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Mostly when i was a kid and didn't have too many (any) other obligations. I remember Magician by Raymond E Feist was one where I did this.
Closest I've come recently was The Insult by Rupert Thomson, where I stayed up all night one Saturday night and read the last 200 or so pages all at once. Had no intention to, but I hit that bit where it suddenly veers off and tells a completely different story and I was hooked to see how it turns out.
Helen Garner's The First Stone.
Started mid-afternoon, then had to stop to make and eat dinner, but then finished it that night.
Otherwise, plenty of instances like ^Charlie's where I'd finish the last half or even two thirds of a book in the one sitting.
Mainly because i'm reading Less Than Zero, which although I haven't done so, I can imagine it's toally possible to read it one go.
The only books I've ever done it with are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (when I was at college) and Times Arrow by Martin Amis (on a Sunday). Neither are very long. Sadly, I don't get long enough stretches any more to do this in one sitting.
Such a vivid, entertaining book, I just kept going.
"About a Boy" but that was mainly due to insomnia.
I think I've read a few Dick Francis books in one sitting during school holidays when there was fuck all else to do.
The first one, a couple of years ago to see what the fuss was about. Took me a morning, it isn't that great.
Not that Allen Carr, the anti smoking guru. Took me a day, I haven't smoked since.
but that's only 100 pages or something so it was pretty easy.
Came in here to write that.
Spot The Dog
on Boxing Day in San Francisco
One of my favourite boxing days ever!
I came in to post The Road.
Very rarely more recently, I don't seem to be able to dedicate the time. I did English at uni and crammed a few books in one sitting without really appreciating them. I remember reading On Chesil Beach in one sitting as a distraction from doing other work, it isn't very long though, and is totally shit.
150 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
the ones that I have have all (inevitably) been short. Of mice and men for instance.
I read wetlands by charlotte roche in about 2 days because I was gripped by its grossness and it made me feel really sick at times.
Think I was just looking for a bit that was actually erotic. I never found it.
Parts of it still haunt me. Several times I had to put it down to get some air because I felt really ill.
I travelled from London to Philadelphia via New York at the end of September and read the whole of Never Let Me Go on that journey.
I've also done it with On Chesil Beach, but that's really short so barely counts.
Have inhaled Oroonoko and Candide by Voltaire in the past week, though to be fair they were both quite short.
Norweigan Wood im the space of 24 hours while I was meant to be teaching foreign kids over the summer. Well, I *was* teaching them, I just had a lot of sitting around time in between.
JPod as well, when I finished my university finals and had fuck all to do before I started my job. Good times.
was when I read Ella Minnow Pea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Minnow_Pea). I like to think this was quite recent, but it must've been around ten years ago now.
...while stuck in Bahrain for 36 hours; 'The History Of Luminous Motion' by Scott Bradfield which was fantastic and 'Dead Long Enough' by James Hawes which was not so good.
whilst waiting for my girlfriends plane to land in Oz, but its only about 100 pages long so really, not the most difficult to read in one day.
Also read "The damage done" when i was ill once in one seitting. It made me feel better as i wasn't in a Thai prison.
Of Mice and Men in one sitting. Again, short.
I realise it was probably meant to be written in that kind of simplistic style but I got frustrated at the lack of any particular intelligent response to anything happening in the story and gave up reading about 70 pages in. Similarly I have started The Grapes Of Wrath twice and not got past 100 pages. Maybe I just don't like Steinbeck.
e.g. Ghost world, but this doesn't count does it?
I think I read E's autobiography in one sitting too
i.e. when still a student. Never had the pleasure/angst of being involuntarily unemployed.
it's like 120 pages though.
but then that's printed like a children's book with pictures and is in reality pretty short in terms of actual words, so only took me about three hours.
Think the longest I have ever spent reading in one go was about 8 hours one night reading the second half of Bonfire Of The Vanities. Impossible to put down once it gets to a certain point.
Bought it and took it down the beach for a spot of afternoon reading. Got so gripped that I stayed there and managed to finish it off just before sunset. I blame the beginning, it draws you in like no other book I've read.
I also read Dara O'Briain's book in one journey, but as it was two trains and a plane it wasn't really one sitting.
Really fast reader. Also I will literally read anything. Bookcase ranging from belle du jour to nicolas evans to thomas hardy. Dickhead ex was an English student, and i'd read more of his reading list than him before he started.
Reading helps me switch off from the impossibility of teaching "challenging" kids science. And I'm really visual, semi-photographic memory, and i get far more from books than any other media really.
It just is.
It is tiny though (but utterly awesome.)
The record was two in a day. The Jonah by James Herbert and then Jennie by Paul Gallico. This was on a Sunday in 1984, mind, pre-internet, pre-Sky Sports, pre-all day pub opening. We had to make our own entertainment in those days.
Wouldnt have done it had it not been for the 9 HOUR coach journey back from this years Glastonbury, too hungover and hungry to sleep. I've done some rough travelling in my time, including a failed hijack on our coach in africa, but that took the piss
Great book btw
''The Long Hard Road Out of Hell'' by Marilyn Manson (with Nick Strauss)
To make matters worse...I wasn't even a fan of Marilyn Manson
The Time Machine - H.G.Wells
Animal Farm - George Orwell
America Unchained - Dave Gorman
I read Let The Right One In in two sittings
Comes from having lots of long train journeys between glasgow-london-manchester and commuting from manchester to Derry 3 times a week last year.
Most memorable was greene's 'the end of the affair' which i read on a train journey after a break up which I had thought I was fine with, but perhaps was not. *cue heaving sobs*. I do not recommend this.