I have been in a bit of a reading slump and something I like to do when I find myself in that situation is to pick up a fast-paced book that I can read in one sitting. So, I will be sharing ten books I either read in one sitting or could have read in one sitting, and I am so looking forward to getting recommendations from everyone else’s posts and in the comments.
I could have included any of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books on this list, especially the ones written in verse, but settled on The Poet X, which is her debut. I remember reading it for the first time and knowing that Acevedo was something special. I always read her books the day that they are released! The Poet X is brilliant on audio, and Acevedo herself narrates it and brings her characters to life.
Speaking of adaptations, Blackout is being adapted by Michelle and Barack Obama- how freaking cool is that!? I normally read anthologies slowly, but I could not put Blackout down. Each of the stories was outstanding and so feel-good. I loved how connected the stories were and the fact that they each take place during a blackout in NYC was so fun. It has been a long time since a book brought me so much joy. It is also a shorter collection!
Finlay Donovan is Killing It was absolutely hilarious! I had so much fun with this one, though I did have to suspend my disbelief at some points. I had to know where this story was going and what other shenanigans Finlay would find herself in. I could not believe how quickly I read this one- it felt like no time at all. It is also being adapted by the creator of Pretty Little Liars!
I think all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books could be read in one sitting. No one writes characters quite like she does and her pacing is always perfect! I absolutely fell in love with Malibu Rising, both the characters and the setting. I was so invested in Nina that I had to know where her story went. I also loved that we got flashbacks, as it broke up the story a bit and kept me interested. A perfect beach read!
I read The One with my best friend last summer and we loved every second. I definitely recommend buddy reading it if you can because there is so much to talk about! It follows a ton of characters, which could have been overwhelming, but I was interested in them all. I thought the premise of finding your soulmate through DNA was intriguing and the fact that it is also a thriller just made it even more of a page-turner. It has already been adapted on Netflix, but I haven’t watched it yet!
Don’t Look For Me is one of my favourite thrillers, and what I loved most is that I picked it up on a whim and was not expecting much from it. The way it is told adds to the suspense and tension. It was just so incredible. Go into this one knowing as little as you can!
Punching the Air is written in verse and it is one of those books that I think is best read in one sitting. It will only take a couple hours and it is so worth it! There is something about YA contemporary written in verse that hits me in a different way. I was truly moved by this book and it is one I know I will return to again and again.
Trust me and everyone else on this one, you will not be able to put Sadie down, especially if you listen to it on audio. The podcast elements makes it a unique book to listen to and I was so invested in Sadie and her search for her sister’s killer. I distinctly remember ignoring all my responsibilities in order to finish it. I wish I could read it again for the first time!
I had no idea that I would end up reading The Switch as quickly as I did. I just sat in a chair one afternoon taking this story in. I will say that it is pitched as a romance, but it is really a story about a grandmother and her granddaughter. The family has experienced a tragedy and they decide they need to shake things up, so they move into one another’s homes and essentially switch lives. It was so sweet and charming, but the romances are not what makes this book memorable for me!
At 427 pages, Boyfriend Material is quite long for a contemporary romance and you might not think it is one you can read in one sitting, but I am always here for fake dating and the banter in this book was everything. I was so invested in this relationship that I had to see how it would all play out!
There we have it! Ten books I read in one sitting! I would love to know the last book you read in one sitting!
45 thoughts on “Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)”
I managed to read The Switch in one day as well! I think it is something to do with Beth O’Leary’s writing style in that book, I just managed to fly through it!
I think you are right! I have heard similar things about The Flatshare as well!
I’m so curious about Blackout!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-read-in-one-sitting/
I loved The Switch, Malibu Rising was great (Daisy Jones was better) and The Poet X–WOW. But, honestly? I couldn’t read them in one sitting. I’d have to stop and digest. That’s what is so fun about these posts each week–seeing other’s reading lives. I love see that you would devour them. That’s fun for this geeky-librarian!
That’s interesting! I definitely have books that are shorter that take me longer because I need them to sink in. Reading everyone’s TTT each week is one of my favourite things!
Oh, I agree on some short books. Gone With the Wind or The King’s General or Herman Wouk books FLEW by but some super-short books….UGH. It goes both ways.
Great post! My favorite books are ones I can get through in one sitting so I’ll have to check these out
It’s always so nice when you can dive into a book like that!
Great list! I just read Malibu Rising in one sitting yesterday, so I have to agree with you there. I really want to read Sadie and Blackout!
Great list! I should have put Sadie on mine as well!
I feel like thrillers are perfect one-sitting reads!
Definitely, if they´re good they must be intriguing hahah
Wow I did want to read fast paced books . Thanks
So glad I could help!
Unputdownable is so fun!
Great list of books!
If you get the chance, here’s my TTT post: https://readbakecreate.com/10-books-with-the-word-day/
I forgot about novels in verse, but you’re right, those are really easy to buzz through. They move so fast, but some of them are really profound, too.
Exactly! They always end up being favourites for me.
I’m very much looking forward to reading Finlay Donovan! Everything I hear about it is delightful! Hm… last book I read in one sitting. I believe it was either The Guncle by Steven Rowley or The Perfect Stranger by Anne Gracie!
It’s is such a fun book!!
I have seen The Guncle everywhere. I love the sound of it!
I’m currently reading Punching the Air and yes it can totally be read in one sitting! I’m here reading it in 2 days since I don’t have the time to read it in one sitting but it’s really really good!
definitely read malibu rising in one sitting!
There are so many good books on this list! I also read The One in one sitting! I just could not put it down, I was obsessed!
Same!!! I keep meaning to read more from him.
Ah, I loved The Switch! I’m impressed you read Malibu Rising in one sitting — I loved it, but just didn’t have as much time as I wished for to read straight through. 🙂
I didn’t plan to but I was so invested!
Oh, such a great list. I have Boyfriend Material sitting on my Kindle, just waiting for me! I agree with you about TJR, I can read her books in one sitting too.
I think you are really going to enjoy Boyfriend Material!
Great list! I whizzed through Malibu Rising- I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t stop reading.
I felt the exact same way!
I live reading Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes books, they have adventures all through. I recommend you to read these as well. I have read 1 Sherlock holmes book written by sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 2 days. (12 hrs) because i have to study, play and do other work as well. I loved all the books of Nancy drew, I have read only 3
And also Sherlock Holmes books, read all the novels, stories and averything else
Go ahead and read!!
Happy reading 😊
I used to love reading Nancy Drew. I have actually never read Sherlock Holmes, but have always wanted to. Maybe I will in the fall!!
Great post! I loved both The Switch and The One but haven’t read any of the others
Have you read anything else by either author? I keep meaning to pick up something else from them both!
I read The Flatshare by Beth which I loved – actually preferred that to The Switch, I’ve got the road trip on loan from the library but haven’t started it yet and not read anything else by John Marrs
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All of these books sound so interesting