Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week is all about short reads or books you read in one sitting. With Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon happening next month, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to combine the two with ten books that will help you through a readathon!

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The story of a relationship told in short chapters, each based on a word presented a little like a dictionary definition. Trust me, it works.


Told in free verse and incredibly moving, this is a tale of two sisters, conjoined at birth, facing school, and the decision whether to undergo surgery.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Fabulous and creepy graphic novel warning of the dangers lurking in those woods.

The Explorer by James Smythe

One of those books that tells you the end at the beginning and then you speed through the pages to find out how they got to that point.

You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris

You will cry but this little book is powerful and has a positive message in amongst the grief.

The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

Thought-provoking and weird, but also exactly the right length. I think you can have too much weird in one sitting sometimes!

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

One of my all-time favourite books, Wyndham comes from an era where short books were all the rage.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

I actually did read this one during a readathon. Short and sad, but also very good.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

One of my guilt-free pleasures (lets not feel guilty about reading anything, right?), the only drawback with this is you’ll want the other books on standby. So easy to whizz through them.

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

My favourite short story collection ever, magical but also somehow grounded in reality.