The Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they choose a new topic for bloggers to list their top ten of whatever books fit into the category. (the image above is linked to today’s post at The Broke and the Bookish)
This is my second week doing this meme and this one definitely requires some thought. I’ve read a LOT of books over the years and I’m a fairly quick reader, but I’m not sure how many books I’ve actually read in one day (or ones that I would list in a top ten). I’ll try my best!
In no particular order…
Top Ten Books To Read in a Day
1. Plainsong for Caitlin by Elizabeth M. Rees
I first got this book probably back in 5th grade at one of those Scholastic book sales that traveled to different elementary schools. It’s a super quick read and one I’ve read many times over the years. It’s not some amazing, wondrous story by any means. The cover of the book makes it look like a YA version of a Harlequin Romance and I won’t say there isn’t any sort of “love” plot…there most definitely is. I tended to read it at night when I couldn’t get to sleep because it would only take a couple hours to read. I guess it’s one of those “childish” books I never really outgrew.
2. The Giver by Lowis Lowry
I read this book for my 8th grade English class. It was one that always stuck with me. A few months ago (aka before Christmas) I found it in Target for only $6 so I picked it up. I re-read it shortly after that. While I remembered the basic premise of the story, I had forgotten details. It was interesting to read it 12 years later to see if I had a different reaction. I still enjoyed it and I think maybe understood some underlying themes that eluded me back when I was 14.
Of course we all love A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, but it wouldn’t exist without Dickens’ novel (duh). I’ve always liked this story, and had seen it in numerous forms, but to be honest, up until a few years ago, I hadn’t actually ever read it. When I was younger, my sister, two cousins and I liked to put on performances for our family at the holidays. I specifically remember one year we decided to do A Christmas Carol, but I think we did a condensed version. And the only thing I really remember about it was me putting my dad’s black sweater over my head and pointing my finger, like the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come does.
His books may be a few hundred pages long, but his chapter are so short and you keep turning those pages (“one more chapter…oh wait, the chapter just ended? okay, one more…”) On more than one occasion I have completed one of his books within a few hours. I’ve always enjoyed his Alex Cross series, and I read the Women’s Murder Club, as well. And just about anything else he puts out. Lately, I’ve been feeling a little jaded by his books, though, because it’s all crime stuff. I really enjoy other genres much more that crime, so I think I’m going to take a break from him for a little while.
5. Einstein’s Refrigerator and Other Stories from the Flip Side of History, by Steve Silverman
This is a collection of short stories about random/little-known events in history. They’re quirky little things that I thought were pretty interesting.
6. Secret series by Psuedonymous Bosch
They’re YA books. Each one is short enough that it could be read in a day. They’re kind of odd-ball but cute nonetheless.
7. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
At this point, I don’t think I need to say anything about them.
Those are really the only books I’ve read in a day which I enjoyed. Others that I’ve read in a day but didn’t really care for are The Awakening as well as Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure there are some books in my TBR pile that will fill this category (such as Peter Pan, for instance).