Top ten books to read in one day

Top Ten TuesdayAt the Bloggiesta chat on Sunday I got the idea to join Top Ten Tuesday. I love lists, so making a list of books every week should be a piece of cake.

This week the topic is “Top Ten Books To Read In A Day”. Let me tell you, for me to read a book in a day the book must be either a (now, the standard word of the reviewer comes into play) “compelling” read or very, very short – a combination of both is recommended. I only have the time to read a couple of hours a day, if that.

I went through my GR read books list and indeed came up with my

Top ten books to read in one day


  1. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. Best read for a long time for me.
  2. Misery by Stephen King. Mr. King just HAS to be on this list.
  3. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I read this one in one afternoon, by leaving everything else undone.
  4. Chess Story by Stefan Zweig. You just have to continue until you are finished.
  5. Castle Gripsholm by Kurt Tucholsky. Very lighthearted with lots of positive vibes.
  6. Lost Horizon by James Hilton. I read this a long time ago and remember that I couldn’t put it down.
  7. How to travel with a salmon and other essays by Umberto Eco. Very funny and entertaining.
  8. Any book in the von Igelfeld series by Alexander McCall Smith. I blogged about the first two, Portuguese irregular verbs and The finer points of sausage dogs. So, so funny!
  9.  Perfume by Patrick Süsskind. You better read the book than watch the movie.
  10. The secret diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend. One of the funniest books ever.

What are your Top Ten Books to read in one day?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You will find tons of more Top Ten Tuesday participants there.

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  1. I have yet to read a Stephen King novel I could read in one day… but there again, I haven’t read that much Stephen King yet. THE STAND definitely looks like a multi-day project. CARRIE, perhaps. Being able to read a book in a day isn’t always a matter of how compelling the novel is. Often, for me–like you, I suspect–it’s having that block of time available to just sit and read. With a full time job and a family, that’s not always easy to find.
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    • I have read quite a bit by him, but not the two you mentioned. I agree with you. Job and family need a lot of time, so for me, just like you, to read a book in one day means it must be rather short, too.


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