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Top Ten Tuesday: One Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it!

Today’s Top Ten:  The Top Ten Books I’ve Read in a Day.

I read quite quickly. I can read a book a day, especially when I’m in a deep reading phase. However, just because I am able to read a book in a day doesn’t mean that I necessarily want to. Here, however, is a list of ten books that I haven’t been able to put down, and that I’ve had to finish in a day. Staying up reading until 2 am counts as one day, right?

10. Big Bear Hug / Making the Moose out of Life by Nicholas Oldland. I’ve put both of these amazing books on my list because they crack me up. They are picture books, and Canadian picture books at that. Not only will you read them in a day, but, if you are very, very lucky, you will have someone adorable on your lap who will want them read to them again and again and again. Here’s a hint: do it. You won’t be sorry.

9. Laid Bare by Lauren Dane This is NOT a children’s book. Do not confuse this with the books above. Man, though … this book and those that follow in the series? They are smoking hot books. The way that Dane can develop characters and their relationships is unparalleled in my book; she can take what might be considered unconventional and make it so logical and right. I love the Brown siblings and their complicated lives. I just wish there were more of them so I would have more books to read.

8. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Yeah, I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I started to read it in the morning, about an hour or so before my hair appointment. They called me after forty-five minutes to ask me if I still planned on coming … and I actually had to think about my answer before I gave it. I loved the retelling of the Frankenstein story in this book, and how the mystical elements added so much to the story. I also love that Oppel isn’t afraid to let his story go to dark and scary places. Did I mention that book two is on my must-read list for the year?

7. Tie: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie / Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh. Sorry, mystery fans, but I can’t choose just one. There was a point in my life where I was series mystery-obsessed. My local library couldn’t keep up with my obsessive need to read mysteries of every kind (good thing my mom was one of the librarians!). I haunted the World’s Biggest Bookstore, second-hand stores and my friends’ parent’s bookshelves, looking to pick up any books I might have missed. Christie and Marsh were my drugs of choice, and these books are definitely in my top five for each. I clearly remember lying on the back deck in the sun, transported back in time to Poirot, the Alleyns, Ms Marple and more.

6. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy This was one of those accidental finds from another blogger – sadly, I’ve forgotten who mentioned it to me first, but I give thanks weekly. Landy writes witty and wonderfully adventurous books with a clever and funny skeleton detective and his sarcastic and intelligent teenaged girl sidekick/co-detective. The world is generally always in peril, there are mystical and magical things that happen, but there are also qualities that send these book into ‘read all day’ category books. People get hurt when the fight each other, characters may be good or bad, depending on the situation and, as with Oppel, Landy isn’t afraid to go to the dark side. These are the books that I have to hoard until I know I have a full day available to read, because there is no way I’m letting them out of my sight until I’ve reached the last page.

5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher I still don’t think that I’m over this book. There was such a huge emotional punch in this book that it still resonates with me. While I had to stop reading at times just to walk away and breathe deeply, I kept coming back to read more and more. It’s not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination; indeed, at times it is certainly uncomfortable, but it is so worth it.

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Yes, The Hunger Games was amazing. Yes, I was really looking forward to Mockingjay. Honestly, though – it was Catching Fire that really kept me awake late at night. I had to find out what happened to Katniss and Peeta and Gale and … well, you know the story. Talk about a book that broke the “second book letdown” curse with a vengeance!!

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth (and, okay, Insurgent too) Exciting and thrilling and wonderfully written and such a rush you think you just ate sixteen Pixie sticks all at once – yes, that, my friends, is the feeling you have when you read these books. There’s something about the way that Roth draws in the reader that I find incredible. I felt like I was just off to the side of Tris, watching what was going on, feeling what she was feeling and trying to claw my stomach out of my throat at some of the situations she ended up in. While some may classify it as YA, I’d rather call it a must-read for all.

2. One for the Money, Two for the Dough, etc. (The Stephanie Plum series) by Janet Evanovich. I’ve often heard these referred to as ‘potato chip’ books. If by that you mean you can’t stop at just one and you laugh so hard that you end up with a sore stomach, then yes, they are exactly that. There’s something about the goofiness of this series that just pulls me in every time. I love the characters that Evanovich creates, the situations that develop and the corresponding craziness that ensues. There are lines that make me crack up every time I read them, and they are easily read within the day.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (pick any of the seven) Confession time – This series turned me into a very, very bad friend. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out the same weekend as my dear friend’s wedding. That would be the same wedding where I was the maid of honour … yeah. It wasn’t pretty. I spent the entire morning at the hairdressers with my head in the book. I have no idea if the bride’s hair matched the planning pictures, and I’m not proud of my behaviour – but I did manage to finish the entire book before the wedding took place. <Rock Star!>

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  1. OMG!!! I totally loved Skulduggery Pleasant series. They’re like the best MG books ever. I never had anyone to squell together on the book over Fletcher:( We really should catch up sometime! Awesome list=D

    Drop by my Top 10?

    http://www.tumblinginbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-10-books-to-read-in-day.html

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  2. I want to read 13 reasons why so bad, I need to buy a copy :P
    here’s my list;

    http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-3.html

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    • 13 Reasons is a great read, and defintely worth picking up. Tough, but wonderful.
      I can’t wait to read The Fault In Our Stars …so many people have been raving about it that it’s jumping to the top of my list.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I had Harry Potter as my number one too- that is hilarious that you spent the wedding morning reading it…I would have done the same…it is necessary!

    I really want to read ‘Skullduggery Pleasant’ and have them on my shelf- will have to pick them up some day soon!

    New follower :-)

    My TTT: http://pocketfulofbooksblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-books-to-read-in-day.html

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    • Oh, the Skulduggery series is so worth picking up. Each book gets deeper and darker (and larger!); apparently he’s planning a 9-book series, mentally pictured as 3 trilogies within a larger arc, and he’s completed 6 of them.
      Thanks for following and stopping by :-)

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  4. And then there were none is definitely on my TBR, and so is 13 Reasons Why.
    THG and HP were always excellent!
    My TTT

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  5. GOF is one of my fav hp books.. LOL! If you friend didnt complain about your hair, you probably looked fine at the wedding.

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  6. LOL! There are a lot of books that have not only made me a bad friend but also a very bad girlfriend ;) And Catching Fire and the Harry Potter series are definitely among them!! And yes, staying up till 2 AM TOTALLY counts! :)

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  7. Such a great list! I also love the Plum series. They seem to get shorter & shorter with each new addition but I still love them.

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  8. Great list!!! It definitely counts if you stay up to the wee small hours of the morning. I loved your HP story too, it’s great to read other people’s stories about reading those books, so many wonderful memories!

    Feel free to check out my post – http://thegirlinacafe.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/top-ten-tuesdays-ten-books-to-read-in.html

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  9. Love, love, love the Stephanie Plum series! Great list.
    Here’s my Top Ten. Would love for you to stop by.

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