Full disclosure: I enlisted a little help from Andrew for this one. But only a little. 🙂
1. Any Harry Potter book. Starting with Order of the Phoenix, it became something of a tradition for me to get the book in the morning the day it came out and read the whole thing that day. I remember reading Deathly Hallows faster than I’d read anything in my life, terrified to get on the internet for fear of spoilers. Ah, Harry Potter…so sad that series is over.
2. Divergent – Veronica Roth. I did basically read this one in a day (it took me less than 6 hours cumulatively, I think, but I started it on a Friday night and finished it the next morning) because I couldn’t put it down. It’s really an attention-grabber. If you buy this one—and you should—make sure to clear your schedule for the day/weekend because you won’t want to stop reading!
3. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown. Love this one, and I’m almost positive I’ve read the entire thing in a day before. Probably when I was traveling. It’s a good one for the plane, even when you know the entire story already.
4. The Mist – Stephen King. This is one of my many “train station books.” When I was in college, I would go home maybe once a month on average, and I would take the train. At South Station in Boston, there’s a little book kiosk that I would peruse every time I was there (I’m obsessively punctual by habit, so I’d usually end up at least half an hour early for the train) and I’d almost always buy myself a book for the trip home. This one’s a novella, so I was probably finished by the time I got home.
5. Relentless – Dean Koontz. Another train station book. The story of a deranged—and I mean seriously deranged—book critic who obsessively targets authors whose work he deems unworthy. And by targets I mean hunts down and tries to kill them. Yeah. Feeling a little persecuted, Dean?
6. The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins. My boyfriend read all three of these in a weekend, so I’m pretty sure it would be easy to get through one of them in a day.
7. Aubrey-Maturin series – Patrick O’Brien. The Aubrey-Maturin series is a sequence of nautical novels that Andrew likes; he’s described them as “Jane Austen on a boat.” There are about 20 books in the series, and they’re pretty quick reads. I’ll probably give them a shot one day, but I know nothing about boats and don’t really care about them either, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to get into them.
8. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis. Not the whole series, of course; but you could definitely get through one (or possibly two, or maybe even three if you put your mind to it) in a day. Definitely worth it, too—they’re wonderful. 🙂
9. The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger. Definitely a good beach read. And if you’re like me (by which I mean you go to the beach to read, rather than just bringing a book in case there’s nothing else do to), you could probably finish it well before you got sunburned too badly.
10. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom. This is one of the few “inspirational” books I’ve ever enjoyed (The Shack being the only other one). I generally find the genre tedious and contrived, but Tuesdays With Morrie is very heartfelt and I like Albom’s style. Definitely a must-read if you haven’t yet, and one that you can finish in three hours or less.
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