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Top 10 Best Books to Read in a Weekend in the UK 2021 (Naoise Dolan, Andre Aciman and More)

Reading a book is one of the simplest and most beautiful ways to spend your time, especially now our lives demand so many hours with eyes locked to a screen. When your to-do list is as long as your arm, taking time out to read a truly feel-good book can be luxurious! That's why we've trawled the best of Amazon and eBay for our favourite books to enjoy between Friday night and Sunday evening. 


From titles by Toni Morrison to Adam Kay and Naoise Dolan — we've picked our top 10 with the aim of recommending you quick, easy, and satisfying reads. Whether they're short novels by famous authors you worried you'd never surmount, or new release debuts by talked about young writers, there should be something for everyone here. 

  • Last updated: 23-04-2021
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How to Choose a Book to Read in a Weekend in the UK — Buying Guide

Finding a book you'll love shouldn't be hard. Just remember not to judge them by the cover! Here we'll look at a few more helpful tips, such as identifying the topics you love to read about or the kind of writing that floats your boat. By knowing exactly what you need from a book, you're much better placed to choose a favourite.

Fiction or Non-Fiction? One Sparks the Imagination, the Other Keeps It Real

Fiction or Non-Fiction? One Sparks the Imagination, the Other Keeps It Real

Let's start with the basics. Think about what you fancy reading this weekend; something based in fact or an adventure of imagination? Obviously, both are great, but there are some distinct differences. 


Often works of fiction can take longer to digest and may be more descriptively dense, meaning they tend to be suited to reading over an entire weekend with no other big commitments, or even a week or more. 


Non-fiction, on the other hand, sticks to the facts and is usually less descriptive, so they're usually able to be dipped in and out of. We've done our best to find quickly digestible books of both kinds in our ranking. 

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse With a New Release or Explore a Contemporary Classic

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse With a New Release or Explore a Contemporary Classic

Our recommendations include new release books along with a few older novels that have gained a reputation and are well on their way to 'classic' status. Getting to know a contemporary classic can be a worthwhile way to spend your weekend, as can reading a book that's at the cutting edge of our cultural moment.


Decide while shopping whether you'd like to find a beloved book from a world-renowned author or to sample some newer writing, perhaps even a debut from a younger writer. The choice is yours!

Crime Thrillers, Memoirs and Literary Fiction Are Great for Weekends

Crime Thrillers, Memoirs and Literary Fiction Are Great for Weekends

Among our picks you'll find a few different genres we think are best suited to weekend reading. Crime thrillers, for instance, are natural page-turners, with plot twists abounding from chapter to chapter. The very nature of a thriller keeps you intrigued to know where the story will go next, meaning you're likely to finish it quicker!


Other genres that can be easily enjoyed in a weekend are laid-back literary fiction and memoirs. Celebrity autobiographies are a good choice as they tend to be heavy on action and light on gratuitous adjectives! 


Likewise, diary-style memoirs and real-life stories of struggle and survival in different walks of life are also great for a couple of days of reading. They not only offer page-turning action and plenty of interesting characters, but they allow you to immerse yourself in an extraordinary perspective or situation.

New Releases Are Sometimes Limited to Hardcover, Paperbacks Are Lightweight and Flexible

New Releases Are Sometimes Limited to Hardcover, Paperbacks Are Lightweight and Flexible

Take a look at which formats the book is available in — paperbacks are lightweight and convenient to hold when reading. They are also much more flexible and comfortable when you're tearing (not literally!) through its pages on the settee. 


Unfortunately, sometimes new releases only come out in hardcover versions, which are slightly more expensive than paperback versions. But how else are you going to join the debate on some of the most talked-about debut writing of the year? 


Another benefit of hardback books is the fact they make beautiful gifts, look great on your shelves or coffee table and are likely to stay in good condition for longer

If You're Pushed For Space or Dedicated Time — Choose an eBook, Audiobook or CD Version

If You're Pushed For Space or Dedicated Time — Choose an eBook, Audiobook or CD Version

For many devoted book lovers, the thought of a digital version is utter sacrilege — but if you're short on storage space or want to take your book outside or on a weekend trip — you may want to see if your chosen title can be downloaded to your eReader. 


Sadly this style of reading doesn't free you from the stresses of the screen, but it does avoid the bookworm's dilemma of a to-read pile that expands from the living room shelf to the bathroom! For those who are often on the go and like to listen to stories via headphones, many books now come in audiobook or CD format too.

For a Guaranteed Speed-Read, Check the Page Numbers

For a Guaranteed Speed-Read, Check the Page Numbers

Although fewer pages do not definitively guarantee a quicker read, on the whole a book with around 160 pages should be pretty easy to get through, perhaps in as little as 24 hours. If you're excited to pick it up of course! 


