This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish is all about quick reads: those wonderful books you can read in one sitting, possibly with a short break to gather supplies.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
This is possibly the saddest book I’ve ever read and, while it is very short and possible to read in one go, that is probably the most psychologically damaging thing you could actually do.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Short but astounding, this is an obvious choice but a perfect one. Merricat is only with you for the few hundred pages of the book’s duration, but she’ll stay in your head long after.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Under 100 pages and completely bonkers, this African sci-fi is brilliant.
One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun
I saw this mentioned on a blog about weird books, and that it certainly is. Something to do with shadows lifting? I can’t exactly remember, but it’s definitely a one-sitting read.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
This isn’t actually particularly short – about 300 pages – but I read it in one sitting the other night, so it counts. It’s a story about a computer game-obsessed teenage boy in 1987, and it’s beautifully nostalgic.
Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
This novella goes back to the Axis Race prior to Wolf by Wolf, and is ace because it’s all about Luka and he is my favourite.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Completely different to the better-known House of Mirth, this novella is about a simple, rural man beset by complicated relationships and tragedy.
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie’s letter to a friend, advising on how to raise her daughter to be a feminist. A lot of it is quite obvious, but Adichie’s style is always irresistible.
One by Sarah Crossan
A quick read because it’s written in verse but another deeply emotional one, Crossan’s story of conjoined twins facing the reality of being separated is life-changing.
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
This quick read concerns a teenage girl and a coming-of-age story. It’s a classic.