Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books When You’re Short on Time

Posted March 21, 2017 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Reading slumps are the worst and suddenly picking your next read is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Sometimes nothing works for you, regardless of size or genre, and that’s when you just need to have a Netflix binge. We’ve all been there. But if you’re not quite to that point, maybe shorter works is the answer. Reading short stories and/or novellas helps get me through because it also gives me a great sense of accomplishment, knocking out a book after no time at all. I broke this up into genres (for you mood readers like me) and they are all under 200 pages. Here’s hoping if you’re stuck in a slump that something here sparks your interest.

If you’re in the mood for something creepy…
Come Closer
by Sara Gran (194 pages)
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (128 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something funny…
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 pages)
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (137 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something literary…
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez (115 pages)
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (96 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something steamy…
How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox (121 pages)
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye (112 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some fantasy…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178 pages)
Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip (179 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some non-fiction…
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (112 pages)
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn (112 pages)

Tor.com is also an excellent source for short fiction available to read free on their website. Be sure to check out their most recent series: Nevertheless She Persisted.

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6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books When You’re Short on Time

    • That is actually the only Márquez I’ve read surprisingly but someday I’ll read Solitude. 🙂 And yes, Ocean at the End of the Lane was quite lovely. Different from his normal stuff but still well worth the read.
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