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Top Ten YA Books to Read in One Day:
1. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle – This one is a quick read, friends. It’s under 300 pages, it has a non-stop pace and there is a sweet romantic element that soars throughout the entire story. If you know Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, you might think you’re prepared for this one, but trust me…it’s a new twist!
2. Dark Song by Gail Giles – When I first read this book, I was in a reading slump, and I was so sick of trying to struggle through a book day after day. I picked this up, and I read it in four hours. It’s a quick read – dark and furious – and I was left feeling completely uncomfortable for days. I think, however, it’s the best when a book makes you feel something.
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Seriously…does anyone not have these books on their lists? I read every single one of these books in less than a day each. Nonstop. They’re so chock full of twists and turns that, let’s be honest, if I put the book down, I would have been in withdrawals for hours. That’s simply not ok.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’d throw in Catching Fire and Mockingjay, too, honestly, because I read them all in less than a day each, as well. I re-read them in less, too! They’re powerful, they sick their claws into you and you simply cannot put them down. I’m jussayin’.
5. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab – This is one of the most beautifully poetic and well-written stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s such a searing storyline, and the words are like poetry, as much as they are a story. So graceful and lyrical, I re-read this anytime I’m in a book slump!
6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – Okay, I realize this is a longer book, but I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. A) Noah Shaw was too dang hot for me to let him go. B) Mara had some seriously bad mojo going on, and I really had to know why. C) Cliffhanger of Doom. I want MORE!
7. On the Banks of the Bayou by Roger Lea McBride – This is one of the Rose Wilder books (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder). I was obsessed with them when I was younger, and the series still sits proudly on my shelf. I really hope to share them with my children someday. They’re great, fast reads, and you get to watch as Rose grows up.
8. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – I don’t like her Shiver series. I’m sorry. I really, really, REALLY dislike it. That said, I do love both Ballad and Lament, and I think this is the better of the two. It’s fast-paced, it’s twisted and a bit dark and it’s a story that you wish had a next installment!
9. Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead – I swore these off forever. I said I would never read a vampire book, and I would certainly not read a series with vampires in a boarding school. Well, I was wrong. I read the series, and I adored it…and now I can’t stop reading it. I could definitely read all these non-stop in a day.
10. Between by Jessica Warman – I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I was just blown away. Though a bit predictable, the story has a beautiful theme, a tragically beautiful storyline and the chance to watch someone grow after life – something truly beautiful and unexpected.