books that were short and wonderful.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about short reads–books you read quickly, short books, etc. I’ve actually been working on a post for books that I finished very quickly, but they’re not necessarily short (case in point: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell). So I’m going to save that post for another day. Today, I’m going to be focusing on great books that I’ve read that were under 200 pages.

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme: Read In One Sitting Theme
My topic: top 10 books under 200 pages


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The Pearl // John Steinbeck (90 pages)
(also good: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway)

A Thousand Mornings // Mary Oliver (96 pages)
(also good: Dog Songs by Mary Oliver)


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Bridge to Terabithia // Katherine Paterson (163 pages)
(also good: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman)

Tuck Everlasting // Natalie Babbitt (139 pages)
(also good: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson)


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Number the Stars // Lois Lowry (137 pages)
(also good: Night by Elie Wiesel)

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe // C. S. Lewis (189 pages)
(also good: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)


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I Am Legend // Richard Matheson (161 pages)
(also good: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells)

Lord of the Flies // William Golding (190 pages)
(also good: The Call of the Wild by Jack London)


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Arsenic and Old Lace // Joseph Kesselring (104 pages)
(also good: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)

Saga, Vol. 1 // Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (160 pages)
(also good: Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama)


currently listening to: Barcelona by Ed Sheeran

What is the best short book you’ve ever read?
Do you prefer to read short or long books?


  1. Mariela
    March 21, 2017

    I need to get Number The Stars.
    I heard a lot of young people complaining that they had to read Lord Of The flies when they were at scholl and 1984 and I really want to get those and see what they are about.
    My TTT.

    1. Emily Seals
      March 21, 2017

      It’s been a long time since I’ve read Number the Stars. I like The Giver more, but I feel like it gets all the recognition and Number the Stars hardly gets any.

      I liked both Lord of the Flies and 1984. I think Lord of the Flies is a bit easier to understand. I liked 1984, but I felt like a lot of it went over my head. I wish we had read them in school!

  2. eli @ the (book) supplier
    March 21, 2017

    You know, my preference really depends on what’s going on in my life. I have an hour commute to and from work every day, so long books generally work better, especially in audio form – then they last the entire week. But I was in a slump last month and read a bunch of picture books to pull myself out of it. Great follow-up question. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

    1. Emily Seals
      March 22, 2017

      Oh thank you so much. I haven’t done follow-up questions for very long and I find them to be SO HARD.
      I know commutes are rough, but I actually wish I had a longer one. The drive from my house to work is about 5 minutes. I’d like to have some dedicated time before and after just to devote to reading (including audiobooks!). Though I can totally see how that could bring on some reading slumps.

  3. Shelfwornbooks
    March 22, 2017

    Nice list! Forgot about some of Steinbeck’s shorter books. Love him. Love Lois Lowry too but haven’t actually read this one.

    1. Emily Seals
      March 22, 2017

      I definitely need to read more Steinbeck. I’ve only read The Pearl and Of Mice and Men, but I loved both of them.

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury
    March 23, 2017

    I absolutely ADORE the title of Tuck Everlasting for some reason?!? But I haven’t ever read it. Shaaame on me. I need to do that.😂 And Bridge to Terebithia will forever be such a tiny book that had such a huge impact on my life .<3

    1. Emily Seals
      March 26, 2017

      I still remember the day I read Bridge to Terabithia. It was on a camping trip. I felt like my imagination tore itself open that day.
      Tuck Everlasting is soooo great. I love the setting and the themes and everything. I read it in my 4th grade class. We actually read along with an audio file, which was pretty neat. That was probably my first experience with an audiobook.


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