As much as I enjoy being immersed in a great book for days on end, there is something particularly satisfying about finishing a book quickly. This year’s Summer Book Bingo again features the category “Finish in a Day.” For the sake of consistency, I have chosen to limit this list to books that average about 200 pages in length. There is a wide variety here, from memoirs to classics, which can help make quick work of some of the other Book Bingo squares as well. After all, you’ll have this particular square done in a day!
There are numerous works, past and present, from authors of color that can be finished in a day, including: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri; and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde.
The books by Jacqueline Woodson, James Baldwin, and Audre Lorde can be used for the LGBTQIA author or character square as well, alongside A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (which was also adapted into a movie) and The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
If you’re looking for a collection of essays or short stories, try South and West by Joan Didion, which could also count as biography or memoir, or read one of the entries in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2017 edited by Bill Henderson. Previously mentioned books by Jhumpa Lahiri and Audre Lorde would also fit into this category.
Not sure what to read for the science nonfiction or science fiction square? Jeff VanderMeer will have you speeding through Annihilation. And for an unforgettable yet brief story set in another country, try Jim Shepard’s harrowing look at the Warsaw ghetto through the eyes of a child in The Book of Aron.
As I mentioned before, this isn’t the first time we’ve offered this bingo square, so be sure to check out last year’s Finish a book in a day post for ideas, too.
~ Eric G.