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Ink Tue Sep 04 2007

Sitting and Reading

Have you ever read an entire book in one sitting?

 
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Val / September 4, 2007 8:33 PM

the five people you meet in heaven by mitch album

And Harry Potter VII in three days... does that count?? :)

JT / September 4, 2007 9:46 PM

O'Reilly's Definitive Guide to Cascading Style Sheets.

God I'm a nerd.

David / September 5, 2007 12:59 AM

It kind of feels like cheating, but I read Of Mice and Men and The Old Man and the Sea in one sitting. I'm sure there are others, but, yeah, those.

Alice / September 5, 2007 11:12 AM

That's not cheating. Honestly, most of the books I can think of that I read in one sitting are the Series of Unfortunate Events books (not very challenging), or else comic books. I buy the trade paperbacks of the Fables series and read them pretty much as soon as I get home. They're over 100 pages long, but still, they're comic books.

Veronica / September 5, 2007 12:19 PM

It's a rare occurrence for me, but sometimes a book is easy enough and interesting enough for me to read it all at once. I read the April Sinclair book, Coffee Will Make You Black, in one day. MFK Fisher's Serve It Forth was recently read in one day because it was too wonderful to put it down. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was read in one day, but that's one of my most favorite books so it probably doesn't count. Oh, I also read the first Sherlock Holmes book, a Study in Scarlet, alll at once. That started me on my Holmes love.

Nadia / September 7, 2007 11:27 AM

I have to say...until I started reading on the commute this year, and notwithstanding reading for school, I have almost always finished novels in one sitting. I hate leaving the world of a book for, well, pretty much anything.

This means, though, that I need fairly big chunks of time to read, which is why I recently switched the newspaper on the el for books - I realized that, since I finished grad school last year and reading fiction was again an option, I hadn't been doing it because I didn't often have the big chunks of time to do it in. Somehow my brain can accept that I have to put the book down when the el gets to my stop, so this plan has been working well so far.

The most recent thing I read in one sitting - The Relucant Terrorist. Just you try to put it down. Also, it's pretty short and I read pretty fast.

J Viramontes / September 8, 2007 9:09 AM

Lost and Found Lovers by Nancy Kalish 2 days, Aug. '07

spence / September 10, 2007 10:31 AM

Cat's Cradle whilst on a plane from Germany to Chicago in about 8 hours.

PaK / September 10, 2007 2:50 PM

Harry Potter 4, 5, 6, and 7. . . .

Oh, and Charlotte's Web, which I was very proud of because I was 7 years old at the time.

Gretchen / September 11, 2007 4:18 PM

Middlesex by Eugenides. And, once while working as a bookseller I felt obliged to read Bridget Jones' Diary just to see why the hell all these women were flocking to the store for it. I realized that they were flocking to was basically a women's magazine. But yeah, Middlesex--what momentum!

Gretchen / September 11, 2007 4:18 PM

Middlesex by Eugenides. And, once while working as a bookseller I felt obliged to read Bridget Jones' Diary just to see why the hell all these women were flocking to the store for it. I realized that what they were flocking to was basically a women's magazine. But yeah, Middlesex--what momentum.

Li Trecker / September 15, 2007 12:39 PM

"Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larsen. I knew what happened and I still couldn't put it down. Devil in the White City on my way to the World Cup last year. And my husband's book, but that's because I was in it. :)

Ryan / September 17, 2007 3:18 PM

Moby Dick. But I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been gently rocking on the bow of a ship on a short voyage. When it was all said and done, my essay had this overtone of "Kill, kill, kill the damn whale."

Matt / September 17, 2007 6:55 PM

I just read "House to House: An
Epic Memoir of War" by David Bellavia in one sitting. I couldn't put this book down. It shows us war through the eyes and ears of U.S. soldiers. I cried, I laughed.... it was pretty intense. I challenge you to put this one down.

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