Short Books You Can Read in a Day
A lot of people are shocked to hear that I read 100 books a year. There’s a simple reason I can read that much: I read a lot of short books. Today I thought I would share a selection of short books you can read in a day.
I always find poetry really easy to digest and get through. It doesn’t mean I always enjoy it though. I have in the past enjoyed Amanda Lovelace’s poetry, mostly because they’re feminist. This is the first in her collection and can easily be read in a day.
If want to try more classics and are happy to dedicate an afternoon to reading, then I recommend Animal Farm by George Orwell. It helps to know the context of the plot, which is that it is an allegory for the Russian Revolution, but don’t let words like allegory and Russian Revolution put you off. It’s a good book, and very moving.
Another easy modern classic, which I really enjoyed, is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I read this book in one afternoon and then almost immediately picked it up again and re-read it. It’s set in the 1960s and focuses on a group of wayward young teenagers, known as Greasers, who are poor and a makeshift family. They will defend each other to death and that’s what they do. It’s funny, sweet and utterly heartbreaking.
I’ve yet to read Sexing the Cherry but at only 167 pages it is fairly short. The story is a short fantasy about a period of time that is and isn’t the 17th century. The main character was rescued from the Thames as a baby and travels the world, meeting lots of different people and making lots of discoveries that aren’t quite realistic or true. It’s supposedly a love letter to time.
Another book that may sound a bit bonkers is Weird F*cks. This novella that has recently been re-printed, is about a woman and her many sexual partners in the 1960s and 70. It’s not groundbreaking by any means, but it’s an interesting midday read. And it will make your co-workers on their lunch break ask what the hell you’re reading.
What short books would you recommend for readers looking for a quick read this weekend?