Lazy Sunday Books

There are some books that you can finish in one sitting, barely stopping to breathe or blink as you power through. There are others that take more time, that you need to take a break from, to think about before you return to. The Bone People by Keri Hulme has been one of the latter; while I’ve loved almost every word in the book, I found it quite a hard read. I stopped halfway through to read something else, something fluffier and funnier. I’m coming towards the end now and in a way I’m really glad that I stopped reading it, because it gave me more time to think about the plot. I’m now stalling reading the last 10 pages because I seriously do not want it to end.

It’s always amazing to find a book that you can read in a few days, though. Or even one that you can pick up on a morning and be done with by the time you go to bed that night. The books that feel physically impossible to put down, as though your hands are locked around the spine. If you want a book that you could read, if you so desired, in one lazy weekend, here are a few of my favourites-

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. This book is utterly harrowing. Don’t go into it expecting anything that could be described as ‘feel good’. It’s beautifully written, though, and you will be sucked in by the writing and the lives of the characters. I finished it in less than two days.

The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subculture by Louis Theroux. Set out in sections, sometimes disturbing and sometimes hilarious, this is the kind of book that you can carry around with you and dip into it whenever you have a spare moment.

Play It As It Lays by Joan buksDidion. Imagine, if you will, that you are a third-year English student. You have, as you are wont to do, left your seminar reading until, oh, the night before. Plagued with a sense of impending doom, you size up the book in your hand: not too long. Might be manageable. You read the first page, and then before you know it, the book is finished. Easy! You hastily scribble some notes, and go to bed. It isn’t until you wake up the next morning with your mind racing that you realise what an amazing book it was. In the seminar you’re like an overexcited child, spilling forth your each and every opinion about the novel. (This story may or may not be about me.)

Do you prefer a slow leisurely read, or a compulsive and quick one?

What was the last book you couldn’t put down?

What’s the last book you spent ages reading it? Was it worth it in the end?

4 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday Books

  1. I’ve not read any of those books, so thanks for the recommendations. I mostly just read books on the bus, so it can take me a little while to get through them. Every now and then I’ll come across one that it want to spend all my spare time reading. The last one was Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

  2. I can’t read for more than 40 minutes. Which is strange considering how much I adore books. I just find I start to lose a bit of interest and then POOF I’m off in fairy land and the characters in the books are feeling very neglected. I prefer to drag it out; that way, I can be living in their world for longer.

  3. Oh oh, I’ll have to check these out! And I need a balance of quick reads and luxurious reads, I can’t read just one or the other. Sometimes I want to fly through a couple books, while other times I want to be immersed in a long journey.

    • Yeah I’m the same! I love taking a long time to read a book and completely immersing myself in it, but it’s also great to be so into reading something that I can’t stop and finish it in a few days.

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