Favorite Books Under 200 pages
Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
The topic for this one is technically favorite novellas or short stories. I decided to go with favorite short books in general, all under 200 pages. I read a lot of short contemps but they usually will end up over 200, so this list will likely be “novella” books or short companion stories that I loved.
Just One Night by Gayle Forman | I loved this duo, so the follow-up novella that shows some kind of “epilogue” about the couple really tied things together for me. I’m someone who loves follow-ups like that. It seriously gives you the ending you want and deserve.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | We did a Book Buddies post on this and both agreed that it’s a nice refresher for those who already know why we should all be feminists, and it could be a nice introduction to people who don’t currently understand why.
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling | I enjoyed all three of these Pottermore novellas, but this was my favorite for some reason. Learning about the random objects, rooms, etc. around the school was more fascinating for me than any of the others.
The First Lie by Sara Shepard | I really enjoyed this series and definitely wish there were more Sara Shepard books like this to read right now! I liked both of the related novellas in this series, but thought this one provided some good background information.
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann | I’m a dummy when it comes to most poetry, but I adored this lil book! I didn’t fully understand all of them, which is normal for me, but there were MANY powerful poems in here. Very interesting, often dark, feminist fairytale poems.
Harmonic by Erica O’Rourke | GOOD LORD THIS SERIES. I need to reread immediately, and demand more book from O’Rourke! I loved everything about this novella. It really read like a full story (but shorter) and offered some more perspective from the sister in this series.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket | This series will always hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, so I have to include the story that kicked it all of. I don’t see myself re-listening to these again anytime soon (and the author is questionable, to put it mildly).
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer | Bauer was one of my go-to authors to read while sitting in the library after middle school, waiting for my mom to pick me up on her way home from work. All of her books are basically this short and pack in the nostalgia for me. I just reread this one recently and it held up IMO. I definitely want to reread some of her others too.
I have We Should All Be Feminists on my kindle and really need to get to it!
I like what you’ve done with the list this week! 🙂 I am currently making my way through the Lemony Snicket books and agree with you!
I enjoyed reading the Pottermore short stories too, especially the hogwarts one 😀
I have all the Just One Day books (including the novella) and I’m sad to say I haven’t read any of them yet! Well, I attempted to read Just One Day a couple of times, but I was never fully in the mood for it. 🙁 Totally sucks because I love series with novella-epilogues!
How did I not even know about these Pottermore stories?! I really need to check them out. Thanks for all the recommendations. The Bad Beginning and the rest of the series are so nostalgic for me too (although I think I only read the first 7 or so so I still don’t know the ending!) Jasmine x