Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme that I participate in when I remember it exists! This week’s topic is Books I Read in One Sitting, and it’s brought to you, as always, by That Artsy Reader Girl!
When I was in high school, I always had a new book every single day. I went through 211 books in 2011! (I kept track on Facebook notes; now I keep track on GoodReads, which is much easier.) I read a lot during undergrad, but once I hit grad school it was like hitting a wall. I’ve gotten a little better during the pandemic (I read a total of 15 books in 2018, 42 books in 2019, and 51 books in 2020, and currently in 2021 I’m at 73 books!), but I’ve found that I’ve got so many more hobbies now (between cross stitching, baking, and video games) and I live in an apartment with my husband now (how does it get so dirty with just the two of us and two cats?!) so my free time isn’t as “free” as it used to be.
However, I still find time to read books, and these are the books that I’ve read (this year) in one sitting that are sitting at the top of my list for the year!
If you remember my rant about Artemis, you’ll know why I was so hesitant about this book. I even borrowed it from the library instead of buying it, because I didn’t want to get burned again. I read this one in a day, and it was incredible. I kept having to find time to sneak bits in (because I was technically supposed to be working), but it is by and far one of the top books I’ve read this year. It’ll definitely be on that end of year wrap-up post!
For some reason I was expecting this to be YA, but when it arrived I found that it is indeed kid’s fiction. Unfortunately for me, it’s just the type of kid’s fiction that I absolutely love. It reminds me of some sort of weird mix of The Phantom Tollbooth and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Also unfortunately for me, it’s the first book in a series and the next one won’t come out for a while. This is one I’m going to be keeping an eye on, because it’s absolutely beautiful.
3 – Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Probably cheating by putting two in the same section, but I almost read both of these in one day. The only reason I didn’t finish Crooked Kingdoms is because I had to go to sleep (thanks, body). It took me far longer than it should have to read these books (I got them for Christmas 2017 or 2018, and got halfway through Six of Crows and somehow didn’t finish it???), but now I’m trying to find copies of the original Grisha trilogy because I don’t want the ugly Netflix button on it but because it’s currently a major Netflix show you can’t find used copies of it, either. It’s a dilemma. #bookpeopleproblems
I try to re-read the Lord of the Rings books every few years, and the last time I read them was 2018. I started off the year by revisiting Middle Earth, and The Hobbit is the only book I managed to finish in a day, mostly because it was busy at work at the beginning of the year and there was no downtime to finish a book as thick as The Return of the King. While there aren’t a lot of bits that I’d call “cozy” in The Hobbit, the beginning where the dwarves arrive and they hold a party in Bag End will always be one of my favorite scenes.
This was one of the free Kindle books available at the beginning of the year, and I usually don’t hold much hope for those books, because many of them are greatly disappointing. However, West With Giraffes was different. If you were obsessed with Out of the Dust as a kid (like I was), I think you’d really enjoy this book. A teen boy escapes the Dust Bowl after something tragic happens to his family (you’re strung along for almost the entire book before finding out what really happened), and ends up sweet-talking his way into driving a truck (which he doesn’t know how to do) cross-country just because he falls in love with a couple of giraffes. It sounds like a bizarre premise for a book, but it really works. I’m not a super fan of the last chapter, but I think the rest of the book more than makes up for it.
I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings and this one is no exception. I read The Hazel Wood several years ago and remember wanting to read the actual fairy tales the book talks about, and Albert later released a collection of these tales. I read Tales from the Hinterlands first, then re-read The Hazel Wood before settling into The Night Country. Technically I read each book in a day, but I think only Tales from the Hinterlands deserves to be on this list. The other ones are fine, but they’re not as entertaining as an entire book of fairy tales, in my opinion. The darker, the better.
7 – Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphics Novels
I read every single Avatar graphic novel this year, and I read 90% of them in a single day. (I found them available for free online and just sped through them.) They fill in so much more of the world and add so much to the lore. If you’ve never read the graphic novels, you owe it to yourself to borrow them from the library (or be a terrible person and read them for free online). I think my favorite has to be The Search, which deals with Zuko’s mother.
I read the entirety of the Heroes of Olympus series this year, and I think that it’s only fair to place The Blood of Olympus on the list (although The House of Hades was a very close second). The books are definitely geared towards an older set of kids than the original Percy Jackson series, and some of the situations the Camp Half-Blood kids get into are truly terrifying. It also took me a couple of reads of the final “battle” for me to understand how a specific person died, and when I did, I texted my sister and went “Did that really just happen?!”
I will continue to scream about Aminder Dhaliwal’s work from the top of every tower that I come across until she gets the recognition she deserves. Woman World was incredible (and it’s how I found her on Instagram!) and then she had to go and top it with Cyclopedia Exotica. She’s started on a new series about witches which seems to be more on the series side than the funny side, and I can’t wait to see what she does with it. I even bought a British-based comic box on Kickstarter just because Dhaliwal had a single comic in it!
Technically I didn’t finish this one all in one day, because as soon as I got to chapter two a spider crawled out of the spine of my book and I threw it across the room and avoided it for a day or two until my husband inspected the book and declared it to be spider-free, but I digress. While I had read the majority of this book on Jenny’s blog already (a lot of them are blog posts), a few chapters were brand-new to me. But they all should be required reading, and the letter to medical insurance agencies should be printed out and mailed to every single doctor’s office and insurance agent in the country, because Lawson voices exactly what so many of us are unable to. She even mentions that she’s lucky, because her husband makes money and she can work from home when her chronic illnesses flair up, but so many others can’t. There’s so much wrong with the medical system in this country and it’s going to take a revolution to make it better.
And there you have it – ten books that I’ve read in one day this year (because I can’t remember any further back, lol). Are any ones that you’ve read before? What’s your favorite book you’ve read in a day this year? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.