Take Five: “Up All Night” Books

Last week, we discussed our favorite heroines in YA literature. While Hub bloggers named our favorites, like the ladies of the Graceling Realm series and Tamora Pierce‘s favorite characters, we also had some fantastic suggestions from the comments, including Frankie Landau-Banks and Julie from Code Name Verity.

This week, we’re asking: What was the last book that was so great you stayed up past your bedtime reading?

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It’s also the only book I’ve ever re-read less than a month after finishing the first time. — Jenni Frencham

My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. The characters were so real and the story so engaging that I didn’t want to put it down (and I’ve re-read it a couple times, too!) — Carla Land

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez. No matter how sad or affecting a book may be, I don’t tend to cry, but this one did it. And when I got to the last 30% or so (obviously I was reading on my Kindle), I was so distressed and worried about the main characters that I had to stay up and find out what happened to them. It’s the saddest and most well written book I’ve read in ages. — Hannah Gómez

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma.  This story was so layered and cleverly deceptive, I really felt driven to get to the end.  The changing character perspectives, time, and setting were flawless.  Suma also used great quotes from other literature that really added to the meaning of the plot.  — Tara Kehoe

I was reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen late one night and I couldn’t stop reading it.  I had to keep reading to find out what happened and kept hoping it wasn’t going to be too bad or too sad.  I ended up finishing it that night and was very satisfied with the ending. — Kimberli Buckley

What was the last book you couldn’t put down? Let us know in the comments! 

— Molly Wetta, currently reading Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

3 thoughts on “Take Five: “Up All Night” Books”

  1. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town kept me up late. The plot was well-paced, and Tana’s drive to survive the dark situation she was in drove me to stay to find whether or not she would.

    1. All the light we cannot see really kept me up to the wee hours. I knew the characters were going to intersect and I really wanted to see how that worked.

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