Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read in a Day!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

These are are books that are short and sweet enough to be read in a day, or books I got addicted to and had to read in one sitting- sometimes a day, sometimes a couple of hours!

10. Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

I just started this yesterday, and finished it... yesterday so I felt I should include it! It is an 136 page graphic novel so it's easy to read quickly and is also wonderful. Set in a charming English village where unexpected affairs and lust lies under the idyllic setting. Review coming soon!

9. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

I loved this book when I was a child and after recently purchasing a copy I have discovered that I still love it! Written by Ted Hughes, (Sylvia Plath's controversial husband) it is beautiful and poetic and the main character, although made of iron, definitely has a heart.

8. The Recently Deflowered Girl by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey is awesome. I have lots of his little books that are wickedly perverse and morbid with lovely sketch illustrations. This book in particular is funny and dark- different sexual acts described with the utmost propriety and nonchalance until you're not sure what it is you're reading anymore...

7. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

I was surprised recently when I featured a Terry Pratchett book on my 'Waiting on Wednesday' post, as a lot of people left comments referring to the fact that they had never read a Terry Pratchett book. Maybe he's just big in the U.K- his books are really popular here. I think everyone needs to read at least one as they are so charming and funny and there's about 100 of them to choose from! This is the very first book in the Discworld series (of which there are now around 40 books!) so it's a brilliant place to start!

6. Bears of England by Mick Jackson

I love this little book by Mick Jackson. The quirky cover does it for me in all kinds of ways and the premise of a faux historical novel which edits different types of bears (diving bears, circus bears etc) into the history of England is fantastic. Definitely one to pick up if you're in a whimsical mood!

5. Sin City Volume 1 by Frank Miller

It is no secret that I love Sin City- both the film and the books just epitomise what I love; heavily stylised, 50's dialogue, grimy filthy underworlds, conspiracy and messed up psycho characters. If you loved the film you definitely need to read Vol.1- it is a story arc not featured in the film at all and explains a few things...as well as being a brilliant story!

4. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

A book from my teen years that kept me up all night and stayed with me much longer than most; haunting, well written, brilliant female lead character and heartbreaking. Has a social agenda but doesn't force it down your throat. The romance had me in tears which is saying something as I am a little black hearted at the best of times.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Is there anyone out there at the moment NOT waiting for Insurgent? Divergent is as addictive as they come and you will read it in a day despite it being a fattie of a novel. So exciting and gripping that you just have to know where it's all going to end.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I read the entire trilogy in 2 days last year which is quite a lot of pages! Again, like Divergent this is addictive lit at it's best and it is impossible to put down. I really cared about the characters and needed to know what happened to them! Katniss Everdeen fo life.

1. Any Harry Potter book.

No explanation needed. If you didn't read these in a day then I believe you may be a robot.

Thanks for reading my 'Top Ten Tuesday' post- let me know if you've read these and what you thought of them!


  1. My husband is a huge Terry Pratchett fan so I tried to read The colour of magic, but didn't like it too much. Actually I think I got to chapter 2 before I put it away, I am sorry to say.
    The Hunger Games is on a lot of lists, I might read it after all.

  2. Hi there, just popping in... I've also got 'The Deathly Hallows' :D Good choice!

    :) Here is my choice...
    Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Great picks! I adore Terry Prachett!! (and I'm not even from the uk!) He's one of the very few authors that makes me laugh out loud when reading. Can't get enough.

  4. Believe it or not, I still haven't read Divergent! Although I've heard a lot of stellar things about it!

    New Follower! :)

  5. Harry Potter, Divergent, & Hunger Games...Oh yes! I haven't read any of the other books you listed, but it looks like I have some good options for books to fly through! Those are my favorite kind. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Sash and Em!


  6. Yes, ANY Harry Potter book should be in every list! :)
    Thanks for commenting in my post!

  7. I actually received a UK copy of Thud! for my birthday from a dear friend. So I'm looking forward to reading my first Terry Pratchett novel. Wow, reading The Hunger Games trilogy in 2 days' time? That's a great feat, and I can definitely see why. :D Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog!


