Top Ten Tuesday #99


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had good week since I last did one of these, I had a pretty fun bookish Saturday exploring the literary sights of Edinburgh for an article I had to write for my Journalism module, it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever got to do in the name of work! Anyway, I’m back and courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, I have a new Top Ten Tuesday for you. This week’s topic is a Read In One Sitting Theme. Now I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book wholly in one sitting, I’m just not that fast of a reader! So I’m going to twist the topic into Top Ten Shortest Books I’ve Enjoyed (and those of you who are faster readers than me could probably read these in a day). For short, I’ll define it as anything from 100-400 pages. Also this is not in order of preference, simply in order of length.

  1. Black Beauty-183 pages-Anna Sewell

Goodreads lists this as having 245 pages but the copy I have at home is 183 pages. This is my favourite classic (actually one of the few that I like!) and is one of the most beautiful and heartrending horse tales I have ever read.

2. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone-223 pages-JK Rowling

I mean I highly doubt that there are many people left out there who haven’t read Harry Potter, but if you haven’t then you will regret it if you don’t dive right into this first instalment of the series and join the famous boy wizard in his adventures at Hogwarts.

3. Β Matilda-232 pages-Roald Dahl

One of my favourite books from childhood, and would probably make my all time list too. I mean Matilda is basically a love letter to all bookworms out there, so I’m sure I’m not the only bookworm who would list it among my favourite books. If you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?

4. Ballet Shoes-240 pages-Noel Streatfeild

Another one of my favourite books from my youth, this heartwarming story about three adopted sisters and their adventures at stage school is one that will stay with you for years after you read it. I loved the bond between the three Fossil sisters and Ballet Shoes is so much more than a story about learning to dance, it’s a story about growing up and finding who your family is.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why-288 pages-Jay Asher

It’s the perfect time to read this book about Hannah Baker, who leaves tapes after committing suicide for the people who contributed to her decision to tell them why she did what she did and how they played a part in it, as it’s going to be a Netflix series released at the end of the month. The use of the tapes makes for a very interesting format and I loved how Asher showed how the little things that people do can all add up, that bullying doesn’t always have to be big acts. It’s such a thought provoking little book and well worth the read.

6. Heist Society-291 pages-Ally Carter

This fun book about teenage thieves is engaging, high spirited and tons of fun up until the very last page. It will be very easy to get carried away in the adventures of Kat and her crew and fly through this in one afternoon.

7. Percy Jackson Series-265-400 pages-Rick Riordan

This five book series about the son of Poseidon will fly by easily, the longest book being only 400 pages. I dare you not to get sucked into the adventures of Percy and his friends. With a modern twist on Greek mythology, tons of sass, great friendships and thrilling adventures, this is definitely one of my favourite series.

8. Unwind-335 pages-Neal Shusterman

This is one of my absolute favourite books. Eerily creepy, it’s set in a world where abortion was outlawed after a messy war between pro-lifers and pro-choicers, but a new solution, Unwinding where parents can retroactively have their children taken apart and their organs harvested for donation…..whilst still alive. It’s such a unique dystopian world, I’ve never read anything like it and it was so riveting, I read much of it in the one afternoon.

9. The Truth About Celia Frost-335 pages-Paula Rawsthorne

This is a riveting mystery about a girl who could supposedly bleed out from a single cut….until she gets hurt and finds out that her mother has been lying to her about her illness the entire time. The rest of the story is a twisty, turny mystery as we, along with Celia discover the truth.

10. Between Shades of Grey-344 pages-Ruta Sepetys

This WWII novel about Lithuanian deportees, is beautiful and heartbreaking, but most of all hopeful. The main protagonist, Lina Vilkas is probably one of the strongest characters I’ve ever read about, she goes through some terrible, terrible things and through it all she never gives up hope. Have some tissues handy, because this book will make you cry.

11. Rebel of The Sands-358 pages-Alwyn Hamilton

This fantastic desert romp about female sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza, has a wonderful setting, amazing characters, and a heart pounding plot, it would definitely be very easy to fly through this one in a day.

12. Split Second-368 pages-Sophie McKenzie

I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book, I never wanted to put it down, it’s a gripping, engaging thriller that barely lets you pause for breath as you worry about what is going to happen to the main characters Charlie and Nat.

13. Blind Beauty-368 pages-KM Peyton

One of my absolute favourite books, this is a heartwarming story about a reckless girl and an ugly racehorse, both outcasts who find solace in each other and together fight against all the odds stacked against them. KM Peyton is honestly one of the best horse authors out there and this is my favourite book of hers. I read this one over the space of one coach trip (albeit quite a long one!).

