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Top Ten Tuesday | The Books I Read In One Sitting (But Not Really Because TURTLE READER!)


More bookish crazy is upon us with yet another participation in the popular Top Ten Tuesday meme.

Brokeand Bookish March 21 | Read In One Sitting Theme ten of the shortest books I've read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc. – Broke and Bookish



When I saw today’s topic I thought it was really unique. I liked the idea of a “Read in One Sitting” theme immediately. And then realization struck. I had to remind myself that I never (like, ever) read a book in a sitting. This is because I’m a. a turtle reader and b. I really don’t like to read a book (no matter how good it is) in a sitting. I don’t like to sit there and stare at a page for the length of time it takes me to read a book.

Sometimes getting up and moving on to something else (usually a blogging project, or simply living life) is required.

This is why, for today’s topic, I decided to feature either the shortest books I’ve read or more specifically, novellas. All of which probably tie together neatly since it stands to reason the shortest stories I’ve read are in fact, novellas. A (re: novellas) sub-genre that seems to be gaining a lot of traction lately, and though I never used to, I’ve read more in the last year or two than I have in my entire life.

Seemed like all that combined provided a good opportunity to turn a spotlight on these tales, no matter their length, they’re still entertaining. Some of these I have read, others I plan to read soon. Let’s have a look.

1. The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott | Technically this might not be considered a novella, but its page count comes in at under 150 pages (or my copy does), so I put it on this list because, well, it fits my "under 150" page count rule of today's parameters. Sadly, this is a book that improved far and away with its film adaptation. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. A Summer Remade by Nicole Deese | This charming novella is perfect as we transition into the warm sunny days of summer. Pick it up today and discover why! Originally part of the Just One Summer collection.  Amazon | Goodreads

3. The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert | Think You've Got Mail when you think of this romcom; plus it's by Katie Ganshert, so yeah, it's a beauty. Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray | Another perfect summertime read, this beauty is as charming on the inside as it is on the outside. Originally part of the Just One Summer collection.  Amazon | Goodreads

5. Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones | Jenny's books are always comical magic. Short in length or no, this story is no different. Originally part of the Just One Summer collection. Amazon | Goodreads 

6. A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo | A kind of "modern" Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants concept, this novella rounds out the final in this 4-story collection. 'Painted' is sassy and swoony (and features a favorite hero of m mine!). Originally part of the Just One Summer collection. Amazon | Goodreads

7. A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan | The launch to Rachel's debut series was this 54 page novella that does indeed live up to its delightful title. Amazon | Goodreads 

8. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg | Melissa Tagg is my go-to author for joyful (yet still impacting), delightful, and swoony romcom! Plus, her meet cutes are da bomb. Oh, and BONUS! If you've been wanting to start her Walker family series, check this one out, it's her (FREE!) novella that helps to launch this series. You'll be hooked. Amazon | Goodreads 

9. Then Came You by Becky Wade | This one looks charming, and is the (free Kindle) novella that launches Becky's ALL new series with True to You (arriving in May). It's also available in paperback, something I snagged right away and cannot wait to read! Amazon | Goodreads

10. If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren | Simple and sweet, this novella is also the launch of Susan's latest (ongoing) series, Montana Rescue. While not essential to enjoy the series, it really helps give background on two characters who play important, recurring roles in the series. Amazon | Goodreads

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That concludes today’s “shortest-books-I’ve-read” talk. Do you like shorter stories? Novellas? How did you spin this week’s topic? Share your links below (I wanna’ come by and visit!) or any other bookish comments you want to talk about. The comment section is yours!

