Short Novels to Help Your Reading Challenge

If you’re like 80% of people I know, you just might have had a far busier year this year than you usually do, and as a resort, you just might be behind on your reading challenge. And, if you find yourself in this predicament, you might be starting to get a little nervous when you realize we are only three and a half months away from 2020! I know I personally have 23 books to read in that time….

If any of these things apply to you and you’re looking for a few quick reads to help you tackle the rest of your challenge, here are a few options to choose from!

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 120 pgs.

Everyone in town knows a murder is going to take place, yet nobody makes any effort to prevent it. Years after the murder, a man returns to this town to investigate the murder and everyone’s silent collusion.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, 111 pgs.

A man investigates the strange relationship between his dear friend Dr. Henry Jekyll and the sinister Edward Hyde in a tale of character and the dichotomy of good and evil.

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros, 110 pgs.

A beloved coming of age tale told in a series of vignettes that examine the way different people live and make their lives.

Black Klansman

Ron Stallworth, 208 pgs.

A fascinating look at a black man who heads an undercover operation inside the KKK in late 70s Colorado.

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, 163 pgs.

Quirky, weird, and a bit dark, this is a story of a woman who was always considered a strange child and her endeavors as an employee of a local convenience store.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck, 103 pgs.

The classic tale of George and Lennie traveling the countryside in search of work and dreaming of lands of their own. Also a bit dark.

The Four Loves

C.S. Lewis, 192 pgs.

An examination of four different kinds of love: affection, friendship, passionate love, and charity. Insightful and inspirational, and a book from which more is gleaned with each read..

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie, 121 pgs.

The first in the Poirot series, we meet the little Belgian detective for the first time and become more enthralled by his little grey cells!

Most of these picks are under 200 pages, but more importantly, they’re all spectacular stories! Hopefully this list has either provided you with some new reads or inspired you to find some of your own! If you know of any other short/quick books to help chip away at the challenge, comment below.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!


One response to “Short Novels to Help Your Reading Challenge”

  1. I didn’t realize Convenience Store Woman was so short. I have no idea why I have been putting off reading it now!

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is also a quick read and perfect for fall.

    Thanks for the great list!


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