14. Skulduggery Pleasant-371 pages-Derek Landy

Magical skeleton detective. Who talks. And solves crimes. And it’s set in Ireland. Plus there’s lots of sass. I mean sass, skeletons, magic, crimes and Ireland? What more could you want?

15. A Darker Shade of Magic-384 pages-VE Schwab

OMG! THIS BOOK! Victoria Schwab is an actual genius I swear. You have multiple parallel Londons, magicians, a sassy thief and a wonderful adventure. Please, please read this book, you will become addicted and you won’t regret it. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read.

16. Cross My Heart-388 pages-Carmen Reid

An incredible tale about a young girl’s bravery during WWII, we follow Nicole as she acts as a spy for the Belgian Resistance. It has a fast paced plot, awesome characters and allows you to learn about a lesser known part of WWII history.

17. Dangerous Girls-388 pages-Abigail Haas

This is one of the most twisted mind fucks of YA thriller I have ever read and if you like YA thrillers then I urge you all to read it, because honestly after reading this no other YA thriller has ever stacked up. I read it three years ago and I’m still thinking about THAT ending.

Okay I’m going to stop there before I go completely overboard but we were talking about short books this week so it makes sense I would offer you almost twice as many! I will be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, it’s a meeting authors based freebie, so it should be pretty fun. I’m not sure what I’m going to have for you guys next, but I will probably have my second discussion post for March up pretty soon. In the meantime, I just did my latest Quarterly Rewind post, so you guys should check that out!


72 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #99

    • iloveheartlandx 21/03/2017 / 9:03 pm

      Me too! Aww what a lovely tradition. Thank you πŸ™‚

  1. the (book) supplier 21/03/2017 / 6:31 pm

    So many of those books, yes! Anything by Neal Shusterman is definitely something I want to devour in one sitting. Great list. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

  2. Greg Hill 21/03/2017 / 8:19 pm

    Heist Society sounds fun. And I’ve never read Black Beauty but I was fond of The Black Stallion, which I thought was a good horse book.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/03/2017 / 9:04 pm

      It is! Oh you should, it’s so good. I’ve never read The Black Stallion, I’ll have to check that one out.

  3. anovelglimpse 21/03/2017 / 11:15 pm

    Wow! I think anything over 250 could be considered long to me. You did great!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/03/2017 / 11:23 pm

      Ha ha really? If I’d stuck to under 250 the list would have been much shorter. Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. Alison Doherty 22/03/2017 / 12:27 am

    I LOVE Ballet Shoes and so often people haven’t heard of it!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 12:29 am

      Me too! I know right, I think it’s just cause it’s an older book.

  5. Julia 22/03/2017 / 12:36 am

    Great list!! It’s been a few years since I’ve read Thirteen Reasons Why, but I’m excited to see it on the screen. I might have to reread it before the release!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 12:42 am

      Thanks! Oh me too! If only I could, I lent it to a friend πŸ™‚

  6. exploringallgenres 22/03/2017 / 12:54 am

    Great list. I never thought to add Matilda, but that’s definitely one I can read in one sitting. Such a great book. I’ll have to check out some of the others on our list. I couldn’t read Harry Potter in one sitting, I could barely read it at all. I’m one of those strange people who didn’t like it.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 1:09 am

      Thanks! Yeah I reckon it’s one of the few on this list I genuinely could read in one sitting. Ah really? Have not met many people who don’t. Fair enough though, we all like different things.

  7. Chrystal 22/03/2017 / 1:44 am

    Wow! Lots of great titles. I can’t believe I forgot about Heist Society. I freaking love that series!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:12 pm

      Thanks! Haha, no worries, there’s always one that slips through the cracks. Yes me too!

  8. Shoto 22/03/2017 / 2:06 am

    I love so many of the books you mentioned that you read as a kid. Matilda, Black Beauty, Ballet Shoes, Harry Potter – all the memories!
    I heard Thirteen Reasons Why as an audio book (yes it was quite creepy) so it took me a while to finish it but I’m thinking of rereading it before the Netflix series is out!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:11 pm

      Yes, they do all hold very special memories for me too, as do many of the books I read as a kid. All such wonderful books. I think it’s almost better to experience Thirteen Reasons Why in that way, adds a whole new layer to the story. Good idea. I’d love to do that, but I lent my friend my copy of the book!

      • Shoto 22/03/2017 / 3:26 pm

        It does! There’s something hauntingly alluring about listening to Hannah’s voice through the tapes. And the audiobook is actually really good. Didn’t sound like a robot like a lot of others haha.
        Have you seen the trailers for 13RW? The show looks so much more action packed than the book, I hope it doesn’t take away from the essence of the story…

      • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 6:47 pm

        That sounds pretty cool, might have to see if I can get my hands on one, I’d be interested to see how it differs listening to it as opposed to reading the physical book. Yes, I have, I’m a little worried. I hope they do the book justice.

