32 Short, New Books to Help You CRUSH Your Reading Challenge

Posted by Cybil on November 9, 2020


Someday, this year will end! And with the ringing in of 2021, we will come to the end of this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge. Of course, there's still plenty of time this year to unplug, find someplace comfy, and get lost in a great book (and we strongly suggest that you do!)...plus that will also help you crush those annual reading goals that you may have set in the distant past of [checks notes]...January.

Every book here was both published this year and has fewer than 250 pages (let's be honest, the longest book here is 240 pages). That's a nice, achievable length that also has enough oomph to get in a great story as well. And we've delivered up the perfect excuse to catch up on some of the new books across fiction and nonfiction genres that made their grand entrances in 2020. 
 
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How are you doing on your Reading Challenge? Which of these titles catch your eye? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Boryana (new)

Boryana Genova "Don't overthink it" is listed twice.


message 2: by Claire (new)

Claire Boryana wrote: ""Don't overthink it" is listed twice."

So is the shapeless unease


message 3: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Boryana wrote: ""Don't overthink it" is listed twice."

Excellent catch, thank you! I thought twice and updated.


message 4: by Sadia (new)

Sadia The content of the book is mindblowing, I really enjoyed it when I was reading. My students who need assignment writing services in Pakistan I will share with all of them and they also very excited to read this book.


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson Just added 11 of these to my TBR... They sound so intriguing!


message 6: by Fabiano (new)

Fabiano @sadia hello. Wich book ere you talking about? :)


message 7: by Gale (new)

Gale Blaylock Love getting these books :)


message 8: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Babb Terrible selections INHO Who picked this junk?


Mr Thomas Bruin Sadia wrote: "The content of the book is mindblowing, I really enjoyed it when I was reading. My students who need assignment writing services in Pakistan I will share with all of them and they also very excited..."

Cybil wrote: "Boryana wrote: ""Don't overthink it" is listed twice."

Excellent catch, thank you! I thought twice and updated."


What Book?


message 10: by Jack (new)

Jack Kelley Have all the male writers died of Covid-19?


message 11: by Charles (new)

Charles Monagan Jack wrote: "Have all the male writers died of Covid-19?"

I'm not dead! My new "The Easter Confession" is a 149-page mystery set in Connecticut. Priest as central figure. 1955. Page-turner. Art theft and murder. Thank you.


message 12: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Gilbert Charles wrote: "Jack wrote: "Have all the male writers died of Covid-19?"

I'm not dead! My new "The Easter Confession" is a 149-page mystery set in Connecticut. Priest as central figure. 1955. Page-turner. Art th..."


OK Charles- I have added your book to my list! Looking forward to reading it


message 13: by Charles (new)

Charles Monagan Thank you!


mary cosmah johnson I read many more great books that i find in our housing library etc.
I do not always add books, not even ones on line.
So i come up short most years.
Love reading. These ole eyes just get tired.
To all of you, I say, feading a real hard back book, to me is comfort with a cap. C.. But however you read, please do..
It the very best therapy i know, aside from reading the bible.
The very best book ever.
God bless everyone. Remember, this year 2020 will never be forgotten. I know. I remember at least 75 + of my past life.
Stay safe, this too shall pass


mary cosmah johnson Sry..feading.. Not!!! Should be Reading. I am sorry


message 17: by Anika (new)

Anika None of these caught my eye. I only enjoy fantasy, sci fi,
and dystopian


message 18: by Maria (new)

Maria Herndon mary cosmah johnson wrote: "I read many more great books that i find in our housing library etc.
I do not always add books, not even ones on line.
So i come up short most years.
Love reading. These ole eyes just get tired.
To..."



message 19: by Sean (new)

Sean O Jack wrote: "Have all the male writers died of Covid-19?"

Bakari Sellers, Paulo Coehlo, P. Dejeli Clark, and Nino Cipri are all male. Clark's scifi/fantasy writing is top notch. I just bought "Ring Shout" and it's at the top of my To Read Pile.


message 20: by Mara (last edited Nov 19, 2020 07:24AM) (new)

Mara Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream is one of my top reads of 2020.
The Harpy is a fascinating short book.


message 21: by Tesalonica (new)

Tesalonica I read tender is the flesh when it come out... my god.... !


message 22: by Leane (new)

Leane Charles wrote: "Jack wrote: "Have all the male writers died of Covid-19?"

I'm not dead! My new "The Easter Confession" is a 149-page mystery set in Connecticut. Priest as central figure. 1955. Page-turner. Art th..."


