26 Books in 2017 Book 17: Book You Can Read in a Day

Quality versus Quantity (2)

Book 17 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge has to be a book that can be read in a day. So a category in complete contrast to book 16 which had to be over 500 pages long.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a whole novel in a 24 hour period. This is probably due to the fact that I mainly read in bed at night, so no matter how gripping the story might be, the need to sleep wins out in the end.

Some children’s books, however, easily fit the category.

For example there are the ones I read to my pupils when I was a primary school teacher as well as the books I read to my young grandchildren. Favourites would include:

  • The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Gruffalo’s Wean ( Scots version of The Gruffalo’s Child) The Stick Man, – heck just about anything by Julia Donaldson.
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and Scott Nash
  • The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

And I’d also like to include some fabulous and slightly off-the-wall graphic novels for older children. They all provoke great discussion:

  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
  • Way Home by Libby Hathorn and Gregory Rogers
  • Tuesday by David Wiesner
  • The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

And finally

There are some books for grown-ups that I have actually read in a day and they’re a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine and these are the LADYBIRD BOOKS FOR GROWN-UPS. 

My particular favourite is The Husband. It’s hilarious.



So over to you – what books would you suggest for this category?