19 Books You Can Read In One Day

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Who doesn’t love a day where you can finish a whole book? I’m sure there’s someone but I always love finishing a book in a day and today I have a list of 19 of these for you!

These are all books that I have read in a day, almost read in a day (minus like, 30 pages), or could have read in a day if I was in the right mood.

Almost all of them are under 300 pages and almost all of them are also very fast paced. The two on this list that are borderline finishable in one day are Hidden Pictures and Tender is the Flesh.

Hidden Pictures is the longest at 372 pages but I almost finished this one in a day. I could have if I was willing to stay up unto 2-3 AM but I didn’t want to so I finished it the next day.

And Tender is the Flesh is short but not fast paced and quite heavy. That’s one I wouldn’t recommend to most people unless you like really gross things, splatterpunk horror, cannibalism, etc. It’s good but it’s also awful. But in a good way?

I’ve read everything on this list and there are actually quite a few that are all-time favorites of mine! You can find all of my favorites from varying genres here.

I also tried to choose things in a variety of genres but it doesn’t cover everything. Since it’s based off of what I’ve read, it obviously leans more toward my interests (not much romance or fantasy). On that note, here are some awesome books to easily read in one day.

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  • Thrift Books has become my go-to when I’m looking for a book and want it cheap. It’s great if you like buying used books. With this you can get a free book after spending $30!
  • Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on Bookshop.org (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my bookshop.org book lists here.

Boy 21

Number of pages: 250

Basketball has always been Finley’s escape from Bellmont, his hometown run by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. He takes care of his disabled grandfather at home and is called “White Rabbit” at school since he’s the only white boy on the basketball team. His dream has always been to somehow get out with his girlfriend Erin.

Russ’s life has been turned upside down by tragedy when they move into the neighborhood. Away from everyone he knows, he now only answers to Boy21, his former jersey number, and has an unusual obsession with outer space. In their final year of high school together, Boy21 may be the answer they both needed.


Number of pages: 195

Area X has been cut off from civilization for decades and was reclaimed by nature. The first return expedition saw an edenic landscape while the second ended in mass suicide. Expedition eleven returned as shells of themselves and died from cancer within weeks.

We join four women on expedition twelve whose mission it is to map the terrain, record all observations, and most of all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

The Perfect Stranger

Number of pages: 339

Leah needs to get out of Boston so when her friend Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania together to start over, she jumps at the chance.

Everything starts to fall apart when a woman resembling Leah is assaulted by the lake and Emmy disappears days later.

Leah is determined to find Emmy but along the way, starts to wonder if she ever knew the real Emmy at all.

Hidden Pictures

Number of pages: 372

Mallory is fresh out of rehab at her new job as a babysitter in Spring Brook, New Jersey, and things are looking good for her. Ted and Caroline are great bosses and Teddy is the perfect child who is never without his drawing supplies.

But as time passes, his drawings go from rabbits and balloons to a woman’s lifeless body and a man burying her. The drawings become more detailed and complex, far beyond the five-year-olds ability. Mallory begins to think it’s a long-ago unsolved murder and is determined to find out what is going on before it’s too late.


Number of pages: 243

In this novel, a man starts investigating a series of unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific events throughout his childhood.  Soon he finds out that these early fragments are really all part of one terrifying story that shaped his entire life, as well as those around him.

Everything You Left Me

Number of pages: 200

Maybeth is worried her mother is caught up in the drug scene again when the police show up at their door. They’re actually here to question her about her long-lost father in regard to a string of killings across the country.

Maybeth is forced to confront the grim reality and may be the key to his conviction

The Canyon’s Edge

Number of pages: 320

One year after their family was forever changed by a random shooting, Nora and her father are canyoneering deep in the Arizona desert when a flash flood rips through the canyon, sweeping her father and all of their supplies away leaving Nora alone.

She’s lost, alone, and facing deadly desert conditions and the beast of her nightmares. To save herself and her father, she has to face her fears and conquer the beast to allow her to live a new life.

