Quick, a book!

Do you read less now than you did during another time in your life? Do you miss it? Would you like to read more, but can’t commit to one of those 500+ page Serious Works of Literature?

Fortunately for us readers, length and quality have no correlation! Here are some excellent shorter novels to try if you’re pressed for time but want to pick up a book again. These are all novels, and a few short story collections, written for adults – we have, with regret, left many excellent teen novels, graphic novels, and poetry collections off the list.


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (90 pages)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (113 pages)

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin (123 pages)

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (129 pages)

Shopgirl by Steve Martin (130 pages)

Roller Girl by Vanessa North (130 pages)

The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff (139 pages)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (146 pages)

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan (146 pages)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (150 pages)

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss (163 pages)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (163 pages)

Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens (165 pages)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (170 pages)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (176 pages)

Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill (179 pages)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (181 pages)

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima (182 pages)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (184 pages)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (195 pages)

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (203 pages)

Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow (208 pages)

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert (210 pages)

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy (211 pages)

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (218 pages)

A Separation by Katie Kitamura (229 pages)

Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey (232 pages)

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (232 pages)

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (233 pages)

Twixt by Sarah Diemer (238 pages)

Ghost by Alan Lightman (243 pages)

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (244 pages)

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (248 pages)

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (249 pages)

Carrie by Stephen King (253 pages)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (254 pages)

Perfume: the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind (255 pages)

The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken (259 pages)

Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link (266 pages)

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (272 pages)

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan (278 pages)

Looking for even more suggestions? Try these related posts about short stories, funny books, books with great “hooks,” and how to make time for reading in your life:

“No time? No problem” (November 2016)

“How do you read so much?” (May 2014)

“If you’ve never read a book before…” (July 2013)

“Make me laugh” (March 2013)

Next up: quick nonfiction books. Stay tuned!

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