Bookish List

22 of My Favourite Fast Paced Books

Hi everyone!  It’s Sabrina again.  A few weeks ago, I brought you a post highlighting my favourite slow paced books, so I thought it was only fair that I create a post for my favourite fast paced books too – and that’s what I’m bringing you today!  I’ve got 20 options for you, so I’ve grouped the books by general genre.  Also, I’m surprised to tell you that many of these are old favourites that I haven’t read in a really long time!  For example, I haven’t read a YA dystopian in years, but I’ve got a whole section for those books in this post which I’m excited to share, though the books probably won’t be new to you.  I hope you like this post, and that you will share some of your fast paced favourites in the comments!

MYSTERY/THRILLERS

No Exit by Taylor Adams

This is a fast paced adult book that will have you on the edge of your seat!  I was tearing through the pages in this one because I had to know what would happen next.  I also loved the isolated atmosphere and the tension that created.


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

I loved this YA thriller that features characters you can actually root for and care about.  The relationship between the three main characters is so precious even though it is complicated, and I loved how they worked together to try and solve their fairly enormous problem of being caught up in a bank robbery.


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

An old favourite of mine, I’m not sure how well Dangerous Girls holds up, but it was like nothing I’d ever read before at the time.  I loved the exploration of the main friendship and the structure of the book – it switched between timelines of the past (high school and a tropical teenage group holiday) and present (court proceedings due to murder).

DYSTOPIAN

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

As much as I dislike Mockingjay, the first two books in this trilogy will always have a special place in my heart.  I loved that the action kept coming as well as the character development.  Katniss is such an important character to me, so I couldn’t not share this book today!


Divergent by Veronica Roth

There’s more than one theme in this section, because I also strongly dislike Allegiant, though the first two books in this trilogy mean a lot to me.  The series makes me feel so alive and like I could do anything.  There’s lots of action as well as interesting characters and relationships, which I guess is what I was looking for as a teenager!


Legend by Marie Lu

Another fantastic trilogy, these books have a bigger element of mystery to them than the others which kept me reading well into the night.  Unlike in Allegiant, I loved the way dual perspectives were done in this series, and I mostly enjoyed the last book, Champion.  I don’t think I’ll ever read the new last book, Rebel, but it’s nice to know it exists.


Angelfall by Susan Ee

This is trilogy is more post-apocalyptic than dystopian like the others, featuring a world gone to ruin after the invasion of violent angels.  Again, the main character was very important to me as a teen, and I loved the romance in this series.  I thought the fight scenes were very well done and there was always something unexpected about to happen.

OTHER SCI-FI

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I talked about this sci-fi thriller a lot last year, but I still find myself thinking about it every now and then.  I loved the twists and turns the novel takes as well as the constant action.  Definitely a wild ride with a shocking ending that hasn’t left my mind since I read it.


This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

I’m kind of conflicted about including this book in the list, because it could definitely be interpreted as more of a slow or regular paced book.  Still, because it is relatively short and has shorter chapters too, and because I love it so much, I’ve decided to feature it anyway.  I love the enemies-to-lovers romance between the two characters, the stunning writing style and the way the plot weaves together.


The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

This short adult sci-fi romance novella managed to get me super invested in the main characters relationship and intrigued by a huge mystery.  I loved the fast pace, the action and the way the plot revealed itself as the story moved along.  I also found it really funny, which is always a nice bonus in a book!


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

A YA time travel book, this story is fast paced, twisty and emotional.  I can’t tell you a single thing about the plot at this point, because it’s been so long since I read it, but those feelings have stuck with me over the years.  I remember feeling terrible about the character dynamics, though they were so intriguing and complex.

CONTEMPORARY PARANORMAL

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

I absolutely enjoyed my time reading this book – the writing style was different to anything I’d read before, the main character was likeable, and there was always something surprisingly terrifying happening.  I loved how quickly the plot moved forward and the fresh take on the ghost story.  I’m reading the sequel to this soon and I couldn’t be looking forward to it more!


