Oh! So you don’t read books because you don’t get time?
You might be a really busy person, I believe.
Or you don’t like big fat books? Because time consuming and not worth the effort,eh?
Or you just find books intimidating?
Well what is it?
Okay what if I say, size really doesn’t matter and you can consider reading brilliant short novels. Books that you can read in one sitting, and then after reading them you won’t feel disappointed, and they will also give you this immense satisfaction of finishing a book in a single day!
Now how wonderful is that? A lot, I know! (now please don’t come up with short stories and novellas are not books, you’re kidding me, right?)
If you are person who think reading is boring, difficult and intimidating. You just need to find a right book because reading can be for everyone, believe it.
And children what is the matter? Summer vacations are up! Now catch up on some reading.(If you want some fun stuff to read, you can always ask me.)
“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it’s a lot smokier and less defined.”
– Paolo Bacigalupi
So, here are few of my favorite short novels that are quick reads, brilliant and worth reading! In this post I’m adding just 5 novels and I’ll add more book in another post(because there are many), for the time being enjoy these.
1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
You can read full review here: The Stranger
Here are the opening lines: “Mother died today Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY.” A telegram, not a personal phone call or someone on staff from the old-people’s home actually making the hour trip in person to inform her only son, but a terse three line businesslike telegram – cold, insensitive, almost callous; a telling sign of the mechanized times.
You want something socking? Go read this! And wait, wait! Truth to be told you’ll be surprised. Now, carry on…
2. The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
The Genius, the Philosopher, the Loser.
Bernhard is amazing, he’s what I call a twisted brilliant guy.
This book will make you think twice. Whether you consider yourself a genius or maybe if you want to be one.
“Every person is a unique and autonomous person and actually, considered independently, the greatest artwork of all time…”
3. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
“They all saw him come out, and they all understood that now he knew they were going to kill him”
This is my favorite book. Like when people ask what books you like the most, this book always tops the list. I still have few questions that are unanswered and I don’t know why I haven’t yet wrote a review(because I don’t know how to write it and where to start, but I’ll write soon…it’s in the draft, ya.)
This is one of that book, that I just force-feed on people. I have brought a whole lot of copies of this book and I seriously giveaway to people when they ask me this question, “Can you suggest me a good book?”
Story of a potentially innocent man who is murdered for the honor of a woman who lost her virginity. (Yes, seriously.)
4.Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
“You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
You can read full review here: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Goodreads book description: In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.
“It’s better to look at the sky than live there”
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
As I said I’m only adding 5 books in this post out of many wonderful books, but I can’t afford to miss this book.
“His answer to every problem, every setback was “I will work harder!” —which he had adopted as his personal motto.”
This book may change your perspective and may open your eyes.
The people in power change the rules as they want and the Common people are made to believe that is better for them.
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
This is it for now, I’m done with my list and I hope you’ll enjoy these books. As I said I’ll add other books later in a different post that will come up next month.