Most influential books under 100 pages

To qualify for this list each book/edition must have fewer than 100 pages, according to Goodreads data. My intention is for us to vote on the widespread influence of the books, not whether we liked them.

If you are adding a book to the list that has multiple editions, please add an edition that has fewer than 100 pages. If you see a book that doesn't meet the requirements of this list please comment and I will remove it. Thanks!
1

by
3.90 avg rating — 2,238,458 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.29 avg rating — 1,030,388 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
3.53 avg rating — 83,485 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
3.80 avg rating — 207,626 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.14 avg rating — 941 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
3.80 avg rating — 490,072 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
4.03 avg rating — 501,868 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
3.96 avg rating — 247,526 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
3.75 avg rating — 663,006 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
3.85 avg rating — 1,664,593 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 475,618 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
3.76 avg rating — 190,283 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.84 avg rating — 277,061 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
3.42 avg rating — 347,846 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
3.88 avg rating — 342,873 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.17 avg rating — 50,613 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
3.80 avg rating — 301,449 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.31 avg rating — 91,112 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.69 avg rating — 149,021 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
4.06 avg rating — 67,177 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.11 avg rating — 67,713 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
3.97 avg rating — 25,519 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
4.06 avg rating — 28,004 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.55 avg rating — 22,030 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
3.82 avg rating — 133,120 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
3.70 avg rating — 89,555 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.87 avg rating — 1,555 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.65 avg rating — 62,998 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.97 avg rating — 9,133 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
3.52 avg rating — 50,764 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
4.06 avg rating — 56,831 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.15 avg rating — 747 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
3.70 avg rating — 13,923 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
3.81 avg rating — 14,985 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.24 avg rating — 71,446 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.91 avg rating — 20,019 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
3.44 avg rating — 163,138 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
3.91 avg rating — 36,608 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
3.98 avg rating — 76,894 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.67 avg rating — 68,810 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
4.27 avg rating — 33,763 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
3.82 avg rating — 51,656 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
3.62 avg rating — 116,523 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.45 avg rating — 75,996 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
3.74 avg rating — 28,371 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
4.07 avg rating — 13,305 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
3.38 avg rating — 95,346 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.30 avg rating — 520,546 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
4.29 avg rating — 43,371 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.13 avg rating — 19,865 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
3.65 avg rating — 17,056 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
3.88 avg rating — 10,566 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
3.94 avg rating — 8,207 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
4.23 avg rating — 45,597 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
3.93 avg rating — 25,120 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.18 avg rating — 15,382 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
3.94 avg rating — 6,177 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.92 avg rating — 37,147 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.37 avg rating — 23,562 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
4.23 avg rating — 74,203 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.45 avg rating — 18,458 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
3.73 avg rating — 9,587 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
3.83 avg rating — 7,668 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.76 avg rating — 26,549 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
4.03 avg rating — 5,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.37 avg rating — 12,549 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
4.37 avg rating — 10,640 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.39 avg rating — 8,888 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.92 avg rating — 4,326 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
4.11 avg rating — 7,504 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.16 avg rating — 5,352 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
4.13 avg rating — 10,421 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
3.83 avg rating — 11,074 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
4.12 avg rating — 86,143 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.05 avg rating — 4,695 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
4.19 avg rating — 33,751 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
3.78 avg rating — 7,729 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.02 avg rating — 17,905 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
3.54 avg rating — 3,638 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.10 avg rating — 5,910 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
3.48 avg rating — 529 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.10 avg rating — 13,229 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
3.38 avg rating — 66 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
4.18 avg rating — 5,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
3.70 avg rating — 3,495 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 138,705 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.04 avg rating — 27,633 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.55 avg rating — 30,744 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
4.08 avg rating — 9,580 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.11 avg rating — 5,413 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
4.16 avg rating — 43 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
3.73 avg rating — 4,793 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
3.95 avg rating — 9,869 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
3.89 avg rating — 662 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.98 avg rating — 11,242 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
4.21 avg rating — 11,732 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
3.87 avg rating — 2,557 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.61 avg rating — 3,642 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
3.68 avg rating — 9,594 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
669 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Sean 199 books
2 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
454 friends
Neil 2110 books
369 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3046 books
779 friends
Thom 6023 books
316 friends
Michael 2378 books
79 friends
Ged 2574 books
181 friends
Jim 2230 books
218 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-32 of 32) (32 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn The Norton Critical Edition of Hamlet is exactly 100 pages long.


message 2: by Reese (new)

Reese Some of the publications listed are longer than 100 pages. I can't find an edition of THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY that has 100 or fewer pages. THE REPUBLIC ??? I added an edition of RIP VAN WINKLE because the first one included on the list is longer than 100 pages.


