Today I have a recommendation post for you – and this one is focused only on short reads!
Sometimes you’re not in the mood to read a complex story. Sometimes you just don’t have time to pick up a regular size book. Sometimes you just feel like reading a short book. Whatever your reason is: I got you covered!
And yes, I know I have a weird fear of big books… but I don’t just read short stories! Still, I decided to make this post to show you a few short books I really liked and that I would recommend to you! Maybe you’ll find some interesting news books in this list.
And by the way: these are shorter than 100 pages! You can find the number of pages of each book in front of their title. Let’s take a look at the books!
1. Galatea by Madeline Miller – 20 pages
This (super) short story is perfect for Greek mythology lovers! Madeline Miller is the author, and she is known for writing regular length books about Greek mythology like fiction. In her books the characters are brought to life as the famous historical figures, and this short story follows the same format. This one is about Galatea, a statue that is brought to life by its sculptor. You can check the synopsis below for a detailed description, but I can tell that I loved this one and that is completely worth it… and it’s only 20 pages long, so why not?
“An enchanting short story from Madeline Miller that boldly reimagines the myth of Galatea and Pygmalion.
In ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece — the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen — the gift of life. Now his wife, he expects Galatea to please him, to be obedience and humility personified. But she has desires of her own and yearns for independence.
In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, Galatea is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost…”
2. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman – 97 pages
This short story broke my heart… in only 97 pages! I didn’t even think that was possible, but here we are.This is such a beautiful, heartbreaking story that tells us about what it is like to suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as being a family member/friend to someone who is suffering with it. It’s a great story to better understand 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. You can find the synopsis below:
“Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa’s work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.
As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. She’s as real to him now as the first day he met her, but he dreads the day when he won’t remember her.
Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah’s father—Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond.
Grandpa, Grandma, Ted, and Noah all meet here, in this peculiar space that is growing dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they will learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear. This little book with a big message is certain to be treasured for generations to come.”
3. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins-Reid – 88 pages
Next on the list we have “Evidence of the Affair” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. While I was reading I remember thinking to myself “How was I so interested in such a short (and yet complex) story?”. Even though it was not a full length book, I was very invested in the entire plot and characters! This fiction story is told entirely in letters,which was also very interesting! Honestly, I couldn’t even predict what would happen next because everything was so unexpected and I never knew where the story was going. This was a really fun and different read that I would recommend to anyone! Check the synopsis below for more info!
“The repercussions of an illicit affair unfold in this short story by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid.
A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met—a choice that will forever change both their lives.
My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…
The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.
Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.”
4. The Sisters by J.S. Ellis – 26 pages
If you feel like reading something on the darker side, I definitely recommend this one! This short story is about Evie, who has a perfect older sister. She has it all! She is blonde, tall, smart, has a great career… and she’s everything Evie is not. She has been living in her sister’s shadow since the day she was born. One day her sister brings home her perfect boyfriend for her family to meet. I wish I could say more but you’ll have to read it to know what it’s about! Let’s just say that these sisters may have more in common than what you first think! It was very entertaining for a quick read, and I think it’s worth it! And by the way… I’m still processing that ending! That was crazy.
“Evie always watched her older sister Jenny from afar. Jenny can’t do wrong; she’s the apple of their mother’s eye. She’s tall, blonde and a model. Evie is the total opposite of Jenny: she has dark hair, is short and sells jewellery. It’s a regular Sunday afternoon, only it isn’t so regular…not when Jenny is about to bring her new boyfriend home. Evie is curious. This is what happens… “
5. Truth or Dare by Camilla Läckberg – 96 pages
The last book I have for you is “Truth or Dare” by Camilla Lackberg. I would say that this book is the most developed and complex of the ones from the list. This short fiction book follows the New Year’s Eve party of four (very rich) teenagers: Liv, Martina, Anton and Max. They decided to have their own small party at Max’s place while their parents are celebrating next door at Anton’s. Even though they’ve been best friends since primary school, all of them have some personal issues that they feel like they can’t tell each other – so, as you can imagine they have some dark secrets they’re hiding! As the evening progresses, they keep drinking and the games they play also keep getting darker… and that’s where I’ll leave it! I had fun reading this and I liked it for what it was: a quick and entertaining short story! Definitely worth checking out if it sounds appealing to you!
Liv, Martina, Max and Anton have been best friends for years. So on New Year’s Eve, they’re more than happy to spend it together – drinking, flirting, and playing games.
Four terrifying secrets
But each of them is keeping a terrible secret. And when a game of truth or dare takes a dark turn, it’s not long before the shocking truth emerges.
A night that will end in murder
Now the secrets are out there, nothing will ever be the same again. And not everyone will live to see the chime of midnight…”
And there you have it! These are some of my favorite short stories. I hope you found this recommendation post interesting and I hope you found yourself some new books to read! As usual, I’m always looking for book recommendations so let me know if you have any for me!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope you liked what I had to share with you today. I’ll see you in the next one! 🙂