11 new books to read in a sitting


11 Short New Books to Read in One Sitting

By G.G. Andrew November 18, 2020

While we love a long, flowing story, sometimes we just want to dive into something quick and irresistibly readable. If your attention span is shorter than usual or you’re looking for a book to read in one sitting or weekend, this is the list for you. All weighing in under or around 300 pages, these quick reads feature something for everyone, from riveting science fiction to pulse-pounding thrillers to fun love stories to a page-turning celebrity memoir. 

Book cover for Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

This Today Show Read with Jenna book club pick combines two things many readers love: a family story with edge-of-your-seat suspense. When a couple and their two teenagers go to Long Island for a quiet vacation, they’re surprised by a late-night knock on the door from an older couple bearing ominous news. Something terrible has happened in New York, but they don’t know what or why. With …Show More ›

Book cover for Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

If you love character-driven fiction, put this New York Times bestseller at the top of your to-read pile. The Homegoing author weaves a tale about Gifty, whose PhD work studying addiction and depression mirrors her concern over her late brother’s drug overdose and her mother’s mental state. Touching on themes of family, science, and faith, this is a natural choice for book clubs looking for a …Show More ›

Book cover for Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

When the disturbed patient of a child psychologist disappears, his family suspects their neighbor, Owen, of doing something to the young woman. They might be right — after all, the lonely man has been accused of sexual misconduct. But is there more going on than meets the eye? You’ll fly through the pages of this riveting mystery, eager to discover what’s really happening in the neighborhood.

Book cover for The Preserve by Ariel S. Winter

The Preserve by Ariel S. Winter

Not only will you be able to read this short sci-fi novel in a single sitting, but you’ll find it impossible to stop. Set in a post-plague future where robots rule, a series of human-only preserves have begun to be formed. But when one of the people living on the SoCar Preserve is murdered, the chief of police must untangle the truth about the preserve and their relationship to artificial …Show More ›

Book cover for Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights is destined to become your new favorite celebrity memoir. The 51-year-old Academy Award winner shares stories from his life and Hollywood career, plus the lessons he’s learned along the way. This slim volume will have you laughing, thinking, crying, sighing — and so much more.

Book cover for Group by Christie Tate

Group by Christie Tate

For fans of Maybe You Should Talk to SomeoneGroup is a debut memoir about the profound impact of human connection. When Christie Tate’s therapist recommends she enter group therapy, she’s skeptical it can help. But it ultimately transforms Christie, breaking down her every guard and then building her back up. Group is at turns heartfelt, hilarious, and life-affirming. 

Book cover for All That Glitters by Danielle Steel

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel

There’s nothing like losing yourself for a few hours in a Danielle Steel saga, and this newest book is no exception! Beautiful Coco has always lived a charmed life. But when her parents are tragically killed, she finds a way to move forward. After gaining hope, success, and romances with a series of men, Coco discovers that who she is and what she wants may be the surprise of a lifetime…

Book cover for Memorial by Bryan Washington

Memorial by Bryan Washington

At 320 pages, Memorial is slightly longer than other books on this list, but you’ll still fly through the pages of this funny, moving novel about family, love, and being true to yourself. An interracial couple living in Houston, Benson and Mike are happy — sort of. But when Mike must fly to Japan to tend to his dying father, his mother Mitsuko arrives for a visit and ends up staying with Benson, …Show More ›

Book cover for You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Penned by a RITA Award winner, you’ll fall in love with this story of Jasmine, a soap opera star cast in a rom-com opposite struggling actor Ashton, who’s determined to do what it takes to make it big — which includes generating heat with his costar. The pair’s off-screen romantic drama leads to some dangerous sparks in this fun-filled romance.

Book cover for The Silence by Don DeLillo

The Silence by Don DeLillo

Coming in around 128 pages, The Silence is the shortest book on this list, and it packs a punch. At a Superbowl party in 2022, five people in Manhattan discover they’re in the midst of something catastrophic when all digital communications cease. What follows is the group trying to figure out what happened — and what it means for each of them personally in such a reality.

Book cover for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

You’ll be utterly transported by this new Matt Haig novel, already a New York Times bestseller. Perfect for booklovers — and if you’re reading this, that’s probably you! — it’s about a magical library with books that contain all the possible stories our lives could take. When Nora gets a chance to visit the library and consider other choices and paths her life could take, which book will she …Show More ›

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