TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
There are quite a few books which I’ve read in one sitting, so it’s been hard narrowing this list down to just ten titles. I can’t read in one sitting as much anymore, because I have two children and I’ve recently started working full-time, but back when I first started blogging I would happily sit and read a book from cover to cover every day! These are books which are literally impossible to put down, so if you’ve been experiencing a reading slump lately, one of these is sure to shake you out of it.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
With extended project reports and interviews breaking up the narrative, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder has a propulsive plot and is sure to keep you on your toes until the end of the story. I’m expecting exactly the same from the third and final book in the series, As Good As Dead, when it’s released in August, so I won’t be picking it up until I have a day off!
All of the Above by Juno Dawson
I was debating between featuring All of the Above and Clean, but I talk about All of the Above less so I’m giving that the love today. I’d always wrongly assumed that this focused on a bisexual main character called Toria, but Juno recently clarified that Toria is actually pansexual when the new pastel coloured cover was revealed. This novel is about following your heart and loving who you love, and Toria’s story had me hooked from beginning to end.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Asking For It is a difficult book to read. I’m glad I was reading it during a coach trip, or I think I would have needed to take a few days to prepare myself before I carried on reading, because there were multiple points where I had to put the book down and stare out of the window at the passing countryside, trying to keep the tears at bay. If you’re interested in hard-hitting contemporaries addressing rape culture, I’d highly recommend this book.
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens
There are a few Robin Stevens books I could pick, but my favourite in the Murder Most Unladylike series is the Cream Buns and Crime short story collections. Short stories are always a pleasure to read, but this collection is stuffed full with educational material about historical crime writers, code breaking and spying, so it’s a must-read for any avid young detectives! I can’t wait for Once Upon a Crime to be released later in the year, because I think that’s going to be just as good.
Entangled by Cat Clarke
I read Entangled at a time when I hardly read anything. I thought reading was nerdy and uncool, and for some reason I still thought I was the kind of person who could be hip and cool (spoiler alert: I’m not, because I’m the kind of person who uses the word ‘hip’). Something about the cover of Entangled grabbed me, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Grandad had to come in and shout at me because I was going to be late for sixth form, and I honestly couldn’t believe that five hours had flown past because I’d been so absorbed in the story. This is the book I have to thank for reigniting my love of reading.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
I’m cheating a little bit by including Foundryside, because it actually took us a couple of days to read it. However, if we hadn’t had plans which we couldn’t rearrange, we definitely would have read it in one sitting. Something about Robert Jackson Bennett’s writing style is so smooth and easy to read, and even though this is a pretty complicated magic system in a fantasy world, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or lost once.
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
I could have chosen any of Jenny Downham’s books, because I’ve read them all ridiculously quickly. However, I was most impressed with how fast I read Furious Thing, because I picked it up a couple of hours before I went out for my mum’s birthday meal and by the time we got in the car to go I was already 3/4ths of the way through it. Even though I was tired out when I got home, I couldn’t sleep until I found out what happened at the end of Lexi’s story. This is a story about a girl filled with rage at the injustices that she sees around her, and the way she fights against society’s expectations to finally allow her voice to be heard.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I loved The Hobbit. I binge-read it in a day, and Sean had a fight to get me to stop reading long enough to eat lunch and dinner, because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Bilbo Baggins. Knowing that, it’s a surprise that I dislike The Lord of the Rings as much as I do, and I’ve still never read the third book in the series. Oopsie!
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar
I’ve actually read The Ship of Shadows in one sitting TWICE! I was part of The Write Reads blog tour for this book, but I read it two months before my blog tour post was due so I reread it the day before I wrote my review. This follows a badass crew of pirates in a semi-haunted pirate ship, and it’s middle-grade at its finest. My copy of the sequel, Secrets of the Stars, was delivered last week, and I’m looking forward to picking it up as soon as I can.
Toffee by Sarah Crossan
The only Sarah Crossan novels I’ve read so far have been in verse, and I’ve read them all in one sitting. Toffee is a particularly poignant one, following a teen runaway who insinuates herself into the life of an elderly lady with Alzheimer’s, finally finding a place where she feels like she belongs. It’s heartbreaking, but also strangely uplifting.
On that note, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to both Dean Atta and Elizabeth Acevedo. I feel like I shout my love for The Black Flamingo and The Poet X pretty regularly both here and on my Booktube channel, but they’re also authors whose work you can read in one sitting very easily.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Which books have you read in one sitting?
Thanks for reading,