miller

  • Book Summary: Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

Author-illustrator Kayla Miller has woven together a heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.

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8)Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspiration for the NBC Drama New Amsterdam) by Eric Manheimer

  • Book Summary: Using the plights of twelve very different patients–from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker’s Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons–Dr. Eric Manheimer “offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient’s personal experiences with their social implications” (Publishers Weekly).
Manheimer was not only the medical director of the country’s oldest public hospital for over 13 years, but he was also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others
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9)My Brother’s Bad Best Friend by B.B. Hamel

  • Book Summary: Thug. Criminal. Bastard.
Jonas Larsen is my brother’s best friend, and he’s as bad as they come.
When I run away from my abusive stepfather, Jonas agrees to take me in.
Everything seems like it might be okay, until I realize my brother’s addicted to drugs and Jonas is the only thing holding it all together.
Now I’m living with the cocky jerk, and he says he’s watching out for me.
Really, he’s just watching me, and his eyes are hungry.
Gorgeous. Intelligent. Dangerous.
He’s everything I’m supposed to hate.
But I keep glimpsing something bright beneath that handsome and tattooed exterior.
I’m supposed to stay away from Jonas Larson.
But he can’t seem to keep his hands off me.
And I don’t think I can resist him much longer.My Brother’s Bad Best Friend is a steamy romance with tons of hot scenes and bad language. It’s only recommended for readers 18+. 
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10)That Christmas Eve: A Brother’s Bestfriend Baby Romance by Mia Ford

  • Book Summary: “Are you kidding me?”

He is my brother’s best friend?
That hunk of muscle attached to a to-die-for smile and light-my-fire eyes? That billionaire who sizzles my insides every time he says my name?
I didn’t have a choice. I got him alone during our Christmas Eve party, and I told him to unwrap his gift. Me.
But Josiah left me with an unexpected gift of his own. A bouncing baby that’s the spitting image of him.
I can’t believe my family hasn’t figured it out.
They think I’m some romance-crazed maniac who can’t say no to men.
But Josiah’s the only one I’ve ever really wanted.
And now he’s back. And I’m screwed.
Because I still want him. And I know he still wants me.
But bad boys don’t want babies, they want babes.
Can I tell him the truth without losing him forever?”

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Best Drama Books Made into Movies


1)White Lies

Starring: Whirimako Black , Rachel House and Antonia Prebble
Directed by: Dana Rotberg

Movie Summary: A medicine woman is asked to hide a secret that will protect one life and endanger another. Based on a novel by Whale Rider writer Witi Ihimaera, White Lies – New Zealand’s entry in the 2014 Oscar competition for best foreign-language film – is an intense drama that explores with great humanity and sensitivity such difficult topics as race relations, skin bleaching and abortion

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Starring: Pamela Mitchell , Jacob A. Ware , Keylor Leigh , et al.
Directed by: Matt Olmon and Bart Elfrink

Movie Summary: Sarah Douglas attempts to throw her first grown up party on the night before Thanksgiving. When her best friend, Kelsey shows up with a new beau and some surprising revelations, Sarah discovers that growing up is not the same for everyone.

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Starring: Sandra Bullock , Don Cheadle , Mark R. Harris , et al.
Directed by: Paul Haggis

Movie Summary: Winner of 3 Academy Awards including BEST PICTURE, CRASH takes place in the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles and challenges audiences to confront their prejudices. Lives combust when a Brentwood housewife and her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple all converge.

4)Exit Strategy

Starring: Christopher O’Shea and Richard Kohnke
Directed by: Travis Bible

Movie Summary: A man in a time loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire. Official Selection of Tribeca Film Festival . Winner Best Screenplay Fantasia Film Festival.

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5)The Best Intentions

Starring: Samuel Fröler , Pernilla August , Max von Sydow , et al.
Directed by: Bille August

Movie Summary: Swedish master Ingmar Bergman penned this amazing drama book a loving tribute to his parent’s epic romance. In 1909, poor theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After marrying Henrik becomes a priest in northern Sweden. Urbane Anna hates living in the county, growing restless. She returns to Uppsala and the couple’s love and is tested.

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Best Drama Books on Audible


1)Killer by Nature: An Audible Original Drama by Jan Smith, Angela Griffin, et al.

Book Summary: Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children’s playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, ‘The Playground Killer’ (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage’s often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders…as someone out there will stop at nothing to complete Dinklage’s work.

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2)Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and HarperAudio

Book Summary:Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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3)The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, et al.

Book Summary: Set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and providing additional backstory to the incidents that pulled Mulder and Scully out of reclusion prior to 2016’s miniseries revival, a database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved – dubbed cold cases – by the secret department once known as The X-Files. As friends and foes of the agency long thought gone begin to inexplicably reappear, former agents Mulder and Scully come out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that involves not only their former department but the US government and forces not of this world.

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4)Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs, et al.

Book Summary: As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors…. Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

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What do you think about our list of best drama books? If you have another genre that you prefer to read we have probably compiled a list of our favorites for that genre too. So if you are looking for something other than the best drama books you can find those other genres here.

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