back to top

17 Books We Actually Read In One-Ish Sitting And Loved This Month

Get ready to *book it* to the bookstore.

Posted on

Page Turners is a BuzzFeed reading club that picks a theme each month, and invites people to choose any book that fits the theme and join in. In January, everyone read books that could be finished in one(ish) setting. Here are some of our members' favorites:

1. Everyone's A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

"It was wonderfully human, and tragic and uplifting. I needed some positive energy to start the new year and this book gave me just that. It's a very quick read but is filled with so much more than others books I have read. I went through a whirlwind of emotions. Pick this book up if you're ever in need of a giggle or a new appreciation for the simple things."—Belem Destefani, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.08+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Belem Destefani / Facebook

"It was wonderfully human, and tragic and uplifting. I needed some positive energy to start the new year and this book gave me just that. It's a very quick read but is filled with so much more than others books I have read. I went through a whirlwind of emotions. Pick this book up if you're ever in need of a giggle or a new appreciation for the simple things."

—Belem Destefani, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.08+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

2. Asylum by William Seabrook

"I loved this book. A firsthand account, and funny and sad at the same time. Recommended for a quick read!"—Katy Keyston, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $7.96+, Barnes & Noble for $9.95+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Katy Keyston / Facebook

"I loved this book. A firsthand account, and funny and sad at the same time. Recommended for a quick read!"

—Katy Keyston, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $7.96+, Barnes & Noble for $9.95+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

3. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

"Although, I had to break it up in two sittings because I had plans in between. I'm a huge John Green fan, so I was excited to finally read a new book of his. I thoroughly loved it and connected to the main character's struggle with anxiety. John did a great job of accurately portraying her type of anxiety, in my opinion. I also loved the tiny inclusions of Star Wars. Plus, there's a bit of a mystery aspect (kind of like Paper Towns), which kept you wanting to read more. I can't wait for this one to made into a movie!"—Nikki Francois, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $12.59+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Nikki Francois / Facebook

"Although, I had to break it up in two sittings because I had plans in between. I'm a huge John Green fan, so I was excited to finally read a new book of his. I thoroughly loved it and connected to the main character's struggle with anxiety. John did a great job of accurately portraying her type of anxiety, in my opinion. I also loved the tiny inclusions of Star Wars. Plus, there's a bit of a mystery aspect (kind of like Paper Towns), which kept you wanting to read more. I can't wait for this one to made into a movie!"

—Nikki Francois, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $12.59+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

4. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Adichie's melodic style draws you in, and the points she makes are simple yet resonant."—Liz Boccolini, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $4.99+, Barnes & Noble for $7.95+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"Adichie's melodic style draws you in, and the points she makes are simple yet resonant."

—Liz Boccolini, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+, Barnes & Noble for $7.95+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

5. With Their Eyes by Annie Thomas

"I have a newborn and a 4-year-old, so getting anything done the FIRST time is next to impossible! That being said, this was a quick and easy read with amazing insight from high school students at Ground Zero. Sad, heartbreaking, and hopeful, it’s hard to put down and can definitely be read in one sitting...barring tantrums, feedings, and pure exhaustion 😂."—Cindy Mitchell, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $5.49+ or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Cindy Mitchell / Facebook

"I have a newborn and a 4-year-old, so getting anything done the FIRST time is next to impossible! That being said, this was a quick and easy read with amazing insight from high school students at Ground Zero. Sad, heartbreaking, and hopeful, it’s hard to put down and can definitely be read in one sitting...barring tantrums, feedings, and pure exhaustion 😂."

—Cindy Mitchell, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

6. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

"The writing flowed so easily for me. I really felt like I was in Simon’s head (a delightful place to be) the whole time, so it was a great choice for one sitting. Excited to see the movie now!"—Kelly Wilkes, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $6.69+, Barnes & Noble for $15.70+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"The writing flowed so easily for me. I really felt like I was in Simon’s head (a delightful place to be) the whole time, so it was a great choice for one sitting. Excited to see the movie now!"

—Kelly Wilkes, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.69+, Barnes & Noble for $15.70+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

7. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

"An incredibly thought-provoking and moving work of 'autocriticism' examining what it means to be a mother, a lover, and a critical observer of all the mundane events of our daily lives."—Zac Taylor, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $6.02+, Barnes & Noble for $10.09+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Zac Taylor / Facebook

"An incredibly thought-provoking and moving work of 'autocriticism' examining what it means to be a mother, a lover, and a critical observer of all the mundane events of our daily lives."

—Zac Taylor, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.02+, Barnes & Noble for $10.09+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

"I read this over about two days. It had me silent sobbing in the first few pages. It’s told in poetry, and is about the author’s childhood as an African American born in the '60s, growing up in the north and south. It was very poignant. It’s technically for middle-grade I believe, but so beautiful and thought-provoking. I did a lot of contemplating while reading this."—Megan Ireland, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $8+, Barnes & Noble for $8.37+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Megan Ireland / Facebook

"I read this over about two days. It had me silent sobbing in the first few pages. It’s told in poetry, and is about the author’s childhood as an African American born in the '60s, growing up in the north and south. It was very poignant. It’s technically for middle-grade I believe, but so beautiful and thought-provoking. I did a lot of contemplating while reading this."