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

This YA superhero book was so much fun while also dealing with the stresses of high school.  I loved the main characters and their interactions and the humour was just right for me.  The story was fast paced but still captured the emotions of the main character and her internal struggles.  Highly recommend this!


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

This was another fun book, this time around witches and accidental resurrection.  It was also intensely emotional because I loved the characters and their dynamic.  It also caught me by surprise with the resolution of the main mystery!


The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates

Like The Girl From the Well, this also fits in the horror genre.  I loved how almost the entire story took place in a haunted house – the atmosphere was perfect, and there was never a dull moment.  I also appreciated the large cast of entertaining characters.  I wrote a full review on this book last year, so if you want to find out more, here’s the link.

OTHER CONTEMPORARY

The Wicker King and The Weight of The Stars by K. Ancrum

I’ve seen that The Wicker King is also considered a thriller, but the emotional impact of the relationships in this book were the biggest draw for me, so I’ve put it in this category.  Same goes for The Weight of The Stars, which has sci-fi elements rather than thriller.  Both these books were five stars for me, thanks to the aforementioned character relationships, the precision of the author’s writing and the compact, punchy chapters.


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

This fantastic romance has excellent characters that make me feel so many things whenever I reflect on them 🥺 I loved the fast pace of the novel and there were so many scenes in there that were simply incredible and had me smiling at the pages.  I loved the main characters’ relationship and the ways it helped each of them grow.

FANTASY

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

I adore this graphic novel series that has some of the most intricate, breathtaking art I’ve ever encountered.  I love the cast of characters, the intriguing plot points, the magic, the history… essentially, everything about it.  I can’t recommend these books enough.


Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

What can I say about this, my favourite book, that I haven’t already?  I guess the fact that I think it is fast paced.  There’s always something exciting, funny or magical happening – and sometimes, all three at once 😀


The Princess and the Captain by Anne-Laure Bondoux

This is a book I haven’t read since my early teens, but I remember absolutely loving it, (and hating it at the same time).  I most loved the adventure aspect to the story – we follow an unlikely group of people who find themselves sailing around a bunch of islands – and how there weren’t many lulls in the action.  I definitely want to reread this one again soon.

What do you think?

Have you read any of these? Do you prefer fast or slow books? Do you have any other fast paced suggestions? Let me know!

8 thoughts on “22 of My Favourite Fast Paced Books

  1. I don’t remember if you ever mentioned being a rereader, but All Our Yesterdays is reread material! I’m cynical when it comes to romance in books, and this one could almost fit in the love-triangle department, but it was so well done and relatable, because frankly, unrequited love for your childhood friend is a whole mood 😉. Of course, what drew me in was the time-travel aspect, and that was so well done as well.

    The Girl from the Well was so unique! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the sequel.

    Howl’s Moving Castle is a classic that I probably should read! My only DWJ book was The Time of the Ghost, which doesn’t qualify as a fast-paced book, but was funny and utterly charming.

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  2. I am very intrigued by The Princess and the Captain’s cover! It looks like a cool story. I am getting really into water-based stories/sailing stories lately, so it could be one to give a go 🙂

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  3. I prefer fast paced books but there are times where I prefer slower ones, especially if the writing is really atmospheric such as in retellings 😀 I recently finished The Foxhole Court and it’s so past paced and thrilling, I really enjoyed it!

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  4. This is a great post, I’ll definitely save it for when I need a fast-paced book ❤ I really need to continue the Angelfall series, as I loved the first book and it was so much fun to read 😀 I also have The Girls I’ve Been on my TBR, as it sounds so good!

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  5. Sabrina this is such a great post idea! Definitely with you on those YA Dystopians and the third books haha. I recently bought Genie Lo and it’s hopefully arriving soon and I’m really excited because everyone’s said good things about it. I need to read The Girls I’ve Been too and Angelfall sounds good; I think I heard about it back in the day but never ended up picking it up.

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