Short Novels Anyone Can Read in a Day
If you’re not the fastest reader, or you are a fast reader and want to read a book today, then here are some short novels for you to add to your to-read list.
This is a creative memoir, following the seasons of Elizabeth Van Armin’s garden. It’s a story of a wife and a mother, and the escape a garden can be. Perfect for people that enjoy lyrical and descriptive prose.
I’ve yet to read Heartburn by Nora Ephron, but I’ve loved her movies and enjoyed some of her articles as a journalist and this is her only published novel. Heartburn is a very short novel that Nora based on her own life. The protagonist is heavily pregnant when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her and is in love with another woman. What follows is an acidic and hilarious novella about starting over, when you’re mid-way through a change in life.
This novella is the pre-cursor to Britt Bennet’s The Vanishing Half. The story follows Clare, a fair-skinned black woman who passes as white. Apparently, there is a massive twist in this 128-page story, and I cannot wait to settle down one Sunday and read this.
This book’s title says it all. What if your little sister was a serial killer and you were responsible for clearing up her messes? It’s a surprisingly witty novel about an older sister with strong family ties. But her strange life is pulled further apart when her serial killer sister begins to date the man she, the protagonist, is in love with… it’s a lot of fun.
Set in Mexico, this tiny novella is only 90 pages long but it packs a punch. The story starts with a child being stung by a scorpion, but the doctor turns him and his family away as they’re poor. The following day the father of the child finds a pearl. The most beautiful and expensive pearl ever. What follows is a story of morals, ethics, and greed.
And finally, A Christmas Carol is the perfect novel to read at Christmas. Again, it focuses on morals and love, but it is also a lot of fun. Perfect for reading before going to bed on Christmas Eve, with a warm cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate.
What short novels and novellas would you recommend to readers looking to finish a book fast? Let me know in the comments below.