Today, I’m merging Top Ten Tuesday with the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week they want to know our Top Ten Books To Read In A Day. By this I assume they mean for us to provide a list of ten books so hard to put down, we read them within a 24-hour period. Today is also C day on the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, hence the creatively alliterate title, for which I need to credit my cute and clever wife, whose cunning creativity helped me come up with it.
NB: I do NOT advocate the creasing of corners for holding one’s place in a book. Bookmarks are inexpensive, and can be made cheaply from a piece of printer paper, a piece of newspaper, a square of toilet paper, a pizza coupon, etc. I merely use the term “crease the corner” for the sake of alliteration. Thank you.
Here’s my list (with Goodreads links):
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. One of, if not the greatest novel ever written. In my humble opinion.
- THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. I read this in a day without even breaking a sweat. Not because of my skill as a reader, but because of John Green’s skill as a writer. Have you ever listened to someone talk, or tell a story, and you have so enjoyed listening to them speak, you just wanted them to keep going for hours? That’s what reading this novel was like for me. John Green’s prose style is effortless and as enjoyable as eating chocolate on an empty stomach. The subject of the novel is another matter, but I doubt you’ll find a writer who handles such a sensitive topic with as much grace and style in a novel.
- BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld. Technically, I read it within two days, but it was over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so there were other things going on. But I was pretty much reading when not involved in family festivities.
- HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J. K. Rowling. I took my older kids to the midnight release party at B&N. We came home with two copies of the book. I think I may have read a chapter or two before hitting the sack (it was late). But then the next day, I pretty much read, stopping only for tea, food, and bathroom.
- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J. K. Rowling. This arrived via mail from Amazon the afternoon of release day. Again, I only paused from reading to drink tea, eat, and go to the bathroom.
- THE CATER STREET HANGMAN by Anne Perry. Detective murder mystery set in Victorian London. Great stuff!
- A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks. Very well written (he deserves his success), but I was surprised how short it is. It didn’t take long to read, partly because of its relative brevity, but also because it is a good book and I wanted to know how it ended.
- FLASH BURNOUT by L. K. Madigan. A YA novel with a male protagonist and an interesting premise. Again, I wanted to know how it all resolved (if it did), so I kept reading.
- THE MORGUE AND ME by John C. Ford. I haven’t come across much by way of YA detective-type novels, and this one has set the bar high. I really enjoyed it.
- THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde. The world, or alternative universe, created by Fforde in this novel is very imaginative, and the characters are a lot of fun. I read JANE EYRE before reading this since I expected Fforde to make reference to the Bronte novel, and wanted to understand them. On a side note, I was surprised to find that JANE EYRE is actually a really enjoyable novel! Anyway, there are lots of references to JANE EYRE, and other literary works.
What’s your favorite book that took you less than a day to read?