Monday, December 2, 2013

Great Books Under 200 Pages

Traveling with books can be cumbersome, but traveling without books is unimaginable. Usually I keep one book in the car or in my carry-on and one book in my suitcase. And depending on the book, it can really start to weigh you down.  The answer is to take small books that you can read quickly.

We know, we know, some of you are saying "Julie, why don't you just buy an eReader?" to the quote above.  But, working in a library, you find many folks have not embraced eReading technology - some people because they are not tech-savvy, some people because they just prefer to read a physical book.  We believe it takes all kinds to make the world, and we support everyone in their reading journey! With that in mind, here are some short suggestions for folks without eReaders, or if your eReader breaks, or if you find yourself with an hour to kill in the library without your eReader to hand.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates

The Neon Bible by John Toole

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The Stranger by Albert Camus

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Being There by Jerzy Kosinki

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck  

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

 Last Night at theLobster by Stewart O’Nan

Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells 
Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garciá Marquez

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott

Shopgirl by Steve Martin

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo  

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

This list is adapted from the article "55 Great Books Under 200 Pages".

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