—Megan Ireland, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8+, Barnes & Noble for $8.37+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

9. The Lauras by Sara Taylor

"I read this in one day. I love her writing style — it causes compulsive reading. The book is part road-trip, part coming-of-age. I enjoyed reading the stories of the mother and found that more engaging than the narrator (probably something to do with my age haha!). Would recommend this and her previous book, The Shore."—Laura Walker, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $26+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Laura Walker / Facebook

"I read this in one day. I love her writing style — it causes compulsive reading. The book is part road-trip, part coming-of-age. I enjoyed reading the stories of the mother and found that more engaging than the narrator (probably something to do with my age haha!). Would recommend this and her previous book, The Shore."

—Laura Walker, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $26+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

10. Women & Power by Mary Beard

"It was only 126 pages, but in this short book Mary Beard describes the western images of powerful women from classic Greek and Roman mythology to modern day politics and social media. I thought it was a great read. I wish it was longer and delved in deeper to issues, but it was a well-written intro lecture."—Judy Ranalli, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $8.61+, Barnes & Noble for $12.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"It was only 126 pages, but in this short book Mary Beard describes the western images of powerful women from classic Greek and Roman mythology to modern day politics and social media. I thought it was a great read. I wish it was longer and delved in deeper to issues, but it was a well-written intro lecture."

—Judy Ranalli, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8.61+, Barnes & Noble for $12.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

11. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

"An incredibly interesting take on a romance and the collision of two strangers' pasts. The book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense with a fairly fast-paced plot progression. Definitely readable in one sitting!"—Abbey Hauser, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $7.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.08+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Abbey Hauser / Facebook

"An incredibly interesting take on a romance and the collision of two strangers' pasts. The book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense with a fairly fast-paced plot progression. Definitely readable in one sitting!"

—Abbey Hauser, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.08+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

12. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

"This book is one I couldn’t put down during the snowy day we had in Denver last weekend. It was a thought-provoking, escapist kind of read which I recommend if you need something quick but substantive. One of my favorite quotes from the book came toward the end: 'For who are we if not the sum of our experiences, the things that we gather and collect in life? Once you strip those away we become just a mass of flesh, bone and blood vessels.'"—Mary Jean O'Malley, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.59+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Mary Jean O'Malley / Facebook

"This book is one I couldn’t put down during the snowy day we had in Denver last weekend. It was a thought-provoking, escapist kind of read which I recommend if you need something quick but substantive. One of my favorite quotes from the book came toward the end: 'For who are we if not the sum of our experiences, the things that we gather and collect in life? Once you strip those away we become just a mass of flesh, bone and blood vessels.'"

—Mary Jean O'Malley, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.59+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

13. The Giver by Lois Lowry

"I thought it was amazing, so clever and mesmerizing. I had to put it down occasionally, but believe me, it was not willingly."—Tatiana Kalmykova, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $6.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"I thought it was amazing, so clever and mesmerizing. I had to put it down occasionally, but believe me, it was not willingly."

—Tatiana Kalmykova, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. The 15:17 To Paris by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern

"The 15:17 to Paris was not even a book in my current TBR pile, but I finished it in four hours last night. It's a fascinating story that's back in the spotlight recently because of the movie coming out soon. I instantly connected with the characters/authors and the writing style is laid back and casual and makes it very easy to get yourself lost in the story."—Elizabeth Bessette, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.40+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Elizabeth Bessette / Facebook

"The 15:17 to Paris was not even a book in my current TBR pile, but I finished it in four hours last night. It's a fascinating story that's back in the spotlight recently because of the movie coming out soon. I instantly connected with the characters/authors and the writing style is laid back and casual and makes it very easy to get yourself lost in the story."

—Elizabeth Bessette, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.40+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

"It was harrowing, beautiful, scary, and victorious all at the same time. It's a tiny little book and has an ending well worth the few hours it may take to read."—Abigael India Wilds, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $8.98+, Barnes & Noble for $10.36+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"It was harrowing, beautiful, scary, and victorious all at the same time. It's a tiny little book and has an ending well worth the few hours it may take to read."

—Abigael India Wilds, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8.98+, Barnes & Noble for $10.36+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

16. One Cut by Eve Porinchak

"It's true crime novel about an accidental murder back from the 1990s in California. There was possible corruption involved, sentencing is still being questioned, and some believe some of the suspects were unfairly convicted and sentenced."—Ashley Carroll Soulos, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $8.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.18+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Ashley Carroll Soulos / Facebook

"It's true crime novel about an accidental murder back from the 1990s in California. There was possible corruption involved, sentencing is still being questioned, and some believe some of the suspects were unfairly convicted and sentenced."

—Ashley Carroll Soulos, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.18+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

17. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

"It’s the first book of a four part series that deals with magic realism. It’s a very well written YA novel that weaves high school friendships, adventure, mystery, ghosts, and murder into a fascinating story. It’s an enthralling book and not too long!"—Anne Wickland, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $5.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.46+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
amazon.com

"It’s the first book of a four part series that deals with magic realism. It’s a very well written YA novel that weaves high school friendships, adventure, mystery, ghosts, and murder into a fascinating story. It’s an enthralling book and not too long!"

—Anne Wickland, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.46+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Page Turners is our book club where you get to suggest and choose your own books each month. Find out February's theme here, join the Facebook group to get in on the discussion, or tell us what you're reading in the comments below!

Ryan Pattie / BuzzFeed
The best things at three price points