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Summer Book Recommendations: Top Short books to Read


Who needs a long book, when there are some short books that are just as awesome :yep: Most of the books recommended below are less than 200 pages, or are classed as quick reads. A couple of the books mentioned are in a series of books such as the Diary of a Wimpy kid books, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.





  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

Where to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Gard...s%2C154&sr=8-1




  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Beedl...s%2C168&sr=8-2

Illustrated version: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Beedl...s%2C168&sr=8-1




About the book: Contains short stories which tie in to the Harry Potter series. The stories that are in this book are 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlocks Hairy Heart'. 'Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump', and 'The Tale of Three Brothers'. Other books relating to this book which are also short reads are 'Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them', and 'Quidditch Through the Ages' both by JK Rowling.


  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Farm...s%2C151&sr=8-1




  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Ala...s%2C155&sr=8-1




  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Changi...s%2C152&sr=8-1



About the Book: Useful if you're planning on having a clear out, the kon marie method of tidying up walks you through the method step by step. Another book by the same author is also 'Spark Joy, a Illustrated Guide to the Japanese art of Tidying'.


  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Wimpy...gateway&sr=8-1




About the book: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is the 4th installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. there is also a movie if you'd rather watch that but reading books are better.










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Doctor Who has a series of eShort reads from Puffin, one for each Doctor - would highly recommend, they're super fun, and in bitesize chunks

I'd also recommend the Rick Riordan spin-offs from his main series - they're all fab and highly amusing. Obviously better appreciated if you've read the main series, but I think they can be appreciated on their own too :yep:
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Some great recommendations here! I love the Rick Riordan spin-offs shadowdweller

I absolutely love a book called The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. It's a very short one, and it's the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, who had a devastating stroke at the age of 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye.

So, he commenced to write this book by just blinking! He would blink every letter of the alphabet. It's a truly moving book and has some really emotional passages. I'd highly recommend.
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I'm going by the page count listed in my spreadsheet, which may well be hugely inaccurate. My favourites, obviously, trying to choose just one book per author. They're in alphabetical order, although I also put my stronger favourites at the top.

E.M. Forster: A Room with a View
Nikolai Gogol: The Inspector General
Virginia Woolf: The Waves
Edwin A. Abbott: Flatland (A Romance of Many Dimensions)
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound
Apollonius of Rhodes: Jason and the Golden Fleece
Aristophanes: Lysistrata
Isaac Asimov: The End of Eternity
Isaac Asimov: The Last Question
Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Invention of Morel
Algernon Blackwood: The Willows
Karel Čapek: R.U.R.
Cicero: The Dream of Scipio
Euripides: The Bacchae
George Eliot: Silas Marner
John Galsworthy: Awakening
Jean Giono: The Man Who Planted Trees
Knut Hamsun: Hunger
Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House
James Joyce: The Dead
Franz Kafka: In the Penal Colony
Ursula K. Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea
Clarice Lispector: Near to the Wild Heart
Lucian of Samosata: A True Story
Christopher Marlowe: Dr. Faustus
Herman Melville: Bartleby the Scrivener
Jean Racine: Phèdre
Reginald Rose: Twelve Angry Men
Friedrich Schiller: Wilhelm Tell
Seneca: Trojan Women
William Shakespeare: his plays, basically, or indeed, anything he wrote
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
John Steinbeck: Cannery Row
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Mark Twain: Pudd'nhead Wilson
Voltaire: Candide
Voltaire: L'Ingénu
Voltaire: Micromégas
Voltaire: Zadig
Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five
John Webster: The White Devil
H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

Short Stories: Ray Bradbury, Anton Chekhov, Julio Cortázar: Cronopios and Famas, David Eagleman: Sum (Forty Tales from the Afterlives), Nikolai Gogol, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Stefan Zweig

Comic Books (which is not to imply they aren't "proper" reads): René Goscinny: the Asterix series, Hergé: the Tintin series, Tove Jansson: the Moomin series (you could alternatively read the books), Frank Miller: Batman (Year One)

Non-fiction literature:
James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time
Helene Hanff: 84, Charing Cross Road
Primo Levi: Survival in Auschwitz

Non-fiction, other & philosophy
B.R. Ambedkar: Annihilation of Caste
Anonymous: The Upanishads
Leo Babauta: The Power of Less
Simone de Beauvoir: The Ethics of Ambiguity
Scott Berkun: The Myths of Innovation