  8. Haha "no explanation needed" indeed! I really gotta read Divergent.. have been hearing so much about it everywhere for so long! lol

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Michele | Top 10

  9. Out of the list I have read Divergent and The Hunger Games! I will be looking into the rest of your list! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Reading
    (New Follower)

  10. Didn't know that Tamara Drewe made it to graphic novel format-- I will have to check if my library has it! And I agree about the Harry Potter books :)

    Thanks for stopping by my top ten this week!

  11. Gimme Insurgent...NOW! That one actually took me two days to read because I failed at life with it, but it was definitely one that had me in its grips. As for HP and Hunger Games...yes! I don't know how people could step away from them. I don't think you could have paid me to, ha!

    Thanks for stopping by! Following you back! :)

  12. Harry Potter (L) Ofcourse! I listed one of the book too <3

    And I'm busy in the hunger games for the first time and it's really good indeed.


  13. Everytime I see the title of your blog I sing "I got a pocket got a pocket full of sunshine" haha It just pops in my head. Anyway, great list! And I agree, if you haven't read Harry Potter you are either an infant and can't read or a robot. I love Divergent and Hunger Games as well. My Top Ten Tuesday

  14. Divergent and The Hunger Games! Great choices, although Divergent is a bit long and took me more than a day to read. I'm a slow reader! Harry Potter is a good one, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Cheers.

  15. Divergent is such a fantastic book. I can't wait for Insurgent!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Laura @ The Traveling Owl

  16. I totally agree on The Hunger Games and Harry Potter :) And I was just talking to someone recently about how I need to read Divergent soon. I own it, it just keeps getting shuffled to the bottom of my TBR pile. Obviously I need to get to it soon!

  17. I need to try Terry Prachett.

    Thanks for stoppin by!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library

  18. Sin City is awesome! I've only seen the movie, though. I should try the GNs.

  19. Of your list I've only read Divergent and The Hunger Games, so you've given me some more books to check out.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Lol, good point on the Harry Potter books. I was so ready to put off Divergent until the whole series was out, but all the Insurgent hype is getting to me and I think I'm going to pick it up at the library this week. Good to know it'll be a breeze!

  21. Divergent was fantastic! I'm a bit late to the party, and only read it last Friday, but I absolutely couldn't put it down. I guess in a way, I'm lucky I only read it then, because my wait for Insurgent isn't going to be too long :P.

    And LOL about the Harry Potter books! The first one will forever remain as one of my favourites. It's my go-to book on rainy days.

    New follower here, btw! :)

  22. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog =) I love your comment about Harry Potter -- at this point who hasn't read and loved those books?!?

  23. I am so ashamed to admit that i haven't read Divergent yet - it's sitting on my shelf waiting, but for some reason I just haven't gotten to it. All this insurgent mania though is making me want to be in the know! I haven't read many of the others, I'm definitely going to have to check some of them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

  24. I absolutely love the covers on some of those books you chose. I hadn't heard of many of them, but the covers are awesome! And Divergent and HP totally deserve to be on the list. Such easy one day reads! And I'm reading THG now!

    Great choices for your TTT!

  25. I am waiting very impatiently for DIVERGENT :D And I need to add some of the books you have there to my TBR!

  26. Thanks for checking out my TTT earlier. As for yours, this list looks great! I think I'm the last person on Earth who hasn't read Divergent. I'll have to check it out.

  27. Love your list! I'm honestly one of those who has never read Terry Pratchett, but I definitely know who he is. I'm glad you pointed out The Colour of Magic so I know where to start!

  28. great list!

    (p.s. - "Sin City" is by Frank Miller, not Alan Moore)

    Have you read anything written by Alan Moore?
    (my favourite comic writer)

    Promethea, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Swamp Thing, from Hell, ABC, Lost Girls... he is a genius! :-)

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