Long time, no post. I've been away from the blog for awhile because life has just been a little hectic. Between work and life changes and illness....well, you get the idea. And, since I know you are all so familiar with the craziness life can often dish out, I decided to craft a list of 10 short books you can read in one day (some of them in just a couple hours!). Because I think we can all find a few hours once every two or three weeks to dive into a great story. This list has everything: romance, comedy, horror, science fiction, historical fiction, classics. I can almost guarantee there is something on this list for everyone. So, give it a read, let me know which of these books most interest you, and then let me know if there are any amazing awesome great fantastic short novels you've read that I left out.
1) If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki
Jocelyn tells her unborn daughter how she met her father. It’s a romantic comedy with more comedy than romance. Also, it’s only 55 pages long and it’s $4.99 on Kindle right now. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
2) The Lover by Marguerite Duras
The story of a star-crossed romance between a French teen and her Chinese lover in a French colonial Saigon. Love, war, familial drama…what else is there?
3) Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
I read this book last year, and while the plot is a bit thin, Holly Golightly’s naïve charm and outgoing nature contrast with Fred’s extreme practicality to create a lovable duo you can’t get enough of. It’s 100 pages long and an absolute classic. Well worth the read.
4) Mermaids by Patty Dann
I’ve talked about Mermaids by Patty Dann more times than I can count. And that’s because it is such a great book. It’s less than 150 pages, but the characters are vibrant, the story is charming, and the writing is beyond hilarious. Spend an afternoon reading about the life of Charlotte Flax—a Jewish teenager whose only desire is to hear the word of God and become a nun—her flirtatious always-on-the-move mother, and her water-obsessed younger sister, and I can promise you won’t regret it.
5) Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
The only novel by poet Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha follows Maud Martha as she traverses childhood and adulthood in her predominantly black Chicago neighborhood. The language is sharp and beautiful, and Brooks’ observation of human behavior is phenomenal. One of my favorite books of all time.
6) The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
A science fiction novel following George Orr as he discovers his dreams have the power to alter the violent and polluted world around him. A short novel that addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s penchant for self-destructive behavior.
7) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Just over 200 pages, Slaughterhouse-Five follows Billy Pilgrim as he recalls his World War II experiences and moves through time. I read this book last year and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my all-time favorite books, and there is honestly no way to accurately describe it. Read it and then immediately message me to let me know your thoughts. That’s an order.
8) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
An adult man goes back to his childhood home for a funeral where he begins to recall a repressed memory too fantastical and too horrible to have ever been true. Told in a uniquely Neil Gaiman fashion, Ocean at the End of the Lane is as charming as it is terrifying. It’s a rollercoaster ride packed into 178 pages. Perfect for a lazy weekend.
9) We the Animals by Justin Torres
Told in a series of vignettes, We the Animals unravels the story of one family, three brothers, and “the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.” The story is powerful, poetic, and only 128 pages long.
10) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
After a fatal dose of arsenic ends up in the sugar bowl and whittles the Blackwood family from seven to four members, Merricat must protect her sister Constance from the curiosity and animosity of the local villagers. When cousin Charles arrives to visit the isolated family, Merricat is the only one who sees the danger. This dark tale is told in 160 pages, and is perfect for a dark night when you’re safe and cozy under the covers.