Thank you for the suggestion, Charles. This sounds really interesting and I've added it to my TBR.


message 23: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Myers Follow Me to Ground is one of the most interesting books I've read this year. I read it back in February and am still thinking about it.


message 24: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez I have added 26 of these to my TBR list. Interesting and varied selection.


message 25: by Cat (new)

Cat YESS!! Sisters, Children's Bible, Luster, House is a Body... this list is immaculate

I also highly rec Gabriella Burnham's It is wood, it is stone... reads like a shorter story but is so good!


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim i'm just going to say if readers are just picking short books to meet a social media-created reading goal I find that pretty ridiculous.


message 27: by TraceyL (last edited Nov 19, 2020 03:28PM) (new)

TraceyL Great list! I added 5 to my TBR, and already read 9 others :)


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Otilia wrote: "I love this kind of books, novels, book are true friends to spend time with, although I am a writer from the USA and I provide high school essay writing services."

Oh yes. Definitely a writer from the USA. Totally legit.


message 29: by Noitaboo (new)

Noitaboo This is helpful.


message 30: by Alost (new)

Alost oof this destroys the purpose of having a reading challenge. If it's to read maximum number of books, of course you can choose to read the smallest books possible. But is that really what you're hoping to accomplish?

This is rather a list to crush the spirit of reading challenge. Really, whom are you trying to impress at the slaughter of your own taste and choice?


message 31: by Cat (new)

Cat Anika wrote: "None of these caught my eye. I only enjoy fantasy, sci fi,
and dystopian"


Have you tried Riot Baby or Good Citizens Need Not Fear: Stories?


message 32: by Cat (new)

Cat Alost wrote: "oof this destroys the purpose of having a reading challenge. If it's to read maximum number of books, of course you can choose to read the smallest books possible. But is that really what you're ho..."

That's the beauty of a reading challenge, Alost. The goals of quantity and breadth of reading is up to the individual!


message 33: by Jane (new)

Jane Wood When I read a book I like to take my time. I appreciate it more, the prose and the plot, and the characters too, all add to the enjoyable experience of indulging another author’s hard work and the emotion involved in writing the book in the first place. I believe only another author will truly understand what I mean here.
The numbers of books read in a year means nothing to me. It’s all about enjoyment and relaxation to me. Just my opinion.


message 34: by Maan (new)

Maan Mara wrote: "Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream is one of my top reads of 2020.
The Harpy is a fascinating short book."


Thanks. TBR-ed.


message 35: by Maan (new)

Maan Cat wrote: "Anika wrote: "None of these caught my eye. I only enjoy fantasy, sci fi,
and dystopian"

Have you tried Riot Baby or Good Citizens Need Not Fear: Stories?"


Thanks. Checking these out.


message 36: by Maan (new)

Maan I met my reading challenge a month ago but added these too.
These lists save me time and I like the feeling of accomplishment in finishing a short book quickly.


श्रेया (Shreya) The men in the comments are so obnoxious 🐵 goodness.


message 38: by Seajelly (new)

Seajelly I'd add the horror title Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones.


message 39: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Anika wrote: "None of these caught my eye. I only enjoy (...) dystopian"

Tender is the Flesh should very much have caught your eye then.


message 40: by Mark (new)

Mark Magers Here is my list of short books. This list actually includes some male authors. Most of these books are not from 2020.
Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve #1)
The Colour of Milk
Last Night at the Lobster
Convenience Store Woman
Push (also a film)
Winter's Bone (also a film)
I Just Want My Pants Back (also an MTV tv series)
The Boat Rocker
White Elephant
The Broke Diaries - funny!
Almost Interesting - David Spade
Midnight Express ( also a film)


message 41: by Mark (new)

Mark Magers Here are three funny and short books.
Texts from Mittens
How to tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill you
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops


message 42: by Warda Haque (new)

Warda Haque Great list of books thinking I will finish reading them all


message 43: by Alon (new)

Alon Currently reading Obama's autobiography so I do not think I will finish my challenge


message 44: by David (new)

David N Unfortunately not one of the above books catches my eye.


message 45: by Anne (new)

Anne Harvey Not seeing a lot of UK books there...


message 46: by R (new)


message 47: by Steve (new)

Steve Vinton You've missed out 'The Wisdom of Donald J Trump'. So short it does not actually have any pages.


message 48: by David (new)

David Humphrey Seajelly wrote: "I'd add the horror title Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones."

Thanks, added NotM to reading list. Like the sound of it.


message 49: by Dianne (new)

Dianne  Haras I just added 3 more books so I hope I will have the time to read before year end. -Dianne


message 50: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Jim wrote: "i'm just going to say if readers are just picking short books to meet a social media-created reading goal I find that pretty ridiculous."

Agree


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