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I assume we are meant to vote on the widespread influence of the books, not whether we liked them. I've interpreted influence to mean influencing political ideas e.g. the Communist Manifesto or Animal Farm, or influencing the development of artistic ideas e.g. TS Eliot influenced poetry and Gogol influenced absurdism in literature.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Reese wrote: "Some of the publications listed are longer than 100 pages. I can't find an edition of THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY that has 100 or fewer pages. THE REPUBLIC ??? I added an edition of RIP VAN WIN..."

This is bothering me as well. I suspect by and large what matters for purposes of this list is the length of the treatise/story/text or, for that matter, play as such, minus introduction and commentary. (As in, it's the text itself and not its modern-day appendage which is so tremendously influential.) I do think we should try to include editions that have less than 100 pages, though; at least initially, even if they may later on get merged into some more lavishly garnished and, hence, longer once duplicates start to be added down the road.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Lisa wrote: "I assume we are meant to vote on the widespread influence of the books, not whether we liked them."

Yes, that's my assumption, too.


message 6: by Sean (new)

Sean Lisa wrote: "I assume we are meant to vote on the widespread influence of the books, not whether we liked them." That's right.


message 7: by Sean (last edited Jan 02, 2013 04:45PM) (new)

Sean Themis-Athena wrote: "Reese wrote: "Some of the publications listed are longer than 100 pages. I can't find an edition of THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY that has 100 or fewer pages. THE REPUBLIC ??? I added an edition ..."

My intention is for the list to have only editions which are under 100 pages according to Goodreads data. I expect in most cases that this will be the 'bare-bones' edition which contains the original text and little else.

Thanks.

Also, does anyone know how I can remove The Republic? (over 400 pages)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) nauru wrote: "My intention is for the list to have only editions which are under 100 pages according to Goodreads data. I expect in most cases that this will be the 'bare-bones' edition which contains the original text and little else.

Thanks.

Also, does anyone know how I can remove The Republic? (over 400 pages)"


Only Goodreads librarians can remove books. Let us know which books you want deleted, and there are typically several librarians who will be happy to help out.

Thanks for the clarification on page numbers; will bear that in mind. Minor caveat, though, that if duplicate editions of the same book are inadvertently added and subsequently combined (to remove the erroneous duplicate), the GR system will automatically merge all editions into the most popular one (regardless whether that one had already been added to the list), which in this particular instance will, in many cases, probably be an edition that has more than 100 pages, due to the addition of introductions, commentary etc.


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Reese wrote: "Some of the publications listed are longer than 100 pages. I can't find an edition of THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY that has 100 or fewer pages. THE REPUBLIC ??? I added an edition ..."

How long is the text alone in your edition of Consolation ? (I can't find mine at the moment)


message 10: by Reese (new)

Reese T,

I might be able to find my copy if we move out of our house. It could be in the attic with "critters" or in one of the stacked boxes of books in the garage.

My comment in message 2 was based on the page info for the editions on GR's list. Dover can usually be counted on to produce the most compact edition of a work; according to this site, Dover's edition is 128 pages. Intercollegiate Studies Institute apparently published a 120-page edition.

I voted for it, checked to see if it exceeded the page limit, and then wound up removing it from my list because of the length.

BTW, I hope that 2013 is a good year for you and your loved ones.

Reese


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Reese wrote: "T,

I might be able to find my copy if we move out of our house. It could be in the attic with "critters" or in one of the stacked boxes of books in the garage.

My comment in message 2 was based ..."

Taking off my vote now, BTW, et cum spiritu tuo, 2013


message 12: by Capsguy (new)

Capsguy Pretty cool list. Noticed a few classics that I'd yet to have read listed here


message 13: by Reese (new)

Reese Oy, T, now I have to find my Latin dictionary. Kidding, of course.

