I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week we can pick a previous topic that we missed. I picked Top Ten Books To Read In a Day.
I am not a particularly fast reader. If I ‘read a lot’ it’s because I make the time to read, whether that’s reading just a few pages before going to sleep at night, or reading a chapter on the bus even though I could happily sit there and stare out of the window. I really love reading, but I can understand how it can feel like ‘there’s no time to read!’, which is why I make sure that I do.
I picked ten books to ‘read in a day’ by going through my reviews looking for books where I actually felt the need to mention how quickly I read them. There is something quite satisfying about finishing a novel in a day; there’s no forgetting what happened in the previous chapter, or what the main character is called. And because I’m not a particularly fast reader, it means you can most likely read these in a day (or so) too!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I finished Delirium in less than 24 hours and as this was before I started ‘properly’ blogging, it was quite an accomplishment. Delirium is a dystopian love story that simply sweeps you away into a world where love – and not just romantic love – is seen as a terrible disease that needs to be cured. It’s one of my favourite books; I adored following Lena and Alex, it’s beautifully written, and it is one of the books that introduced me to the YA dystopian genre.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
I love young adult mysteries, boarding schools, ghost stories, and stories set in London. And Jack the Ripper intrigues me. I raced through The Name of the Star absolutely loving Rory’s experience at Wexford, a Whitechapel boarding school, and although I did not find the dénouement as thrilling as hoped, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. I do not think I quite read The Name of the Star in one day, but I was close.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Ah, this book! It’s so small, yet so deceiving. It’s only 250 pages and I so expected to read it quickly, but I most likely would have anyway. It’s so adorable and cute that I would have wanted to find out what happened to Hadley and Oliver after they met at the airport as quickly as possible. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an ideal introduction to YA contemporary.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I, like practically everybody else who reads young adult fiction, rushed through The Fault in Our Stars. I would have read it the day it came out, but I opted to pre-order the book online, which never arrived! I read it again recently and although I chose not to read it as fast, and to savour the story, I couldn’t help but drop everything else to stick with Hazel and Gus.
Legend by Marie Lu
Legend is another YA dystopian novel I read in less than a day. It’s narrated by two teenagers, June and Day, and takes place in a ‘traditional’ dystopian society. It’s extremely compelling and fast-paced, and its sequel, Prodigy, will have you reading just as fast.
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Maggot Moon is an extremely quick read; it only took me a few hours to finish. This is partly due to the way it’s written, which is well thought-out and concise (and some of the chapters are only half a page!), but also because there’s a sense of urgency in the story, which ended up also having an effect on me.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I actually own this but I forgot to include it in the bookstack photo. Gah! I read this book in three hours, and I cannot say that about many books. And Then There Were None is the story of ten individuals who are invited to an isolated house on Soldier Island, Devon. During their first dinner together, a recorded message accuses each of them of a terrible crime. One by one, they begin to die. One of guests must be the killer, but who is it? I wrote down the name of each guest and crossed them off as they died. Absolutely brilliant mystery novel.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
It actually took me two days to finish Ashfall, but come on! It’s over 500 pages! I feel now that Ashfall does not get the attention it deserves. As I do not have a physical copy, I often forget to suggest it to people to read and although I’ve read quite a few post-apocalyptic novels, I think Ashfall is one of the best. I described it as a ‘darker, male version of Life as We Knew It‘.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
So, of course, I also loved Life as We Knew It. I do not actually remember how long it took me to read this, but according to Goodreads, I started on May 10th 2011 and finished on May 12th 2011. I became so completely absorbed in this novel and although it took a few chapters to get used to Miranda’s diary style, I found it immensely engaging.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Now, I’m not suggesting you read The Knife of Never Letting Go in a day. I read all three books, consisting of 1,598 pages, in less than 9 days. It was a pretty exhausting experience, but rewarding. I really want to re-read Chaos Walking because I think they’re stand-out books within young adult literature. I will be giving copies away for World Book Night and I hope Todd’s voice will introduce other people to the joy of reading!
Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
I am also including Anthem for Jackson Dawes as a sneaky eleventh choice, even though I only reviewed it last week, because I read it in just a few hours. Even if you may not be able to truly understand Megan’s experience, you’re sure to be able to relate to her.
What books have you read in a day?