We get it – you’re an avid reader without any time to devote to the long, wonderful novels you absolutely adore. But that’s okay – readers can find ways to read even in the direst situations. For example, reading a novella or even a novelette. Today we have bought you best books in less than 100 pages. These are significantly bigger than short stories, and significantly shorter than novels. Book Recommendations for a busy day read.
Best Books In Less Than 100 Pages: Book Recommendations –
Animal Farm by George Orwell
An allegory to the Russian Revolution, this short but impactful novels follows a farm where animals overthrow their human tyrants. However, the elite animals, the pigs, themselves become worse than the humans. And the idea of freedom makes the animals neglect this cruelty. This book is written in a matter of fact manner, without flowery language or idioms, but it’s so hard hitting that the last page will leave you stunned.
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
Okay, so a few editions of this book are a little over hundred pages, perhaps 120. But some editions are less than 100 pages, and I’m going to take this chance because I will recommend this book to everyone I meet. This sleek novella follows our protagonist Shimamura as he journeys through the snowiest mountain town of Japan to meet a rural geisha, Komako. Characterized by the typical restraint and quietude of Japanese literature, this classic by the Nobel Prize winner will make you feel melancholic yet fulfilled.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Kafka’s classic follows a man who wakes up one day and finds himself turned into a beetle. The story delves into the themes of isolation, shame and alienation from family and humanhood. Gregor Samsa is one of the best protagonists, if he can be called that, and provides insights into loneliness and despair at change.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is an adaptation of Adichie’s TedX Talk of the same name, where she makes a case in the defense of feminism. She breaks feminism down for those who shun it or misunderstand its meaning. She also talks about the more subtle, institutionalized ways of discrimination as opposed to the more obvious ways. And to do this, she draws on her own experiences as a woman.
Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore’s collection of poetry that won him the Nobel Prize is a dedication to God. Tagore addresses God and in beautifully lyrical words, draws on motifs of Indian culture. He explores themes of love and loss, but such an analysis of themes is too preliminary to define this masterpiece of Indian literature.
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
This story follows a high court judge, who has been an unreflective man and hasn’t paid much attention to the possibility of death. But when death knocks at his door, he is forced to confront his own mortality. This is a beautiful piece exploring death as an inevitable fact of life and something that everyone must come to terms with.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This is a classic novelette that explores the themes of mental health. It follows a woman with mental health issues, whose husband decides to take her to the country in hopes that her health will improve. She wants to write but he asks her to stay at home, not really understanding what she needs. Withing nothing else to do, the woman becomes obsessed with the decrepit yellow wallpaper in the bedroom. As she looks into it deeper and deeper, she becomes obsessed with it and begins believing that a creature is stuck in it and wants to get out. Frustrated with her obsession, she tears the wallpaper apart, and begins to believe that she herself is the creature that was locked. This hauntingly beautiful story will give you chills.
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Best Books In Less Than 100 Pages: Book Recommendations