Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting (Or Wanted to)

Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is about books I read in one sitting!

I’ll be honest, I’m really not that fast of a reader, so I don’t often read books in one sitting. The only exceptions are occasionally middle grade books or young adult books, but then only if I’m really interested and if I have an extended period of time to just sit and read. However, there are certainly books that have been so difficult to put down that I wish I could have read them in one sitting! For this list, there’s a mix of middle grade and YA books that I pretty much did read in one sitting, and other adult books that I found ridiculously hard to put down. Without further ado, here are my top 10 books that I really wanted to read in one sitting!

To learn more about a book, click on the photo to find the Goodreads synopsis.

1. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Amazon.com: The Hunger Games (9780439023481): Collins, Suzanne, Collins,  Suzanne: Books

I didn’t actually read any of the books in this series in one sitting (not that I can remember anyway), but I know that I desperately wanted to! I was out of town when I read the first one, so I had other travel-related things to do but any down-time I had was spent reading the first installment of this series! As for the other two, I was in high school at the time I read them so I had to go to school during the day, but as soon as I got home I started reading and only put it down when I had to (dinner, dance class, etc.). They were so hard to put down! Even when I reread them I have a hard time stopping!

2. “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Amazon.com: The Poet X (9780062662804): Acevedo, Elizabeth: Books

Since it’s written in verse, it’s naturally a quicker read. However, the plot is so interesting and engaging that it makes you not want to stop anyway! I don’t think I quite read this in one sitting, but it was really close. And when I finished, I actually wished I had slowed down to savor the book more as I was reading. It was so good, and one I’ll definitely reread someday.

3. “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery): Levine, Gail Carson: 9780064407052:  Amazon.com: Books

Ella Enchanted was so cute! Much better than the movie (though the movie is a childhood favorite of mine and I still have a special place in my heart for it). I read this one so quickly because I loved the characters and was always happy to get to return to the story and the world in which it takes place! It’s also a middle grade novel, which makes it a pretty quick read.

4. “Nerve” by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

So, I actually didn’t love this one. But the plot is engaging enough that I pretty much listened to this audiobook in one sitting! You can find my review HERE.

5. “Concrete Rose” by Angie Thomas

Amazon.com: Concrete Rose (9780062846716): Thomas, Angie: Books

If I remember correctly, I read the first couple chapters of this one leisurely. But then I really got into and read most of the rest of the novel in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. It is truly such a good book! Definitely one of my favorites so far this year. You can find my review HERE!

6. “Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga

Amazon.com: Other Words for Home (9780062747808): Warga, Jasmine: Books

There were several reasons I read this one as quickly as I did. For one, it’s a novel-in-verse, so even though it’s a fairly long book it goes really fast! It’s also an upper middle grade novel, so that makes it a fast read as well. And finally, I had decided to do this as my next read-aloud with my current class and meant to read it over Winter Break to be familiar with the story, prep vocabulary, etc., but I kind of lost track of time… It was a couple days before the break ended and I knew I needed to get through the book quickly to feel comfortable starting it with my students in the coming week, so I read it in a day! Even with those high-pressure circumstances, it was worth it because this book is incredible! It was the first book I read in 2020 and actually ended up being one of my favorites of the whole year. I highly recommend it!

7. “Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renée Watson

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story, 1): Watson, Renée, Mata, Nina:  9781547600564: Amazon.com: Books

I read this on a cold day in December 2020. It was so cute and a great way to spend an afternoon! You can find my review HERE.

8. “Red Clocks” by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks: A Novel: Zumas, Leni: 9780316434812: Amazon.com: Books

I remember being surprised by how quickly I read this one! I just found it to be so unique and powerful that it was hard to put down.

9. “Call Me Maybe” by Kara Bastone

Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone | Audiobook | Audible.com

This one was so cute!! I couldn’t stop listening to it. I even stayed up late and listened to it in bed before I went to sleep just so I could finish it, which I don’t usually do! I usually read a physical book before bed, and save audiobooks for commutes and chores and what-not. But I had to make an exception for this one!

10. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - Agatha Christie

This is the first audiobook I can remember listening to that I made time to listen to outside of commuting and chores. I definitely didn’t listen to the whole thing in one sitting – most of it I listened to in chunks during my school commutes. However, once I got close to the end, I just couldn’t stop. I had to know who did it! I remember staying in my car listening for a little while after I got home from school, and then when I came inside I just went upstairs, put my headphones in, and paced as I listened to the rest. And I wasn’t disappointed!

Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?

Let me know in the comments!

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