Having trouble finishing your reading goal for 2020? Well, let’s be real: the end of the year is near and you don’t have a lot of time to read a full length book. But have no fear, Neide is here! Today I’m bringing you five short books you can easily read until the new year comes. I tried my best to find ACTUAL short stories, so books I picked have between 70 to 141 pages to make your life easier. So without further ado, here are the recommendations!
- Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evidence of the Affair is a very interesting story with a great twist. And the best part? It’s only 87 pages long! I can’t tell you a lot about this story without spoiling it, but all you have to know is that it’s about two people dealing with the affair between their spouses. The entire story is told in a letter format, so it’s very easy and fast to go through. Keep in mind that these people don’t even know each other! Taylor Jenkins Reid is an amazing author and this is a very interesting story to pick up.
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
This one is for the classics fans – and the short books fans! Animal Farm is one of those books you will never forget. This George Orwell classic portraits the Russian Revolution in a very interesting, simple and smart way: by writing a satire using farm animals…in only 141 pages! The farm animals decided that they already had enough abuse from their owner, so they started a revolution to free themselves. When they finally kicked the owner out, they formed their very own concept of a society. But as the book goes on, you see how their initial rules change progressively to benefit the leader. Everybody in the farm thinks they’re happy and free, but the leader is manipulating and exploring their feelings and interests. This a political book – not a book I would usually pick up, but I’m really glad I gave it a chance. Absolutely genius!
3. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
This is such a beautiful written, heartbreaking short story (97 pages) that tells us what it is like to suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as what is like to be a family member/friend to someone who is suffering with diseases like this. It’s a small, great story to understand better how people suffer internally and how sometimes they feel ashamed and know exactly what’s happening to their brains. It gives an honest, cruel and truthful vision of the reality of so many people who struggle with the disease. It will hurt, but I promise you it will be worth it!
4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
With only 70 pages, this beautiful book will make you fall in love with Mango Street. This book, poetic in its prose, describes Esperanza, the oldest child in a Hispanic family who moves from apartment to apartment each year with her family. Mango Street is her family’s first house and the neighborhood becomes a part of her existence. Navigating life as one of few Hispanics in her school, Esperanza faces pressure at school, at home, and with her friends. Partially autobiographical and part fiction, Cisneros employs luscious words to reveal how Esperanza desires to become a writer and leave Mango Street. As in her own life, her neighborhood will always be part of her, no matter how far she goes. It’s not exactly a classic since it was published in 2009, but it’s an all time favorite for people of all ages. So if you like to read stories that will be with you for a very long time, this one’s for you. Besides, it’s only 70 pages long!
5. A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
A House at the Bottom of a Lake is a bit different but I liked it a lot. How to even describe it? This is a thriller fantasy book with only 118 pages. Two teenagers decide to go canoeing through a chain of lakes for their first date. But during their date they discover a mysterious house at the bottom of the last lake they visit. This, of course, is really weird. They decide to keep their discovery a secret and they go there every day to explore more about this mysterious house. As you can probably imagine, things get creepy very quickly and trouble awaits for them. Not gonna lie, it’s a weird book. But I thought it was really different and unique, and definitely worth reading.
I hope you liked these recommendations for short books! I also hope this was useful in any way and if you read any of these books let me know what you thought of them 🙂
Merry Christmas everyone!