Book in a day?

I started an amazing contemporary YA novel on Saturday evening. I read about sixty pages before heading out for dinner with friends. On Sunday morning I woke up early feeling not so great. I couldn’t fall back to sleep so I picked up the book, thinking I’d read a few pages before dozing off.

And then I proceeded to read it in its entirety, in one sitting.

I never do this… I have a husband and a child and two dogs, a house to keep clean, laundry to fold, meals to cook. Then there’s writing and revising and blogging and emails. I normally only find time to read fifty or so published pages in the course of a day. And that’s a good day.

But this book. I just couldn’t put it down. It was compelling and gorgeous and emotional and romantic and even at this early point in the year, I feel confident in claiming that this amazing story will be one of my very favorite 2013 releases. When I read the final page I just wanted more, which is both the best and worst readerly feeling (thank goodness there’s a companion novel coming next year!).

Credit to Brittney Tabel, one of our senior staff members(Image credit: Brittney Tabel)

I bet you’re wondering what book consumed me for a whole entire day… Well, I tweeted about it and I shared my love via Instagram, and I’ll be sharing a full Bookanista recommendation on Thursday, so until then, all you get is a title:

Just One Day

Tell me: Have you ever read a book in a day? What’s the last book you just couldn’t put down?

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26 responses to “Book in a day?

  1. I need to read this! Love Gayle Forman.
    Occasionally, I read a book in a weekend. But a book in one day? I think my eyes would die.

  2. I haven’t read a book in a day since I was like 13. I would love to find something that did that to me again …

    • It’s so rare that a book grabs me in this way, and that I have a free day to just devour it. What a treat! Have you read Gayle Forman, Matthew? I’m not sure if her genre is your style, but she is an amazing writer.

  3. Sadly….I read books in a day way to often. WAY TO OFTEN. It’ s shameful. I read over 130 books last year soooo, yeah, I’m ashamed. haha

  4. THAT being said…I’m a really fast reader. Always have been, but still. ugh.

  5. I think I have a pretty idea what book I’ll be reading in the very near future. 🙂 I’m all about the books that can’t be put down. I’m trying to think of the last unputdownable/read in one day book I read was…probably LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. I’ve read a number of unputdownable books that I ended up having to put down for one reason or another, though.

    • I think ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS was the last book I read in a day, actually. Apparently I’m VERY drawn to contemporary find-yourself romance set in European countries. 🙂 Let me know what you think of JUST ONE DAY… I bet you’ll love it!

  6. I’ve read a couple of Hermann Hesse books in a single day, and all of Ida Vos’s books, since they’re so short. I don’t think even I could ever pack away a book of 500 pages or more in just a day, though.

    • Oh, I don’t think I could either… My eyes couldn’t handle anything too epically long. 🙂 It’s fun to get sucked into a great book every once in a while, though!

  7. I’ve definitely done that before, and actually kind of a lot recently (or at least a book in two days: 42 days into 2013, I’ve read 19 books and will likely close out #20 today.) But I’ve also had years where I read maybe ten or fifteen books (high school and college, I’m looking at you!)

    I’m debating waiting to read JUST ONE DAY until the companion novel comes out…I still have WHERE SHE WENT waiting to be read, because I want to re-read IF I STAY…see also REACHED, SHADES OF EARTH, and THE DROWNED CITIES! Happily, my students picked the first books in all those series to read for class so I have an excuse to re-read them. (I’ve also temporarily given up on all the Shadowhunter books until they’re all out!)

    • Oh, I love, love, love WHERE SHE WENT and IF I STAY. Gayle Forman’s writing just blows me away. You must read JUST ONE DAY soon, Jess! Oh, and I loved how Beth Revis concluded her trilogy with SHADES OF EARTH as well. 🙂

  8. I actually have the capacity to read a book in a day – could have definitely done that with THIS IS NOT A TEST and any Kody Keplinger novel, but, like you, there are fifty thousand things to tend to and do and *sigh*. It rarely happens. Also, I must read this book…SOON. I LOVE Gayle Forman!

  9. Ohhh you read it in a day? I better read it. I read THIS IS NOT A TEST in one day and THE DUFF (like Alison). Though usually I read a book over the course of three days, so that’s not too quick of a read for me. But still. Thanks for sharing this with me!

  10. I do this sometimes! It feels luxurious, doesn’t it? I don’t have a kid or a dog, though, haha… Sadly, I haven’t read that many unputtownable books recently–I think the last one was GRAFFITI MOON and that feels like ages ago!

    • It *does* feel luxurious, Cyrstal! I loved GRAFFITI MOON, too. I just read it last month and totally adored it. Why are Australian YA authors always so amazing?!

  11. I read a book in a day pretty often over the summer, but it’s harder for me during the school year. I devoured this one in a day, though. I couldn’t put it down!

  12. Oooh, what an excellent recommendation– can’t wait for the full scoop. I can’t recall the last book I read in a day. I have had a couple of books lately I did NOT want to put down, but they probably took more than a day: When You Reach Me, The Rules of Civility, Jellicoe Road, What Alice Forgot…

    • WHEN YOU REACH ME and JELLICOE ROAD are two of my all-time favorite books, Kat! Did you love them? Now I want to check out THE RULES OF CIVILITY AND WHAT ALICE FORGOT… Thanks for mentioning them!

  13. I read this over a few days but LOVED IT!! I’m so glad the sequel is only a few months away (though it still can’t come fast enough). 🙂