9 Books You’ll Read in One Sitting

Books to Read One Sitting

Spring break is almost here and I’m ready to hunker down with a stack of books. Since my kids are also home for break, I usually choose books that are quick, fun reads. Something that I can pick up whenever I have a few minutes or if my kids interrupt me, I can easily get back into the story.

Whether you get a break or not for spring, here’s a few books you’ll read in just one or two sittings. Promise.

9 Books To Read In One Sitting


In Shell Collector by Hugh Howeythe ocean is dying due to warmer temp–which means seashells have become so rare that everyone is obsessed with them. Maya is a shell enthusiast and a journalist who’s given an opportunity of a lifetime. The reclusive CEO of Ocean Oil, whose business practices helped destroy so many beaches, has given Maya an exclusive interview. However, she discovers more than the villain she expected. Howey offers his usual end of the world scenario, but his latest book will appeal to those who might not enjoy typical science fiction. It’s action packed and  has great character development.

You’ve already heard me rave about Laline Pauls’ The Bees.  Who knew that a dystopian novel about bees could be so engrossing? Trust me, you’ll want to read it. I finished it in one sitting on New Year’s Eve. Not convinced? Read my full review.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami: While there’s only 96 pages in this illustrated book, it ripe for multiple reads. A young boy enters an oddly quiet library in search of more books and is sent to Room 107, where he discovers a mysterious world of spirits and danger. It’s deliciously dark.

Crossing by Andrew Fukudu: I bought this novel on right before I boarded my plane because I needed something to read on my flight. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I couldn’t read fast enough. Chinese born Xing is a loner at his all-white high school and can’t make friends–no matter how hard he tries. Until new girl Noami Lee arrives and befriends him. HIs quiet crush on Naomi turns into an obsession when she disappears. Xing attempts to find her abductor while his community turns on him.


Five Fires by Laura Lippman: I’m cheating by putting this novella on the list, but Lippman’s masterful writing is best showcased in her stand alone work. (Though I do enjoy her Tess Monohan series.) You’ll want to read Five Fires several times to catch all of Beth’s secrets as she follows the mysterious fires occurring in her small, quiet town. Plus, you can’t beat the $1.99 price.


The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne: I was an avid romance reader in my younger days, but stopped when my college course load took over my life. Novels like The Trouble With Love are why I loved romances so much. The characters’ chemistry leaps off the page, the banter is fiery, and both of our leads have friends we all wished we had. Plus it’s spring break, why not read something a little frivolous?

If you enjoy this book, Lauren Layne has an entire series featuring each of the couples: Sex, Love & Stilettos series.

Paper Magician Series

The Paper Magician & The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: If you loved The Night Circus by Julie Morgenstern, you’ll love the magical realism in The Paper Magician series. Ceony Twill has recently graduated from Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, but is assigned to apprentice with a paper magician instead of her chosen element. Paper seems so boring, but Ceony uncovers a deadly conspiracy after her teacher is left for dead. I absolutely loved this series and can’t wait for book 3 to be released in June! The Kindle versions of these novels are only $4.99 so not a bad price to try them out.

On my list is for spring break is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m #1261 on the hold list for the ebook at my library but the audiobook hold list was much shorter. I prefer to read than listening to an audiobook because I’m such a fast reader. However, I’ve heard so many rave reviews of The Girl on the Train, I’ll take it in any form I can. If your library has a long wait, the Kindle version is currently only $6.99, the price of a mass market paperback.

What’s on your reading list for spring break?

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