“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”
― Lorrie Moore
Hey guys welcome to this week Recommendation Thursday
This week topic came from having a busy week and realising the power of short literature, the ability to immerse yourself into certain books just for a few hours or a day is so satisfying. I adore a big book (Big Books Recommendation) but sometimes I crave short fiction in between big ones and especially when I’m busy.
Here are 5 short books to devour in one sitting
(All book reviews will be linked)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction > Dystopia
Apocalyptic > Post Apocalyptic
The premise of the book is very mysterious in the sense that the author doesn’t reveal the name of the place or the characters, we follow two of them a father and boy (nameless) as they navigate through a barren land on the aftermath of a disaster which almost wiped everything. The father decides that they have to go south on the beach for safety and we follow them, their thoughts, relationship and it is so quiet but a powerful one.
This post-apocalyptic modern classic book is short but the writing evokes isolation and anonymity in its reading experience. I read this on a road trip (quite appropriate) and it immersed me and pulled me all the way through. Chilling, Quick and Impactful.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Classics Fiction, Historical Fiction
The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.
I picked this up because it’s an iconic book that is a must read and was pleasantly surprised by it small page count. This was a heartbreaking tale that portrays betrayal, hardship, ownership and all sort of themes and for such a short reading experience I found myself reflecting a lot once I finished it.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney
GENRES: Humor, Contemporary, Young Adult
The story is told from The First person by Junior, a 14-Year-Old Spokane Indian boy born with a variety of medical problems in a poverty-ridden reservation that is heavily looked down upon by the fellow white men. And all hope for him to make it out and make something of himself doesn’t seem very possible. He then decides to take his hope back and fight for his future by drawing funny illustrations of his life experiences and going in an all-white farm school that will pose a challenge and some interesting surprises while facing major condemnation from his fellow Indians for going to the white school.
A short eye-opening account of a 14-year-old Spokane Indian Boy in an all-white school and dealing with stereotypes and his background with a little bit of humour. This is hilarious as well as informative, I read this in a day and it instantly became a favourite of mine.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
GENRES: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
A young adult contemporary following Charlie’s Diary as he copes with teenage hood, First Dates and fitting in I have read this twice and it feels personal every time I return to it. It recounts that feeling of self-discovery and friendship in a very complex way. Plus I’m sure you’ve seen the amazing film adaptation with Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Personal, Short and just beautiful
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
GENRES: Fiction, Young Adult, Classics, Realistic
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends – true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends – he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…
Another iconic Classic that you might have heard of, I got to experience it earlier this year and I have to say it does still hold up in terms of characters and plot. The whole book has this old aesthetic feel to it. The emphasis on friendship did resonate with me and by the end of the book I got a little too emotional and considering I read this in public it wasn’t a pretty sight.
Hope you got some good books to devour in one sitting and feel accomplished and do tell me if you’ve read this lot or any other shorter reads I should check out.
more list about short books
So until next time stay Bookish 😉