Top Ten Books Read In One Sitting

Top ten books I read in one sitting
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I am a fast reader so I had quite a few books to choose from for this. I don't think that how quickly you go through a book necessarily correlates with how good the book is and how much you like it.  Some books that have taken be a couple of tries to get into or a week or so to read.  I have a life (no, I don't but sometimes I have things that I HAVE to do rather than read).  

There a LOT of middle grade books on this list.  They are usually shorter, definitely easier to read, and usually very fast paced.   Because it is usually pace rather than any other factor that has me finishing a book in one sitting.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide  by Nicholas D. Kristof cover

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
by Nicholas D. Kristof

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Series: nonfiction
Published: September 8th 2009
Rating: It changed the way I look at the world

"More girls were killed in the last 50 years, precisely because they were girls, than men killed in all the wars in the 20th century."

This was a watershed book for me.  I don't know if it has a ton of information that I wasn't already aware of.  It just put it altogether for me in a way that just clicked.  I have given this book out countless times.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes  cover

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes 


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Series: no
Published:  June 9th 2015
Rating: I Could. Not. Look. Away. 

“That's how you avoid becoming a moth," he says. "Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.”

Cults and a retelling of the creepiest fairytale of all time mixed with Orange is the New Black.  This book made a statement.

Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren cover

Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
by Gaston Dorren


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Series: nonfiction
Published: November 6th 2014
Rating: wordy

“Modifying one's vocabulary to avoid embarrassment is a universal human behaviour.” 

This was the book for my inner nerd.  

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park cover

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park


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Series: no
Published: November 15th 2010
Rating: empowering

“One step at a time, one day at a time, just today, just this day to get through.” 

This is a short book but quite profound.  We used it in Language and Literature this year as part of the Power of Many: Power of One Unit

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson cover

The Gargoyle
by Andrew Davidson


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Series: no
Published: August 5th 2008
Rating: This will mess with your head

“Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.”

I started this on a 14 hour flight from Beijing to New York and finished it somewhere over the Arctic Circle. I was so obsessed that before I let my mother drive her to her house from the airport I made her stop at a bookstop so we could pick it up for her (I only had it on kindle).  It was Christmas Eve.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  cover

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli 


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Series: no
Published: April 7th 2015
Rating: all the cure

“What's a dementor?"
I mean, I can't even. "Nora, you are no longer my sister."
"So it's some Harry Potter thing," she says.” 

There is so much cute in this book that I couldn't stop myself from reading.

Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught  cover

Freaks Like Us
by Susan Vaught 


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Series: no
Published: September 4th 2012
Rating: where is she?

“Some people are so strong, they don't need to change [...] They change everyone around them.” 

There is nothing like an unreliable narrator. I had to know what happened.

Holy crap i love this cover

Holy crap i love this cover

Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai


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Series: no
Published: February 22nd 2011
Rating: lyrical

“Oh, my daughter,
at times you have to fight, 
but preferably
not with your fists.”

Novels in verse are very quick reads and this one was beautiful.

Wonder  by R.J. Palacio cover

by R.J. Palacio


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Series: Wonder #1
Published: February 14th 2012
Rating: you are going to cry.  Accept it.

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”

One I started Auggie's story just would not let me go.  

This cover!

This cover!

Amina's Voice
by Hena Khan

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Series: no
Published: March 14th 2017
Rating: I am going to be handing this book out a LOT

Another plane read.  I think I even read through the meal.