Ten Books You Can Read in One Day

Ten Books You Can Read in One Day

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While I don't often find myself in a situation where I can read for the entire day, there are several novels that I have been able to read in one day, or even less than a day, and what a wonderful escape, right? I can assure you that I've had some days, more than I'd like to count, that have necessitated an escape for a few hours; I also highly recommend having some of these available when you know you'll be doing a lot of waiting around, like during travel, or while standing in line during errands. 

From varying genres, some new and some not-so-new, here is a list of ten books you can read in one day, even if you take a few breaks, and you'll wonder how you've managed to pass the time so quickly. 

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (197 pages): Incredibly relatable and endearing, with plenty of wit and charm. Nearing her 40th birthday, Andrea Bern's life does not look the way she, or anyone in her family, might have expected it to look by this age; set in New York City, and expressed in perfectly-formulated vignettes, readers embark on a journey with Andrea to find out where she is and, more important, where she'd like to be. 

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips (180 pages): I still think about this one, almost two years later! In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings—the office’s scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (179 pages): You won't be able to stop highlighting, which may slow you down a bit. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.

At night, they lie in bed holding hands. It is possible if she is stealthy enough that the wife can do this while secretly giving the husband the finger.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Measure Twice by J.J. Hensley (248 pages): A nail-biter! Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Jackson Channing is struggling to break free from his addiction. His alcoholism may have already cost him his marriage and now threatens to sweep away his sanity. Ever since he and his partner were brutally tortured by a sadistic murderer, his life has spun out of control. Following a failed suicide attempt, Channing - a former distance runner - decides his life must have some meaning and the only way he can put the pieces back together is to break free of his addiction and commit acts of redemption.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (276 pages): Good luck putting this one down! Two cousins, united in their grandparents' estate following the death of their mothers, discover that their past, and that of their family, is marred by deeply hidden secrets; as answers begin to unfold, the tale becomes much darker and the suspense more intriguing.

Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn (288 pages): A fun, entertaining, original read. Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal--and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango (256 pages): Introduced to me by fellow book lover Sarah's Book Shelves, this is a MUST-READ! From the outside, Henry Hayden has a perfect life: he’s a famous novelist with more money than he can spend, a grand house in the country, a loyal, clever wife. But Henry has a dark side. If only the readers and critics who worship his every word knew that his success depends on a carefully maintained lie. One he will stop at nothing to protect. His luck must surely run out, and he simply can’t allow that to happen.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (214 pages): Not what you might expect, at first, but it's worth hanging on through the end! Universal Harvester is part mystery/thriller, part drama; filled with little lessons learned as a native of a small town, as well as the feelings of desperation that often accompany the connectedness of a small community, the story is fast paced, yet also measured. 

Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo (208 pages): One of my favorites last year! A stunning collection of short stories (that will change the way you think about short stories!) celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making.

I had two little brothers, Nick and Sam. Their lives revolved around farting, Indian burns, and the timeworn torture of repeating everything you said, repeating everything you said. Someday I would enjoy the company of them both, my mother assured me, but until then I would need to exercise tolerance.
— "The Payoff" in Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (70 pages): This one is definitely worth reading, even if you need to stretch it out for many days. These charming tales are not only highly readable and full of humor and invention, but also offer ample food for thought about the social, economic, and personal relationship of men and women — and how they might be improved.

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