Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them).  This week’s theme is Top Ten Books to Read in a Day.

It is always so cool when you find a book that is SO awesome you tear through it in a day.  I can’t promise that I actually read the following books in a day, but I can tell you that I definitely wanted to.

Cover of The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King – I am a big wimp when it comes to scary stories, so even though this is not a small book I am pretty sure I refused to put it down until the scariness was over.

Before I Go to Sleep cover

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson – I just needed to know what happened.  Now.

The Hunger Games cover

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t put this one down.

Diverget Veronica Roth cover

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read this in close to one day.  Partly because I was stuck on an airplane.  Mostly because it was so awesome I felt neither drowsy nor nauseated on said airplane.

Cover of Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor by Pam Bachorz – Circumstance allowed me to read this in one day, but it was short and catchy enough to read quickly.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone American cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – What top ten list doesn’t have Harry Potter on it?  But really, totally a one-dayer.

The Fault in Our Stars John Green cover

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I’d probably read any John Green book in a day if I didn’t have adult responsibilities in my way.

We Have Always lived in the castle shirley jackson cover

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – This is a teeny tiny book.  Also, it is awesome.  If you have never read Shirley Jackson, you are missing out.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner Cover

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner – I love Jennifer Weiner and this was a book I picked up when I was working at a summer camp.  It was SO hard to put it down and actually work!

The Giver by Lois Lowry cover

The Giver by Lois Lowry – Another short, easy read.  If you want to round out your YA dystopia reading, you should start here.

What books hooked you into reading them in a day?

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

  1. Ok, We Have Always Lived in the Castle looks majorly creepy… AND I MUST READ IT NOW! haha

    This is an excellent list. Mine doesn’t contain any Harry Potter, although I think I probably read a good bit of them in a day!

    • It’s a very creepy and awesome book! Read it!

      And every time I put together a TTT list I think of Harry Potter. I try to be original, but dude, it’s HARRY POTTER!!!

  2. The Giver was such a great book. I feel like everyone should read that at some point. I have got to read the divirgent series. My TBR is so long right now!

    • It’s on everybody’s brain right now because the sequel is coming out next month… but it was an action-packed book and those usually keep me glued to the pages!

  3. Girl! I agree that Divergent, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter are all day readers!! 🙂 The Giver was a book that my friend told me I needed to read…but haven’t yet…I might just have to give it a look-see! Candor, I actually haven’t heard of it before! It’s going on my TBR list!!

  4. I would probably have read DIVERGENT in a day if I didn’t have other “adult responsibilities” as you say. 🙂 But I’m sure Veronica Roth would be pleased to hear that, not only is it a great novel, but it is a cure for travel sickness! As for THE SHINING, I read this because, as a writer, I like to read successful novelists to see what I can learn (and because of his greatest work: ON WRITING). Not my genre, but I enjoyed it more than I expected to. There’s a review of it on my blog somewhere.

    • Veronica Roth didn’t replace Dramamine, but she did make reading through turbulence possible! I read The Shining when I worked at a public library for a summer… I was always reshelving Stephen King books and wanted to try one out for myself. Also, I’d seen the movie, so I knew I could handle the scary parts!

  5. Divergent, THG, and TFiOS are perfect one-day books. In Her Shoes looks like a cute read too. I’m always looking for quick and compelling reads like these.

  6. You read The Shining in a day? That’s some staying power!

    Divergent is on my to-read list. It doesn’t look like a small book, but I’ve seen it on a few lists.

  7. Wow can you really read The Shining in just a day?! I had to read it for a class at uni and it took me a couple of weeks or so (I confess I also found it too long, quite slow and a bit dull sorry!)

    I have Before I Go to Sleep and I’m really looking forward to starting it – same with the Jackson book. I didn’t put any HP on my list but the first time I read them I read them in a day – and then rushed around the house looking for spare change so I could go out and get the next book before the shops closed! It was like needing a hit or something. 😉

  8. i love that cover to we have always lived in a castle. i am going to have to check it out. and sooo many people listed the fault in our stars. i’ve been putting it off but i think i need to start it soon. thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog!

  9. There are a few Stephen Kings that I could easily have put on my list, but I couldn’t settle on just one, so I didn’t put any on it. Makes sense, right? I’ve actually never read The Shining, though.

    Divergent is on the top of my TBR pile. Any book that makes a flight so totally painless has to be a big win! 🙂

    • I used to do it a lot more when I was a kid, but it still happens from time to time if I find the right book on an empty day (I guess that’s one benefit of not having children). I’ve just always been a fast reader, though grad school definitely put that skill to the test!

  10. Stephen King’s The Shining was a very good book. I have read and own almost everything that he has written. I have heard a lot about The Hunger Games and Divergent. They are both on my TBR list.

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