Books with around 250 pages lend themselves to a couple of days' reading at a slightly slower pace, whereas those totaling 350 pages or thereabouts could see you through Friday evening and into Sunday night, with plenty of sofa time set aside for getting lost in the story


All the books we've chosen are written in straightforward, digestible prose that is at once vibrant and evocative without being dense or challenging to get through. However, checking the page numbers before starting will help you decide whether that tome you're hankering to read will actually be doable within a weekend.

Top 10 Best Books to Read in a Weekend in the UK

Now take a peek at our ten favourite weekend specials; the books you will pick up on Friday night and race through before bedtime on Sunday. We hope somewhere within our list you'll discover something that intrigues you and will help make your time off feel well spent, before recommending it to all who'll listen!

10
Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date2019
GenreModern literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook
Number of Pages272
9

Patrick SuskindPerfume

£6.99

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date1985
GenreClassic literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardcover, eBook
Number of Pages272
8

Sayaka MurataConvenience Store Woman

£6.99

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date2016
GenreModern literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages160
7

Carrie FisherPostcards From the Edge

£6.05

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date1987
GenreModern fictionalised memoir
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardcover, eBook
Number of Pages240
6
Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date2020
GenreModern crime thriller
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardcover, eBook
Number of Pages368
5
Fiction or Non-FictionNon-Fiction
Publication Date2017
GenreModern medical memoir
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages256
4

Toni MorrisonThe Bluest Eye

£6.68

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date1999
GenreClassic literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardcover, eBook, CD
Number of Pages224
3
Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date2020
GenreModern literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages288
2

Deborah FeldmanUnorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

£7.64

Fiction or Non-FictionNon-fiction
Publication Date2012
GenreModern memoir
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages272
1
Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Publication Date2020
GenreModern literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobook
Number of Pages288

Compare the Best Books to Read in a Weekend

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1
Frances Cha If I Had Your Face 1

Frances Cha

2
Deborah Feldman Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots 1

Deborah Feldman

3
Naoise Dolan Exciting Times 1

Naoise Dolan

4
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye 1

Toni Morrison

5
Adam Kay This Is Going to Hurt 1

Adam Kay

6
Lucy Atkins Magpie Lane 1

Lucy Atkins

7
Carrie Fisher Postcards From the Edge 1

Carrie Fisher

8
Sayaka Murata Convenience Store Woman 1

Sayaka Murata

9
Patrick Suskind Perfume 1

Patrick Suskind

10
Andre Aciman Find Me 1

Andre Aciman

Name

If I Had Your Face

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

Exciting Times

The Bluest Eye

This Is Going to Hurt

Magpie Lane

Postcards From the Edge

Convenience Store Woman

Perfume

Find Me

Features

A Much-Talked About Debut Novel Exploring Contemporary Seoul

A Fascinating Memoir Exploring Life as a Hasidic Jew in New York

The One Everyone's Been Talking About

A Must-Read Novel from a Nobel Prize Winning Author

Multi-Million Selling Diaries of a Junior Doctor

A Compulsive and Gasp-Heavy Thriller

Carrie Fisher's Wry Fictionalised Memoir

A Deadpan Ode to Rejecting Social Expectations

A Dark, Sensory Tale Set in 18th Century Paris

Bestselling Return to the Characters From Call Me By Your Name

Price£10.20£7.64£10.04£6.68£4.50£12.98£6.05£6.99£6.99£6.98
Fiction or Non-FictionFictionNon-fictionFictionFictionNon-FictionFictionFictionFictionFictionFiction
Publication Date2020201220201999201720201987201619852019
GenreModern literary fictionModern memoirModern literary fictionClassic literary fictionModern medical memoirModern crime thrillerModern fictionalised memoirModern literary fictionClassic literary fictionModern literary fiction
Formats AvailablePaperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardcover, eBook, CDPaperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardcover, eBookPaperback, hardcover, eBookPaperback, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardcover, eBookPaperback, eBook
Number of Pages288272288224256368240160272272
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Avid Reader? Treat Your-Shelf With More of Our Bestselling Suggestions

Avid Reader? Treat Your-Shelf With More of Our Bestselling Suggestions

For more ideas on nice things to read, we have several suggestions up our sleeve! Check out the links below for more bookshelf beauties that will educate, entertain and inspire you, as well as our top 10 eReaders if you prefer to go digital. They're also helpful if you're looking for original, meaningful gifts for loved ones.

Summary

That brings us to the end of our guide to the best quick reads you can buy online this year. From speed-readable classics to debuts from new young authors, you can't say we don't spoil you! We've tried to select a varied range of books to broaden your mind and push you in exciting directions. Why not challenge yourself to read the whole lot?

Author: Annie Hopkins

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