Genuine Fraud

Number of pages: 262

This description is right from Good Reads because I honestly don’t know how to summarize this even after reading it.

“Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.”

Tender is the Flesh

Number of pages: 209

Marcos’s wife left him. His father’s dementia is getting worse. And he just tries not to think too much about how he makes a living. It just happened so quickly.

One day it was reported that animal meat was poisonous to humans thanks to an infectious virus. Then the government started the Transition making it legal to eat human meat, Special Meat.

One day he is given a special treat: a live specimen of the finest quality. He knows personal contact is forbidden but he starts to treat her like a human being and becomes tortured by what has been lost and may be saved.


Number of pages: 243

All they have to do it spend a week in an abandoned amusement park without getting caught. Everyone is desperate for the money, but Mack was made for this. It’s why she’s here and her family isn’t, after all.

But as contestants start to disappear, she knows something is amiss and staying together might be the only way to survive.

Man, Fuck This House

Number of pages: 158

Sabrina and her family just moved into their dream home in Jackson Hill but things aren’t quite as they seem. She hears odd noises and sees weird things. Worst of all, her already difficult relationship with her son will really be tested here. The Haskins family may be the newest owners, but they’re not the only residents.

Dewey the Library Cat

Number of pages: 277

On one of the coldest days of the year in Spencer, Iowa, a kitten is left in the library drop box to freeze, but he miraculously survived and was taken in by the library staff, becoming the official library cat. He quickly wins over not just the library patrons, but the whole world.


Number of pages: 308

Sadie’s life growing up in a small town, raising her little sister Mattie, hasn’t been easy, but she’s trying her best. But after Mattie is found dead and the investigation is botched, she hits the road determined to bring her sister justice.

West McCray is a radio personality who overhears Sadie’s story in a gas station while working on a story about forgotten towns in America. He becomes obsessed and starts a podcast and tracks Sadie’s journey to try and figure out what happened to her before it’s too late.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Number of pages: 241

Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. The thing is, they’re on their way to meet his parents.

That’s it. That’s all you get to know.

Brave New Girl

Number of pages: 255

Dahlia 16 is nothing special. There are five thousand of her, after all. But that all changes when she meets Trigger 17. He thinks she’s beautiful and interesting and that must mean he’s flawed. She can’t stop thinking about him and she realizes she must be flawed, too. But if she is, then so are all of her identicals. And this means they must be recalled. Getting caught with Trigger would seal her and her identicals fate, but what if Trigger is right, what if she is different?

Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Number of pages: 256

No one knows what will happen next in Florida, just that something will. We get to follow Dave Barry as he travels to all the magnificently weird things Florida has to offer.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Number of pages: 232

Caitlin Doughty gets dozens of questions about death every day and this is where she answers them with her blend of knowledge of the human body, the history behind common misconceptions, and humor as she answers thirty-five of these questions from her youngest fans. Will my cat eat my eyeballs? What would happen to an astronaut’s body if you pushed it out of a space shuttle? Can grandma have a Viking funeral?

My Sister the Serial Killer

Number of pages: 226

When Korede gets a distressed call from her sister during dinner, she knows she has to go over with her bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel, and strong stomach. It is Ayoola’s third boyfriend she has dispatched in “self defense” that Korede is left to clean up. She knows she should go to the police, but she loves her sister. Until she starts dating a doctor Korede works with that she has long been in love with, but saving one would mean sacrificing the other.


Number of pages: 256

Ruth Carver is ambitious, tough, and ruthless, so when she wakes up in a truck bed with a concussion, she will do whatever it takes to get away. 

When the blindfold comes off in a rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she comes face to face with the man who thinks he needs to teach her a lesson, just like the six girls before.  Ruth escapes into the wilderness, but her captor is hot on her trail and that is when the real battle begins and she has to decide how far she’ll go to survive.

Have you read any of these? Which ones? What books have you read in a day?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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