19 Books Readers Finished in One Sitting 

We all have read a book that we couldn’t put down and finished in one sitting. You must know what happens next. Turns out, this is something that many readers can relate to. We have a list of 19 books that readers finished in one sitting. Keep reading to find out what they are! 

assorted books on book shelves
Books readers finished in one sitting

Many readers shared their story (no pun intended) of a book that they ended up reading in one go. This is almost never planned but happens because the book is too good to put down. Some of these books are best-sellers and others are classics. You can see the full list below. 

19 Books Readers Finished in One Sitting 

Finished in One Reading Session 

This list includes a few long books which can take up to 6-10 hours depending on your reading speed. And these things tend to happen naturally. Some people will lose sleep and regret it and others will cancel plans because they must know what happens next. 

Some readers shared the books that they finished in one session on Reddit. Here are some of their anecdotes. 

“Just finished reading Circe by Madeline Miller and I stayed up until 5 a.m. one night to finish it.”


I loved this novel and can relate to this. It is a really good story and it isn’t too long.

 “The first time I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, I couldn’t put it down. I was late for stuff.”  


Same. Jurassic Park is such a great novel. It is no surprise that the movies became as popular as they did.

“Most recently it was Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.”


This novel came out in 2022 and is already getting a movie made. That should tell you how good it is. Or the fact that is was in many best books of 2022 lists.

“Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One of the rare books that had me sobbing at times. It makes you question the world around you.”


Adichie is such an amazing writer. I loved this book and when you can’t compare a book to anything else you have read, that says a lot.


That is all for our list of 19 books that readers finished in one sitting. What book did you finish in one sitting? Let us know in the comments below! 

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12 thoughts on “19 Books Readers Finished in One Sitting 

  1. TheDudeAbides says:

    I finished The Great Gatsby in a day. I know it’s not that long but it was enjoyable.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Priory of the Orange Tree is 848 pages, you could not seriously consider this a book you can read in 1 sitting.

  3. Tony says:

    The Stand is some 1500 pages long, who in there right mind would do that in one sitting?

    1. Teresa Petersen says:

      seriously. This makes me doubt the whole list.

      1. Dom Laurion says:

        Yeah I call BS, it took me a week and I’m a pretty fast reader

  4. Heather Warner says:

    I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 8 hours. I started the moment I got home after its 6am release at my B&N. I was first in line after getting there at 2am.

  5. Todd Puglisi says:

    ‘We Need T Talk About Kevin’ was a one sit read,as well as ‘The Secret History’.

  6. Paul says:

    Yup, and I read Les Miserables, the LOTR trilogy, Ulysses, Don Quixote and every Song of Ice and Fire book back to back in one night. Because that’s as possible as some of these allegations.

  7. Paul Reed says:

    No one on the planet finished The Stand in one sitting.
    Never happened.

  8. Ondiavari says:

    Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Couldn’t put it down. A modern retelling of Dante from the view of a science fiction writer.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There’s no way anyone finished The Stand in one day. The audiobook is like 50 hours long.


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