I am generally speaking a fast reader and an obsessive reader- if I’m hooked, I’ll read until my eyeballs burn haha! And there are many books that I finished in a day or two, but for this TTT I really did try to focus on ten books I finished in one sitting.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: my most recent one sitting read, which I hadn’t done in SO long! The voice was pitch perfect with compelling characters.
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: a surprise entry because A) I’m not a huge Civil War fan B) this book was lovely but intense. Maybe for that reason, I couldn’t put it down. I was entranced and read until the bittersweet end.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson: my favorite sort of one sitting read, contemporaries with a hilarious voice and lots of banter. I couldn’t read fast enough! I actually read this at work on a really slow day, whoops.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: perhaps my most anticipated book of last year, of COURSE I was going to read it all at once! I’m not the sort of person who is good at savoring a book, I need to find everything out first and savor on the reread. This reached Harry Potter levels for me: I carried the book around for awhile, staring at the cover, marveling at holding it in my hands, and felt such awe at reading new Raven Cycle words. I read until 1 or 2am and felt exhaustifed afterwards.
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron: captivating from the first page and hard to put down because I needed to solve the mystery! Plus it was so atmospheric and I loved the characters.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: a classic. I read every Harry Potter book in about a day but this is the only one I read cover to cover in one sitting, on my couch after the midnight release. I laughed and cried and fell asleep clutching the book and my teddy bear to my chest (yes, I was 21 at the time). It was an emotional night to say the least!
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: one of those books that just flies by without realizing it, much like the night in the story itself. A thoroughly Australian, character driven novel.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill: I have a very clear memory of this one! I read the whole book in one sitting at jury duty, and then I got dismissed. It was a great way to spend the day, and my first foray into YA contemporary.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill: the definition of tension, mystery, and the need to turn the pages as fast as humanly possible. I couldn’t put this book down if I tried!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: an accidental “whoops I just read 500 pages in one afternoon, my eyeballs hurt” sort of book. I was swept into Simon and Baz’s story more than I expected to be.
Bonus: the picture my mom actually took of me sleeping after finishing Deathly Hallows. Half of my fandom life wrapped up in one night haha:
Do you often read books in one sitting? Is it usually a certain type of book or something else that keeps you turning the pages? Let me know!
12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read In One Sitting”
I’m super impressed that you read The Raven King in one sitting!! I love Maggie’s writing, but I read her books so SLOWWWWW. I don’t know why, I just can’t read them at a normal speed. Also, that final HP book was THICK!! You’re awesome!
I think it’s her writing style, it lends itself to slower reading. I read the others slow but this one I just needed to know what happened! I definitely missed a lot, which I realized the second time around haha. Plus, fear of spoilers. Ahh yes, HP has always been my first love- I was so anxious to reach the conclusion!
I loved Carry On but it took me a while. I am so pumped for The Upside of Unrequited and more so that it is a quick read. I have Meant to Be on my shelves so I need to get to that one too! I am listening to the HP books right now and man these last ones are beasts so good on you for doing it in a day!!!
You’ll love Unrequited, it’s easy to get absorbed in the lives of the characters! Meant to Be is one of my faves, it’s so cute 🙂 That’s awesome! Hahah thanks! I was a mega obsessed Harry Potter fan (still am), and lived in fear of spoilers so it was inevitable.
I am succhh a slow reader, but I love that photo of you and Harry Potter! I can’t wait to fall in love with The Upside of Unrequited!
Aww thank you!! I hope you do fall in love with it 🙂
Man I am STILL so grateful you sent me MEANT TO BE! (The beginning of our friendship, literally.) I need to reread that one. I’m pretty sure I read it in one day too.
I would kill to have another HP-like book again. I remember reading Deathly Hallows and crying literally all over the place haha. I can specifically picture sitting between my bed and the wall in a very tiny crack for some reason LOL. I think TRK was kind of like that for me but not exactly to the same extent!
That makes me so happy!! It really was the beginning of our friendship, that has to be one of my best secret matches to date 😀
I love that you have specific HP memories because I do too! Like, oddly specific just like your wall hehe.
oh my god Morgan!! You’re clutching DH like it is life itself and MAN can I relate!!
I couldn’t let go!!
MORGAN I LOVE YOU SO MUCH omg that picture is perfect. I stayed up all night MARATHONING that book and then passed out much like you. Amazing.
UPSIIIIDE! Yes – could not put it down, ignored life.
You and Angie really are gonna make me read TOTWTMIY, huh?
I’m so sad the sequel for All Our Yesterdays fell through. I also one-sitting’d that a few years back 🙂
That’s good to hear about Carry On — I’ve been leery to start because IkindahatedtheirpartsinFangirl? 😮
Ahahah thank youuuu. That’s exactly what I did! I remember reading The Prince’s Tale and everything after that in a watery haze. Darn tears.
IT’S SO GOOOOOOD YOU MUST READ IT!
I am too, I was really looking forward to that sequel 😦
I don’t remember what I thought of them! I read them but I don’t think I cared either way. Carry On was a surprise, I think because she had the space to develop the characters and story, it comes off better. I mean it’s very blatantly based on HP but it’s fun!