Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I Read in One Sitting


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is 10 Books I Read in One Sitting.  I tend to be a pretty fast reader anyway, but even so, it typically takes me at least 2 or 3 sittings to read most books.  That said, there have been a few standouts over the years that once I started reading, I just couldn’t put them down until I had finished.  Sometimes it’s a riveting thriller, sometimes it’s a heartwrenching drama, and other times it’s just an especially swoony romance.

10 Books I Read in One Sitting


1. RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby – a heart wrenching yet also suspenseful and action-packed drama about two fathers on a quest to find their sons’ killer. Couldn’t put it down.

2.  THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah – WWII historical fiction that tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each choosing their own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  Full of suspense and heartbreak, but also resilience and courage, this book left me a sobbing mess by the end.

3.  ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – Illuminae has it all – it’s a thriller, an action-packed sci-fi adventure, and it’s even got a romance.  All of that, coupled with incredibly unique formatting made Illuminae a one-sitting read for me.

4.  PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir – There’s just something about Andy Weir’s brand of sci-fi with its lovable characters trying to survive in space that really appeals to me. His first book, The Martian, was also a book I devoured in one sitting.

5. THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel – This story of a young woman helping Jewish refugees hide from the Nazis in the forests of Poland pushed Harmel into the auto-buy category for me.  Her storytelling, coupled with this being inspired by actual events, made for a read I could not put down.  Her previous book, The Book of Lost Names, was also one I read in one sitting.

6. DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid – An intensely realistic drama about the rise of an iconic rock band.  This book and its characters captivated me to the extent that I Googled them to see if they were a real band.

7.  UNSUB by Meg Gardiner – Super creepy thriller. Enough said.

8.  A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas – Rhysand’s sexiness, combined with the allure of the Night Court, made this a one-sitting read.

9. THE SIMPLE WILD by K.A. Tucker – The romance between Calla and Jonah is EVERYTHING.  I was actually annoyed at how fast I flew through this book because I really wanted to savor it, lol.

10. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins – A riveting dystopian nightmare. Couldn’t put it down until I knew who would live and who would die.

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Question:  What books have you read in one sitting?  Have you read any of these?

36 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    I absolutely inhaled The Simple Wild – so good! And the format of Daisy Jones and the Six made it such a quick (but amazing!) read!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I was the same way with The Simple Wild. I think that’s why I’ve held off on reading the second book. I know I’m going to blow right through it so I want to savor the anticipation of it for a while.

  2. verushka
    verushka says:

    I think this is a fantastic list, but seeing Razorblade Tears on it made me remember your review and oh my goodness, does this need to be next for me!

  3. Esther @BiteIntoBooks
    Esther @BiteIntoBooks says:

    Gotta say I LOVE this list. 3 books on there were a 1-sitting for me too: Illuminae, The Hungergames and ACOMAF!

    I also loved The Nightingale, but did not read it in one sitting, I read it as a buddyread 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I surprised myself when I read The Nightingale in one sitting, but once I started it, nothing could pull me away from that book.

  4. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    There’s some pretty long books up there, so I am impressed. I cannot sit that long. I do remember Illuminae going really fast. I think the mix of formats kept it moving along for me

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I don’t do it often but every once in a while a book will just pull me in to the extent that nothing will tear me away from it until I’ve finished.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I can’t do it very often; otherwise I’d never get anything done, lol, but every once in a while, I’ll let a book suck me in to the extent that I just can’t put it down until I know how it ends.

  5. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Ooh yes The Simple Wild! I didn’t read it in one sitting but that’s because I listened to the audiobook and those tend to take me longer as I only listen at certain times like when I’m in the car. If I read it in physical copy, it might have been a one-sitting read for me too 🙂

  6. Hena Tayeb
    Hena Tayeb says:

    I wish I had the time to read anything in one sitting.. But I did stay up a lot longer than I should have reading Brigid Kremmerer’s Curse Breaker series.. and I’m sure I did the same with the Hunger Games when they came out.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      The Martian was a one-sitting read for me as well. There’s just something about his books that I can’t ever seem to put them down once I get started.

  7. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I am floored that you managed to read The Nightingale and ACOMAF in one sitting! I think my jaw dropped when I saw those. LOL I read often but I’m not a particularly fast reader.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I still remember the days when I read those too. I started reading as soon as I got out of bed and the next thing I knew it was dark outside again, lol.

  8. trin carl
    trin carl says:

    I read ‘Nightingale’ and Daisy Jones. I have andy weir is great. I heard he’s got another. and I heard there will be a sequel to Matrix(not that you mentioned it) but I’d throw that in there.

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