Books You Devoured in One Sitting

We’re all readers here. We know the power of a good book. We’ve all picked up that one book that we think we’ll just start, maybe get a few chapters read here and there, but then the time comes to stop reading, and you just simply can’t. You look up, hours later, transfixed, confused, and realize you have just devoured a book in one sitting. You’ve missed plans, you’re hungry, your emotions are all tangled up…Yup, you’ve been there.

Ah, the power of a good book.

Here are five books that I read in one sitting:


1) ROOM by Emma Donoghue — I was a bit late to the party on this one and had already heard from many people how brilliant Donoghue’s novel is. Little naive me decided it was the perfect book to read out in the sunshine of a nearby park. Hours later, the sun was setting, I had missed a lunch date, and was found by some curious baseball players curled up in the fetal position, tear tracks still down my face. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but anyone who has read ROOM understands how that book just digs down right to your core, and takes you so deep into Ma and Jack’s world that you will never, ever be the same.


2) The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate — I would pretty much put money on the fact that anyone, anyone who picks up this book will not be able to put it down. Again, I decided to read this one outside (why, Shannon, why?) and was moved to tears over and over again by Applegate’s beautiful story about a gorilla stuck in captivity. I recommend this book to everyone. It is a quick read (meant for middle grade readers), but it’s a book you’ll be thinking about long after you put it down.


3) Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein — Orenstein dissects girlie girl culture like no other in this book about raising a daughter in the era of Disney princesses, Bratz dolls, and wild celebrities. With every anecdote and analogy you realize just how powerful this culture of ‘pink’ is, and how it is affecting girls. It’s tough to turn away.


4) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen — I don’t know if it was the forbidden love story, the charismatic and loveable elephants, or the fact that the entire thing was set in a CIRCUS, but something drew me into this book and I just couldn’t put it down.


5) Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman — This book by Daniel Handler, aka. Lemony Snickett, is written as a letter from one heartbroken teenager girl (Min) to her ex-boyfriend, detailing the ups and downs of their relationship, and how it ended. If you’ve ever been in a relationship before you’ll understand where Min is coming from, and you won’t want to tear yourself away from her journey.

There you go. 5 books that I couldn’t put down, and ended up finishing in one day.  How about you? Which books did you read in one sitting? Tweet to us #1dayreads, or let us know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Books You Devoured in One Sitting

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I finished it in one sitting, my 16 year old self having just received it in the mail. I didn’t stop crying the whole way through, and for at least an hour afterwards as I knew it was the end of an age.

  2. So rare I do that, but I think the Hunger Games books were the last ones I read in one day each, or less. I don’t know if I can say one sitting, though…phew! 

    Kelsey, I know just how you felt about HP and the DH.

  3. “The Name of the Star” by Maureen Johnson. I just couldn’t stop reading this! For those unfamiliar with it, it is a modern-day Jack the Ripper story with some ghostly mystery. Great story and characters.

  4. The Hunger Games books, ALL of the Harry Potter books when I first got them, most Roald Dahl books… I’ve never read Room but heard great things about it! Water for Elephants I tried but couldn’t get past the second chapter….

  5. “The Help” is a moving story of the black servants of whites in the south during the 60s. I remember visiting in Florida at the same time and the tension was palpable. This book shows the prejudice and sometimes the humour used to deal with the situation.

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