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  1. I sometimes really like reading a shorter read, especially between longer books. Great list. :-)

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    1. It is nice, Chrissi. It helps to break up those longer (more intimidating reads!). For me, it also makes me feel like I'm actually making progress on knocking books off my TBR too. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. High FIVE from one turtle reader to another!!! I get really jealous of people who can read so many books so fast-- and then there's me reading 60 books a year and feeling like I actually did good!! PS-- I love your instagram and somehow I wasn't following on there?!?!?!?? I fixed that :)

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    1. As am I, Michelle. What are their speed reading superpowers and where do they get them?? (Asking cause, you know, I want them too. :D)

      Thanks! I just realized you were following and followed you too! Or I hope I did. I'll have to check to be sure because I meant to if I didn't. Glad to discover you on Instagram too. It's a fab place to hang out. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I haven't read a lot of novellas but I like the idea of them. Sometimes a quick read hits the spot! I think quick breezy summery reads would be nice for a lazy day...

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    1. I agree, Greg! Sometimes an easy, quick read is precisely what we readers need. Especially if we've been reading a darker or longer tome. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I don't read a lot of novellas but sometimes a shorter book is just perfect to take a kind of breather in between bigger books :) The Perfect Arrangement sounds like fun, because the You've Got Mail reference immediately drew my eye ;)

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    1. I never did either, Lindsey, but novellas seem to be the "it" thing in publishing nowadays. Especially as a kind of series launch. Sometimes it's a really nice addition to what is a trilogy or even duo. :)

      'Arrangement' is super cute! I remember flying through it and smiling the whole way. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. I'm a slow reader these days too. I actually finished a book in under a week last week and I was super proud of myself. :D

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    1. YAY! Good for you, Lori. I rarely finish a book in under 5 days. If ever I finish something three, I'm REALLY amazed. ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I have read the Inheritance and loved it. What a pretty blog!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed The Inheritance, Cindy. Have you seen the film?

      ...and thank you! I have lots of fun with this little space. Appreciate you visiting. :)

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  7. Sometimes a little novella is exactly what I need. Especially after I read a really long book! lol! I haven't actually read any of the ones on your list, so I will have to check some of those out.

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    1. SO TRUE, Julie. Sometimes we need to enjoy something sweet and simple. :) Hope you enjoy some of these if you check them out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love reading shorter novels but if the plot is good I prefer it to be longer so I can be in the world longer :)

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines
    My Top 10

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    1. It's a fine line for sure, Danica. I like longer novels in terms of their freedom to develop characters, but sometimes, novellas are just what the book doctor ordered. Like you say, if the plot's good, they're wonderful. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I never read or heard of any of these books. I will check them out.
    I love how you make them look romantic and so sweet with all the flowers.
    I love your blog!
    My TTT.

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    1. YAY! Always so fun to discover new reads, Mariela. Hope you enjoy some of these.

      ..and thanks! Had lots of fun using all the flowers for this week. I try and keep the same general theme for a few weeks so it's not as difficult to create new graphics from week to week. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  10. I still need to read all of these!! Ack! My TTT

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    1. Just more books to stack on our perpetually big TBR, right, Carrie??

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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  11. I love having a short read for those times when I'm either too distracted to sit down with a full novel or simply don't have much time. These are some great recs!

    Here is my TTT

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    1. Great points! Shorter novel(las) reads certainly do play an important role in our reading life. Plus, they aren't intimidating. :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Very fun! I have a few I still need to read of these that I hadn't seen, so thanks for sharing! :D

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    1. Cool. Always fun to discover some new reads, Tressa. And you remind me all the time of books I was interested in only to then forget. :)

      Glad you stopped by, friend!

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  13. Wow, I love finding so many new to me book titles to add to my ever growing reading wishlist!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/03/top-ten-tuesday-list-of-books-to-read.html

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy some of these if/when you have a chance to read them. :) So many are sweet, happy kind of stories sure to inspire a smile.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  14. I've never heard of that Louisa May Alcott novella--I'll have to check it out! Great list :)

    My TTT

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    1. The story is beautiful, Lianne! Hope if you ever read it, you enjoy. :)

      As always, great to have you visit. :)

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I totally get you on the turtle reading thing. For my list only a couple were recent reads that I got through in one sitting. Most were from my teenage days....which was more years ago than I care to admit LOL

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to meet someone else who understands the plight of a turtle reader. :)

      My pleasure! Thank you for the return visit.

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