Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time). My list is a combination of both… here are my top ten:

The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris

This illustrated retelling of the selkie legend is slim but beautiful. At 215 pages, it was pretty easy to read it all in an afternoon.

Fables graphic novels by Bill Willingham

I loved the entire Fables series, and gobbled up each new volume as soon as it was released. It wouldn’t be possible to read the whole series in one setting, but each individual book is definitely doable!

The Duke & I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

The Bridgertons books have become my go-to reading material for plane trips. I read this one on a coast-to-coast 5-hour flight!

October Daye books by Seanan McGuire

These are more “I wish I could read in one sitting” type of books. As soon as a new one comes out, I have to drop everything and read it, but all in one sitting is typically more than I can manage.

Wayward Children books by Seanan McGuire

Speaking of Seanan McGuire… the novellas that make up the Wayward Children series tend to be under 200 pages, and keep me reading straight through from start to finish.

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

This is a short (60-page) book that I read with my book group. Given its length, it’s no wonder that I read it all in one sitting… but the story flows so well that I think it might lose a bit of its magic if read in smaller chunks.

The Long Walk by Stephen King

This book is so strange and creepy, and I was thoroughly hooked. Luckily, I was on a beach vacation when I started it, and spent the whole day on a beach chair reading this book!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

It’s easy to look back at the Twilight craze now and sneer at the books… but remember when the first book came out, and how insane everyone was about it? Sure, I have tons of issues with the writing and the plot and the basic logic of it all… but at the time, I devoured this book.

Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander, #8) by Diana Gabaldon

At 800+ pages, this is absolutely not a book that can be read in one sitting. But I really wish it were! When this book came out in 2014, I was on a family vacation… but basically ignored my family during every single moment of down time and stayed up ridiculously late until I finished the book.

I’m already expecting similar behavior when #9 comes out in November!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

I was so terrified of stumbling across spoilers when HP7 was released that I spent every waking hour reading, until I just couldn’t stay awake a moment longer… and ended up calling in sick to work the next day so I could finish!

What books have you read in one sitting… or do you wish you could read in one sitting? Please share your TTT links!





28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)

  1. I really need to continue the Fables series! The Wayward Children books would be great single-sitting reads. I’m not sure I could read the entire HP7 in one sitting, haha, but it’s one I would definitely want to!

  2. Great list! I included Twilight too this week. But I did read the Harry Potter books quickly too. I remember getting home from my paper round at 7am and doing nothing but read the day Deathly Hallows came out and think I finished around 9pm. I do have Bridgerton and Outlander on my TBR so hopefully, I can read them soon too.

    My TTT

    • I hope you enjoy Bridgerton and Outlander!! The TV versions are great, but the books are even better. πŸ™‚ (Well, actually, I prefer the Bridgerton TV version, but I kept going past the first book, and I’m enjoying them all so much!)

  3. This is a great list! I’m currently reading The Long Walk and maybe that’s my problem, I’m not reading it in bigger chunks, I’m reading it in small doses and I’m not really enjoying it because I’m just not getting it – it’s definitely such a strange novel!
    I’ve read a few HP in one sitting too!

    • The Long Walk is so strange, absolutely — I think reading it one big binge makes a difference, because I got totally caught up in the dark mood of the whole thing. (Plus, since the whole book is basically the one long, nonstop walk, I guess it’s fitting to read the book in one big long reading session too!)

      • Aha that makes sense! Reading it every so often isn’t working for me because I’m finding it hard to care about anything happening. I agree, it’s so strange and I feel like I have so many questions! πŸ˜‚

  4. Great list of books! I understand your concern with spoilers for Deathly Hallows. I was basically racing my husband through the book. I just had to finish it before he did. So there were some seriously late nights spent reading the book (that was after we picked it up at the midnight release). Add to that the fact I was 3 months pregnant with our youngest daughter; it was an emotional read. A good thing came from that book, though, our daughter’s name is Rose.

    If you get the chance, here’s my TTT post:

    • Oh, that’s so sweet that you named your daughter Rose! (That’s my daughter’s middle name, so obviously I think it’s beautiful). I felt so crazed while reading Deathly Hallows — I never worried about spoilers as much as I did then. I just knew that there would be intense media coverage of how the story ended, and so I didn’t go near a TV or computer until I finished!

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