I call "staying up all night reading" about 12 hours, say from 7pm to 7am. Of those I've red, I couldn't finish any of them in that time. I know it depends on how fast a reader a person is, but for me these aren't 12 hour books. Guess I'm just too slow.
Me, too, Rick. It would take me a while to read something like, say, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE. I know because it did take me a while back when I read it long ago.
I consider myself a relatively-fast reader (I'm not in George or Jeff territory, but few of us are) and there is no way ANNIHILATION could be read overnight. First of all, it's not that short. Secondly, the prose is dense--I found myself rereading passages to grasp what happened. Usually, a well-written mystery or a psychological suspense can make me read late into the night--and even then....
I totally agree on ANNIHILATION. You really have to concentrate. I can occasionally read a 300 page book in less than a day if it's a fast read and really draws me in (the last couple were by Linda Castillo), or a 200+ page book by (say) Peter Turnbull.
OK, back in the mid-70s there were a number of days when I read 2 or 3 Erle Stanley Gardner books, or a couple of Gardners with something like THE G-STRING MURDERS or CANCELLED IN RED, for example. Our friend Jeff Smith is notorious for staying up all night to read the entirety of King's UNDER THE DOME.
I've heard of 5 of these books--High Wind in Jamaica, Black Water, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (read), Sula, The Trial (read). I'm actually impressed that I've read 2 of them.
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