  9. Brenda 22/03/2017 / 2:52 am

    So many wonderful titles on here. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog today. Happy reading.

  10. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 22/03/2017 / 2:54 am

    I need to read Matilda! I’m so sad I missed out on it as a kid, but I’m sure I’ll find it just as enchanting now. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:06 pm

      Oh you definitely should. I’m sure you will, Matilda’s one of those books that’s kind of ageless I think, it’s a charming story at any age. Thanks πŸ™‚

  11. @CzarFancypants (@NotTeefus) 22/03/2017 / 3:04 am

    OMG! Matilda was my FAVORITE book as a child. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that for my own list! I’ll have to check a few of your other listed books out though.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:05 pm

      It was one of mine too! Ah well, there’s always one that we miss, so many books after all, it’s hard to remember them all. You definitely should, I would recommend all these books.

  12. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books 22/03/2017 / 3:57 am

    MATILDA!! Loved that book when I was a kid. Also, Dangerous Girls is my jam. I probably would have read that in one sitting if I hadn’t started it on the train to BEA and had that crazy weekend interrupt me. I’m thinking of doing a 13 Reasons reread before the Netflix series releases. I haven’t read that book since it first came out. Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:04 pm

      Same, it’s one of my absolute favourites. Haha, yes it was so good, I don’t think I read it in one sitting but I remember reading it instead of studying during my free periods at school because I was so addicted! Good plan. I haven’t read it in years either, but I lent my copy to a friend so I can’t reread it before the Netflix series starts! Thanks πŸ™‚

  13. ChrissiReads 22/03/2017 / 5:45 am

    I love Matilda! It’s an amazing book. ❀

  14. Dog Eared Book 22/03/2017 / 6:19 am

    Oh it’s so nice to see Black Beauty on this list! 😍 I love this book and recently bought a second copy because it was just so beautiful!
    A Darker shade of magic is on my TBR for spring and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! I heard so many great things that I’m a bit scared that I will be disapointed by this book πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š
    HappyReding! πŸ“šπŸ“–

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 3:01 pm

      It’s one of my favourites, but it doesn’t fit all that many TTT topics, so I was happy to get to include it this week. I only have the one copy, but it’s pretty. That’s great, I hope you enjoy it! Trust me, it more than lives up to the hype. Thanks πŸ™‚

  15. Elen @ The Dragon Reader 22/03/2017 / 8:03 am

    Matilda is such a perfect choice. And also Heist Society! That series is just so addictive. Also, Dangerous Girls is incredible – it’s so tense and mind-twisting (if that’s even a word?).

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks! I think mind twisting is a word? Even if it isn’t, it’s the perfect way to describe that book.

  16. lry93 22/03/2017 / 8:14 am

    Loved Dangerous Girls!!! πŸ™‚ I also have Unwind on my tbr and i am so looking forward to getting to it at some point because I have heard some amazing things πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:57 pm

      Me too! Ooh I hope you enjoy it, it’s one of my favourites πŸ™‚

  17. pagesandtea 22/03/2017 / 8:51 am

    I love Matilda but I never read it during childhood. No idea how I missed out on that, but I definitely enjoyed it when I did finally read it πŸ™‚
    I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic too. I still have the next book on my TBR.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:56 pm

      I think that’s the best thing about Matilda, you can read it at any age and love it! That’s great, I hope you enjoy the second book just as much.

  18. ravishingtales 22/03/2017 / 10:32 am

    I am so glad you mention A Darker Shade of Magic! I didn’t read it in one sitting either but you’re right, the story is gripping and fast readers can probably finish it in a day.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:55 pm

      It’s one of my favourites! Yes, I reckon people who are faster readers than me could probably read it in a day!

  19. Lori 22/03/2017 / 11:05 am

    Heist Society! I love that book so much. It was so fun and easy to fly through. Great list!

  20. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads 22/03/2017 / 1:26 pm

    So many amazing books on this list! I’m with you – I almost never finish a book in a day. My normal average is a week!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Wow that’s still really fast, my average is about 2 weeks per book, longer if the book is huge!

  21. Jaymie 22/03/2017 / 1:50 pm

    A Darker Shade of Magic is sooooo good!!! I am obsessed with that series! Very nice list!