(Aside) While recently visiting a new friend, I learned that her M.F.A. thesis is an explanation of the processes / techniques that she used to create each of thirteen visual representations of her interpretations of the sections of "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." One of the paintings hangs in her living room, and my attention kept returning to the painting. You, of course, come to mind whenever I read or think about the poem.


message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael I've removed The Republic and also Winnie the Pooh as the editions on the list were both over 100 pages.


message 15: by Sean (new)

Sean Thanks.


message 16: by Loveliest (new)

Loveliest Evaris The Call of the Wild is less than 100 pages long? Well that's funny because I could BARELY get through the first two chapters .__.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Talyn wrote: "The Call of the Wild is less than 100 pages long?"

96 pages, in the edition listed.


message 18: by Sean (new)

Sean Just deleted a bunch of books from the list. Please read and follow instructions before adding a book. Thanks.


message 19: by Laura (new)

Laura This list contains 4 women. Thats disgusting. I was hoping for something good to read from this list, but men dicking all over the 18th and 19th century makes me want to cry.


message 20: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ ooops - I just went through adding what was on the list that I had encountered and noticed that not all of these qualify for the list parametres **gasp**

Many are well over 100 pages.


message 21: by Sean (new)

Sean ☯Bettie☯ wrote: "ooops - I just went through adding what was on the list that I had encountered and noticed that not all of these qualify for the list parametres **gasp**

Many are well over 100 pages."


Which ones?


message 22: by Alex190231 (new)

Alex190231 how you doing bro's
-PEWDIEPIE


message 23: by Phlegethon (new)

Phlegethon What a great list!


message 24: by Valerie (new)

Valerie This is one of my favorite lists! I'm dedicating a lot of my reading time this year to working through the gaps I have at the top of this list.


message 25: by Sean (last edited Apr 21, 2014 08:08AM) (new)

Sean Maddie wrote: ""The Communist Manifesto" is listed as 304 pages."

Indeed it is.

Unfortunately, Goodreads has a habit of changing the edition of books on the list to the most popular edition without consulting the list manager, or even providing an option to revert to the originally selected edition. When this list was started, the most popular edition was the 68 page one, and that one was displayed. But now the 304 page edition is the most popular so that one shows up on the list instead. At the moment there's nothing I can do about it.

If enough people write to Goodreads admin maybe this glitch will eventually be fixed.


message 26: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Laura wrote: "This list contains 4 women. Thats disgusting. I was hoping for something good to read from this list, but men dicking all over the 18th and 19th century makes me want to cry."

Hear, hear.


message 27: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Yeah, this list is messed up. Since the last note about women more must have been added, which is great. However, the #1 title, Animal Farm with 190 votes, is 122 pages. Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own is also over. 3 classics listed--A Christmas Carol, The Strange Case....Jekyll/Hyde, and Jack London's Call of the Wild--are all well over 100 except when grossly edited down, which is exactly what Dover does. At this rate we might as well toss in a bunch of crib notes and pretend they're the genuine article, right?

At first I thought maybe some culling could save it, but it's so riddled with errors that it would be easier to toss it and start a new list.


message 28: by Valerie (new)

Valerie See Sean's comment above to Maddie re: editions.


message 29: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Valerie wrote: "See Sean's comment above to Maddie re: editions."
I saw it. I just don't agree. There may be nothing I can do about it, but I think that's wrong.


message 30: by Ishtar (new)

Ishtar Why are there books with foreign languages included?


message 31: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 27, 2018 09:21PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Ishtar wrote: "Why are there books with foreign languages included?"

First of all, GR tends to change a title to the most popular one (so it is no use really voting for a certain edition) and if the book was originally written in a 'foreign' language, it may be the most popular one. Second, why shouldn't there be books in foreign languages, translations from/into English available or not? "Most influential" is in the eye of the beholder, after all; there are a few titles/authors on this list I've never heard of.


message 32: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Booklovinglady wrote: "Ishtar wrote: "Why are there books with foreign languages included?"

First of all, GR tends to change a title to the most popular one (so it is no use really voting for a certain edition) and if t..."


True that. GR is available internationally, and usually if people complain it's about the dominance of the English language. But that was going to happen, since this site was originally the avocation of a Californian (before he sold it to Amazon).


back to top