Top Ten Tuesday: Read in One Sitting

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 Every once in a while, I like to spend a whole day doing nothing but drinking hot tea, nibbling on sandwiches or cookies, and reading something wonderful. All of these books are an excellent choice for that kind of day.

1.  We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. How would you rebuild your life after  the deaths of several family members due to poisoning? Is this a mystery, a ghost story, or something else entirely? The best thing about this tale was how much time it gave the reader to decide what genre they were reading and whether or not they trusted what the main character was telling them.

2. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore. I have a soft spot for strange, funny, and unusual titles. The fact that it is about a girl who will attempt to save injured frogs at one point only makes me more interested in checking it out. While this book is still on my to-read list, it will be definitely be something I read in one sitting once I start reading it.

3. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez. It isn’t easy to solve a murder seventeen years after it occurred, especially when the person investigating it is also one of the suspects. I would have never returned to that town after being suspected of such a terrible crime, so the fact that the main character goes back intrigues me.

4. Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed. The conflict between following your heart and obeying the rules of your culture can be hard to navigate, especially when the stakes are as high as they are for   Rumi. This wouldn’t be something I could put down once I picked it up because of how much the main character has to lose no matter what she chooses to do.

5. The Lemur by Benjamin Black. My favorite kind of murder mystery is the kind that characters accidentally stumble into. For that reason alone, this isn’t something I could split up into more than one reading session.

6. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. This book goes into so much more detail about life in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s than the TV based on it could ever hope to do. I love reading all of stories about the patients Ms. Worth helped during her years as a midwife. They endured all kinds of terrible circumstances that most people living in 2017 no longer have to worry about.

7. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. Sometimes genetics surprise people. The mother in this tale was disappointed when she gave birth to a child whose skin was much darker than her own. As someone who is part of a multi-racial extended family, I find it fascinating when people expect their children and other relatives to look exactly like them.

8. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagine what the world would be like if the things you dreamed about literally came true. This is something I used to wish would happen to me until I read this book. Now I’m not so sure if it’s something I’d want after all, but it’s still fun to think about.

9. When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. This is the best fictional story about Japanese internment camps that I’ve come across so far.

10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Every time I reread this book, I have so much sympathy for the lonely, awful life Offred lead that I can’t stop until I’ve seen her through to the final scene.


  1. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  2. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? is such a great book title. I like that. Kind of intriguing. We get a lot of frogs and toads in our gardens and I always go out to look at them. Nice list and thanks for coming over to the blog to say hello!

    • You’re welcome.

      I’m a little jealous of your garden. I’d bet that the frogs and toads love hopping around there.

  3. Nothing beats just taking a day to sit back and read the day away 🙂 I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, so I’m hoping to be able to do so soon!

    • Oh, it’s a wonderful book. I hope you have a chance to read it soon. Did you know that there’s a miniseries coming out next month based on it as well? I can’t wait to see it and see how the storylines compare.

  4. The Handmaid’s Tale is awesome!! But then again, I pretty much like anything written by Margaret Atwood.

    The only thing I’ve read by Shirley Jackson is The Haunting of Hill House. I’d like to read a few of her other novels.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my TTT post!

    • I have to agree with you there, Lisa. Margaret Atwood has written some great stories.

      And you’re welcome!

  5. I’ve been thinking of reading Call the Midwife, it sounds so good. (Although I have a horrible feeling that I’ll spend my entire time reading in tears).

    • Yes, it’s a great story. You will definitely want to keep the tissue box nearby. There are some very sad moments in it. (Although there are a few funny scenes, too!)

  6. The only one I’ve read off your list is God Help the Child but I completely agree that it’s a perfect one-sitting book.

  7. Love the Handmaid’s Tale, I haven’t really heard of many of the other books on your list though. I’ll have to check them out.

  8. I haven’t heard of any of these titles, all new to me but I’m glad they were so intriguing that you were able to enjoy them enough to read through!

  9. I have not read any of these – as you could see from my blog, I focus primarily on history/non-fiction. Interesting list though, and a couple have piqued my interest. I love spending a whole day doing nothing but reading and/or writing.

    • I love to do that as well, Sarah. I hope you ending up finding something fun to read on my list. I like trying genres I don’t generally read, too.

  10. I hadn’t heard of Chronicle of a Death Foretold before, but I’m still having post traumatic flashbacks to Love in the Time of Cholera: it took me seven months to read it, despite sitting down and trying for hours at a time every other day! I should probably give him another try, though… A few years have passed.
    Also really looking forward to The Handmaid’s Tale – need to read it before that adaptation comes out!

    • Yes, Love in the Time of Cholera was a tough read for sure.

      I hope you’re able to finish The Handmaid’s Tale before the adaptation comes out. I actually just finished reading it again myself.

  11. I almost went with a different short Marquez novel (Of Love and Other Demons) — I really must read Chronicle of a Death Foretold! I’d like to check out the “frog hospital” book too — I read a few of Lorrie Moore’s books ages ago, and remember loving the way she writes. I’d like to read When the Emperor Was Divine too. The Handmaid’s Tale is such a favorite of mine — I can’t wait to see the new TV version.

    • I’m glad you found so many interesting books on my list. I’ve never actually read anything else from Lorrie Moore. Do you have a good recommendation of what to check out from her next?

  12. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is deifnitely a book I read in one sitting. Great list, and thanks for dropping by my TTT earlier 🙂

  13. I’ve never read “Call the Midwife,” but the series is one of my all-time favorites. Despite all the change its gone through, it continues to be a beautiful example of impressive, poignant storytelling.

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!

  14. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, is one of those books I want to read, but I don’t know if I’d like it! Happy Reading!!

    • We Have Always Lived in the Castle is great, but it definitely isn’t something I’d recommend to everyone. It all depends on what you think about darker storylines and plots that can be interpreted in more than one way.

  15. I read The Handmaid’s Tale in one sitting too– but mostly because I had to read it for a class and I procrastinated until the night before. OOPS!! It is totally binge-worthy though! Great list!

  16. I’ve had The Handmaid’s Tale on my TBR for so long! I really need to get to it.

  17. The Handmaid’s Tale is an all consuming read.

    • It sure is! I’ve even had a few dreams about The Handmaid’s Tale in the past. The story really gets stuck in your mind. 🙂

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Handmaids Tale is on my TBR list. I just haven’t gotten to it. But I want to read it before watching the show.

    • You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a fantastic story, especially once you get a chapter or two into it and start realizing what’s going on.

  19. Who will run the frog hospital is such an interesting title. It is not my normal genre but I’d almost check that out.

  20. I really, really, REALLY want to read We Have Always Live in the Castle, and I’ve owned it for the longest time, but still haven’t got around to reading it. 😐

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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