Great Short Short Books
Fictions that are less than 200 pages or 50k words, that seem longer, read easily, of all genres
1 The Great Gatsby
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2 Animal Farm
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3 The Old Man and the Sea
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4 The Stranger
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5 Of Mice and Men
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6 A Clockwork Orange
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7 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,235,339 ratings
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8 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 459,078 ratings
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9 Siddhartha
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 272,007 ratings
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10 Breakfast at Tiffany's
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 103,789 ratings
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11 The Metamorphosis
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 248,158 ratings
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12 Heart of Darkness
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 204,446 ratings
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13 The Martian Chronicles
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 99,131 ratings
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14 The Strange Case of Dr. Jek...
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15 The Spy Who Came In from th...
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16 Candide
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 114,146 ratings
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17 The Postman Always Rings Twice
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 16,016 ratings
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18 A Christmas Carol
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 285,438 ratings
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19 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 917,315 ratings
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20 The Sense of an Ending
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 78,115 ratings
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21 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 357,056 ratings
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22 One Day in the Life of Ivan...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 50,662 ratings
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23 We Have Always Lived in the...
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24 Chess Story
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 11,042 ratings
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25 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 789,496 ratings
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26 Chronicle of a Death Foretold
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27 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 461,308 ratings
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28 The Wasp Factory
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 34,964 ratings
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29 The Time Machine
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 193,254 ratings
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30 Invisible Cities
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 23,446 ratings
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31 The Uncommon Reader
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 13,757 ratings
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32 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 366,506 ratings
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33 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 136,292 ratings
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34 The Drowned World
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 5,275 ratings
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35 Things Fall Apart
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 151,284 ratings
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36 Interpreter of Maladies
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 89,775 ratings
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37 The Lost Honor of Katharina...
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37 Deliverance
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 19,772 ratings
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39 The End of the Affair
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40 The Housekeeper and the Pro...
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41 The Lover
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42 The Bloody Chamber and Othe...
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43 Doctor Glas
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,155 ratings
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44 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 19,116 ratings
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45 The Sorrows of Young Werther
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46 Rear Window and Other Stories
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47 A Single Man
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 11,432 ratings
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48 Three Men in a Boat
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49 In the Country of Last Things
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49 Pedro Páramo
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 15,112 ratings
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51 Cain
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 6,863 ratings
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52 Notes from Underground
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 60,576 ratings
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53 Childhood's End
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 59,284 ratings
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54 The Postman
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,271 ratings
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55 The Captain's Daughter
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56 Death in Venice
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57 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Bar...
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58 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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59 The Fall
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60 Ficciones
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60 The Dead
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62 Mrs. Dalloway
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63 Time's Arrow
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 7,325 ratings
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64 A River Runs Through It
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65 The Crying of Lot 49
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66 Accessible Love Stories
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67 Man in the Dark
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68 The Old Man Who Read Love S...
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69 Loath Letters
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70 More Than Human
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70 The Commitments
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 9,033 ratings
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72 The Pigeon
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,491 ratings
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73 Generation X: Tales for an ...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 17,749 ratings
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74 Fairy Tales: Traditional St...
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75 Damage
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76 The History of Rasselas, Pr...
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77 Down the Rabbit Hole
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,271 ratings
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78 Aiding and Abetting
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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 623 ratings
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79 The Driver's Seat
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,597 ratings
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80 Night Flight
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,873 ratings
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81 Momo
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82 The Pledge
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83 The Awakening
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84 The Melancholy Death of Oys...
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85 The Zoo: An Allegorical Adv...
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86 A Fiery Lass
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87 Morality Play
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88 The Heart of Aces
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88 An Enchanting Time
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90 The Tartar Steppe
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90 The Light in the Piazza
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92 The Blue Fox
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,639 ratings
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93 Grendel
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94 November
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95 Being There
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96 The Optimist's Daughter
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97 The Mezzanine
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 3,844 ratings
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98 Logan's Run (Logan, #1)
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99 Visitation
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99 Dream Story
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255 books · 149 voters · list created April 19th, 2012 by thegift (votes) .
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Jan 04, 2013 12:19PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Is "novels" intended to be understood as a synonym for "fiction," or meant literally (i.e., as opposed to short stories and plays)? There are currently several anthologies and collections of short stories on this list (e.g., Interpreter of Maladies, E.A. Poe's Complete Stories and Poems, Borges's Ficciones, Best Gay Romance 2010, etc.). Stay or go?


message 2: by thegift (new)

thegift Good point! I have changed the title of this list in response, thanks.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Cool, thanks for clarifying.


message 4: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Should Dashiell Hammett - Five Complete Novels be on here? Individually I believe that they are all fairly short but together they are +500 pp.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) I voted for it because it had initially been added by the list creator, so I assume it was added on the reasoning that it's not the total length of the omnibus edition that counts but the length of each individual novel.


message 6: by thegift (new)

thegift Just lazy and/or indecisive as I took it from my lists then could not decide which to nominate in particular, but yeah, I like them all and together they are... too long. Not thinking too much about collections, but think I will add an Alice Munro...


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Well, if short story collections and anthologies are on this list (many of which are -- in total -- also longer than 200p./50k words, shouldn't that also apply to the odd collection of novels? Your list, of course. And I do admit to adding one further of those of my own, Tolstoy's Great Short Works, because I was coming up against the 100 book limit as it was, and I really did want to add virtually every single entry in that book ...


message 8: by thegift (last edited Jan 04, 2013 07:07PM) (new)

thegift My list? I ran into that 100 limit too, but do not have an answer, do not know how to limit the list while in progress... And then some works are published in collections like that Hammett one, some are considered novellas, some are just long long short stories. List is open for anyone. My original conception was and is not rigorous, just ones I enjoyed for conciseness, enjoyed for an afternoon's reading. I see other works nominated and think maybe I will read them someday.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) I meant "your list" as in "you created it." My preference is to stick as close as possible to the list creator's intentions -- hence my initial question as well. Again, thanks for explaining. Concise Hammett certainly is! :)


message 10: by thegift (new)

thegift i have read 150 short story collections- is there a list of them on this site, or should i create one? on the other, i have about 612 short works also... and now 297 long works- more than 100k words or 400 pages... i like to think that doing these lists are useful for somebody rather than empty boasting. have you discovered any reads you did not know before you saw this list?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) There are several lists of short story collections:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/22...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/78...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/57...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/26...

I think many people's TBR lists have enjoyed a steady influx of new additions through listmania lists -- that's part of the fun of (creating and/or) voting on them!


message 12: by thegift (new)

thegift Yes, I think these are good resources. The problem I have with recs is that it is easy to have too many, so I limit that shelf to 100, which suggests to me that if I have not read one I must decide if the new one should bump off an old one! I like to read translations, I like to read philosophy, I like to read sf&f, I like to read lit. I see you have read a lot of Nobel Winners, this is one of my favourite awards. I read Jose Saramago because I found him there, or Le Clezio recently, and several Japanese authors, but unfortunately I read only English, so who knows what I miss with Herta Muller for example...


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Limiting yourself this rigidly -- wise decision and brave if you actually manage to stick to it (I've found that I can't; at least not beyond a certain point). The Nobel winners are fairly recent additions, initiated by, you guessed it, another series of listopia lists, which brought home to me how great exactly is the wealth of literature by or about that very special group of people (and how little of it I've actually read).

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/27...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/27...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/27...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/89...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/93...

I'm planning to slowly work my way through this particular shelf, in between my other reads.


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