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Books You Can Read in One Day

The countdown to year’s end has begun. If you’re behind on your reading challenge for 2016 or just want to pad your statistics, here are some books you can easily read in a day or less.


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Dubliners by James Joyce

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Of the Farm by John Updike

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah, translated by Sora Kim-Russell

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick

The Plains by Gerald Murnane

The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra by Pedro Mairal

Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark


Slow Reading by John Miedema

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The Ancient Art of Tea by Warren Peltier

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865 by Sarah Raymond Herndon

The Tao of Psychology by Jean Shinoda Bolen

Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C.G. Jung, trans. R.F.C. Hull

Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief by Ann Hood

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art by Joyce Carol Oates

Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson

In Addition

19 Wonderful Short Books and Stories to Read Now


© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

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