FRC: Short books
There are two categories in the Fall Reading Challenge that call for a short book:
- A book with less than 150 pages
- A book you can read in a day
A recent New York Times article had this to say on short books:
True to its essence, the very short book does not pretend to have more to say than it does. This is as charming as encountering the rare person who knows when to speak and when to be silent.
While the amount you can read in a day will vary (depending on, among other things, how much you are enjoying the book and how much you are willing to put off doing other things), here are some lists of short books that you’ll have a good chance of finishing.
- From Publisher’s Weekly, The 10 Best Books Shorter than 150 pages.
- Reader’s Digest weighs in with great short books under 150 pages.
- 50 Books, 150 pages or less, from the Lawrence Public Library
On the slightly longer side:
- From Barnes and Noble, 20 Best Books Under 200 pages.
- Flavorwire: 50 Incredible Novels under 200 pages.
- The New York Times article mentioned above, The Pleasure (and Popularity) of Really Short Books, offers some recent short nonfiction.
What I read:
My under 150 page book was Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal, clocking in at 88 pages. It seemed a little too short to me, I was still a little unsure of what just happened at the end. To even things out, the book I read in a day was 724 pages (in large print), The Trespasser by Tana French. I found it hard to put down! Also, I am a new fan of large print, it really is easy to read.