These days, I like to find books to read based on how much time I have to allot to reading. I usually don’t have time to spend weeks on a single book, so I’ve turned to shorter books in recent months.
As with all of the other posts, this list assumes you can read about 50-70 pages in an hour. One sitting could be anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
14+ Books You can Read in One Sitting
To qualify for this list, all of the books not only have around 300 pages, but they also have engaging plots. I find I am much more likely to read a book in a single day if the plot is engaging. Most “beach reads” fit into this category of books. I’ve included some of my favorites below:
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book is a fun book written by Neil Gaiman based on a short story he wrote earlier in life. It tells the tale of a living boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard. It’s fast-paced and fun.
What Alice Forgot
What Alice Forgot is my favorite “amnesia” story. This story tells the tale of a woman who wakes up 40 but her last memory is of being 29. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending, but I really enjoyed the journey and the story’s pace.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a mystery and it’s about a book lover, so it is easy to read quickly if you are also a book lover/mystery lover. The plot reminded me slightly of Inkheart, which is one of my favorite stories.
If I Stay
If I Stay is a book that makes you want to cry on every page, but it is really fast-paced and draws you in. I still have yet to see the movie, though. I think in film it would be too sad.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
There is so much funny in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy it is a must-read for everyone even if you don’t typically enjoy science fiction novels. It is both short and fast-paced, which makes it easy to consume in one sitting.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is definitely my favorite dystopian YA novel. The story is interesting, it has just enough romance to be present but not annoying, and the plot progression makes sense.
Stardust is another Neil Gaiman favorite of mine. I love the slightly sarcastic twist on old-style fairy tales.
Go Set a Watchman
I thought Go Set a Watchman would be difficult to read, but I breezed through it. Although it doesn’t have quite the same social idealism that the first book has, I thought it had a more realistic view on race relations for the time (1950s, I believe), as hideous as we know that view to be now.
The Invisible Man
If you want a classic book that has a compelling plot, The Invisible Man is one of my favorites.
Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days was one of my favorite stories as a child. I loved the travel stories and the question of whether he would make it around the world in time. I was quite invested in his journey the first time I read it.
The Great Gatsby
I don’t know if a reading of The Great Gatsby should be rushed, but it technically does qualify for the list of books you can read in one sitting as it is pretty short.
The First Four Harry Potter Books
Harry Potter books are typically fast reads until they start getting really long. It is definitely possible to read them in a single sitting. I read just about all of them in a single sitting until book 6.
Nearly All Middle Grade Books
I put this in here because I enjoy middle grade books (you can find some of my favorites on this list). Sometimes a middle grade book is the perfect thing to read to get out of a reading slump or to have something to read that isn’t all about romance or depressing events.
What are your favorite books to read in one sitting?
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