Top Ten Tuesday: Ten short books that are perfect for a quick read


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:

Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Here are a bunch of great read, all under 200 pages, that I think are excellent ways to sneak in a quick read!

1) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. 97 pages. An amazing sci-fi adventure with a remarkable African woman as its main character. (Also, the sequel — Binti: Home — is also a short and sweet 176 pages!)

2) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (179 pages): Simply beautiful. (review)

3) Isis by Douglas Clegg (113 pages): A wonderful, spooky little ghost story.

4) The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 pages): A quirky little novel which imagines Queen Elizabeth suddenly becoming an avid fiction reader.

5) Blockade Billy by Stephen King (112 pages): My edition includes two separate stories, both memorable and worth reading. (review)

6) The Travelling Bag and other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hill (160 pages): A collection of four ghost stories in a pint-sized hardcover edition, easy to read and certain to chill.

7) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (160 pages): Without meaning to, I seem to have picked some truly creepy books for this list. This book is a gothic horror delight — and I think it’s even better as an audiobook.

8) Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (163 pages): A quick, funny, quirky look at the ups and down of Carrie Fisher’s life.

9) The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (211 pages): Okay, slightly over 200 pages, but it’s such a quick read, and so powerful, that it just must be on this list! (review)

10) What’s a TTT list without an Outlander mention? Yes, the Outlander books are HUGE — but the novellas that fit into and alongside the series are not. For quick, wonderful reads sure to delight Outlander fans, check out any of these:

What are your favorite short and quick reads?

Whatever your spin on this week’s topic, please share your link so I can check out your list!


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23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten short books that are perfect for a quick read

  1. I´m definitely adding Our Souls at Night, The Travelling Bag and We Have always Lived in The Castle to my TBR. They sounds amazing and I love me my supernatural and unique reads! Loved your top 10 🙂

  2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is such a great story, The Bookish God. I hope you enjoy it a lot.

    I hadn’t heard of Binti or Binti: Home, but they sure do intrigue me. I’ve added them to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation, Lisa.

    Here is my TTT.

    • I think that was the first audiobook that made me realize that the audio experience was more than just listening to someone read a book — it really took the experience to a whole new level.

  3. Great list, Lisa! One of these days I’m going to get to the Outlander books… We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a brilliant little book, and I can’t believe I didn’t think to put Binti on my list this week. The Uncommon Reader sounds great and I’ll have to check out The Travelling Bag this Halloween. =)

  4. Great list! I really need to check out some of these, especially the Outlander stories (A Plague of Zombies is the one catching my eye at the moment). It would be a new experience for me to read an entire book in one go 😀
    I used to love Susan Hill, so will probably check out The Travelling Bag.
    I feel as if I’ve read Blockade Billy, maybe as part of another story collection, and I’m trying to remember which one…

    • Have you read the entire Outlander series? If not, there are a couple of these to stay away from… A Plague of Zombies fits chronologically with Voyager. It’s a good story, starring Lord John.

  5. Oh man, how did I forget The Lover’s Dictionary? I just re-read it this year too. lol I need to add more of Carrie Fisher’s books to my TBR… I loved The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking sounds like a good one too.

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