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Quick Books to Read

What Books Have You Read in One Day?

I haven't read many books in one sitting, but it's usually chick-lit and other breezy reads. My claim to fast-reading fame is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I read on a July day before my sophomore year of high school. I started around 10 a.m. and finished at 3 a.m., breaking only to eat and go to the bathroom.

Whenever I do it, it's usually one of the most satisfying days ever. Since Monday is not only Labor Day but also Read a Book Day, I thought I'd round up books that could be read in a day. What books have you speed-read through?

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eetmopossum eetmopossum 7 years
I read World War Z by Max Brooks in less than a day! It's still one of my all time favs, too!
katykat1980 katykat1980 7 years
Sabriel and Lirael by Garth Nix, both in a day.
vampiregirl vampiregirl 7 years
I read Twilight in one day...Breaking Dawn in 2 days. Pretty easy dialogue to get through, the two middle books had more detail entrenched in them, so it took longer...IMO
Becca-rose Becca-rose 7 years
Damn...I thought I was fast when I finished Deathly Hallows in 2 days but apprently not lol. POISON STUDY by Maria Snyder was fantastic and I read it in one night! For anyone who likes fantasy, mixed with some it! Its fabulous, and has 2 sequals that are equally as good!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
A lot of Hemingway and H.G. Wells books are pleasantly short.
Lenay Lenay 7 years
I'm the same as amber512. I generally only read before bed. It takes me about a week to get through a good book (if I don't alternate it with other reading). But I recommend "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. He's hillarious!
amber512 amber512 7 years
I tend to read paperbacks that are about 500-700 pages and they usually take me about a week. I only really read before bed.
lwill2389 lwill2389 7 years
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
curLRocker curLRocker 7 years
THE FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERIES! fantastic books! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie had me laughing out loud at the beach this summer! My friend had to drag me into the sea!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
The Stranger and The Glass Castle
RedVixxen RedVixxen 7 years
Sadly (as in I hate admitting it), the Twilight books were quick reads, as well as "The DaVinci Code". More recently though, "The Hunger Games" series and Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And I'm always a sucker for Jodi Picoult books; I just fly through pages =)
aeryn aeryn 7 years
I read Cher's biography in one day last weekend.
theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 7 years
Atonement. Literally couldn't put it down once I got started. I was on a long flight and thought I'd read a little, watch a movie, take a nap... and ended up reading for 12 hours straight. Didn't help with the jetlag, but it was a great flight. :-)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Onlysourcherry, I definitely did find it overly repetitive! In the spirit of full disclosure, I almost had to read that one in a day because I had chosen it for a report (stupid on my part) and I wanted to give myself two days to write the report, so I wouldn't let myself do anything else that day until I finished the book!
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
@onlysourcherry; I don't think I ever finished Altas Shrugged; it drove me up the wall with repeating everything! I can finish most chick-lit in a day but also enjoyed all the Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton novels in about a day.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
lilkimbo I'm seriously impressed you read atlas shrugged in one day. Didn't the repetition drive you nuts? I read it over the course of like two months and I was like "omg ayn, I get it! You can stop repeating your point!"
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I've always been a really fast reader, as well. I generally read chick lit books in a day. I think my most impressive one day read (in terms of length) is Atlas Shrugged. Pretty much all I did that day was read that book!
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I can read most books in about a day, if I'm not busy with other things. It's a better question to ask which I *haven't* ... Lord of the Rings takes me around 2-3 days to read. I've always been a speed reader, though. =]
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
tisgirl: I LOVED Go Ask Alice. Cult Classic!
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Spacekatgal i totally agree aha ! Hum never in one day, but for HP 7 it took all my time, it took me 3 days (unfortunately i had school).
GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 7 years
harry potter and the goblet of fire and breaking dawn (twilight) are probably the longest books i've ever finished in one day. i'm a pretty fast reader, so i've finished numerous novels (like the southern vampire/sookie stackhouse books) in a sitting .
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I'm sure there are a few others which I'm forgetting, but I've read a couple of the Shopaholics in a day (couldn't put them down!) and the other day I read the most recent Emily Giffin "Heart of the Matter" in one day because I bought it the day before I ended up home sick. I started it at 10am and finished it by dinner.
nariyal nariyal 7 years
The last 4 books of the Harry Potter series... Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett. (Not speedy reads by any means, but I couldn't put them down!) Also: Chocolat The Girl with No Shadown Persepolis The Kitchen God's Wife Each book from The Northern Light series The Penelopiad The Bridges of Madison County The Godfather Franny and Zooey The Time Traveler's Wife Umm, this might take a while...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Pretty much all of the Harry Potter books, a book called Go Ask Alice when I was younger, and various mystery novels.
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