Richard Dawkins: River Out of Eden (A Darwinian View of Life)
Gilles Deleuze: Spinoza (Practical Philosophy)
Albert Einstein: Relativity (The Special and the General Theory)
Michael Eliot Howard: War in European History
Martin Luther King Jr.: Letter from the Birmingham Jail
John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
Steven Pressfield: Do the Work
Baruch Spinoza: Ethics
Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
William Strunk Jr.: The Elements of Style
Brian Tracy: Eat That Frog!
Edward R. Tufte: his various books about the display of information
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Great list, Onde !
(Original post by Onde)
I'm going by the page count listed in my spreadsheet, which may well be hugely inaccurate. My favourites, obviously, trying to choose just one book per author. They're in alphabetical order, although I also put my stronger favourites at the top.

E.M. Forster: A Room with a View
Nikolai Gogol: The Inspector General
Virginia Woolf: The Waves
Edwin A. Abbott: Flatland (A Romance of Many Dimensions)
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound
Isaac Asimov: The End of Eternity
Isaac Asimov: The Last Question
Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Invention of Morel
Algernon Blackwood: The Willows
Karel Čapek: R.U.R.
Voltaire: Candide
Voltaire: L'Ingénu
Voltaire: Micromégas
Voltaire: Zadig
Cicero: The Dream of Scipio
Euripides: The Bacchae
George Eliot: Silas Marner
John Galsworthy: Awakening
Jean Giono: The Man Who Planted Trees
Knut Hamsun: Hunger
Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House
James Joyce: The Dead
Franz Kafka: In the Penal Colony
Ursula K. Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea
Lucian of Samosata: A True Story
Herman Melville: Bartleby the Scrivener
Jean Racine: Phèdre
Reginald Rose: Twelve Angry Men
Friedrich Schiller: Wilhelm Tell
Seneca: Trojan Women
William Shakespeare: his plays, basically, or indeed, anything he wrote
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
John Steinbeck: Cannery Row
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Mark Twain: Pudd'nhead Wilson
John Webster: The White Devil
H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five

Short Stories= Ray Bradbury, Anton Chekhov, Julio Cortázar: Cronopios and Famas, David Eagleman: Sum (Forty Tales from the Afterlives), Nikolai Gogol, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Stefan Zweig

Comic Books (which is not to imply they aren't "proper" reads): René Goscinny: the Asterix series, Hergé: the Tintin series, Tove Jansson: the Moomin series (you could alternatively read the books), Frank Miller: Batman (Year One )

Non-fiction literature:
James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time
Helene Hanff: 84, Charing Cross Road
Primo Levi: Survival in Auschwitz
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Summer Book Recommendations: Top Short books to Read


Who needs a long book, when there are some short books that are just as awesome :yep: Most of the books recommended below are less than 200 pages, or are classed as quick reads. A couple of the books mentioned are in a series of books such as the Diary of a Wimpy kid books, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.






  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

Where to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Gard...s%2C154&sr=8-1






  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Beedl...s%2C168&sr=8-2

Illustrated version: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Beedl...s%2C168&sr=8-1






About the book: Contains short stories which tie in to the Harry Potter series. The stories that are in this book are 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlocks Hairy Heart'. 'Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump', and 'The Tale of Three Brothers'. Other books relating to this book which are also short reads are 'Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them', and 'Quidditch Through the Ages' both by JK Rowling.


  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Farm...s%2C151&sr=8-1






  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Ala...s%2C155&sr=8-1






  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Changi...s%2C152&sr=8-1





About the Book: Useful if you're planning on having a clear out, the kon marie method of tidying up walks you through the method step by step. Another book by the same author is also 'Spark Joy, a Illustrated Guide to the Japanese art of Tidying'.


  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Where to get it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Wimpy...gateway&sr=8-1






About the book: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is the 4th installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. there is also a movie if you'd rather watch that but reading books are better.












I cannot convey my love for the Secret Garden enough! Was my favourite book for ages hahaha!
What a shout also for John Green books too - really got into those in secondary school - all my friends were reading those :giggle:

I know it's doesn't technically count - but I like collaborations of short stories in books
ie: Horowitz Horror was amazing for this
also stuff like the Cases of Sherlock Holmes - you can treat each case as a short story which is nice

Loving it!!!!
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