Top Ten Tuesday (22): Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week we are listing

Top Ten Books To Read in a Day

1. The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster: This book tells the story of the love triangle of a dot, a line, and a squiggle through some clever wordplay.  From the author of The Phantom Tollbooth.

2. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine: It’s short and funny with an endearingly awkward protagonist.  Also, the princess has a cat.  Read Briana’s review.

3. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins: Collins creates an amazing world underneath New York City where men struggle to live alongside giant rats, cockroaches, and spiders.  Initially it’s a little creepy, but Collins does the seemingly impossible and makes the readers sympathize with and even like these much-detested creatures.

4. Corduroy by Don Freeman: For me, this book epitomizes what it means to be a good children’s story.  I can still read this and be enchanted.

5. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White: This book follows Louis the swan, who can read and write, as well as play the trumpet.

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling: Why not spend a day revisting the magical book that started the worldwide phenomenon?  Read Briana’s review.

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Fast-paced and action-packed, it’s perfect for reading in one day.  Plus, you probably won’t be able to put it down.

8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Cursed to be obedient, Ella must find a way to break the spell if she wants to find her happily-ever-after.  A retelling of “Cinderella.”

9. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale: This is far more than just another princess book.  It focuses on the life of the mountain people, showing how they draw strength from each other and from the mountain they love.  Read Briana’s review.

10. Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien: Two charming stories, one dealing with the land of Faery and the other following the misguided adventures of a farmer attempting to slay a dragon.  Read Briana’s review of “Smith of Wooton Major“.

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (22): Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

    • Krysta says:

      The Phantom Tollbooth is a fantastic book! The Dot and the Line is sort of different in tone and style, but it has a lot of the wordplay found in The Phantom Tollbooth, except that a lot of the jokes rely more on the pictures. It’s hilarious! And I feel so bad for that poor line pining after that dot!


    • Krysta says:

      I think Corduroy is one of the most adorable teddy bears ever drawn. I would love to have a real Corduroy teddy bear!


    • Krysta says:

      It’s actually a retelling of a fairy tale, “The Princess on the Glass Hill.” I think part of its appeal is also that the protagonist is a male, which doesn’t happen too often in fairy tale retellings.


    • Krysta says:

      You have some great classics on your list! Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen after Pride and Prejudice. Animal Farm is fantastic, as well. Thanks for stopping by!


    • Krysta says:

      Just to warn you, the book is nothing like the movie! There’s no crude humor, for one thing. Also, the political plot line doesn’t exist. I have no clue why they changed everything so drastically–I think the book is far superior to film! I do like the film as a fun, light chickflick sort of thing, though, good to watch when you don’t want to think too hard. It is kind of funny, too, when it’s being clean.

      I love fairy tales! Cameron Dokey’s Beauty Sleep is one of the more original retellings. Good choice! 😀 Stardust was good, but not as amazing as I was led to believe. I also can’t fathom why bookstores stock it in the children’s section!


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