14 new books to read in one sitting

Given the increasing tendency of books to be 500, 600, or more pages, this list is refreshing in its offer of quick reads.


14 New Books to Read in One Sitting

By Kimberley Laws•June 26, 2020•4 min read

Nothing feels more satisfying than devouring an entire book in one sitting. And with the sunshine and your favorite lounge chair calling your name, now’s the time to for uninterrupted binge reading. This selection of new short books all weigh in at roughly 300 pages or less. Whether you’re looking for something that will make you smile, laugh, cry, or scream, you’re sure to find your next read among these wholly absorbing titles.

Book cover for The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest ListLucy Foley

One of the most anticipated books of 2020, this Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick promises twists and turns that will keeping you guessing until its shocking conclusion. The bride and groom are highly successful — he is an upcoming star of the small screen, while she is a magazine publisher. Their wedding is meticulously planned right down to the tiniest detail. But even the best laid plans can …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun AgeKiley Reid

Such a Fun Age has received tons of buzz since its publication, landing it a spot as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. When Emira, a Black babysitter for a white child, is accused of kidnapping that child at a grocery store, the encounter goes viral. Alix, the woman employing Emira, is determined to make things right, testing the boundaries of their transactional relationship. And when Alix and …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Devolution by Max Brooks

DevolutionMax Brooks

World War Z’s Max Brooks is back with another horror masterpiece. When Mount Rainier erupts, the town of Greenloop is completely cut off from the rest of civilization. As if the situation wasn’t bad enough, the townspeople find out they are not alone. Surrounded by Sasquatches and savage beasts with masterfully honed survival skills, Greenloop’s citizens are truly in a battle for their lives. Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank, Asha Youmans

Tiny ImperfectionsAlli Frank and Asha Youmans

Tiny Imperfections will have you smiling ear-to-ear. Previously a well-known model, Josie now works as director of admission for a private academy in San Francisco. Between dealing with the pushy parents at school and her strong-minded daughter, Josie doesn’t have time for romance — until her best friend insists it’s time to get her back on the dating scene. This heartwarming and hilarious new …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Luster by Raven Leilani

LusterRaven Leilani

Zadie Smith, author of Grand Unioncalls Raven Leilani’s Luster, “A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now.” Twentysomething Edie loves to paint, but she’s no artist. Her job is uninspiring. And she is involved with Eric, a much older man in an open marriage. When his wife invites Edie to stay with them, her dull existence takes a curious turn. Thrust into the position of role model for …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Pizza GirlJean Kyoung Frazier

Publishers Weekly starred pick, Pizza Girl brims with humor, keen observation of the human condition, and a hearty dose of quirkiness. Jane is a pizza delivery person and expectant mom who is less than satisfied with her existence — mourning the loss of her dad, struggling to survive in LA, and feeling somewhat suffocated by the love of her mom and boyfriend. When she receives a frantic phone …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

If I Had Your FaceFrances Cha

If I Had Your Face is a fascinating glimpse into modern-day Seoul, where four young women are struggling to navigate a world obsessed with outward appearance, social status, material possessions, and K-pop. The riveting romp introduces readers to Kyuri, a beauty who entertains rich men, Miho, the girlfriend of one of the nation’s wealthiest heirs, Ara, a superfan devoted to a K-pop band, and …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Death of Vivek OjiAkwaeke Emezi

Named one of 2020’s most anticipated books by The New York Times and one of the best books of the year by early readers, The Death of Vivek Oji is the latest release from the author of Pet and FreshwaterEmezi’s story is set in Nigeria and focuses on the life and death of Vivek, the son of a Nigerian father and an Indian immigrant mother. Within the first sentence, readers learn that Vivek has …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen SocietyNatalie Jenner

This historical fiction debut is perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The British village of Chawton was home to Jane Austen right before she died, and now her cottage and her legacy are threatened — sparking a group of local Austen aficionados to take action. Whether you’re a Janeite, a fan of stories about tight-knit communities, or simply enjoy stepping back …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for A Burning by Megha Majumdar

A BurningMegha Majumdar

Chosen as a Today Show #ReadWithJenna pick, A Burning tells the story of three different lives as they unfold after a deadly terrorist attack in India. Jivan is the Muslim girl who is blamed for the bombing of the train, PT Sir is the man who frames her, and Lovely is the one person who holds the key to Jivan’s freedom — but doing so will come at a great cost. Filled with fascinating characters …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Sea WifeAmity Gaige

Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, calls Amity Gaige’s new novel “a gripping tale of survival at sea.” Juliet and Michael decide to abandon their careers, pick up their two kids, and spend the next year sailing the great blue yonder. What should be the experience of a lifetime turns dark, and readers will be enthralled by the events as they unfold in Michael’s captain’s log. With marital …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

Survivor SongPaul Tremblay

Bram Stoker award-winning Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World, is back with a terrifying new offering. A highly infectious saliva-borne disease has taken over Massachusetts. Once infected, victims are driven to madness and try to bite as many people as possible before dying, causing the contagion to spread at an alarming rate. When a young pediatrician learns that her …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham

It Is Wood, It Is StoneGabriella Burnham

Publishers Weekly starred pick, It Is Wood, It Is Stone is the story of three women, each quite different, in São Paulo, Brazil. Linda has been dragged to Brazil by her husband who has accepted a year-long position there. Celia is an artist who fascinates Linda. And, Marta is Linda’s maid — a woman whose efficiency leaves Linda feeling purposeless and adrift. This examination of friendship …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Pull of the StarsEmma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s timely novel depicts 1918 Ireland under the deadly clutches of the Spanish Flu. Julia Power is a nurse in a hospital where ill, expectant mothers have been put in quarantine. An offering that Booklist calls, “A fascinating read in these difficult times,” The Pull of the Stars is both an engrossing examination of life under a pandemic and the resilience of the human spirit.

Release date: July 21‹ Show LessView Price…Save to List


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