Monday, August 6, 2012

Books Read in One Sitting

This post was inspired by a post a couple weeks ago at Publishing Crawl. It got me thinking about books that I devoured all in one sitting. There are some books that are better absorbed slowly. They're not necessarily not as good; they're just quieter.

The books I'm going to talk about today are not like those books. They're books that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until I turned the final page. Books that wouldn't let me sleep, wouldn't let me work, wouldn't let me think about anything else.

When you ask me about books that I've read in one sitting, the first thing I always think of is Deathly Hallows. I started it at noon the day of the release (the soonest I could get my mom to drive me to Borders to pick up my pre-order). The only times I paused were when I was sobbing too hard to see the words. Twelve hours later, at midnight, the words "All was well" broke over me and I closed the most anticipated book of my life.

Then there was Gone by Lisa McMann. I curled up on my bed with it and said "I'll just start reading" and a few hours later it spit me back out blinking and disoriented. Mockingjay was devoured in an obsessive reading of about six hours the afternoon of its release. Continuing the trend of series books was Insurgent. It arrived in the mail and when the truck pulled into our driveway, I ran through the house yelling "IT'S HERE!" I started reading immediately and was finished by nightfall. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan was devoured in a similar fashion.

There was Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler. I've read it twice and in one sitting both times. I didn't plan to read it in one sitting the first time, it just kind of happened. It has such a great voice that I couldn't stop. Then there is Wild Magic and Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce, the first and last books in her Immortals series respectively. I've read both of them more times than I can count and probably half of those readings were in one sitting.

Another unplanned one-sitting read was Every You, Every Me by David Levithan. I started reading it in the morning after I woke up and couldn't stop. I was going somewhere that afternoon and I read all the way up until the last second because there was no way I was leaving unless I finished that book. 

What are some books that you've read in one sitting?