Book Bingo: You Finish Reading in a Day

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

Slim volume, big story or paperback page turner, reading a book in one day immerses you in worlds and moods that stay with you like a vivid dream.

Curiosity compels you to push through to the end of mysteries, suspense novels, survival stories and non-time sequential books with a secret to be revealed. The pages turn themselves in Elly Griffiths’ The Crossing Places when a forensic archaeologist puts herself in heart pounding physical and emotional danger. You may stay up all night reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (of Gone Girl fame), getting pulled into this small town psychological thriller.  In My Abandonment you’ll want to know what happens to a father and daughter living in a Portland, OR park in Rock’s speculative novel, based on a true story.  Julian Fellows (Downton Abbey) writes about class and social manners; in Past Imperfect  you’ll ask why old school friends fall out.

Then there are the friendly characters you’ll want to hang out with all day. You won’t want to walk away from Julie and Romeo, a sweet love story of rival florists in Boston whose adult kids don’t approve. (Don’t miss the sequel Julie and Romeo Get Lucky.)  In another series the Spellman family antics will keep the pages turning as you spy on this detective agency; start with The Spellman Files.  Sarah Addison Allen’s books are pure magic. Try Garden Spells.  The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is the one that you’ll read on a Sunday morning and when you go to a party in the evening you’ll feel just like Bridget and everyone else will seem to play along.

The elements of your own calendar will merge with these circadian novels, which fit all the action into a single day. You may only set down Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons, a road trip of marital affirmation, to turn on the light. Accompany her, as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and discover her destiny. In Isherwood’s novella, a series of encounters fill the day of A Single Man as he struggles with questions of life and death. On your summer birthday, share in the self-examination of the elements of friendship on Molly Fox’s Birthday.

Check out this list to see more suggested books to read in a day.

~ Posted by Jane G.

Looking for even more ideas? See 2015’s blog post and reading list on the same topic.

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