Goodreads Members Suggest: Favorite Very Quick Reads

Posted by Sharon on November 25, 2020


Did you set an extremely ambitious Reading Challenge goal back in January? And has this, uh, unprecedented year gotten completely in the way of meeting your goal?

Never fear; we're here for you! We asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook to suggest their favorite short (and very short) books that you can read during the final weeks of this year's Challenge. Cheating? Nah. Think of it as a way to get to even more great, reader-approved books.

With 40 selections spanning a variety of genres, we think this list will help you get over that final hump. And who knows, maybe you'll find your next favorite read among them!

 
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How are you doing on your Reading Challenge? Do you have any short books to recommend to help out your fellow readers?

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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol Oh no, more books to add to my TBR! :)


message 2: by Lulufrances (new)

Lulufrances I added two...thanks for making that wishlist even bigger haha


message 3: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Davidson Carry by Toni Jensen A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land is new, quick but powerful and the perfect book to read as a reminder of colonization as we celebrate Thanksgiving.


message 4: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester The Emperor's Soul should be on this list, imo.


message 5: by Jay (new)

Jay DiNitto Anthem, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Fahrenheit 451 are at the top of my list for quick reads.


message 6: by Liam (new)

Liam Ward Earthlings by Sayaka Murata and Strange Weather in Tokyo + People from My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is another good one.


message 7: by Niall (new)

Niall McGovern Bouquet of White Roses by Lucy Costigan is a book that can be read in a day ! Being autobiographical, This is a book that takes the reader through stages purposely keeping you interested right till the end. You wont want to put it down.
It will definitely help to achieve your challenge target!


message 8: by Kieva (new)

Kieva McLaughlin If you're looking for a quick enough fantasy read. I just released my new book, Torpor, on Amazon. I would really appreciate any support. Thanks :) x


message 9: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe Chartowich Animal Farm by George Orwell is a fantastic classic—as well as a short read.


message 10: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Phoebe wrote: "Animal Farm by George Orwell is a fantastic classic—as well as a short read."

I have only read it once, decades ago. It's on my to re-read list!


message 11: by Nino (new)

Nino Gugunishvili If you're looking for short nonfiction here are the two books you might enjoy
You Will Have a Black Labrador by Nino Gugunishvili and From My Balcony to Yours by Nino Gugunishvili


message 12: by Capriola (new)

Capriola Love this list!


message 13: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, by Helen Tursten


message 14: by Elsa (new)

Elsa Books by M.C. Beaton, Christmas at the Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons I might add


message 15: by Salniac (new)

Salniac Cool, these will be nice to have when I take a break from more beefy book(s)


message 16: by Katie (new)

Katie Albers This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Diary of a doctor in England. Informative and hilarious. Very quick read.


message 17: by Noreen (new)

Noreen M. The Corsicans of Trinidad by Anthony de Verteuil


message 18: by Alyson (new)


message 20: by Brian (new)

Brian All of the Penric books by Lois McMaster Bujold!!


message 21: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson The Penguin Modern Classics and the Penguin Little Black Classics are all very quick reads!


message 22: by Soledad (new)

Soledad Maura Madrid Again


message 23: by Sara (new)

Sara "Mothering Sunday" by Graham Swift.


message 24: by Jason (new)

Jason Mills Russell Hoban's "The Medusa Frequency" is a terrific short book, especially if you're interested in writing.


message 26: by Aimee (last edited Dec 23, 2020 01:20AM) (new)

Aimee Brian wrote: "All of the Penric books by Lois McMaster Bujold!!"

I read them during lockdown this year and loved them! They were the perfect distraction, just long enough to get into the story properly but short enough for my wandering attention span to cope with. The whole concept of Penric and Desdemona is brilliant.


message 27: by Amy (new)

Amy A couple classics: Not Without Laughter - Langston Hughes, In a Lonely Place - Dorothy B. Hughes, Train Dreams - Denis Johnson, The Awakening - Kate Chopin

A couple recent books: A Children's Bible - Lydia Millet, Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand, Optic Nerve - Maria Gainza, Lion Cross Point - Masatsugu Ono

A couple off the beaten path: But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz - Geoff Dyer, Gast - Carol Swain, The Ice Palace - Tarjei Vesaas, Daddy Was a Number Runner - Louise Meriwether


message 28: by Eva (new)

Eva Hutcheon Cool


message 29: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Lara by Bernardine Evaristo is well worth a read, but as a novel in verse it has far fewer words per page than most!


message 30: by Mikkel (new)

Mikkel Andersen The Stranger by Albert Camus is very short and a great read :)


message 31: by Joy (new)

Joy Thank you, Goodreads, for making my TBR pile ever deeper, wider, and higher!


message 32: by Violet (new)

Violet Liam wrote: "Earthlings by Sayaka Murata and Strange Weather in Tokyo + People from My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is another good one."
The two by Kawakami have been on my TBR forever! I really need to make the time and read them.


message 33: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Powles Reunion by Fred Ulhman


message 34: by Nichole (new)

Nichole The Fire Next Time was not a quick read for me.


message 35: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Pereira I would add "Yes to Life" by Viktor E. Frankl. It is a great reading. Also thanks, I got at least, 6 suggestions out of this list!


message 36: by Julieanna (new)

Julieanna The Actual by Saul Bellow


message 37: by Tam (new)


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