Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read In A Day

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books.  This weeks topic is… Books to read in a day.

All of these were books I read in a day, because I could not put them down.  Covers link to goodreads.



  1. Heist Society is on my readathon pile and I loved Lola (obviously) and Divergent.

  2. How in the world do you remember which ones you read in a day? Lol. I’d have to do ones that I couldn’t put down, but don’t necessarily know if I read them in 1 day. Like the Lost Hero and Son of Neptune, or I’m sorry to say, the Twilight books. :) I know I read the first 5 Harry Potters in one week so I’m sure a few of those I polished off in a day. And what about your readathon books? You read those in one day but it doesn’t mean they were crazy amazing.

    I think I’m thinking about this too in depth.

    • I remember the experience of reading as much as I remember reading. For most books I can remember why and where I bought it, where I was when I read it, what was going on in my life.
      Divergent… was actually an audiobook on my trip last summer, but after I set up camp, I just sat in my tent and listened to the end instead of doing something, because I had to know what happened.

      Megan Meade’s Guide… got from the library during college, couldn’t put it down, bought it, reread it whenever I’m sad.

      Georgia Nicholson, bought when I was living in Philly and experiencing extreme culture shock. I was so depressed and it was the first thing that made me truly happy since getting back stateside.

      Maniac Magee I started reading in the tub, planning to read a chapter but then finished the book accidentally.

      Catching Fire and Lola were both highly anticipated sequels and I marked off a day to read each of them.

      Memento Nora I pre-ordered and then forgot about… I started reading when it showed up at my door and then I couldn’t put it down. I gushed about it for WEEKS.

      Heist Society, Airheads, and Raised By Wolves were all books I read in LA. They were short quick and fun. I didn’t expect them to take more than two or three days, but all of them blew me away and I looked up when I was finished and looked at the clock in amazement.

    • I like that, marking off a day in advance! That helps with the all-nighters too :-) Nice list, and thanks for visiting!

  3. I can’t believe I forgot to put Divergent on my list. I could not put that book down.

  4. The books I’ve read on this list – like Divergent – totally rocked so I’ll have to check the others out.

  5. One of these days you are going to have to tell me all about this fabulous life you lead! Living in Philly, suffering culture shock, living in Cali and now Virginia! I feel like I am so lame compared to you because I’m nearly 30 and I’ve never gone anywhere or done anything! I’ve lived in Norman my whole life! I am so filled with jealousy!

    I’m embarrassed to admit it, but for even though I love to read as much as I do, I’m actually a really slow reader. On average I read about 20 pages in an hour because I’m easily distracted and I fidget a lot! If the book is really good or I’m trying to reach a deadline I can usually push it up to 25-30 pages in an hour but I can’t keep that pace for long. Anyway, at that rate it is really hard for me to read an entire book in a day. That is why I like audio books so much because I can get up and walk around while listening. This is also why so many of the books I have sitting aside for the readathon are only 100 pages!

    • I have the opposite problem with audio books. My mind always wanders, even if I’m really into the book. I’m listening to the Night Circus (still) and it’s amazing, but I know I’m going to have to go get a paper copy and read it for real when I’m done.

      I lived in Philly for a semester during college. My school partnered with Temple University and had a campus there. I was in England for 10 months (2 semester study abroad) before that. It’s not that I’m interesting… I just don’t let fear hold me back. Whenever I get an opportunity, no matter how terrifying it is, I take it. There’s a John Green quote from Paper Towns that really resonated with me. It goes something like “Leaving is the hardest thing in the world–until you do it. Then it’s the goddamn easiest.” I might be messing that up.

    • And you are doing your awesome marathon this month! And you have a dog! I wish I had a puppy (I want a teacup Pomeranian and I want to name him Icarus and dye him like a pikachu).

  6. I remember Maniac Magee being popular when I was a kid, but I can’t remember for the life of me if I read it. I know it gets a lot of praise, though!

  7. I just read Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally in a day. It’s kind of a Lola and the Boy Next Door type deal but with a sports angle.

  8. I completely agree on Lola and Catching Fire. And I seriously need to read Divergent. I’m so behind the times!

  9. I forgot about the Louise Rennison books! I read the first one in one sitting LMAO!

  10. Crap! I need to read all of these (except Catching Fire, but a re-read wouldn’t kill me!). I think I have Momento Nora on my Kindle… I desperately need to read Divergent because all these blog posts about teams is just confusing me.

    • I took the quiz on facebook and I’m Candor! That means I’m honest, but really Candor’s just use it as an excuse to be assholes… sounds about right.

      Divergent is one of those that you have to suspend your disbelief for the dystopian world, but once you do…the story is great. Basically, the country has five sects and each devotes itself to one trait that they think will solve the world’s problems. They each have very different cultures and values. Candor is honesty, abnegation-selflessness, erudite-knowledge/learning, dauntless-fearlessness… and there is one more but I can’t remember what it is. When you turn 16, you choose your sect. If you choose a sect that is different from your family, then you no longer have contact with them… your sect is your new home. Divergent is a dangerous term because it means the person has an aptitude for multiple sects and thus can be less easily brainwashed. Tris grew up in abnegation, is told she is divergent (they hide this so that she doesn’t have an “accident”, because the lady that gives her the test is bad ass), and then she chooses to be dauntless. Thus starts the hazing and the borderline inappropriate relationship with her mentor, all while she discovers that there is an EVIL PLAN and she must band with those of other sects to fight it…. your basic dystopian, but really cool!

    • And by sect I mean faction… I couldn’t remember what the word was. It’s been almost a year since I listened to it! :) I think I’ll get the audio of book two, too.

  11. I really want to read Memento Nora!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  12. Aw, I love Maniac Magee! That one’s gotta be among my very first “read it in a day” books.

  13. nice list to spend a day with–thanks for stopping by.

  14. Great choices! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Heist Society before now, but it sounds interesting and the cover’s adorable!

  15. I so need to read Divergent. Soon, I hope!

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