13 novels to read in one sitting

13 Novels to Read in One Sitting

You know the feeling: it’s late, you should be sleeping. Instead, your bedside lamp is on and you are cozy af, with a good book in your arms long after you ought to have gone to bed.

I love that feeling. I live for that feeling.

To that end, I have gathered thirteen novels (in several genres) to keep you up at night. Novels you will read compulsively. Novels you won’t want to put down.

Without further ado, in no particular order:

Science Fiction

Archetype by M.D. Waters

Archetype Novel by M.D. Waters

I was lucky enough to have bought this as an impulse purchase at the Dollar Tree! They seriously have amazing books for just $1 just because they’re a few years old.

So Archetype is about a woman who wakes up and can’t remember her past, and almost anything else about the plot is a spoiler, unfortunately. But it’s science-y and written beautifully and so worth your time. I stayed up until one in the morning, after having read Archetype in one sitting.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Why everyone needs to read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter explores a fun idea in physics that’s been floating around for a while now, but in a way I hadn’t yet seen! It’s also about love and regret and is just totally, beautifully heartbreaking. I read it in one sitting for my 27th birthday.

Consider by Kristy Acevedo

Consider novel by Kristy Acevedo

Consider is newest to my list! About holograms/portals that show up all over the world, telling the people of earth that they are there to save them from impending doom. SO good. So original. Written gorgeously.

Also, lots of nerdy sci-fi references to Dr. Who and Star Trek. Fun stuff.



Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

I don’t know that I’ve ever read another romance that kept me up reading at night, but Shuffle, Repeat definitely did! About two kids forced to ride to school together, who bond over their hatred of each other’s music.

The characters are so hilarious and you’re rooting for them so hard and there is a compulsive need to turn page after page.



The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

Fantasy is a little difficult for this because it tends to run so long, which is what makes The Spirit Thief perfect! About wizards that can speak to the spirits inside of objects, not to reduce it too much.

It’s a short, quick, uber entertaining read. I laughed out loud on the very first page, got to love that!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I saw this a few years ago and had to buy it. What a funny idea! Dorothy has become a tyrant in Oz, Glenda the good witch is creepy af, and the munchkins curse and have tattoos.

I love re-tellings, and I loved the idea that our beloved childhood characters could be so broken. Dorothy Must Die is delightfully morbid.



One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One Of Us Is Lying novel by Karen M. McManus

I had mixed feelings about One Of Us Is Lying, but ultimately, I did read it in one sitting (as did many others, from the reviews I read). About five kids who go to detention, but only four make it out, as the fifth has died in the room.

It is an exciting journey with these four kids, and my mind was genuinely blown by the twist.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The beauty of this book is in its simplicity, and in its singularity. A kid finds his neighbor’s dog dead, and tries to solve the mystery of who killed him.

The narrator is a teenage boy with autism (the author had worked with children with autism, so it’s very, very realistic). I have a soft spot for any and all things autism, as my dad has Asperger’s. Reading a mystery from such a POV is so completely fun.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

This one genuinely surprised me! About a guy named Odd Thomas who sees dead people and tries to help them move on. He has a premonition that something bad with massive casualties is going to come to town, and tries to stop it.

I had never been a fan of Dean Koontz, and I’m still really not, yet Odd Thomas remains one of my favorite books of all time. Because it moves through a period of one day, it’s so easy to keep reading and reading until the devastating, gorgeous end.



The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raikin

I had to throw some children’s books in, because they’re my favorites. This is about a millionaire who dies, and in his will is a mysterious game that sixteen strangers have to play to see who wins his fortune.

I read The Westing Game in school, in sixth grade. I re-read it as an adult to see if I was romanticizing it, sure it couldn’t be as brilliant as I remembered. But oh my god. It is a hilarious, mind-bending game, and whether you have kids or not, you should read it.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I still haven’t watched the movie, because I’m nervous about how well this could have been adapted. The Giver is a gorgeous masterpiece, and it should be required reading for every single person.



Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain

I don’t read a lot of thrillers, it’s probably the one area I avoid most. They have to be really particular for me to enjoy them. I read Heartsick because Chuck Palahniuk, who is one of my favorite authors, said the female serial killer in this was amazing. A recommendation from Chuck P plus a female serial killer? I was in, and Heartsick doesn’t disappoint. The series did get a little meh after this one, but the first book is so worth it.



Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

I hesitate to even call Diary horror, but it’s probably the closest genre we’re going to get. It’s written in the form of, get this, a diary. A woman writes to her husband who is in a coma, and whom she occasionally stabs with pins because she hates him. It is weird and disgusting and so, utterly fantastic.


What about you?

What books have you read in one sitting?



10 ways to find time to read

10 Ways to Find Time to Read

I hear it constantly: “But how do you find time to read?”

It’s a fair question. I’m a mother, and home-educated my son for two years. I’m a full-time student, and just recently stopped working full-time as well.

And for a while, I did all these things at the same time. Yes. I was a home-schooling mother, full-time student, and had a full-time job. And I still found time to read.

If I can do it, you can do it. Here are some ways to work reading into your life, no matter what your life entails.


  Read in between classes

Read in between classes. This is honestly where I get most of my reading done. There are plenty of times where a class is cancelled, and I’m stuck waiting for another that doesn’t start for two hours. Sometimes I’ll finish a midterm or final in fifteen minutes, and be in the same boat. Sometimes, I purposefully schedule my classes all semester so I’ll have hour and a half breaks in between classes, so I can do homework and then read. It’s not going to hurt to shove one more, non-school assigned book in your sixty pound backpack.


Read on your lunch break

Read on your lunch break. Bring a book, and see how many pages you can go before you get food on it. I promise it’s not as many as you think.

Read on your off-time. At my desk job, I better not be caught dead with a novel. That didn’t stop me from downloading E-books. Even if your employer would like to think you’re a busy little bee who spends 100% of your time thinking and dreaming about their company, chances are you have some downtime. Use the downtime to read.



I get the most excuses from you. I’ve heard it all. Well, y’all, I’m a mom, too. I get it. We’re busy. I fancy myself Wonder Woman, but I have been known to schedule every second of my day until I feel I may actually be crushed under the weight of my self-imposed obligations. Guess what? I still read.

While dinner is in the oven. Or on the stove. Or at any break I get from being an active participant in the cooking process.

While you’re waiting at doctor’s appointments. The more kids you have, the more time you spend in frickin’ frackin’ waiting rooms. PUT DOWN THE US WEEKLY. (Unless your goal is to read more magazines, in which case good on you, I totally support your journey and your decision to read whatever you want.)

While your children nap. If you’re lucky enough to have children that nap. My kid never napped, not once, past his first birthday. BUT, you may be one of the lucky ones. Instead of spending nap-time crying or day-drinking or whatever, grab a book! Bonus points if you can cry/day-drink while you read!

Find time to read

If you homeschool, take advantage of their solitary activities. Chances are, you don’t hover over everything your kid does. They probably add or paint or do something you don’t have to monitor all that closely. Take this time to read.

At the park. Be it a kid park, a dog park, or a combination of the two, you probably spend some time here. Spend that time reading!

Read at the park


Public transportation is the best for reading. Now I live in Colorado Springs, a city where it is virtually impossible to live without a vehicle. However, I used to live in Portland, Oregon, and I took the MAX train everywhere. I got SO much reading done. If you are a bus/train/subway user, stop staring out the window! Read a book. This goes for planes also. There’s more than Skymall out there. Also, there’s generally tons of time to read while you’re waiting for any of these to show up.

Read while you wait for the bus


Get audio books for the car. Some people will tell you that this isn’t really reading. Tell those people to bite your ass.


The final thought:

You have to want to read. You have to want to make time to read. Chances are you make time for television, wine, complaining about your co-workers. These things are important to you, and that’s great! If you would like to become more of a reader, you just have to make it a priority to read.
Find time to read

What About You?

How do you find time to read? Do you find yourself making excuses?