Quick! I need to read a whole book.

Sometimes a very, very short book is just the ticket – reading slump, testing a new genre, choosing something for your book group (because you know they don’t have the stamina for anything over 200 pages), a long train ride…

Here’s a list of my favourite very short books.

01. Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford (177 pages)
02. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (166 pages)
03. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (193 pages)
04. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (179 pages)
05. The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith (70 pages)
06. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (132 pages)
07. 99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes (202 pages)
08. Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson (206 pages)
09. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery (160 pages)
10. Heartburn by Nora Ephron (170 pages)
11. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett (208 pages)
12. Ru by Kim Thuy (144 pages)

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21 responses

  1. On Chesil Beach, Our Souls at Night, and Lucy Barton were all one-day reads for me too (and Our Souls at Night is on my TTT list this week). It’s been such a long time since I read Heartburn. Now I wonder if my old copy is still lying around somewhere! Interesting list — clearly, I need to check some of these out. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love a good short book. Always helps me feel far more productive than I should. haha Heartburn is definitely my favorite on your list — got a few more to check out too!

  4. You have some great options here! I love everything Kent Haruf writes and they’re all pretty slim. Plus, Ru?! You’re the only other blogger I know who read it- wasn’t it wonderful?!

    I recently read Fever Dreams which absolutely fits this bill. Under 200 pages and it is wild. I’m still not sure I get it, but not in that way that makes you angry. In the way that makes you think and want to read it again.

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