Tuesday, 21 March 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books to read in one sitting

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

I love being able to sit and read a book in one go, because you get swept away, become best friends with the characters, and feel more invested in the story if you're not being dragged away to do things in the real world.
These books are ones that I've read in one sitting, and which I'd highly recommend for it. Some of them are tougher subjects, some of them are more fun and enlightening: there's a book for every mood, all you need to do is put aside some time!

Image result for divergent veronica roth
I have literally no idea how I read this book so quickly, but it was done and dusted within two hours. If only I could read that fast now! There's just something about this series opener that drags you in.

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'Lying About Last Summer' is one of those contemporary YA novels that encompasses both romance and mystery. My heart pounded more times than I could count while I was reading this, but it wasn't just from the threatening stalker: Sue writes a beautiful blossoming teenage relationship. Aw. 

Image result for asking for it o'neill
This book is the definition of gripping. I wanted to stop reading it because it was so harrowing and such a difficult read, but I couldn't physically stop myself. I've never felt so many emotions while reading a book before, and I don't know if I ever will again. 

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I had to put 'Wing Jones' down because I was at a concert, but it was SO DIFFICULT. I couldn't stop thinking about the story, and as soon as the show was over I started reading it again. If you like realistic characters that you're dying to be friends with, this is the book for you. 

Image result for fangirl rainbow rowell
'Fangirl' was the first Rainbow Rowell book I read, and I was amazed by how much I loved her writing. I picked this up back when I had no intention of going to university, so I can't wait to reread it now I've been offered a place! 

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I was ill when I decided to pick up 'Beautiful Broken Things', and it made me feel so much better. Sara Barnard's writing is a dream!
I also highly recommend 'A Quiet Kind of Thunder', but that one took me a little longer to get into. 

Image result for wintergirls laurie halse anderson
I wasn't sure whether to put 'Wintergirls' or 'Speak', because I read them both in one sitting... But I've read 'Wintergirls' in one sitting twice, so there was no way I couldn't talk about it.
I've had struggles with my weight over the last few years, and the first time I read 'Wintergirls' when I was in a very bad place. I almost decided not to read it because I thought it would hurt far too much, but it helped me so much. 

Image result for half bad sally green
'Half Bad' is one of the longer books I'm featuring in this list, but because Sally Green has such a unique way of writing and telling Nathan's story, it flies past. The first time I read it it took me a few days because I found it jarring, but when I read it again I couldn't put it down.

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I still haven't read many books featuring bisexual characters, so this one is a refreshing change from all of the hetero contemporary romances. This is the only one of Juno's novels that I've read, and it's one of my favourite books of all time - I need to get a move on and read some of her other writing (especially 'Margot & Me'.)

Image result for entangled cat clarke
'Entangled' is the first book that I can vividly remember reading in one sitting. 
It was back at a time when I didn't read much at all, so the fact that I sat completely still for a few hours and didn't look up until I turned the last page was mind-blowing to me at the time.
I'm scared to reread it, because I related to it so much at the time and I'm in a very different place now... But it was exactly what I needed back then. 

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! 

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  1. Wintergirls and Asking For It are going on my TBR!

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines
    My Top 10

    1. I hope you enjoy both of them, just make sure to keep some tissues handy!

  2. I've never seen that cover of Divergent before. It's really pretty!

    1. It's definitely my favourite of all the cover variations I've seen. Luckily I managed to get a box set of all three books with this design!

  3. A lot of great covers here! Makes me want to get some of them.
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    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did :)

  4. Divergent was a binge read for me. I don't get much time for that kind of thing these days, but it was so different compared to The Hunger Games that I couldn't stop.

    Fangirl is on my list as well. Need to bump it up here soon!


    1. I still need to read The Hunger Games (I know, I'm a terrible bookworm!) but I'm trying to clear enough time to read all three books one after the other - I know for a fact I'm going to want to finish the entire series as soon as I start book one.

  5. I really enjoyed Asking For It but it took me a while to read because it was tough stuff to get through.
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  6. Hi! I read both of those Laurie Halse Anderson books in one sitting. I really like Speak. The sarcasm in that book is the best :)
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