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
"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
“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.
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park
“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
by Andrew Davidson
“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
“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.