You can definitely read these books in one sitting.
Netflix is great when you have several dozen hours to kill…but it’s probably healthy to turn the TV off every once in awhile. If you’re looking to binge on great stories without having to stare at a screen all night, here are a few bingeable books to read (and re-read) back-to-back.
Zone One, by Colson Whitehead
If you’re a fan of binging shows about zombies, the apocalypse, and all other stripes of science fictional horror, you need to drop everything and read Zone One. Whitehead brings a wry new voice to the walking dead genre. In this novel, the zombie apocalypse has already come and not quite gone. Americans are slowly pulling society back together. Mark Spitz is one of the civilians assigned to “clean up” lower Manhattan, removing plague-ridden stragglers and dealing with outbursts of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder. His job seems mundane at first, but retaking “Zone One” might not be as simple as it seems.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
Rachel Chu is an American professor who’s been happily dating her boyfriend, Nick, for two years now. When Nick finally invites her home to Singapore to meet his folks, Rachel envisions a humble home and quaint family get-togethers. She has no idea that her beloved boyfriend just happens to be one of the wealthiest, most eligible bachelors in all of Asia. Rachel soon finds herself pulled into the world of private jets, socialite rivalries, and designer everything. Crazy Rich Asians is a hysterical, highly readable book, and you might be tempted to race through the whole series in one sitting—especially before the film adaptation hits the big screen August 17.
To buy: $10, amazon.com.
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
If you can’t get enough of thrillers and detective shows, then Sharp Objects is your next binge-read. Reporter Camille Preaker is fresh out of the psych ward and ready to get back to work. The trouble is that her next assignment hits a little too close to home: She has to return to her tiny hometown to cover the murder of two young girls. For the first time in years, Camille must face her neurotic mother and her slightly creepy, 13-year-old half-sister. As she starts to unravel this latest case, she finds herself digging into her own past and fighting old demons in this tightly-plotted, fast-paced mystery. Read it before the HBO miniseries starring Amy Adams, out July 8.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
In far future Sudan, the Okeke people are on the brink of extinction. Their aggressors, the Nuru, have committed a “righteous” genocide against them. But one woman survives a brutal attack and gives birth to a strange-looking child of both tribes. Young Onyesonwu grows up an outcast, the product of violence, and yet she seems to be able to harness incredible, impossible abilities. As she comes of age, Onyesonwu may be the only one left who can defend her people. Who Fears Death, which was optioned by HBO (with Game of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin producing) weaves fantasy and science in a stunning coming of age story that you won’t be able to put down.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante are two teenage boys who seem to have very little in common. Ari is ferociously angry at the world. Dante is a know-it-all with his own offbeat perspective on life. Both are loners. At least, they were, until they meet at the swimming pool and strike up a strange kind of friendship. As they spend more time together, the two friends’ feelings begin to deepen, and they start to see the world through each other’s eyes. If you’re looking for a captivating read that evokes the intense joy and pain of teenage love, Aristotle and Dante will surely satisfy.
To buy: $8, amazon.com.
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Aziraphale is a rather fussy angel and Crowley is a very cool demon. Technically, they’re on “opposite” sides, but both of them are responsible for bringing about the end of the world. Unfortunately for them, it seems as though someone has misplaced the Antichrist…and it’s just about time for Judgment Day. As the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse prepare to ride and Atlantis rises from the deep, the bureaucracies of Heaven and Hell are thrown into metaphysical chaos. Good Omens is ridiculously, laugh out loud funny, and a must-read for comedy fans of all beliefs.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Saga is somewhere between Star Wars, Romeo and Juliet, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s the wildly creative, incredibly addictive graphic story of two soldiers who fall in love, despite being on opposite sides of an intergalactic war. Now they must flee to protect themselves and their “abomination” of a daughter. Along the way, they encounter bounty hunters and pleasure planets, rebels, dragons, drugs, and robotic royalty. It’s a swashbuckling, sweeping page-turner of a space opera, perfect for any fans of the weird and adventurous.
To buy: $10, amazon.com.