As they say, here is: A Very Short List of Very Short Novels with Very Short Commentary.
Some of these you may have read, but chances are there are a few you haven’t. I recommend short novels to people who want to read more and are stuck with not having read anything recently. Better still, read good short novels. Every book on that short list is a good book.
If like me you want to read better but find yourself struggling to get through massive books that you tend not to finish, this post is for you. Rachel Grate has put together a list of 17 great books that cover a range of old and new, very well known and some less well know. What’s on the list?
- ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin
- ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel
- ‘Passing’ by Nella Larson
- ‘Candide’ by Voltaire
- ‘The Member of the Wedding’ by Carson McCullers
- ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
- ‘Autobiography of Red’ by Anne Carson
- ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino
- ‘The Buddha in the Attic’ by Julie Otsuka
- ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway
- ‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros
- ‘The King’ by Donald Barthelme
- ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka
- ‘Notes from Underground’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- ‘Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?’ by Lorrie Moore
- ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes
As you can see, a great range. I highly recommend you go to the post and read why they are recommended. Then head to your local bookstore and grab a handful.
One of my favourite books is ‘Invisible Cities’: I highly recommend it.