  22. Hannah Courtney 22/03/2017 / 1:50 pm

    I have #15 on my Kindle right now and I’m at 40% and just can’t seem to fall in love with it like everyone else has 😦 I really just need to buckle down and finish it because I love all of her other books!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:51 pm

      Aww shame! Different people like different books though. Plus you still have a fair way to go at 40%, a lot of the big action stuff happens later on. I hope you enjoy the rest of it more!

  23. elenalove97 22/03/2017 / 1:55 pm

    Thirteen Reasons Why has been sitting on my shelves for aged! I really need to read it soon because the trailer for the series has piqued my curiosity! Thanks for sharing!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:40 pm

      Oh you definitely should, it’s so good. No problem πŸ™‚

  24. notimefortinybookshelves 22/03/2017 / 2:02 pm

    Great list, though I’m not sure I would consider any book over 300 pages to be short! I think I’m the only person in the universe who has not read the Shades of Magic series and I am REALLY starting to feel left out, I need to get on reading them ASAP! Also haven’t read Rebel of the Sands yet, and I’ve had it in my possession since it was published. Darn TBR list growing way more quickly than I can read πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks! Well for me any book under 400 pages is pretty short, but I guess it depends on the type of reader you are. Oh you definitely should, they’re so, so good. Rebel of The Sands too. Ugh, I know, they’re so impolite aren’t they? All that growing without asking us, so rude!

  25. sweety 22/03/2017 / 3:46 pm

    I liked the cover of Rebel of The Sands. Should read it soon though …

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 6:43 pm

      It is a pretty cover. Hope you do, it’s really good πŸ™‚

  26. Rain @ Ivyclad Ideas 22/03/2017 / 4:05 pm

    PERCY JACKSON! YES! I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic too, but I doubt I could’ve done so in a day. Rebel of the Sands is on my TBR.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/03/2017 / 6:42 pm

      I LOVE Percy Jackson! One of my absolute favourite series. Oh I couldn’t do it either, but really fast readers probably could. It’s so good, I hope you enjoy it!

  27. Lynn 22/03/2017 / 9:16 pm

    Great list! A Darker Shade of Magic is amazing! I’m currently reading the second book and really enjoying it! Have a great week!

    • iloveheartlandx 23/03/2017 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks! Yes it is. Oh I’m glad to hear that. You too πŸ™‚

  28. thebookishlibra 23/03/2017 / 12:22 am

    Between Shades of Gray is in my TBR now. I need to hurry up and read that one. Totally agree about A Darker Shade of Magic. Schwab’s writing is so addicting.

    • iloveheartlandx 23/03/2017 / 3:16 pm

      Oh you definitely should, it’s so good. Yes it is, isn’t it, I could just sit and read her books all day!

  29. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads 23/03/2017 / 2:13 pm

    Thirteen Reasons Why and Unwind are both on my TBR. I just bought TRW because I want to be able to read it somewhat soon and then binge the Netflix show, haha. Between Shades of Gray is one of my all-time favorites. I loved it so, so much. It’s kind of shocking to me that it was Ruta Sepetys’ debut novel! Great choices πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 23/03/2017 / 3:13 pm

      Great, I hope you enjoy both of them! Yes, now is the perfect time to read TRW with the show coming out so soon. Same, it’s such a beautiful story. IKR! She started out that good, cannot wait to see what her newer stuff is like. Thanks πŸ™‚

  30. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard 23/03/2017 / 4:43 pm

    Percy Jackson, Harry Potter — definitely! Ballet Shoes was (and remains) one of my favorite children’s books. (I have a lot of favorite children’s books… a whole bookcase full, in fact.) I need to read A Darker Shade of Magic. And I will check out Skulduggery Pleasant, because your description is nearly irresistible.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/03/2017 / 12:25 am

      Yes, two of my favourites series! Mine too πŸ™‚ Oh don’t even get me started on my favourite kids books, I could be here all day! You definitely should. Ooh yay! My first successful SP recommendation (sorry I get excited when people want to read the books I love). It’s awesome, I hope you enjoy it!

  31. Melissa Robinson 24/03/2017 / 11:18 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I don’t know how I could forget Matilda!!! One of my favorites! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/03/2017 / 12:19 am

      No problem! Ah well, there’s always one that we inevitably miss out! Thanks πŸ™‚

  32. Annemieke 25/03/2017 / 7:30 pm

    Oh yes, of course Matilda. Such a great quick read ❀

  33. lindseyhabets 27/03/2017 / 2:09 pm

    I’m so hoping to indeed read Thirteen Reasons Why before watching the Netflix show. And yes for A Darker Shade of Magic, one of my fave fantasies ever πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2017 / 11:42 pm

      Well I hope you get to it! It can easily be read in a day. Yes, it’s one of mine too πŸ™‚

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