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Quick Reads When You are Short on Time

So this week’s theme over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl for Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Quick Reads/Books to Read When Time is Short. The suggestion is to list books under 150 pages, or books you could read in a day or a single sitting. My list includes quick reads not necessarily under that page limit, but definitely are great books to read when you are short on time, or think you don’t have the time to read.

In my mind, any length is short when you love the book, and I think you will find at least one such book in today’s list here and on the many other top ten lists submitted!

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Quick Reads When Time is Short

List One of Quick Reads that Will Make You Lose Track of Time!

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A book I mention over and over again on my blog but never review it. Well, looks like it will remain so but please read it if you haven’t already. And it is short!
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell. At 140 pages, this is definitely a short read and one I read first years ago (can’t recall when) and later when my kids had to read it for school, so read it with each of them. But no review for this book ever made it to my blog. However, a classic like this definitely belongs on this list.
  3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Read my post about this book here. Not so short as the others but you will never realize.
  4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. And if you wish, you could check out this wonderful graphic novel version of the book too. I wrote about the book earlier.
  5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. I love this book and its sequel (Luka and the Fire of Life) as well. Here is hoping Rushdie writes more for the younger audiences.
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This one should be on everyone’s read list and I am not sure what I love the most about it, though I do talk about it many times over on my blog, like here and here.
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. My thoughts here.
  8. Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake. Delightful read indeed!
  9. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. One of my favorite reads since I first read it ages ago
  10. Thirst by Varsha Bajaj. Read my review of this book here.

The Rest of the Lists of Great Quick Reads!

  • Verse novels are always quick reads, even the ones that seem long
    • Check out this list of verse novels I love, and I realized that over the past couple of years, I have read way more that I need to start updating my blog for the same.
  • Graphic novels
  • Of course, short stories, anthologies, poetry collections, and picture books also make a great choice for when you need to read and are pressed for time.

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, what would be on your list of quick reads when short on time? Which of these books listed here have you read? Would they find a place on your list?

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6 thoughts on “Quick Reads When You are Short on Time

  1. I’ve read three of these books, The Prince, The Alchemist, and Animal Farm! They’re wonderful and a yearly reread for me….I will check the other ones…THANK YOU.

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